Page updated 29 January 2021
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 an intrepid pary of boaters and dignitaries attempting to reach Soham by boat.
I spend most of my time aboard friend, Robert Laws' boat "St Kilda".
Steve King invited me to help him attempt to navigate Soham Lode as part of a campaign started the previous year by Tony Hinsley.
The attempt was filmed by Anglia TV and included in their programme on volunteering opportunities on the waterways.
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.
I take a trip to the River Gipping to see a work party in action that was rebuilding a lock. The event had been organised by the Waterways Recovery Group and I was gathering material for a magazine article.
A much shortened version of my submission appeared in Anglia Afloat Issue #34.
On this day I learnt of Steve King's death earlier this year. I wrote a blog, which included a biography I had written for Anglia Afloat Magazine three years earlier. Now, some ten years later, the blog post has been moved to this site and I have taken the opportunity to add a number of related pages containing some of my memories of Steve.
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!).
I report on our house move which took place a few months earlier. 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.