Having written a song about a 'Grumpy Old Boater' I was determined that the first of the three labels should not apply to me and when we set off up the Llangollen Canal in 2019 I was determined to exhibit bonhomie to everyone I met. This lasted for a few days until a hire boat went racing past and smashed our boat into the bank. Though I tried my best to refrain from shouting 'slow down' whenever a boat passed too quickly, my patience was sorely tested at times and my blood pressure inevitably rose. Writing this ode about inconsiderate boaters has been my therapy. Simplifications and generalisations are inevitable when trying to write what I wanted to be an ‘amusing ditty’. I don’t intend to offend and I’m aware the song does a disservice to many hire boaters who are lovely people and who have plentiful waterways skills. Private boaters, who should know better, are often just as guilty of going too fast.