Found a wharf to launch from and asked permission
Applied for a day license from http://canalrivertrust.org.uk
(15 quid for the day I think and 25 quid for a week)
Printed out the license
Showed my insurance certificate at the wharf
Reversed down the narrow slip
Mines too wide to fit in a lock so could only go on the one section but seeing as that was 22 miles including a 3/4 mile long tunnel it was no problem at all
A lock key (yep, we bought it before we knew we were too wide) was 12 quid
ALL the narrow boaters were lovely and amused. We had several "I like your fenders" comments and an offer to share a barbecue!
On tick over we were pulling a speedy 4.2 knots but most narrow boats were going faster than that.
Good mooring practice
Good places to pull over for a pint
Good chance to mess around with fish finders and chartplotters (chartplotters don't show canals but iPads do)
Good chance to get your RIB off the trailer and oil/adjust everything
Really good fun