Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Family Approval

Family approval on my side came about on a short and cold winter walk over Christmas which ended up in the Lazy Otter.
Everyone seems to want a go when the weather is warmer, and is astonished at the good shape the boat is in and what kit goes with it. We noticed a batch of canal books including maps had been left behind, and that the bed (which John and I had supposed was just that with storage below), could be in fact a "pullman" style bench seat. This we will explore further.
Meanwhile John needs the opportunity to show his family around (sorry John, I've still got the keys!) and has compiled a maintenance regime to ensure Patience is kept in good shape. When we've agreed and refined it we'll link it to this blog so anyone can have a look. In fact here it is!
I can recommend the Canal Boat Manual by Canal Boat and Inland Waterways Magazine. It covers every aspect of boating I can think of - except, surprisingly, use of solar and wind power to supplement meagre battery power. Apart from that an excellent and informative read.

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