Friday night a College Cruisers narrowboat passed by the Wharf. It was late and at a point where they should have been moored up. I noticed them because my boat lurched violently, I looked out of the front window to see a a stern wave, the like of which, I have only ever seen on a returning boat. Probably the second biggest wave I have ever seen. I went to the back of my boat and remonstrated with them. The man on the tiller was so drunk he could barely stand. His companion was abusive. The drunk said you cant talk to us like that I’m in the Paras. Funny that, I thought the Paras were a respectable unit, I was obviously wrong as was proven later in the evening at the Boat Inn. They not only gave a totally erroneous account of our encounter. They said that they were surprised that at how many people told them to slow down. They went on to say that they were ‘extreme boating’. By that they meant that as well as excessive speeding they would stand on the bridges and jump onto the boat roof as it passed underneath. This ‘trick’, if you can call it that, was demonstrated in the Guy Martin series ‘The Boat That Guy Built’. I always said that the last thing that the waterways needed was a pratt like Guy Martin and certainly in this case I have been proven right. These so called ‘brave’ Paras when onto say what they were going to do to my boat on their way back because I had the temerity to tell them to slow down.
I don’t care who they are, they have no right to behave in this manner. Showing scant regard for the waterways, the wild life and the people who populate the canals. When people cant drink sensibly can we really trust them to hold a gun in defence of our nation? When these thugs come into this community and, without any respect at all, ignore the rules and behave like YOBS is it any wonder we think of them as thugs. As an ex military man myself, of 25 years service, I find this whole episode totally offensive to common decency.
College Cruisers need to address this type of situation. They should make it quite clear that if they get complaints the boat will be taken away by the company staff.