Monday, 25 May 2009

Crick Boat Show

We've had two fantastic sunny days at the Crick Boat Show. It seemed quite busy with visitors, but there were fewer new boats on show than in previous years, and the land based area was also a bit smaller. Several of the boats I've tested over the past year were on show, including Caxton from Barnowl and Fizzical Attraction by Crown Narrowboats. It was also good to see this year's offerings from some of the other builders I've got to know, including Fernwood, Cauldon, and Reading. I also spoke to a few other builders about doing tests on their boats over the coming months.

We spent a lot of time over the two days talking to people, including Del and Al from Derwent6, Lesley and Joe from Caxton (who say they'll be back blogging again in about three weeks), Paul and Christine from Waterway Routes, and Sheila from Sanity, who showed us around the Braidbar boat, Felonius Mongoose.

We went over the newly reinstated scaffolding bridge over the canal for a walk along the towpath. Sanity was moored just about as close to the bridge as it was possible to get.

We stopped to speak to Andy from The Maisibert which was moored out on the canal (it was Cassie the dog we recognised first!). We also watched the trip boats from the show, one of them being the little day boat from Foxton Boat Services.

We seem to have spent a fortune, on food, ice cream, water, ice cream, zip-off trousers, and ice cream! All in all a very enjoyable couple of days, with plenty of good contacts made.

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