Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Crick Show Saturday - Dry! (Mostly)

Saturday was our first day at Crick Boat Show. As very satisfied owners of a Colecraft/Bath Narrowboats canal narrowboat we offered to do a stint on the BN stand. Regular readers will know this, forgive me for repeating it again!

Saturday morning was dry and we spent it touring the stands. We specifically wanted to catch up with friends on "Petroc" which was one of the show boats for Darren Aldridge.

We called in and made a date for drinks on Sunday evening. Just along from them was J D Boats with "Double Six", a Shareboat, (we had a share in their "Twelfth Night") and one of their boats built for a customer. We had a chat to Judy Matthias, but Jim Matthias was busy selling! We also wandered along the towpath and recognised one or two boat names.

The afternoon we spent at the BN stand, some of it outside Aethelburh and then I was able to relieve some of the inside crew! We met up with people from the Bath area, from Devizes and from Cornwall too! At one stage there were owners from 6 of Bath Narrowboats builds there, all very satisfied customers. The boats are - "Minty", "Salix Alpha", "Dog House" (last year's show boat), "Salix Alba", "Epiphany" and "Aethelburh". We really must start a BNOC.

"Aethelburh" is a wonderful example of truly bespoke cooperation between Colecraft, BN and her owners and has a very high specification. Unusual features include a Heritage "Uno" stove, which provides the heating, hot water and cooking facilities; a dual pump out system (for French cruising); solar panels and an owner designed "open living space" incorporating study, saloon, dining area and rear galley. Despite the variations in design she is of the usual high standard of finish that the guys achieve for all their owners.

There was a lot of interest and we were all kept very busy explaining the features of the boat and sharing our satisfaction and delight in our boats and the expertise of the Bath Narrowboats Team

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