The picture at the top the page is of my wife Gill on our boat "Jemima". The picture was taken on New Years Day 1995 which was cold, but sunny. The night before we had visited the Fisheries Inn, which is close to Coppermills Lock on the Grand Union canal. We had a grand time, seeing in the New Year with other boaters (who mostly lived full time on their boats). Sadly the Fisheries has been "modernised" as a pub/restaurant/steakhouse and has gone from being a friendly, slightly shabby, comfortable pub to a cold, clinical eating and drinking factory (sigh).
"Jemima" is 12.8m (42 feet) long and can sleep four in comfort. She is powered by a three cylinder diesel engine and usually travels at 4mph (the speed limit on the British canals). Below decks, working forwards, there is a fixed double sleeping cabin followed by the bathroom with shower. Forward is the galley and main saloon, which has a sofa bed in it.
"Jemima" was built in steel by Liverpool Boats in the cruiser style (that is she has a open rear deck). The fitting out was done by two of my co-owners.
You can see other canal related pictures in my Photo Gallery
If you would like to know more about Canals, and may be correspond with other canal maniacs on the Internet then visit:
George Pearson's excellent Canal Boating in the U.K. and Europe
This is my wife Gill and I on Jemima on a cold grey day. We are somewhere between Little Venice and Bull's Bridge on the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union canal. You can see a bigger version, if you wish.
On the 17th of August nearly 50 people, most of whom had never met face to face before, who are involved with inland waterways and the internet met at Ansty beside the North Oxford canal. Gill & I had a wonderful time, quite a lot of the credit must go to the organiser Jeff Dennison.
If you are interested in viewing/downloading the group picture, click here or on the picture above.