Going It Alone Paperback – 2008
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A boater's guide to working a narrowbot single-handed. "I have often been asked the question 'how on earth do you manage on your own?' so often that I decided to write this booklet to share ideas with others who boat alone, and with those who maybe would like to do so but need a bit of encouragement"
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Colin Edmondson writes clearly, and in an engaging, readable style. You can tell that the knowledge encapsulated in the book has been gained through many years of handling a narrowboat on numerous canals in the English system so he's experienced most of the variations in locks, lift bridges, and swing bridges that you will encounter. He recommends useful deck equipment, handy knots, and several ways of getting the boat to go where you want it to go, even when there's nobody aboard! Don't just think in terms of single-handed boating; even if you have a crew member to work the locks with you this book is almost a time and motion study in the most efficient way to work through a lock.
Some of the techniques described do require reading two or three times to comprehend fully, and the book would definitely be enhanced by more diagrams (there are a few but not enough). Also there are a few spelling inconsistencies (e.g. by-wash or bye-wash) but that's just nit-picking. There's more practical, useful advice in this little book than in others that have many more pages.
I thoroughly recommend this book to all narrowboaters.
Going It Alone by Colin Edmondson is a good read but not for the faint hearted to put into practice.