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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Comment by Jenny Itzcovitz on June 8, 2017 at 17:01

Have a fabulous time, it sounds very exciting. I hope you have lovely weather. Let us know how you get on. Jenny :)

Comment by Silverfox on June 16, 2017 at 13:57

Back from our cruise, which was most enjoyable apart from a few occasions when I lost control and bounced the boat off a couple of walls and a bridge. I am surprised they let you loose with a 53ft, 19ton boat after just a few minutes tuition. It was fortunate that our Son Bob was with us as he mastered the steering after couple of hours at the helm.

It was good fun and we found some fabulous places to dine, plus shops to replenish the bar.

Comment by Jenny Itzcovitz on June 16, 2017 at 14:31

Hi Silverfox - those are lovely photos. It looks like you had a great time. Lucky your son Bob was good at the steering. It sounds quite difficult! Great there were nice places on the way to eat and drinks for the bar! Jenny :)

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