VAL AND GRAHAM Mattock both used to be police officers, so for many years boating was a great way of escaping the pressure. They hired for many years before buying that first boat of their own.
They get about, too, usually covering in excess of 800 miles and passing through at least 600 locks each year. Their previous boat had 3,800 hours on the clock after seven years.
While their previous boats had been named after a much loved dog, Hartland was chosen as a name for this one to honour Graham’s father. In the name panel are what look like a couple of pickaxes; they are in fact mattocks, implements which may have been used to dig canals. “We’re a couple of Mattocks”, says Graham, “so we thought we’d have a couple of mattocks on the side of our boat!”