I'm a serial hire-boater, first canal holiday age nine, bitten by the bug!
Big gap between age 29 and 39 then started boating(pregnant) again with a husband who had no experience of waterways and four other friends who loved it as much as I did. He couldn't understand what you could find to do on a boat at 4mph for a week! Seven days later he is as smitten as the rest of us.
Canal holidays have ensued every other year on average dependent on holiday time, brain tumours (mine), business commitments etc. we still love it. Logistically we live too far away from the canal system to own a boat but give us a few years........
Day to day life consists of the demands of teenage daughter, our business (Will writing) etc.
I can't resist the lure of the chat about canals and all things narrow!