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Going It Alone Paperback – 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: The Wandering Boater; 3rd edition (2008)
  • ASIN: B0036TZQC4
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.4 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This little book is only 32 pages long but size isn't important, or so my wife tells me. Packed into those pages is a wealth of excellent practical advice. I bought the book to learn how to handle a narrowboat single-handed which of course is its aim. However I recommend it to every narrowboater, even if you're not going it alone.

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.
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This is what I would describe as a booklet rather than a book. Some of the concepts could be described a bit clearer but never the less the book is thought provoking. Handling a boat through a lock usually requires two or more people. "Going It Alone" addresses the problems you will encounter when going through locks single handed. Some of the ideas left me feeling a bit uncomfortable with regards to personal safety. But then again it is hard to ensure your safe when working alone. There are hints and tips that I picked up in the booklet that I use even when we are double crewed.

Going It Alone by Colin Edmondson is a good read but not for the faint hearted to put into practice.
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Many very useful hints and tips. Some of the more complex ones need a fair amount of studying to understand, and it's probably more a case of "I made a right hash of that; let's see what Colin Edmondson suggests I should have done", i.e. using the advice to avoid repeating a mistake. rather than remembering the advice in case a particular situation arises. Still, money well spent.
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an easy and informative read, yet to be put into practice but gives confidence that single handing is practical. simple.
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