On the canals we have our own unwritten understanding of how we should share them, which is based on many generations of boaters who've learnt to rub along together. The many 'done things' of the waterways are part of our culture and also the hallmarks of a good boater. These 'little rules' are as simple as thoughtfulness and common sense - so you can guess what people would think of you if you didn't do them! Here are six of the main ones:
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So, you want to cast your vote, sign on, tap the doctor for some special pills, switch bank accounts, have a wisdom tooth whipped out, and fetch 'A Memoir of Administration' by J R Hartley from the library, all in time for tea. It's a doddle if you're normal, but what if your address is My Boat, A Canal, The World? First, let's deal with the internet...
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Volunteering is a great way to get a feel for the waterways near you either before or after you buy a boat. Most navigation authorities, including the Canal and River Trust and the Scottish Waterways Trust, as well as the IWA, invite volunteers to help with anything from helping boaters through a lock and towpath tidy-ups to canal restoration work.
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