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 use YOUR innate ability and existing life skills to adapt YOUR hidden competence to YOUR way and YOUR needs on the water.
might be rope-work ... solo lock management ... making porridge ... finding a leak ... turning a boat in a winding hole ... navigating at close quarters ... financing your boating life ... feeding yourself properly ... clearing weed-hatches ... understanding your engine ... ferry-gliding in a red-boarded flow ... keeping yourself dry ... or warm
At the end of a #PogueAwayDay you have the option to decide what the day was worth to YOU or what you can afford.
A ... #PogueAwayDay ... is about unlocking skills you already have and modifying them to boating.
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One candidate ... (at the end of a self-inflicted gruelling day into night) ... said:- "I had competence I did not know I had; you gave me confidence to unlock it"
A #PogueAwayDay could be on Pogue's boat
or yours! ... dependent on need and circumstance.
One may not have a boat and want to "test the water" or learn skills which are not covered by conventional training.
Experienced boaters may want a #PogueAwayDay on salt water ... Pentargon
is built for tidal ... and proven at sea ...
(Short winter days and bad weather rarely cause any problems, in fact such conditions often make it easier)
Why Pogue asks for a donation in advance.
He once travelled 50 miles by boat to meet a lass who
a. had no money to pay his expenses which were very small.
b. had no boat but forgot to mention that in advance.
c. was interested in nothing except how to get a [very large] sofa into a narrowboat
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 get 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 wanted 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
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