Why I will never again cede control to trained volunteers #cilled #narrowboat #england

Ian has a few cautionary words for anyone who thinks it’s all plain (or even plane) sailing on canals 😱

The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company, England.

Why? Because cilled at Grisly Grindley Brook locks, that’s why. We were about thirty seconds away from disaster, and it was all my fault (seriously).

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The powers that be – those who have set themselves up as “the powers that be” – train, certify and provide livery & equipment for a lot of very, very nice and very, very helpful “lock volunteers”. These fantastic folk do exactly what it says on the box, they volunteer to assist boating types at the more dangerous lock systems. Ninety-nine point nine nine percent of the time it works wonders and boaters are more grateful than you can imagine for a helping hand. However…

It is too easy, especially when, like me, a chap is still wet behind the stern-gland, to fall into the trap of ceding control to chaps bathed in CaRT logos, and to just follow their orders. That –

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2 thoughts on “Why I will never again cede control to trained volunteers #cilled #narrowboat #england

  1. Thank’ee kindly, sir! The experience was one of those strange “this can’t really be happening to us” moments, I am just happy (in that weird sort of near-disaster way) that the Bro was more than sufficiently composted Mentos to yell out a warning and let me put two and two together to figure out what was happening. I am also happy (in that same, perverse “not really but you know what I mean” way) that folk responded when I barked at them! The good thing about moments like these is that once they’re over, they’re in the past. Scary stuff indeed.

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