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Tue Nov 27, 2018 at 1:38pm
The countdown has begun to the big day and we are celebrating by having a Narrow Boat Sale!We are getting into the Christmas spirit by reducing the prices of our narrow boats; meaning NOW is a great time to #realiseyourdream and buy yourself ​that dream narrow boat. The Sale will run ​until 5pm on 23rd December. So to make the most of this promotion you need to start browsing our website for boats that match your requirements. The sale start​ed at the end of November and the boats are ....
Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 11:46am
Spring is Coming and So is the Narrowboat Season!Winter is beginning to disappear and Spring is most definitely in the air! The days are lengthening and becoming slightly warmer and the Spring flowers are beginning to blossom.It's the time of year when everyone starts to look ahead optimistically to the summer season which is just around the corner! Soon the baby lambs will be playing in the fields and the baby ducklings will be hatching. It's that time of year when people are starting to think ....
Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 6:30pm
 Why Moor In A Marina?In the process of buying a narrowboat or wide beam?  You need to think about the main factor first, where are you going to keep your shiny new boat?You may have this planned already.. but if you do not, you need to act fast! You may require a mooring spot. There are many marinas spread widely around the country, the problem may be finding a mooring in a marina of your choice or in the area you want to be.Or are you going to be a continuous cruiser? Cruising t....
Tue Sep 12, 2017 at 7:41pm
Are you looking fora narrowboat?Then youneed to visit Whilton marina. We have a large selection of used narrow boatsfor sale from in all price ranges. This means we should have a boat in our marina tomatch your budget. Not only dowe hold a large variety of boats for sale here in Northamptonshire, our sister company Venetian marina in Cheshire also has a selection of narrow boats for sale. So if we don't have what you are looking for maybe our other marina will.   Let us help taket....
Mon May 29, 2017 at 7:23pm
Buying a narrow boat can be avery exciting experience, but it’s also a very big investment and not somethingthat should be rushed into. A bit of planning and research will go along way tohelping you choose the perfect boat. It’s a bit of a Marmite thing when it comes to choosinga narrow boat there are some styles that you will love and some you will hate. Generally speaking there are 3types of sterns on a narrow boat. You can choose to purchase the traditional,the semi trad....
Mon Jan 23, 2017 at 10:24am
1Will you like it?It's a good idea for “boating newbies” to hire before they buy. This gives them a real feel of what it's like to spend time on a narrowboat. Spending some time aboard a variety of different style boats will helpyou decide if boating is for you, help you choose the right length and style of boat if you do decide to buy.Talk to as many people as you can who have a boat, or haveowned one in the past. This way you will gain an understanding of boating lifefrom people wh....
Mon Dec 5, 2016 at 10:57am
Winter Cruising, who's on board?We always adviseanyone new to boating who is considering buying a narrow boat to try beforethey buy. By going away for a few days or taking a week’s holiday, this is an ideal way to get an insight into boating life. It’s a great chance to get a feel ofhandling and being on board a narrow boat before you commit to buying your veryown vessel.Buying anarrow boat is a big financial commitment and not something we would rushpeople into doing.Hiring anarrow ....
Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 11:14am
If you have decidedto take the plunge and buy a used narrow boat this year, good for you! However ifyou are a little hesitant because you are new to boating and not sure what youshould ask the seller, don't worry we can help.  Whether you buyprivately or through a professional brokerage company these are the keyquestions you should ask the seller/broker and yourself before making an offerand buying a narrow boat.  1 Has the boat had arecent survey? It's important to askt....
Wed Mar 23, 2016 at 9:36am
Everything We Think You Should KnowAbout Wide BeamsWe want toshare with you everything we know about wide beams, so if you are consideringbuying this style of canal boat then this article is most definitely for you. Buying a widebeam is a big investment and is not something you should rush into. We always advise anyone new to boating to try before they buy and a good way of doing this is to hire a boat for a long weekend or week to get a taste of life afloat. Another useful piece of advice is to....
Mon Jan 4, 2016 at 12:08pm
We often speak to people who have a dream to buy a narrow boat, but they come up with every excuse in the book as to why they can’t realise their dream. This is a real shame because there is often no reason they can't be the owner of a narrow boat. If owning a canal boat is also your dream, don’t be one of those people. Put excuses aside and we'll help you buy the boat of your dreams.Unfortunately we live in a world where making excuses is common place. This can be true of complacent....
Mon Nov 23, 2015 at 4:00pm
Narrow Boat Surveys There are threedifferent types of surveys that a narrowboat can undergo. In this article wewill look at each type of survey and why it is important and necessary to havethe surveys done.Why and WhenThe wholeidea of a narrowboat survey is to find out the condition of the boat. We believe it is essential to have a survey when buying a second hand narrowboat. It gives the buyer a full picture of the boats condition, so that theyknow exactly what they are buying.We alwaysrecommen....
Mon Jun 1, 2015 at 2:38pm
Viewing a narrowboat at Whilton marina is a simple andpleasurable experience. Our sales office and marina is modern, clean and easyto get around. Everything has been designed to make your visit enjoyable, withas much or as little help on hand as you need from us.The Sales OfficeThe marina has a great location, being based in the Midlands and on the Grand Union Canal,it has easy access for visitors visiting from all over the country.Directions:Finding the Marina byRoadWhilton Marina is just off t....
