Scary stuff this!! I have left behind my comfort zone of Excel and Tables into the mindfield of blogs and web pages, but with a little help from friends and relatives, here goes.
Jacquie and I retire on Leap Day, it has to be said that Jacquie is reluctant to retire and April Fools day has been selected as the day our adventure on our canal or narrow boat begins, sounds about right.
Since buying the boat in December 2007 we have spent a few days crusing about in the close proximity of our mooring in Wigram Turn Marina, with a few good chums, but from April we intend to move onboard permanently, Jacquie, my wife, has agreed to a minimum term of at least 2 years. We will have time off for good behaviour, travelling around Europe by car visiting friends and relatives and skiing next winter, so this first year of retirement looks to be quite exciting.
Skyy was only just over a year old when we bought her and in very good order, but we have spent the last year getting her just right for us as a live aboard. extending the bed to 5ft, making and fitting a substantial top box, and finally making the cratch boards and getting AJ Canopies to make the covers for both the box and the cratch. AJ Canopies, have done a terrific job and were so helpful and efficient.
We are now in the final stages of packing up our personal possessions that aren't needed on Skyy and putting them into storage. It then remains to start packing clothes to take to the boat, only, that I'm am sure that even after substantial bags of cloths going to various charity shops we will find that three double wardrobes do not fit into one single boat size wardrobe.