Crick Boat Show

We knew the forecast wasn't good today so we decided that driving to Crick today was probably a good bet if we wanted to miss the crowds. Well we definitely did miss the crowds. However, the number of boats on show was also modest and there were spaces in the basin (marina) even with several historic boats including President taking up some berths. I expect there will be more crowds as the weather improves over the weekend.

The basin on the first day of the Crick Boat Show; President in steam

Nevertheless, despite the rain, we enjoyed looking at what was on offer. There is always something of interest and we met some friends.

The William Piper boat in the basin certainly looked the part to us with its reclaimed wood interior and its shiny restored Ruston & Hornsby 2YM engine. They won the "Favourite Boat in Show" with Pyrus last year; perhaps they will win again this year.

The performance artists that were the boat Lady Lydia certainly raised smiles!

The Lady Lydia raising a smile

The crew of Lady Lydia suitably dressed for the weather

Without naming names I was very much taken by the poor standard of steelwork on a couple of the foreign-produced boats on show. I suppose, as always, you get what you pay for but I can't help feeling that some modestly-priced boats based on British hulls might have a better resale value.

A very neat disabled-adapted boat