Wed Mar 11, 2015 at 8:45am
If you areconsidering buying a narrow boat then now is a great time to take the plunge. But before you start looking atyour local marina consider what purpose the boat is going to be usedfor. A narrowboat is mainly used for two activities leisure or living aboard. Once youknow how often and how many people will be on board your boat, this will narrowdown the search.Liveaboard AdviceSpace forliving and storage is the main element when looking for a boat to live on permanently.Due to the smal....
Mon Oct 27, 2014 at 12:00pm
We are asked this question at least once a day at the marina -"How much do we need to spend to get a good quality liveaboard?"Buyers are keen to know what sort of finances they need to have in place to buy 'a quality narrowboat' with the intention of living aboard full time.  We could simply say “How long is a piece of string?” but that wouldn’t be very helpful! Depending on certain aspects like the style, manufacturer and condition of the boat, this will reflect how much ....
Mon Oct 13, 2014 at 11:30am
As brokers we come across many narrowboats that we would class as “project boats”. But what leads us to label a narrowboat as a project boat?If a boat is….. Old and tired and no longer shines (needs TLC) The interior has seen better days There is no interior! The engine is blowing smoke or not working at allBuying A Project Boat - Is This The Right Thing For You?If you are considering taking on a project boat to restore, you are going to need some basic skills from carpentry, ....
Mon Sep 22, 2014 at 11:41am
A Narrowboat! At the beginning of each academic year the search for new student accommodation starts across the UK. It is recommended to start searching as soon as possible for a place in a shared house or in student halls, as the competition to find the best residences is high.  The obvious housing solutions available to students are; private offcampus housing, halls of residence or private student halls.  But what if none of these solutions are for you? How about buying your own narr....
Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 12:48pm
We have written a lot of articles advising you of the pros and cons of buying a narrowboat, however we haven’t discussed the Widebeam in any detail before. Whatever type of boat you are considering buying, whether it be a narrowboat or wide beam, it is always advisable to try out boating before you hand over your hard earned cash. Boating isn’t for everyone, some people see it as a way to get cheap accommodation, but living on the water is very different to living on the land. T....
Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 11:00am
Don't Buy Till You Have Read This!Read our top ten tips on things you should know before you buy a narrowboat.    1 It’s a great way of life, but it’s not for everyone!Just like 'marmite', you will either love it or hate it!  Not everyone takes to boating whether it’s just the occasional weekend, long holidays or living aboard full time. So our best advice before we go any further is try before you buy.  Hiring a narrowboat will give you a very good ide....
Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 11:03am
Hiring A Narrowboat Before You BuyIf you are contemplating buying a narrow boat but have never experienced a day on the water before, then we suggest that you hire a narrow boat to get the feel of what it's like.Buying a narrow boat is a big investment, one of the largest next to buying a house or a car, so knowing what to expect from the purchase is a wise move. A great way to try a narrow boat is to hire one for a holiday or long weekend. Of course when you are looking to buy a narrowboat you ....
Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 10:58am
Do you fancy living in the trendy and idyllic waterway area of Little Venice in Maida Vale, London W9?Well if you do and you have buckets of money this isn’t going to be a problem.  However for the rest of us who may not have large amounts of money lying around; there is another solution!Imagine having the Thames on your doorstep and living in a city location, and being able to enjoy nature right outside your front door.  The opportunity to live the high life for a fraction of th....
Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:21am
Things To ConsiderIf you are in the process of buying a new narrow boat you are going to need to find moorings. If you like the idea of mooring in a marina there are certain things you should look out for. In this article we will highlight things to consider when you visit a marina with the intention of mooring your boat there. Choosing A MarinaIf you are going to moor in a marina there are certain things you should look at before you sign on the dotted line. Finding the right moorings for you a....
Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 9:29am
There are around 35,000 people who own a narrow boat on the UKs canal system, so what’s the big attraction?Living AboardIf you live on a boat you are known as a “liveaboard”, and as the figures show there are a lot of UK residents that are opting for this amazing life style.For many, it’s the whole way of life, no ties, the slower pace of living, and the general sense of freedom which is so appealing.  The way of living is rather minimal mainly due to the amount of s....
Wed Apr 2, 2014 at 9:19am
We are talking about narrow boats just so you are clear! 57 is not the magic number!  There is a myth that a 57 foot narrow boat is the maximum length that can travel the whole of the inland waterways.  This is NOT TRUE!  We don’t know where this statement came from, but we can tell you it is complete rubbish!The Truth – A 40ft  is the maximum if you wish to cruise the whole network! A 58ft 6in  is suitable for the whole system (except you can’t crui....
Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 4:02pm
A Brand New Narrow boat Or A Used Narrow boat?Buying a narrow boat is a big investment and careful consideration should be given to what type of boat will be right for you. Just like when you buy a house you have the choice of a new build or a home that has already been lived in. It’s down to personal choice which road you choose, some people like the idea of having a bespoke brand new home whilst others like character and are happy to make any alternations necessary to make it home.The co....
Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 3:34pm
Which Style Is Going To Best Suit You?When you come to buy a narrow boat you will soon discover that there are a variety of styles on the market and lots of things to take into consideration before you hand over your cash!There is also plenty of choice out there so don’t panic buy and get the first one you see, do some serious in depth research before you make a purchase. It’s all very exciting and fun looking for a boat, but remember this is a big investment and you need to be prepa....
Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 3:01pm
Noticing A ChangeWe have noticed a trend in the past 18 months of young people purchasing narrow boats from us with the intention of cruising to London and living on the canal system in the city. An amazing 3rd of all narrow boats sold from our Marina each year make their way down to London. This alternative living accommodation is allowing young people to get their foot on the property ladder, and have an investment in the future.Young people who are looking to leave home and find their own acc....
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