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.