A 60’ semi-trad, reverse layout, bespoke designed narrowboat with shell built by Reeves
and fit-out by Heartwood Narrowboats.

This is a blog of the building and fit-out of the Narrowboat Slow Pace from base plate to launch.
The more recent postings are pictures taken during our cruising.

Our first ever visit to Crick

23 & 24 May 2008

The Saturday was a lovely day. First stop was to see our boatbuilders, Paul & Maria & the gang, on their show boat for this year, Alma Jean (the first boat from the left in the far row). Then it was off to visit as many of the competition’s boats as possible, with a view to nicking good ideas wherever we saw them!

Saturday night was spent in the beer tent, meeting the owners of Mehalahland, Plan B & The Maisibert, along with the new owners of Alma Jean. These guys are the Heartwood Boat Supporters Club - an esteemed organisation to whose ranks they’ve now promoted the Slow Pace crew – and what a lovely bunch they all were!

Sunday was a miserable, wet & windy day – but that didn’t stop us. Our priority was to buy an oven & water filter & to have a good look around the stalls. We also managed to fit in a couple more of the show boats. By mid afternoon we were all sodden & soaked through & more than happy to take up an invite to visit Mehalahland, Plan B & The Maisibert at their moorings on the cut. Once again their owners all made us very welcome & it was great to see previous example of our boatbuilder’s workmanship & to get first hand comments & recommendations for our own build.

Even with the bad weather on Sunday it was a great Crick Boat Show for us (we could only make the Saturday & Sunday, so missed the disappointment of the premature closure on the Monday). We managed to pick up some bargains, picked lots of the expert’s brains & got to meet some really lovely people. So roll on next year’s Crick. You never know – Slow Pace might even be moored up out on the cut!

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