While negotiating the 'S' bends beside the site of the former Napton Brickworks on the Oxford Canal I noticed that the steerer of an approaching boat was waving his hands frantically. As he got nearer I could hear him saying 'Get over - your supposed to be at the edge" - now, although I was proceeding very slowly, there was no way that I could have navigated closer to either edge of the canal because the channel is quite badly silted up in this area. He had plenty of room to pass and at no time was his boat closer than a yard or so from me - even as he passed without slowing down. As he went by he shouted something like "some people want all of the canal" which probably sums up his own attitude. A bit of a contrast from the friendly wave that I usually get from approaching/passing boaters. Perhaps it is the time of year when grumpy boaters are in season.
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