When we last left off, the family had just arrived at Beacon Park Boats, the location where we would board our canal boat and depart on our voyage. Once we had finished filling out paperwork and learning to drive the boat, we got on and looked around. Here is a map of our boat. The bed in the back could be pushed apart to become 2 smaller beds. The table/sofa area in the front could become a bed also, so we all had our own space. There were 2 bathrooms, 2 showers, a kitchen, and an eating area. It is 6’10” wide and 57′ long.
After we had boarded, Dad was instructed on how to drive, and we were off! Here are a bunch of pictures of scenery along the canal.
One of the most challenging parts of driving the boat is the bridges that you have to go through. As you can see, the bridges are narrow, making it hard to pilot through in a boat that is only a foot or two less narrow, and 57 feet long. In addition, everyone on the deck of the boat has to duck down to avoid hitting their head.
Along the canal was a restaurant, The Coach and Horses, that we ended up eating at twice. It was very good. We would tie up the boat and walk across a bridge to get there, with a view of the canal. Here are the pictures.
We also bought meals to prepare in the boat kitchen, and eat together at the table.
On the canal, we also had to go through some locks. They were difficult to learn, and required some team work. There will be a separate blog post about that later however. I am just going to put some pictures. Meg didn’t go out on the deck very much during the voyage, so me and Dad were surprised when she decided to come up and say hi while we were navigating a lock. She did not look happy at the situation she was in.
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