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The Inland Waterways Manual: The Complete Guide to Boating on Rivers, Lakes and Canals (Travel) Paperback – 28 Feb 2003
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This is a guide to inland boating, from getting afloat to boat handling, and it is the only book readers will ever need to take their first steps afloat on the inland waterways. With over 3000 miles of navigable waterways in Great Britain, with more in Ireland and Europe, there is something for everyone, and this book explains how to do it - from which boat to choose, whether to hire or buy, how much it will cost and where to go, right through to boathandling, manoeuvring, maintenance and repair.
About the Author
Emrhys Barrell has spent a lifetime afloat, for pleasure and for work. He has managed boatyards, designed boats, and edited boating magazines, covering craft from the smallest dinghies to the most exotic luxury yachts. But his greatest passion is for the inland waterways of Great Britain and Europe. From his home alongside the Thames at Goring he looks out over what is possibly the UK's most famous boating river. The family's 48ft narrowboat allows them to travel all the waterways of the connected British system. Emrhys Barrell is currently the Editor of Canal Boat & Inland Waterways.
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Having now read the book, I think I got my money's worth. I'm thinking of buying a narrowboat and this book was a good starting point, and I'm sure I'll return to it to refresh my memory if I take things further.
Being interested in narrowboats only, I did tire of the references to the smaller types of craft. Maybe there's scope to split this book into two, one for each type of boat.
An annoying feature of this book is that it often introduces new boating terminology without explanation. There's no glossary to help out either. This is silly considering the book is clearly aimed at complete novices. I would recommend that the author/publisher give the book to a non-boating person to proof-read it and point out the undefined terminology. Such proofreading may also catch references such as "due to be reopened in 1992" when this edition is dated 2001.
As a potential buyer of a narrowboat the advice in this book is useful to me. I now have a much better idea for what to look out for. More information about each of the various waterways would have been appreciated, instead of the paragraph or two alloted to each.