Can you guess where these narrow double doors belong? The rope is a hint as to where I photographed the subject for Thursday Doors this week.
That’s right, they are the cabin doors of a classic fiberglass boat, a Freeman 26 footer. A nice little cruiser from the early seventies. As it’s over 25 years old, it’s considered a heritage boat in Ireland.
A view from the inside, where my husband and myself sat each side of the dining table trying to pluck up the courage to bring it out onto the lake. We had just bought our first boat and had been given a twenty minute lesson by the previous owner on how to bring it out on the water and moor it. We were fine doing that while he was on board, but the thoughts of being in control of a boat once he had left us was quite daunting. So, we had lunch, a second cup of coffee and then grabbed the bull by the horns, or should I say “the boat by the hull” and set out, away from the marina and out over the lake.
We soon got the hang of handling the boat and took turns at the helm. It was so nice to see the countryside from the river and not a building in site. Ireland’s inland river and canal system is the longest continuous inland waterway in Europe and we came across quite a few tourists on rented cruisers on our journey up river. As it was our first trip, we decided against going through a lock, so we moored at one of the free pontoons that are to be found all along the waterways. You can stay at any of these moorings for up to five days at no charge.
As the sun was shining and no threat of rain, we took a walk into the village and inspected the other boats moored along the river. Of course, none of them were a patch on ours and to celebrate our first night on board, we cooked two nice juicy steaks and washed them down with an Australian Shiraz. The setting was so peaceful and relaxing that any doubts we harboured on having bought that boat quickly disappeared (sorry about the pun).
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