Wed Sep 1, 2021 at 10:48am
Celebrating the changes at Whilton Marina through five decades!As Whilton Marina celebrates 50 years in Business this year (2021), we thought we'd look at the changes that have happened over those years at the marina.The ConstructionThe construction of Whilton Marina began in October 1970 and was completed in May 1971. It was built by David Steele who had a background in construction and civil engineering. The site was just a field which had been used as a cricket ground, with the canal on one s....
Tue Jul 6, 2021 at 10:30am
Weedhatch Explained.A weedhatch is a device used to gain access to the propeller and shaft, saving you from having to get in the water whilst on the inland waterways A number of designs are installed depending upon the stern type and engine configuration. Typically a large rectangular box is welded on the inside of the uxter plate, directly above the propeller. There is a water tight hatch over the tub which is commonly sealed by a replaceable rubber seal.&nb....
Mon Mar 8, 2021 at 5:00pm
Hatches, Vents and Cratch BoardsThere are various ways of getting extra light and ventilation in to your boat, below are just a few…..Houdini HatchesHoudini hatches are fitted to the roof of a narrowboat and offer additional natural light and ventilation in to a boat. These hatches have been in production for over 50 years now and are robustly constructed using quality materials and are fitted with toughened glass.Houdini hatches are extremely streamlined and cause minimum obst....
Tue Feb 9, 2021 at 10:30am
Using a centre ropeA correctly deployed narrowboat centre line can make a massive difference to your cruising pleasure and safety particularly if you are a solo cruiser.Having a centre rope allows you to step ashore with a line in your hand to either hold the boat while somebody else secures bow and stern or secure it temporarily with said centre line while you yourself (possibly working single handed) secure the boat safely to your mooring point. It is also useful for temporarily and....
Mon Jan 25, 2021 at 4:40pm
Stern TypesThere are three stern options on a narrowboat, Traditional, Semi-Traditional and Cruiser Style. Here we explain the difference between them in order to help you decide which is best for you.Traditional The traditional or the trad stern narrow boat is ideal for live aboard purposes, typified by short back deck of 2 -3 feet in length, giving more room inside for living accommodation. These boats were designed from the working style narrow boats which required the most ro....
Tue Jan 5, 2021 at 11:00am
We are excited to announce our 50th Anniversary in 2021!More news coming soon on competitions and offers that we'll be having throughout the year to help us celebrate our 50 years in business, so keep an eye on our website and social media for more details...We've all heard older members of the generation start a story with an eye roll prompting, "Back in my day," which is then followed by a seemingly endless list of ways that things have changed since the olden days (usually in a negative light....
Wed Dec 2, 2020 at 11:58am
Our gifting ideas for those narrowboat friends who can be difficult to buy forIf your list of friends or family to buy Christmas presents for includes someone who lives aboard a narrowboat, you'll probably find them rather hard to buy for, especially as storage space aboard a boat is much more restricted than living on the land. So we thought we'd compile a list of useful items and novel ideas for those boaty friends or family members who are difficult to buy for.In these days of campaigns to gi....
Mon Nov 23, 2020 at 1:00pm
Winter stoppages on the canal system.With winter fast approaching its time to pre plan our journeys around the waterways. One of the most attractive things about boating is the freedom, not everyone has the advantage of being able to take off on an adventure with a drop of a hat. Unfortunately, during the winter this could be difficult with many things standing in your way, one of them being the winter Canal and River Trust stoppages.As many of you may know the CRT every winter release mult....
Tue Sep 8, 2020 at 4:07pm
Waterways Wildlife - Birds HeronHerons have long legs with particularly long toes, useful when wading on soft mud. Their wings are broad and rounded, often markedly bowed in flight, and they all have long sinuous necks and dagger-shaped bills. There are 64 species of Heron. Many species nest in trees in mixed colonies, while bitterns are much more secretive and nest in dense reeds.Herons and are carnivorous. The members of this family are mostly associated with wetlands&....
