I am now the official owner of Chertsey.
I met with one of the executors today, and was handed the bill of sale, along with a beautiful photo of the boat and its late owner back in 1973.
Taking the boat on does feel like a serious responsibility, and an honour as well as a privilege, and I hope I will do justice to it.
Not only that, but have a lot of fun, and do a great deal of learning, along the way.
As I realised the other day, the way I feel about this boat, it's not a possession; it's a relationship.