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  1. Reporting in. The American newbies ended up as a party of three boats carrying 12 people from Wrenbury to Llangollen and back. All your advice was really helpful and reassuring, but I will confess to have bumped into more than a few bridges and one or two other boats. Others were definitely more skilled on the tiller. We had the most wonderful relaxed time, mooring up in unbelievably beautiful places and loved the whole "out of touch" experience. Thinking that we didn't want to trigger any discussions about politics I asked my fellow boaters to bring state flags rather than the Stars and
  2. and yes, we'll be enjoying ourselves too! OK, you have been warned. We'll be a party of 11 in three boats on the Llangollen, leaving from Wrenbury 11-18 June. Can't wait...
  3. What a joy to wake up to all these helpful, kind, funny and practical answers. To summarize so far (in no particular order) 1. Slow down, especially when passing moored boats. Slow down to enjoy the canal. Slow down (this is my goal for the trip) 2. Read the Nicholson guide (downloaded and read it last night) 3. Don't waste the water in the locks by emptying without a boat in it, unless there is no-one in sight 4. Don't moor in places where others need to go - such as water stops, winding holes 5. Take turns at bridges and tunnels (notify waiting boats if you have a
  4. What a joy to wake up to all these helpful, kind, funny and practical answers. To summarize so far (in no particular order) 1. Slow down, especially when passing moored boats. Slow down to enjoy the canal. Slow down (this is my goal for the trip) 2. Read the Nicholson guide (downloaded and read it last night) 3. Don't waste the water in the locks by emptying without a boat in it, unless there is no-one in sight 4. Don't moor in places where others need to go - such as water stops, winding holes 5. Take turns at bridges and tunnels (notify waiting boats if you have a
  5. Thanks to all and especially Mike - do you accept prepayment in depreciating USD?
  6. For many years we have dreamed of renting a canal boat, and just maybe, in June 2018, we will be able to do just that with family and friends (6 in total probably). Thinking of Llangollen canal, of course! We are reasonably quick learners, can watch You Tubes of how to manage the boat, and will listen carefully at the orientation lesson. We are mechanically savvy and despite being Americans, we always want to be polite, but we don't know the canal boat world, its culture and traditions. Please help us and your fellow boaters with some pointers. What it is that you wish that tota
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