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  1. Thanks so much for the help. We contacted the rental firm and they told us that for kids they only have the buoyancy aids which are 50N rated. We read online that means they are suitable if the person wearing it is conscious and we'd much rather have her wearing a full life jacket if the worst case scenario happens. The two life jackets we've checked out look like good options, but they're ratings are quite different, so we still don't know which is best or if there is a better option out there that people would recommend. Thanks so much again. C.
  2. Thanks so much for the help with our last post planning our vacation route for the Avon ring. We’ve decided on a lot, but are now trying to figure our life jacket situation. We spoke to the rental firm and they have the inflating types for adults which will work for my husband, me, and our eldest (15), but they only have the buoyancy aid type for our daughter (12). Someone before pointed us to the Boater Handbook and that recommends life jackets, so as she isn’t a strong swimmer we’re planning to get one for her before we pickup the boat. So far we’ve found these two which look lik
  3. Thanks so much for the help. Sorry for the typo - I meant we swapped out Rugby for Stoke Prior, not Warwick. And yes - I did mean Shelsley Walsh - sorry for getting the name wrong (I struggle to keep on top of everything my husband and son tell me about NASCAR!). Thanks for the notes about where we can/cannot moor the boat. This is our new plan: Day 1 -- Get groceries, unpack on the boat Day 2 -- Stoke Prior through Tardebigge Locks Day 3 -- From Tardebigge Locks to Earlswood Day 4 -- Earlswood to Lapworth Wharf Day 5 -- Lapworth Wharf to Lowsonford
  4. Thanks so much for the help with our last post – we are planning our summer vacation on the Avon ring and think we’ve got our route down having swapped out our starting point for Warwick (we looked at the CanalPlan website and it’s awesome!). We're going to do the clockwise route, and this is our current plan: Day 1 -- Get groceries, unpack on the boat Day 2 -- Stoke Prior through Tardebigge Locks Day 3 -- From Tardebigge Locks to King’s Norton Day 4 -- King’s Norton to Earlswood Day 5 -- Earlswood to Lapworth Wharf Day 6 -- Lapworth Wharf to Lowsonford Day 7 -- Lowsonf
  5. Thanks so much for the help. I'm sorry if I am being very anxious and confusing. I just want to be as prepared as possible. We are super excited for the trip, and I don't want to restrict her at all, but I do want her to be safe. I know we will learn a lot by actually being there, but I don't want to turn up unprepared. Everybody here is being really helpful and I appreciate your advice. I'm sorry if I used the wrong terminology (I am learning so much!). By keeping her off the bow, I meant we will make sure she only gets on and off at the back of the boat. E.g. that if
  6. Thanks so much. We know where we want to see and go, and pretty much whereabouts we will be picking up the boat, but aren't completely up to speed on the names of the whole canal/river network yet (our eldest is a whizz with technology so we will have the routes on our Google maps). We will definitely not allow her to walk down the sides of the boat, and we will also make it a rule for her to stay off the bow at all times. I am worried about when we dock the boat, but so long as she can still be involved when at the back, then that will probably work well. I know we wil
  7. Wow! Thanks so much for the help. We are looking at the Avon ring because we haven’t been to those parts of the U.K. Our plan is to book the boat from Rugby and do the ring clockwise for three weeks. We know the route includes the river, but is it more dangerous than the Four Counties ring? We want to do the Shakespeare sites, and the Warwick Castle, which I read you can detour to off the Avon ring. There are other things we want to do, but if the Four Counties ring is much safer, we could do those things by car I guess. She is super excited about the trip and we know s
  8. We are a family of four planning our vacation for the summer and we are going to be booking a narrowboat for three weeks. We are looking mostly at the Avon ring and we will be newbies to the boat and the area. Our daughter (12) is super excited for the trip but she isn’t a strong swimmer and I’m also worried about her going to operate the locks. Could anyone here please share your routines/advice/rules/tips for kid’s safety on your boats? Thanks so much. C.
  9. Hi, We are a family of four (son, 15 and daughter, 12) planning our vacation for the summer. We will be booking a narrowboat and are newbies looking for advice on things as we get more of the planning done. So, hi!
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