Tue Apr 28, 2020 at 11:48am
Basic tips for maintaining your narrowboatOwning a canal boat can be a great experience, but you'll need to know at least the basics for maintaining your boat. If you look after your boat and take care to maintain it correctly a canal boat can last a very long time and hold it's value reasonably well. However if you do not take care of your boat you will likely find that it ages very quickly. Read our top tips for basic maintenance.This is however not a comprehensive list!Engine MaintenanceRegul....
Tue Dec 10, 2019 at 1:05pm
Christmas on a Narrowboat Christmas isjust around the corner! After having an eventful summer the last thing you're thinking about is Christmas. Does anyone else feel it has come around so quickly thisyear?Christmason a narrowboat or widebeam can be difficult, but not to worry we are here tohelp! Follow our top tips to have a great Christmas on board.Decoratingyour boat -You need tothink about decorating your boat before the mad Christmas shopping rush! Pop intoyour nearest supermarket/B&M o....
Mon Sep 2, 2019 at 10:41am
The Inland Waterways AssociationThe Inland Waterways Association is a charity that protects and restores Britain's 6,500 miles of canal and river waterways. The IWA organise local and national campaigns that have a real impact on the UK's inland waterway, such as festivals and boat rallies. They run workshops and courses designed to protect and restore the UK's waterways and run recovery groups to provide practical and technical support to the waterways restoration proje....
Mon Aug 12, 2019 at 11:22am
Common Flowers Along the TowpathIt's summer time, we thought it would be a great time to write about the wild flowers found on the waterways and towpaths of the UK.Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium)Rosebay Willowherb is a tall plant with pink flowers rising up a 1.5 meter flower spike, it flowers June to September. It's leaves are lance-like and are arranged in spiral formation up its stem. Rosebay Willowherb was once a scarce woodland plant, but has grown in numbers as a re....
Mon Jul 22, 2019 at 12:08pm
It's a great time to Realise Your Dream and buy that narrowboat, It's our peak time of year for boat sales and there couldn't be a better time to buy with this fabulous warm weather that's been forecast, and lots of boats arriving on a daily basis for sale at our marina. A UK weather warning has been issued as the temperature is set to soar to 37 degrees this week to scorch Britain. As the forecast is for the heatwave to continue for the next few days at least, it seems a go....
Mon Jul 15, 2019 at 1:41pm
Looking for activities to do with the family that are free and will occupy the kids, whilst also getting outdoors and away from the computer, TV and games console screens? We've got five ideas for free activities to keep the kids busy!Outdoor PlayThere are lots of games you can play with kids of all ages outside; Nature Letters; use fallen fallen leaves, twigs, berries and nuts to write the first letter of your name in giant nature letters.Make a nature bracelet, using daisies. Or a piece of car....
Tue May 28, 2019 at 12:38pm
The recent campaign by Sky News to reduce plastic waste highlights how important it is to to look after the planet and cut down on the amount of plastic we use and throw away.When John Ryley head of Sky News ate a bowl of mussels whilst in the company of his marine biologist son, who then asked him "Do you realise what you've just eaten, Dad?" he didn't bother waiting for a reply."North Sea mussels contain on average one particle of plastic per gram of tissue. They get it from the seawater which....
Sat Apr 6, 2019 at 1:47pm
Man made canals have only been in existence for around 200 years, but the challenges of crossing rivers has been there for very much longer.The humble brick canal bridge is a part of the UK canal landscape. They were built to carry paths and roads over the canals and to enable farmers to access their livestock and crops on land that had been divided up when the canals were built.Many of our canals were built at the height of the industrial revolution, and the only way of transporting heavy goods....
