13 May 2022

From Coast to Canal with Dee, Fran and Rich

By Paul Knox-Johnston Sales & Marketing Manager (Marine)

Watch the exciting trailer here!

Forget the red carpet at Leicester Square, come and watch 2022’s most exciting boating video being launched live at the Crick Boat Show on the 4th June and streamed from right here on the Haven Knox-Johnston website.

‘Coast to Canal’ is likely to be the most talked about boating collaboration this year!  Our two-part series featuring YouTube legends, Fran and Rich from ‘Floating Our Boat’ and round the world yachtswoman Dee Caffari is a feel good, reality tv show which brings together the whole boating community from the coast to the inland waterways.

Intrigued?  Well, if you are visiting Crick on Saturday 4th  June, join in the fun on the Seminar Stage at 10.30am for our Q&A session with Fran and Rich to be one of the first to view episode one.

Can’t be with us at Crick?  Pop back here and watch one of the world’s best-known sailors plucked out of her comfort zone and presented the challenge of a two day narrowboating holiday, from anywhere in the world.  You think it is easy?  Well, come and see for yourself!

Our Film Stars

Meet the people behind the scenes

Dee Caffari MBE

Best known for sailing around the world six times, both single handed and with crew, both the ‘right way’ and the ‘wrong way’!  Starting out her career as probably everyone’s favourite PE teacher, Dee first hit the headlines as the only female skipper in the Global Challenge Race in 2004.  The call of the ocean was strong and only four months after returning from that first race, she headed back out to face a circumnavigation the ‘wrong way’ (against the prevailing winds and currents) and has been challenging herself and successfully leading crews in races and voyages ever since.  Outside of sailing, Dee is a passionate advocate for protecting our oceans, encouraging greater female participation in elite sailing and safety at sea.  She had never been canal boating until we lead her astray in 2021!

Fran and Rich - "Floating our Boat"

Fran and Rich met whilst working on their community allotments, swapping plants and helping each other out with their chickens.  In 2018 they decided to swap their life in Norfolk with a life afloat on a narrowboat, exploring the inland waterways of the UK and documenting every step of journey.  Starting out on the journey on the Ashby Canal aboard ‘Rum Smuggler’ soon renamed ‘Constanze’ after Mozart’s wife.  Having explored thousands of miles of the canal network, they decided to have a custom canal boat built by Elton Moss and took delivery of ‘Laura Maisie’ in April 2021.  A mere five months later they kindly let Dee loose with her.  Thankfully, she is still afloat and we remain on speaking terms!

To find out more, pop by our Stand V - BMR11 at the Crick Boat Show

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