Nick's family have been boating since the 1930s. Nick remembers childhood holidays in the '60s on small wooden cruisers. In 1968 Nick's father bought Beatty, a converted Samuel Barlow motor built at Yarwoods, which Nick now owns. Over the years Beatty has cruised just about everywhere on the system accessible by a full length boat. He lives in Somerset and has recently retired after 30 years of teaching. Nick and his wife, Liz, have plans for a leisurely retirement afloat!