Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

KAREN AND IAN CORLESS claim to be be­gin­ners as far as boat­ing is con­cerned but they’re not re­ally. They’ve hired boats both here and in France and have been out with friends who are liveaboard con­tin­u­ous cruis­ers – so they knew what they were get­ting in to. Also, hav­ing made the de­ci­sion to buy their own boat, they took the sen­si­ble de­ci­sion to go on a helms­man’s course.

Karen, who tends to do the steer­ing while Ian works the locks, wanted to make sure she knew some of the lit­tle tricks that can come in handy when at the tiller.

The cou­ple have a busi­ness which ex­ports com­puter parts but which they’re be­gin­ning to wind down as they ap­proach re­tire­ment. They’re plan­ning to spend sev­eral months a year on their boat and that will be­gin soon af­ter the Crick Show.

While the boat will ar­rive by lorry be­cause the Bridge­wa­ter Canal is closed un­til al­most the end of May, they’re plan­ning to boat back to Lan­cashire... prob­a­bly in a very in­di­rect route, tak­ing in Strat­ford.

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