Replacing the Lock Gates at Meelick Lock on the River Shannon. #34

Waterways Ireland are replacing the lock gates on this magnificent lock at Meelick on the River Shannon. And Waterways Ireland have taken the unprecedented step of allowing members of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland access to the site. This is a first and I hope the first step in the right direction, and maybe the next time they might go a step further and open a site to the general public.

After all there is not much point in preaching to the converted. I’d love to see a school tour visiting such a site, and it might ignite an appreciation of the wonderful waterways we have.

Take a look around our boat, a video boat tour. #33

Join us as we take a look around our boat “Driftwood” by way of a short video boat tour, sort of like a boat inspection! Driftwood is a Drettmann DD Yacht. She is a German built steel cruiser and she was constructed in 1981.

She is a six berth boat with two singles in the bow in what they call a V-berth. Then the galley table can fold down to form a double berth and finally there is a small double cabin in the aft that we use ourselves. However I always feel

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How much does a boat cost? The easy way to get into boating.

Want to know how much it costs to get into boating?

Not as much as you may think… Boating is affordable and in this video I’ll show you how anyone can manage to get on the water the easy way.

We started off with a small plywood day boat that we took our two children on a two week holiday on, not a great idea! That boat was called The Four of Us, although we all agreed very quickly that it wasn’t the boat for us.

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