Well, after many years of wanting a sib for a bit of messing around on the river, I finally had my first outing yesterday
To say I enjoyed it was an understatement!
I've got a Honwave 2.7 Air Keel, with a nice little Mariner 4 horse two stroke set up, and have slowly been collecting all the little bits required to have a good fun, safe day out over the last few months (life jackets etc).
The local river is a few minutes walk down the end of my road (the Ouse in Bedford), with a nice little spot I had already eyed up to launch to set off from. Once I saw the weather report for the weekend was looking good, I sorted my insurance, booked a day license and got the fuel tank brimmed, then gave my folks a heads up I would be taking my maiden voyage, so they could come and watch me fall in!!!
Thankfully all went well, to the point that I was soon giving all and sundry rides up and down the river, around the local marina enjoying the sunshine and warmth of the day. I only passed one other boat out, and got a nice friendly wave from the passing crew. I must say I enjoyed seeing parts of the town from different views not usual seen whilst on foot, and hopefully I'll be making a trip up to my sisters riverside house around 10 miles away sometime during the summer (and yes I have got an external tank).
So, now I've broken my duck, I hope to be spending plenty more days out on the local waterways, with maybe a trip to the coast for some seaside fun if we can pick a calm day.
I even got a full thumbs up from the wife as she enjoyed it as much as me and is now posting up pictures of our day on Facebook, so that can't be bad.