Boating bucket list

Several months ago, a friend of mine, who shall be referred to as Demelza*, shared her life-to-do list with me and another friend, let’s call her Bekky*.  It inspired us to come up with lists of our own, although until this week my list was skeletal.  Since starting the list, I have been able to tick off a couple of things, including qualifying as a midwife, visiting Iceland and living on a boat (hooray!).

The latter was the only boat-related point on the list, whereas now I have several boaty ambitions.  Which I am now compiling into my boat-bucket-list (a work in progress). So far I have:

  • Take a trip longer than a week on my boat in the UK.
  • (In view of the above) Master the art of going through locks (which means I will have to attempt it sometime soon).
  • Volunteer with the River Canal Trust.
  • Take my boat on a continental canal trip (I learnt much on my weekend boat maintenance course, including the fact you can put a narrowboat on a ferry across the channel for a couple of thousand pounds; wine valleys and tulip fields here I come).
  • Service my boat engine myself (I have a textbook and a checklist, but I suspect there might be a theory-practice gap).
  • Black the hull myself.
  • Build a swing on the front of the boat (inspired by Sophia’s boat-warming picture below).
  • Fix a leaking pipe myself without having to get my neighbour’s help (tonight’s leaking pipe was fixed by a combination of neighbour-to-the-right and neighbour-who’s-car-I-accidentally-scratched).
  • Help solve someone else’s boat problem.
  • Turn my boat into a pirate ship and go on a treasure hunt.
  • Build a piece of furniture for my boat.
  • Fit out a boat from the shell.

Any other suggestions?

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*actual names