I first became interested in canals after leaving the Army in 1978. Eventually along with two others building our first boat [welding the steelwork and then fit out] in the early 90s. 12 years later we sold our share and stopped boating. Recently I rejoined the local canal society to help on NB Python and again the bug bit hard. So we purchased nb Hawthorn did some alterations to the layout and once again took to traveling.