Page updated 8 August 2011
This section contains records of my boating exploits that fall outside the main areas of the site, Canal Boating, the Norfolk Broads or aboard my own SeaHawk Yacht. There's material from my younger days in Surrey and Sussex and adventures on the River Great Ouse, Middle Level network of navigable drainage channels and on the Rhine and Lahn in Germany.
Some of my earliest boating involved family picnics taken on the River Wey in hired skiffs, punts, and even a canoe.
Having left school and started work, boating then meant trips with friends. These tended to be either my or Mike's colleagues from work.
Another friend, Tony Herbert, bought a small GRP yacht called a Sharkie. He kept her at Bosham in Chichester Harbour.
I learned of a campaign to open Soham Lode to navigation and join a party aboard friend, Robert Laws' boat "St Kilda".
I cadge a lift aboard nb Fulbourne, a restored 70ft working narrowboat, as she makes the transfer from the Middle Level to the Great Ouse.
Diana and I go to visit her brother in Germany. We take a ferry across the Rhine near the Lorelei and go canoeing on the Lahn at Weilburg, paddling through the only waterway tunnel in Germany. (Our hosts stick to a Pedlo!).
Diana and I have moved house. We now live in what was intended to be the manager's house of a fishing holiday complex. Otters became regular visitors before we bought the place so the fishing's not so good now, but is does mean you need a boat to keep the lake tidy.