Members Entry PageSo, in retirement, Irene and I wanted to continue cruising with Willow, but without the strictures of hotel boat scheduling. Most of that will be done in the months of May through to August - but nothing about retirement should be 'cast in stone'.
We still want to cruise but with the emphasis on relaxed cruising. If the weather and inclination suits we want to be able to stop and have a barbecue - or not - or perhaps just sit in the shade with a glass of red wine. Actually that's just the normal cruising regime of privately owned boats.
Over the years hotelboating we've been hosts to literally hundreds of guests, many we've been happily relaxed with - and admittedly a few we've found 'hard work'.
So to keep boredom at bay, and to keep us cruising, and to help maintain Willow we are to operate a non-profit Cruising Club.
For those of you just wanting to keep in contact and keep track of what we're up to on the canals, browse the menu headings to keep up to date with our 'activities'. For those wanting to keep cruising, our cruise club may be of interest - read on....
The Concept of the Cruise Club:
- We work out the approximate annual cost of keeping and maintaining Willow on the canal system;
- 'Members' who wish to participate in a weeks cruise in a
particular year, notify us and we arrange it accordingly.
- All the 'members' pay is an agreed proportion of the calculated annual cost (as if they were part owners); and a proportion of the food and fuel costs etc.
We go into all of this in more detail here.