Cut the speed
I’VE JUST BEEN reading the Boaters’ Update from the Canal & River Trust about passing moored boats. It’s an issue that won’t go away until the new generation of boaters learn good manners and some old boaters are re-educated.
I cannot see any reason for not slowing down, it is just laziness and the fact that the speeders just don’t care. One thing I will bet on is that when they are moored, they don’t like it when it is done to them.
The main reason to slow down is that someone inside the boat who is out of sight could be doing something precarious or carrying hot scalding drinks.
Cruising on the Grand Union to Leicester this year, we were using piling pins. I had a pin pull the horizontal piling outwards at a join by a speeder, (more unnecessary maintenance for CRT). So next time you moan at bits sticking out and scratching your boat, think how it happened. One pin actually snapped because of a fast boater who just smirked as he went by. It is just selfish and bad behaviour.
To some of these characters it is a game but, in reality, it borders on bullying and intimidating behaviour. With others, it is just impatience.
You’re not really an adult until you have learnt patience. Should we be allowing infantile behaviour to flourish? We certainly should not allow infants to be in control of 20-ton vessels. STEVEN WINNING, via email