The Haven Knox-Johnston crew have announced the launch of ‘Coast to Canal’, a two-part video series featuring narrowboating YouTube legends, Fran and Rich from ‘Floating Our Boat’, and round-the-world yachtswoman Dee Caffari.
This fly-on-the-wall documentary of Dee’s maiden voyage on the Grand Union Canal in Leicestershire shows her leaving the tides and currents of the open sea for a completely new challenge involving staircase locks, winding holes and tunnels on the tranquil inland waterways of the UK. Whilst Dee is a hugely accomplished yachtswoman, she definitely relied on her hosts, Fran and Rich, for expert guidance and instruction along the way. In 2018 Fran and Rich swapped their life in Norfolk for a life afloat exploring the inland waterways.
Historically, here in the UK there has been a clear divide between the two boating communities, inland and coastal, with the experiences enjoyed often being at different ends of the boating spectrum. With this video series, Haven Knox-Johnston sets out to discover if being a fan of one or the other is mutually exclusive, and whether the divide can be bridged.
The series was launched at Crick Boat Show on 4 June. Visitors joined a Q&A session with Fran and Rich in person, and Dee via pre-recorded video. Episode one is now available to view on the Haven Knox-Johnston YouTube channel.