Hello, the title pretty much gets to the point.
Returning to the canals after 20 years for a short break with the family and dogs. None of them are boat savvy, and I would like it to go really well so that it may become a regular thing.
I would like them to be relaxed yet interested.
The way I see it at present is;
North onto the Bridgewater, probably as far as Pennington Flash and back.
Pros; No locks for the novices, pub every night, quieter since 1 week limit introduced(?), Lymm and Worsley pleasant(?)
Cons; lot of urban/rundown areas , motorway noise and run by Peel.
South onto Middlewich Branch and out to Beeston Castle and back.
Pros; more rural, pub for most nights, familiar with the area.
Cons; decent number of locks for the novices, but nothing crazy (they have to get used to them eventually).
If I can get them comfortable handling the boat, I can do more lock work, or maybe I should just act single handed until they pick it up?
Other info: Dogs (small) will be an added complication and will be lifejacketed. Child is a better swimmer than the adults.
I do realise as a hirer I will be the first suspect/scapegoat when one is required...…
All advice/points of view welcome.