THE OWNER

Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

PAUL BARFIELD HAS just re­tired from a ca­reer as a marine lawyer, deal­ing with ship­ping, sal­vages, and dis­as­ters at sea. He’s worked with in­ves­ti­ga­tors and un­der­writ­ers to find out what went wrong. For many years he was based in the City of Lon­don, but has spent the past 15 years liv­ing and work­ing in Sin­ga­pore.

His boat­ing his­tory goes back to the 1980s, when Paul and his fam­ily took hire boat hol­i­days. “The love of those hol­i­days has stayed with me,” he says, and he’d long liked the idea of own­ing a nar­row­boat and ex­plor­ing the net­work. Now, at the age of 70, he’s set aside five years to do just that.

When we met Paul, he was pre­par­ing to set off the next day head­ing for the River Wey in Sur­rey, and the bi­cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions for the Wey & Arun Canal, a maiden jour­ney of some 165 miles and nearly as many locks.

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