THE OWN­ERS

Canal Boat - - TEST BOAT -

Liz and An­drew Ford have a long boat­ing his­tory, as they first started go­ing on boat­ing hol­i­days as chil­dren. They hired when they had a fam­ily of their own, and then four years ago bought a share in a boat man­aged by a pri­vate syn­di­cate. Sen­si­bly, they wanted to re­ally get to know about the ins and outs of boat own­er­ship.

When it came to hav­ing a boat of their own, they looked at buy­ing sec­ond hand, but couldn’t find any­thing they re­ally liked. In ad­di­tion, con­vert­ing an ex­ist­ing boat to hy­brid drive looked im­pos­si­ble in most cases be­cause there’s not enough room in the en­gine hole.

Both An­drew and Liz are now re­tired, An­drew from the Royal Fleet Aux­il­iary, and Liz from the clin­i­cal tri­als unit at Plymouth Univer­sity. They plan to set out on their new boat af­ter Easter, and not re­turn un­til Oc­to­ber.

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