Sunday, 27 July 2008

A Day Trip Out Aboard TT

With the weather on our side for yet another day we set off early and took Liam and Maddy to TT this morning. Then we took them for a sail down the Rufford Branch, to just before Tarleton where there's a convenient winding hole to turn round in.
 
We had a great time, Liam was a natural at steering the boat, he even drove us round a curve on the canal close to the River Douglas. It was very successful for a first attempt. [Took me a while practicing on the straight bits before trying that.] Quote: “It’s nothing like driving a car is it dad?”
 
At the winding hole we met a couple who told us they were in the process of having a wide beam built, so he was very interested in watching TT doing an about turn!
 
Liam and Maddy at the front of the boat, it's so quiet out there, you can't even hear the engine running...
 
Maddy...
 

Son and Father...
 

Captain for a day...
 
 
Reserve Captain and Captain's mate...!


Father and son again...
 
 
When we got back to the marina and moored up, we all sat at the back of the boat and relaxed, then we had a meal. At about 8.30pm Dave took Liam & Maddy back to the house so they could have some time alone. Meanwhile we stayed at the boat overnight.
 
We were amazed by how much they had enjoyed their trip out. Liam said today that he thought it would be boring, and admitted that he couldn't have been more wrong! He really appreciated the canal boating community spirit, and could see the appeal.
 
Originally had doubts when we announced we were making the slow transition from house to boat. It’s so nice that someone in their mid-twenties can now understand it, and Maddy too. What a great day we all had...

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