I came across a Waterways World dated June 1990 and looking through it noted the content to be much the same as today.
Similar number of pages although the modern day issue is larger as is the price at £3.75 ($5.60) as against the 1990 price of £1.40 ($2.10). Obviously lots more colour with other than the cover just about a dozen pages in colour.
Midland chandlers still dominate the back page 20+ years on listing their branches as Braunston, Penkridge and surprise to me Cowroast marina on the Grand Union near Tring.
Braidbar boats advertise their boat building services at £550 ($825) per foot. That price nowadays would certainly be double and a bit more.
In the `next month` section is an article about a Nicholas Bostock taking his 60 foot narrow boat across the Channel to France by water. i wonder if that`s the same Bostock that bought the derelict hull of steamer President to restore it back to it`s present day condition.
The personal ads are much the same with folk looking to boat share or crew a boat but this one stood out so here it is;
MY EX HUSBAND and best friend is sad and lonely and nearly fifty.
He is a kind and gentle man in a caring profession. Good sense of humour
varied interests, jazz, walking, own narrowboat. (just wondering why she let him go)
He would like a companion/s. (ahh he wants more than one)
A nice look back with an article on the late Henry Monk (1922-1990) , the new boat review is Mizpah from the Midland Canal Centre. Restoration, news and the regular what`s on column.