Life on the Waterways

We asked for your help with filling out a questionnaire in which our moorers and visitors could detail life on our beautiful waterways.

From real life moments on the water to tips for new boat owners we received so many amazing responses that we know will provide a brilliant insight into this amazing lifestyle to our followers.

This week we hear about life on the water from Roger Beattie and his boat Tawney, so named after a beloved old dog.

How long have you been cruising?
18 months since we got our boat. I used to go on my uncles narrowboat on the Shroppie when I was a lad

Full-time or weekend warrior?
Retired home owner, so as much as possible

Is your boat a Narrowboat or Widebeam?

How did you choose what type of boat to go for?
We hired a boat from Anglo Welsh at Trefor which we loved, so we pretty much went for that layout but 10 foot longer, lots of open plan space, didn't want anything fancy.

Do you stay at a marina, if so which one?

What do you like most about it, or what do you like most about continuous cruising?
The main thing about the marina is the security it affords

Favourite cruising routes?
So far up to Middlewich then on to Anderton, due to lockdown we haven't been able to do as much as we would like, the 4 counties ring was a good trip as well.

What drew you to this lifestyle?
Nothing so far

What do you wish you knew beforehand?
Nothing so far

Something you can’t live without on your boat?
My dog

What do you love most about life on the water?
Losing yourself somewhere unreachable by land

Any particularly memorable moments or mishaps?
Anderton boatlift. Frantic when the dog falls in the cut when travelling

Tips for any new boat owners?
Do a bit of research but don't overthink it

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