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Getting ready for “Pendragon”

Hi to you all,

I was asked by Paul, as I’m new to narrow boating, if I’d share with the forum my experiences in my new venture in the form of a blog.

Now, before I go any further I’d just like to say that this type of writing is completely new to me, the nearest I got was at school 40 odd years ago, even then I took little notice, so I’ll apologize in advance for any glaring errors. I think it’s logical to start and introduce myself and tell you a little of my background.

My name is Martyn and I’m, I guess, the wrong side of 50 years old. I worked within the licensing trade for almost 20 years managing pub/ restaurants and hotels with a national company, something I enjoyed until it became 0bvious in the late 90’s that the customer no longer came first, profit did, at all costs! I then worked as a security supervisor for 10 years until 4 years ago when I was diagnosed with mouth cancer (no doubt caused by my lifestyle over many years) I am now completely recovered, only regular checkups needed. Unfortunately the pressure of my illness and the length of my recovery caused the breakdown of a really special relationship, not that I put any blame on her, it was a really difficult time and not meant to be I suppose.

Now, I have, for as long as I can remember really liked the idea of living on the canals but never dreamt it would get any nearer than that, that was until two years ago when I made the decision, I put my house up for sale and actively looked at narrow boats. To cut a long story short, it took two years to sell (sign of the times) anyway, it’s gone, well, I’m still living there having rented it back of the buyer for 6 months as I figured it may take me that long to find a suitable boat……wrong!! the second boat I viewed was the one!…I’d already asked Paul to give me his opinion going from the advert I’d eventually managed to send him (computers not my thing either) which he kindly did and was quite positive.

Now I own a 60ft cruiser named “Pendragon”.

The real test and adventure will start on Saturday, an inexperienced person (me) my brother in law (who knows even less than me) moving along the canals, bringing “Pendragon” the 60 miles back from it’s old mooring in Derby to it’s new home near Coventry, they reckon will take four days, lets hope so. I’m sure there will be some mistakes made along the way, as long as I get her back in working order, the first hurdle will be crossed. I can then start making plans to move aboard permanently.








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