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Crick comes up with an­other cracker and proves the wa­ter­ways are still a win­ner

An­other crack­ing week­end at Crick brought the usual mix of sun­shine and show­ers, en­sur­ing that vet­er­ans felt at home and were able to demon­strate the well-re­hearsed cagoule drill.

The an­nual jam­boree high­lights the end­less en­thu­si­asm for fun afloat and un­de­ni­able de­mand to join the canal com­mu­nity from day cruis­ers and live­aboards, leav­ing the ra­trace be­hind.

Just as im­por­tantly, ex­hibitors en­joyed a steady stream of in­ter­est which, in many cases, was con­verted into cus­tom. In fact, King’s Lock Chan­dlery’s Peaky Blin­der sold within an hour of the show open­ing.

It was fas­ci­nat­ing to see the trade­mark Crick com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional, with thoughts of work­ing boats ply­ing their trade down up and down the coun­try, and high-tech, with the un­re­lent­ing de­mand for lux­ury cab­ins with crafty stor­age spa­ces and so­lar pan­els.

What­ever the fu­ture holds for our wa­ter­ways net­work, Crick con­tin­ues to con­firm that many thou­sands have a great af­fec­tion for one of our great­est as­sets mean­ing that pro­pos­als for change will cer­tainly not skip scru­tiny. Watch this space.

But for now, with wa­ter lev­els good al­most ev­ery­where and the prom­ise of sum­mer sun, let’s back to the cut.

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