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My name's Paul, and I'm seriously thinking about buying a NB to live-aboard, but it's many years since I've been on one, and although I get the gist of ropes and locks etc., I could do with a refresher to gain confidence and help me decide whether to go ahead. Hiring a boat for a week seems like a pretty expensive way of getting a 'crash' course, and I wondered if there were any gentle folk / single-crewers who'd be interested in trading their experience and a spare bunk for a helping hand for a week or so? Obviously I'd expect to pay my way... I'm a decent, responsible, double-jabbed 55-year old bloke, living in Sheffield (though not expecting to start at Victoria Quays!)

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If you dont get any suitable offers, you could do the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsmans Course. I think it can be done in a day, but we did it over 2 days. IIRC it pretty much covered most things that you need to know on a narrowboat, albeit very quickly. I wouldnt be surprised if you couldnt extend it to 4 days, or whatever, and it wouldnt cost as much as hiring for a week.

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11 hours ago, Richard10002 said:

If you dont get any suitable offers, you could do the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsmans Course. I think it can be done in a day, but we did it over 2 days. IIRC it pretty much covered most things that you need to know on a narrowboat, albeit very quickly. I wouldnt be surprised if you couldnt extend it to 4 days, or whatever, and it wouldnt cost as much as hiring for a week.

Thanks for this Richard - I'll certainly look into that. Appreciate you getting back to me. Cheers

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You could join the Chesterfield Canal Trust and then volunteer on one of their boats. They welcome new volunteers and it's a good way to get experience of how different boats handle etc. 

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26 minutes ago, bigray said:

You could join the Chesterfield Canal Trust and then volunteer on one of their boats. They welcome new volunteers and it's a good way to get experience of how different boats handle etc. 

Great stuff - thanks Ray!

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12 hours ago, Paul66 said:

Great stuff - thanks Ray!

Better still pop down to Victoria Quays and go to the CaRT office and ask about volunteering on the Sheffield canal, there is always boats coming and going from Sheffield and I’m sure some of the single handed boats would appreciate crew. You could jump on a boat and get the train back anywhere from Rotherham to Doncaster. Not many boats move in Chesterfield with no access to or from.

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12 hours ago, PD1964 said:

Better still pop down to Victoria Quays and go to the CaRT office and ask about volunteering on the Sheffield canal, there is always boats coming and going from Sheffield and I’m sure some of the single handed boats would appreciate crew. You could jump on a boat and get the train back anywhere from Rotherham to Doncaster. Not many boats move in Chesterfield with no access to or from.

Thanks PD - planning to do just that on my next free day ?

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