Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

BRID­GET AND STEVE POOR had per­haps the best in­tro­duc­tion to boat­ing we’ve ever heard. Steve was at the den­tist and found a copy of Canal Boat among the mag­a­zines. When he got home, he sug­gested they try a hire boat hol­i­day.

That was back in 2008, and after hir­ing a num­ber of boats the cou­ple set out on a tried and tested route to boat own­er­ship by buy­ing a share in a boat, along with Brid­get’s sis­ter and brother-in-law. The Crick Show be­came a favourite week­end and last year the cou­ple had de­cided that they’d go ahead and buy a whole boat. They were ini­tially look­ing for a nearly new one, but found lit­tle on the mar­ket they liked. They put an of­fer in for one boat, but were out­bid. Then, at the last mo­ment, they saw the Smithwood boat, and bought it.

Both Steve and Brid­get have plans to stop work be­fore re­tire­ment age – par­tic­u­larly as that age is creep­ing up all the time. Both have jobs which can be done as con­tract or agency work­ers – Steve is a tech­ni­cian on heavy goods ve­hi­cles, while Brid­get works with peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties. So their plan is to spend the sum­mer months on their boat ex­plor­ing the sys­tem, then get some work dur­ing the win­ter.

Brid­get and Steve with tester Adam

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