The 13-year-old claret-and-blue of the traditional Canaltime colour scheme could possibly soon be gone, replaced by something akin to the ugly garish bright blue used by the British Waterways workboats for ten years.
That ugly 'garish' is not a criticism. Bright, gay, 'ugly' primary colours were always characteristic of the old working boats, and few boats are working harder now (at least during British Summer Time) than Canaltime.
Canaltime is a timeshare operation, not a shared ownership scheme. Part of the appeal is that you don't own a share in the boat, you own the right to use one of 150+ boats from a wide variety of locations around the Midlands. Another appeal for me is you don't have annual meetings and sticky compromises about where to base the boat during the coming year or what weeks you are entitled to use the boat.
The first and most frequent question most Canaltime customers are going to ask about Canal Boat Club is, "Why the name change - what's happening?"
The old Canaltime website seems to focus on Sawley Marina near Nottingham, and Sawley is missing from the new CBC marina list. Perhaps the business has been split up?
I mentioned here how I started 'Canaltime-spotting' ten years ago, although my hobby didn't last long. There are, after all, only about 150 boats. But the hobby could get a new lease of life along with the new livery.
Canaltimers have a reputation (unfairly, I think) of speeding and of being erratic steerers, prone to collisions.
So it was unfortunate for me that when I first spotted a Canaltime boat in the new CBC livery at Alvechurch a couple of weeks ago (Marjorie Nott, No.51), I was quite so distracted that I ran - BANG! - into the nose of a nearby Alvechurch hire boat sticking out into the canal.
No fault of theirs - it was mea culpa entirely and there was plenty of room and time for me to miss the other boats.
The chap at the wharf was quite nice and polite about it and not at all annoyed. And fortunately I didn't see any outward sign of damage, although I photographed it just to be on the safe side (immediately after I'd photographed Marjorie Nott in her new livery).
Perhaps he sensed that after 11 years of single-handed boating and still unable to avoid a collision, I had the makings of a good Canal Boat Club customer!
[Updated to correct the Canaltime FAQ link - thanks, Halfie!]