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Have you have ever wanted to steer a canal boat or improve your technique?

If you have struggled to get started, especially when reversing or turning, you will, indeed, find out exactly why you simply “haven’t learnt to do it - YET”.

This pocket book is packed with detailed information on how to get started or to improve your existing technique. It is the way that Janul delivers her real time tuition and addresses techniques learned over many years of both leisure boating and commercial steering. The author goes the extra mile to drive home the readers understanding of "why" many people struggle to get things right.

If you are a complete beginner, there is basic tuition in the form of "how to" and exercises to get you started. You will find technical information and reasons why sometimes, people do things differently.

For those who have steered for a while and who fancy polishing their skills, there is plenty in there to help improve on those hard to grasp manoeuvres.

With nine pages of hints, tips and exercises on just the dreaded reverse, that, alone, should make you curious....

As owner and principal of Canal Experience Training, JANUL is an experienced RYA Instructor for courses including the RYA Helmsman. Her qualifications also include the MCA Boatmaster, used during many seasons of work on “Jason’s Trip”, in Little Venice, London. After four decades of diverse boating, including coalboats, tugs and other workboats, JANUL’S teaching has an edge of varied technique.

She considers herself fortunate to have had such opportunities.

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How would you feel if you found you were lost on a riverbank in Dwarf City?

Would you expect to find yourself captured by a dark witch, in a charming tale of good against evil?And would you anticipate transportation into another world, where you are chased by a Wizard in an exciting adventure around the UK Canal system?
Magic and mystery, friendship and history, this is a charming tale of good against evil.
The backdrop of the old canal intertwined with real-life characters and boats gives the story an imaginative edge which will inspire readers to visit the Inland Waterways for themselves.
Appealing to all age groups, you will be taken from humour to sadness, fantasy to reality and into another world (or maybe two).

A humorous and lighthearted insight into canal life at its best, this book will draw you into the world of the mysterious and sometimes dark liquid highway. It will see you laughing, but often from the edges of your seat.

Written in over 1600 verses of lilting rhyme, if you already enjoy the good v evil of Tolkien's "The Hobbit", the lilt of Julia Donaldson's "The Gruffalo" or the classic tales of "Rupert The Bear", then you will love Perriwillow.


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My Life On A Narrowboat - Lines from the Lock & Waterway Wishes


My Life On A Narrowboat is about real life aboard a canal boat on the UK waterways. It captures the experience of living aboard by using emotion and humour in equal amounts. Designed to de-mystify the culture from working boats to holiday craft, this book will captivate anyone who has ever watched a lock being worked, or a boater escaping from the world.

An unmissable and enlightening experience.

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Lines From The Heart - (And Valentine Verses)


If you have problems finding the right words, then look no further - from Love to Loss, Valentines Day to Christmas, Friends, Reflections and Goodbye, you'll find something for all occasions. Lines From The Heart is warm and giving, sentimental and loving and sometimes cynical and harsh. A book for all seasons of the heart.


The Adventures of Pirate (The Narrowboat) - TRILOGY

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"Pirate" is a narrowboat.

This series of rhyming stories, told from the viewpoint of Pirate The Narrowboat, gives an introduction to the UK canals and what happens in the life of a narrowboat - though Pirate leads a more exiting life than many!

What is it like inside a narrowboat? "Through The Lock" gives you a guided tour, then takes you out on a trip along the canal and through a lock.

When boats need attention, they are often put into a dry dock to be mended. "Pirate In The Dock" sees a sick Pirate being admitted to the "rudder ward" to get a damaged rudder fixed, helped by his friend "The Duke".

"Pirate Goes To A Festival" sees young Pirate, who is trying to be grown up, going to a festival to join in. Many lessons are delivered by the old boats, to teach Pirate how to behave. But he does get to take part in the famous "TUG-PULL".

Pirate books are suitable to be read to children, but can be enjoyed by all who want to know about the UK canals.

Other Books by Janul

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Narrowboat Kitchen (More About My Life On A Narrowboat)

(Very simple recipes)

30 simple recipes designed for the basic (& sometimes quirky!) narrowboat galley. Iincludes recipes suitable for small solid fuel ranges as well as conventional hob and oven. Using simple ingredients which can be found in any canal backwater, recipes are quick to prepare, using both ready made and fresh ingredients and using store-cupboard items with a long shelf life. Ingredients can be varied to what you can afford. Designed to create "proper" meals on the move for a hardworking crew, but still leaving time to enjoy the real pleasures of life.

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The CD from Janul - Still Water Runs Deep

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