When we were in Amsterdam last month one of the things we were most looking forward to doing was spending time on the canals. Initially we had intended to book with one of the handful of tour operators but when I read there were companies that would rent you your own boat, our plans swiftly changed course. Based on minimal research, I identified three companies that we could book with. I tried calling the first one – our preferred option – but no one answered the phone. The second option was the most expensive for the least amount of allotted time, so I decided against that one. In the end, we booked with Boaty Rental Boats which seemed like a good combination of price and cruise duration. The thing to know about Boaty is that they’re located further out than the others so not entirely convenient to get to and from if you’re short on time. Our boat was also – quite literally – the second slowest boat on the canals. We were laughed at, repeatedly, by people passing us and those on shore watching the boats sail by. We ended up getting back to the dock 45 minutes late because our boat wouldn’t go fast enough to get back in time. We had the throttle cranked as high as it would go and if we were lucky we were going two miles an hour. While at first the cruise was fun, by the time we got back we were kind of over just how slow and plodding it was. I’m sure if we’d had a boat that actually went the proper speed, it would have been terrific. As it was, we did enjoy our time on the canals. I just wish we’d gone faster.