How not to drive a boat

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Last week I had a brilliant day out — at last I managed to find the time to go out and do my Inland Waterways Helmsman's Certificate with Linda from Cheshire Cat Training which is based at the Marina. Typically it just so happened to be one of the windiest days of the week but at least the rain kept off. The day started off promisingly — a mug of hot tea and biscuits while we had the safety talk. It wasn't all that confidence building to hear about all the nasty ways you can seriously injure yourself whilst floating along the canal, but joking aside it really made me think about how foolish we can all sometimes be when it comes to our own safety. We had a great time — Colin and Angus were there too and we all spent the day arguing about whose turn it was next....until we got to the tricky bits (narrow bridges, winding holes, near collision narrows) when all of a sudden they both seemed really keen to hand me the tiller.....

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PEEKYS BLINDERS 2016-1
Carol: Tue 16 Oct 2:56pm

Sunday the 28th October will see the Overwater Marina engineering team paddling for pounds as they attempt a charity row from the Marina, near Audlem, to Nantwich basin and back. Peeky's Blinders, named in honour of workshop manager Simon Peek, have decided to re-launch their raft 'Broke n down' to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute with this sponsored event...

Peeky's Blinders
Carol: Wed 26 Sep 1:21pm

Possibly the smallest narrowboat on the network has recently become available for sale!'Broke n Down' was hand-crafted by the engineers from Overwater Narrowboat Services to take part in this year's raft race at the RNLI festival; which took place alongside the Autumn Boatshare4u Boat show. This narrowboat marvel, and winner of the best-dressed category, was hand-painted and...

RNLI Festival 2018
Janet: Thu 30 Aug 2:10pm

Don't forget to join us for an evening of FREE entertainment on Saturday 8th September. The evening starts at 6pm with an interesting and amusing talk on the history of the RNLI from Peter Robinson, a retired Lifeboat Coxwain. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Funky Choir and our headline act — the fabulous Geoff Rey. The RNLI bar and BBQ will be open from 6pm and there will...