Mon Mar 4, 2019 at 10:14am
Read our top reasons why narrowboating can help you live a more healthy lifeNarrowboating can help you to live a more relaxed and healthy life. Provided that you embrace the lifestyle it can be a quiet and simple way of living, without the demands of day to day challenges faced by most, it can be a stress free existence. Space aboard is limited, but this can lead to a more simplistic way of living - you soon learn to live without the material things you don't really need, rather than k....
Tue Jan 15, 2019 at 3:34pm
Fabulous New Facilities now available at Whilton Marina!Weare very excited to announce that Whilton Marinas new workshop and boat liftingfacilities are now complete. We now have a fantastic new working environmentfor our engineering and welding teams. Construction of the purpose built 9,000square ft Narrowboat Maintenance and Repair Workshop, wharf and boat lift wasstarted at the end of summer 2017 and was finally completed in July this yearwhen the boat lifting hoist arrived. The project was th....
Tue Jan 1, 2019 at 11:51am
Kick-start your New Year resolutions early and buy that canal boat you've always dreamed of owning!What better excuse to buy that narrowboat, than its good for your health? With the new year comes new resolutions. Maybe your goals for 2019 include getting more exercise, travelling or spending more time with family. When it comes to boating, do any resolutions come to mind?If you've always dreamed of owning a narrowboat, make 2019 the year to realise that dream!Here are some ideas to add to your ....
Mon Dec 10, 2018 at 7:30pm
When you buy a boat from us keep In touch, you could win a prize!Whilst you are cruising along the waterways don't forget we'd love to follow your journey.Like us on our social media sites to share your travel posts and stories to be in with a chance of winning a £50 Whilton Marina Chandlery voucher.Dont forget to start your story off with a #realiseyourdreamsThis months winner is - Rick WestonRead Ricks story below - #realiseyourdreamWe purchased Clarinnish, a 57 foot narr....
Mon Nov 12, 2018 at 2:58pm
What is Good Mental Health Good mental health is not only feeling happy. Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing. Self-esteem and self-confidence play a huge part too. So is a feeling that you can do the things you want to do. And so are good relationships, which bring joy to you and those around you."Of course, good mental wellbeing does not mean that you never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult.....
Sat Oct 20, 2018 at 4:14pm
It's October already and it's nearly that Spooky time of year! So we thought we'd share our top five ideas for halloween aboard your boat!Halloween is an annual event celebrated each year on October 31st. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain....
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 Jan 3, 2017 at 9:50am
HAPPY NEW YEAR!HELLO JANUARY WE HAVE BEEN EXPECTING FOR YOUAs a rule January in the UK means its going to be cold, wet and rather depressing, but it does have its good points as well. The canals are at their quietest so for those who fancy a few days cruising (weather permitting) then now is a great time to enjoy the peace and quiet of the waterways.During January many of us make New Year Resolutions, but how many of us actually stick to them? Well research shows that only a very small amount do....
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 Aug 31, 2016 at 2:06pm
This is a true story written by the new (and old) owners of a narrowboat that we have just sold called Berengaria. You'll need to get your handkies out and make yourself a cuppa, as its an emotional read! "In 1989 our parents, Charles and Ronnie, set off on a 12 year adventure on their custom built narrowboat 'Berengaria'. Withher sliding sunroof and a folding monkey motorbike stowed on thespecially adapted stern she was quite distinctive. They spent three summerstraveling every navigable w....
Tue Aug 2, 2016 at 1:35pm
Our Waterways Have a Great Deal to Offer When it Comes to Entertainment and RelaxationIf you're at a loose end this summer holiday and are looking for something to entertain the whole family, our wonderful waterways are a superb place to start!Waterways Museums and attractionsThere are lots of waterside museums and attractions open to visitors along the beautiful waterways of the United Kingdom. Many of them are run by the Canal and River Trust, and if you become a member of the CRT, you can gai....
