Although we have around 120 members, the truth is that only about 20 of them are active and of them not all are capable of the level of effort required to work on our two annual coal runs where around 45 tonnes of coal needs moving manually in 25Kg bags, typically about three times from boat to customers location. These coal runs are our main source of income and vital if the boats are not to fall into decline. (Yes I know, they're not exactly pristine now.) We need more active members to crew the boats and assist wth locks in the Midlands particularly. I'm not going to dress this up, even with the adaptions to the butty cabin it's a bohemian lifestyle, relying to a great extent on use of the ranges for heat and hot water and requiring people to share the working cabins if staying overnight. (I camp under the sheets.) Toilet facilities are available but Black Prince we ain't. Showers are what you do when you get home.
If you are interested in an opportunity to
Please get in contact via the website www.narrowboattrust.org.uk or PM to me. First chance for a trip is Braunston to Alvecote on the 24th / 25th April.