A note to ‘stag-do’ ‘single-sex’ hire-boaters!
Dear enthusiastic, well-pickled stag-do hire-boater…
I was clicking the publish button on my last post, when I was disturbed by much commotion coming from outside on the cut. The current wind-speeds out there at the moment are 40+ mph.
After the commotion came an expletive and a huge thud on the hull of our home.
My names Richard, just like you, I work hard for what I have. Our boat is not just our home, but part of the family. Every 6 months or so we service her engine, most weeks we clean or polish her paint work – in short we love her.
We get that you want to come and enjoy and experience our way of life for for a couple of days and celebrate one of you getting married – we love that and hope you find it an experience to remember.
But please… Please note that his is our home and our way of life. It takes many many hours to perfect our skills of skippering a boat and looking after it – not something that can be learnt in a quick briefing when you picked up your hired vessel.
With that in mind, please take note to what the hire company have to teach you. Please don’t speed anywhere on the cut as this spoils the banks and makes the cut more shallow. Especially, drop down to tick-over when passing moored craft. Also, don’t cruse after dark or in high winds. Above all, treat this
Oh and one last thing… Dressing up as a pirate, sailor or Pamela Anderson in Baywatch, however novel it may seem, it’s not – every week the hire companies must sell tons of that
There is nothing us boaters want more than for you all to have fun and enjoy the experience, but that doesn’t have to come at a cost of damaging the canal or our boats.
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