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- Print Length: 152 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (9 Mar. 2012)
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- Language: English
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articles in WW, but may have been puzzled by the variety of boats he used. As an American in Britain, he started with a narrowboat,Pennsylvania Yankee. Having exhausted the UK's cruising possibilities he then had it shipped to France to explore the more extensive waterways across the Channel. To reach further
flung waterways he built the motorsailor K*I*S*S at Worcester and in this explored the waterways of Scotland, Norway and Germany (where the canals "call upon all your patience"; I think he is politely referring to the authorities' love of detailed paperwork!). Having fulflled those desires, he got back onto the UK canals with the narrow-beam Dutch barge Allegheny, built entirely to his own design and which
won the Marion Munk Trophy for the best boat at the 1996 National Festival. Its graceful lines and practical layout led him to start selling plans for others to follow. Wanting to expand again,he built a wide-beam version, Allegheny II, for further continental exploration, and then downsized to Oasis, a 33ft
replica tugboat. His experience and practical approach to boating is a welcome change from some recent
"go down the Thames and turn right for France" approaches to Continental boating. And the chapters,
somewhat eclectic, about the life, the places, the routes and round locks,should encourage others
to consider following - but maybe not with five boats!
HUGH POTTER, Editor Waterways World Magazine
The book allows for we armchair boaters, travelers and builders to vicariously join in their adventures. It gives us insight into the novel method they used to see foreign countries.
While there has been much written about seeing Europe by train, car, hiking and even hitchhiking, etc. this book centers on seeing Europe from its canal systems in boats the author and his wife constructed.
The book serves both as a tale and something of an instruction manual about what it is really like to be on the canals and even how to approach building your own boat.
The story is worthwhile to the casual reader but a must read to those planning on any canal adventures of their own.
Don Neal, Librarian
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