We had thought that if it was raining we'd just stay put, but I see Paul and Elaine below had the same thought - before arriving in the UK! It seems we need to have a re-think on the matter.
I couldn't imagine how well you'd be able to see through the plastic window of a pram hood, and the nuisance of having to take it down for low bridges makes us wonder if it would be worth it. There seems to be so many votes for waterproofs and a good umbrella that we'll just stick with that plan and see how we go!
Comments from pram cover blog entry.....
We have a pram hood but unless we’re on the Thames we always travel with
it down (to ensure we don’t hit low bridges or branches). We also have
a ‘flat’ cover which has a small zipped opening where the helmsman
stands which we use if we have to move when it’s wet. Best company for
covers in our opinion is AJ Canopies Braunston. They are great, very
friendly and efficient.
best of luck
Which is worse -- ruining the look of a boat, or getting a bit wet?
If it's raining, put your waterproofs on (so I can still see I have my Tilley hat on with a hood over the top), and pull the slide towards you.
Our plan was not to move when it rained, if we had gone down that path we would still be moored at Yardley Gobion....it rains a lot.
Personally I don't like the pram hoods, restricted visibility plus a good chance on hitting bridges and trees etc.
We have the flat rear cover that unzips so your bottom half keeps dry, the downside being Elaine cannot get out of the stern easily and quickly if she has to.
To me the best bet is good wet weather gear, and a good wide brim hat, I prefer the hat as the wet weather hood interferes with my hearing, and restricted visibility with a hood!
I really don't mind steering in the rain with all the gear on.
Buy yourself a good quality, storm proof golf umbrella until you get
used to the boat and decide if you REALLY need a pram cover. Personally I
wouldn't waste the money.
All going well with your purchase, look forward to meeting up one day