Liquid History, Maritime And Canal Heritage















"Bringing Seamanship to the Creeks from the River and the Estuary "   


Pogue does not CHARGE for this "service". But he does choose who he takes. Your #PogueAwayDay may be on Pogue's boat or yours! ... dependent on your needs   You may not have a boat and want to "test the water". Experienced boaters may want a #PogueAwayDay on the Thames ... Pentargon is built for tidal ... and is proven at sea ...
( a/c. 54056101, sort 60-15-42, SW)
Pogue asks for a firm commitment by transferring 50 to defray initial expenses. The initial visit allows Pogue to meet you, check your boat, talk about what you want to achieve on your #PogueAwayDay. Later when the details have been smoothed out he #PogueAwayDay can be organised . On that day you get his undivided attention for a whole day  ... or such shorter [or sometimes longer] time as it takes for you to achieve your personal objective ... (Short winter days and bad weather rarely cause any problems, in fact such conditions often make it easier)     

On the day,  YOU make all the decisions as to how then day goes.

 A #PogueAwayDay is NEITHER a course NOR a training session.
It is a sharing and transfer of knowledge between two people. 

Pogue will show YOU how HE does things with which you are not yet familiar 
and YOU will
use YOUR own innate ability and existing life skills
to adapt YOUR hidden competence to YOUR way and YOUR needs.

It might be rope-work ... solo lock management ... how to make porridge ... find a leak ...  remove an engine ... turn a 60' boat in a 62' winding hole ... navigate at close quarters ... finance your boating life ... feed yourself properly ... clear weed-hatches ... understand your engine ... learn ferry-gliding on moving water ... At the end of a #PogueAwayDay you decide what the day was worth to YOU. If you are happy and wish to be generous, you may demonstrate that generosity financially or by telling others how you benefited from the experience.

A #PogueAwayDay is about unlocking skills you already have and modifying them to boating.
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One lass (at the end of a self-inflicted gruelling day into night) said:-

"I had the competence but did not know it;
you gave me confidence to unlock that competence"

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Why Pogue asks for a donation in advance.

He once travelled 50 miles by train to meet a lass who
a. had no money to pay his fare.

b. had no boat but forgot to mention that in advance.
Pogue had assumed she was coming by boat and left his 50 miles away. 

A [male] ( with his own boat!) intimated he would give Pogue his travelling expenses on the day.
It transpired (on the day) that he had been hemmed in and did not know how to move away.
The boat was extricated moved to a new mooring and the client reckoned he was happy
No exchange ever occurred as the boater had no money, no account, no moral compass.

A young lady had arranged by phone for Pogue to meet her at her boat near Broadway.
She needed to move from there to West London and "lacked the skill and/or confidence".
She had left the keys for Pogue but omitted to mention she was not going to be on board.
The boat was tupperware and alongside, hemmed in by steel narrow-boats on a very wet day.
The outboard was incapable of being started except by a "boyfriend" who did not attend.
Pogue's expenses for that day were considerable and went unrequited, but you knew that.

THAT day Pogue decided a bank transfer would be a good way to avoid being stung again
S.WALL  a/c54056101 sort 60-15-42 NatWest Farnborough

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