So what has changed in cruising in the 25 years we have been away?
Technology mostly. It's cheaper now even if not really cheap
. I think you'll fall into it easy enough. There are those that feel technology does not make cruising hard enough and that you don't have to want it as much or work as hard. I would not be one to agree in the slightest. People are still people and they present the most trouble or opportunities as you seek you will find. So That part is probably good. All your old instincts will come back and serve you. Global communication crosses boundaries more. Some things are more the same yet not like they used to be. If you could cruise
in 22 ft boat I really don't see that you have anything to worry about.
I looked at your trip and I think you'll find sections vastly different from each other some in a good way. A lot of heavy commercial
use vs much less so.
What kind of boat were you considering? I have friends that did the narrow boat canals and had a spectacular time. It's a different style of boating
but you can show up in very small tows and be right at the center of things easy. Lots of old world locks and low tech hydraulic engineering. That is something I would like to do too.