Our boating life from 1978 – 2012

After spending many boating holidays on hired boats on The Thames and the Broads we decided it was time to invest in a boat of our own.

During the last Broads holiday, we saw a wooden cruiser called Salamander II for sale which we liked the look of and subsequently bought. It was very comfortable and sturdy and easy to handle.

We spent ten enjoyable years sailing on the rivers from Kings Lynn to Peterborough and all tributaries. After stripping and painting the boat several times we decided we should upgrade to something that did not require as much maintenance.

HENCE: the next boat purchased was a fibre glass boat called “FRED” (a name we didn’t want) and we re-named her “Nice Mover”. Thereby hangs a tale about Dennis’ dancing!!! He always said prior to buying our “New” boat that we could caller “Nice Mover!.

We were members of the Pike and Eel Boat Club at Needingworth, near St. Ives, Cambridgeshire where we made several new friends. With one couple in particular we chose to take a hire boat holiday on the Canal Du Midi in France which was different but most enjoyable especially as it was the wine tasting and grape picking season ????

Coming up to my retirement we decided to move to The Elms at Torksey and we transported Nice Mover to the moorings on the canal at Torksey.

After 10 years moored here at Torksey and sailing in all directions that we could, being restricted by the height and width of the boat, we decided to call it a date (old age was catching up) But now, 10 years later, we wish we had continued for a little while longer.

We had some memorable experiences including running out of power whilst sailing down the Trent and having to be towed by a narrow boat to the nearest lock.

Every time we went out – we called it “A THRILL A MINUTE”…

DENNIS AND EVELYN NOBLE