Our boat does not travel very fast, which is just as well as the speed limit going up river is 4 mph and coming down 6 mph.
This suits us, as we can putter away happily, taking in the glory of nature, and enjoy the sights of wildlife both on the water and in the air.
We have a 27 kw engine, which Hubby says equates to 36 horsepower. Weighing in at 6 tons, our maximum speed would be around 12 knots or approximately 14 mph. To be honest, I get nervous when we’re doing 6, so going twice as fast, I’d be on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
It’s nice sometimes to pass other narrow boats on the river.
We wave, as do they, and pass on any details of stiff lock gates, anyone behind us, or in a couple of cases, something in the water they should be wary of. They do likewise.
However, I can only describe this instance as being like a car overtaken by a pushbike.
And when we were at Comberton for the night, we saw a dragon in full flight.
It was amazing the speed these guys were doing, without engine power!