As avid cruisers, we embark tomorrow with more that a tad of trepidation, upon a different type of cruise holiday, as we explore the Oxford, Coventry, & Ashby canals. Our home for the following week will be 'Beatrice' a 53 feet narrow boat, specially adapted for disabled passengers.
The holiday has been organised by our 45 year old son, who at the age of 18 years, suffered a near fatal head injury. Miraculously, he made a complete recovery albeit, it left him with mobility difficulties that have deteriorated in recent years. We leave the Rugby Wharf tomorrow on our first ever canal cruise that our son has planned in its entirety, including a pub/restaurant each evening, so we wont need my missus's services in the galley, apart from breakfast lunch, and of course, bar services!
I have spent a couple of hours viewing an instruction video, but I must admit it all looks a bit foreboding, so I'm hoping we receive some instruction before we cast off. There are three recommended knots for the mooring ropes and many protocols when transiting the waterways and navigating locks and tunnels. We've chosen the easy route,which has just the one lock and one lengthy tunnel, over our 40 miles excursion.
Beatrice was purposely constructed for a disabled lady, who was able to drive the boat from the comfort of her wheelchair. There is a ramp for boarding with a wheelchair or mobility scooter and a lift to descend down to the main deck level, so we're hoping our skipper son will manage all the driving, leaving me and the missus to relax and watch the world go by!
I'll let you know how it goes, and if there are any other Sixtyplusurfers doing the same route, please give us a shout if you spot Beatrice cruising by.
Best wishes from Silverfox
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