Tue Jul 12, 2016 at 11:31am
The story of Henry’s Tow Path Bench at Whilton LocksHenryGrantham was the last lock keeper at the Whilton and Buckby Flight of locks,near Whilton Marina on the Grand Union Canal. Henry often won the ‘best keptlocks ’ award and was a well known character locally and on the canal network.His family hadworked on working canal boats, carrying cargo around the midlands and Henrygrew up working alongside his parents on their boats. When Henry's father also called Henry (1st) an....
Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 11:26am
Looking Back At The Families Living& Working on The CanalLet’s have alook back at our inland waterways and discover more about the interestingpeople who lived and worked on our beautiful canal system during the Victorianera.Once thewaterways were built men, women and children worked long hard hours andsometimes in dangerous conditions to ensure the boats cargos reached theirdestinations. Earning a living on the canal network was not for the faint-hearted.Day To Day LifeOne area onthe c....
Wed Apr 1, 2015 at 10:47am
Have you ever wondered what it would be like cruising the canals ofthe world? Where would you start if you could transport your vessel, or morerealistically hire a narrow boat to explore another cities canal systems?We have put together a collection of images and informationof the top 10 canal cities we would love to visit.We have decided not to included Venice also known as “The City of Water”as if you ask most people to name a canal city, then Venice is usually thefirst that comes ....
Mon Feb 2, 2015 at 12:56pm
If you have dreamed of owning a narrowboat and also runninga business from it, then Whilton marina can help you find the ideal boat. Runninga business from your narrowboat is not only rewarding but also a great way oflife. The boating community is a tight knit community where you will becomepart of a floating family.As well as businesses that sell products, there are otherbusinesses that can be set up on a narrowboat from bloggers, marketingconsultants, will writers etc.Buying A Narrowboatt....
Wed Jan 28, 2015 at 11:35am
Britain Faces Artic Conditions ThisWinter Are You and Your Narrow Boat Ready?!It seems weare heading towards a cold snap.It has beenreported that we are in for a very cold period starting very soon. The start of what could be a very cold spell of heavy snow,thick frosts, fog, freezing gales and sub-zero temperatures may be just aroundthe corner. After an unusually good summer and mild conditions recently thischange in weather is going to be a shock to the system.The weatherforecasters are warnin....
Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 1:24pm
We Will Sell Your Narrow boat!Despite the gloomy winter weather, we arestill selling narrow boats, with nineteen boats successfully sold in the last month and three boats going under offer over last weekend, and several other offers on narrow boats currently pending.Due to the high demand for narrow boatswe urgently need more of them to sell. Below is just a small selectionof the boats that we have recently sold. We have&....
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 29, 2014 at 11:30am
How Time Flies!We thought we would have a look back at some of our You tube videos today. It only seems like yesterday that we took the plunge and decided to start making some “helpful and interesting” videos for our subscribers.As well as our website, blog and other social media platforms like Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook we have found using You Tube to share our experience and knowledge an enjoyable and useful way to connect with our customers.The first video we did was ....
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....
Mon Sep 15, 2014 at 11:02am
Here is your don't forget list!We love collating a list, so we decided to share the essentials that every boater should have on board. You will save yourself a lot of anguish and maybe even a life if you and your boat are properly equipped!Don’t leave the shore without checking you have these essentials on board for a safe, pleasurable and prepared journey! Folding chairs and table for outdoor use BBQ Hose pipe Watering can Bedding Throws for the sofa Towels Tea towels/dish cloths ....
Tue Sep 2, 2014 at 11:13am
Dates For Your Diary - 6th and 7th September 2014Wow it’s the 20th anniversary of the Shackerstone Family Festival. The festival has been running for the past 19 years in the sleepy Leicestershire village attracting approximately 15,000 visitors and has helped raise over £350,000 for good causes locally and nationally.The Ashby Canal runs through Shackerstone and the village is also home to the heritage steam railway and the Battlefield Line. For one weekend in September the village ....
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....
Fri Aug 8, 2014 at 9:47am
Get ready its festival time again!The Blisworth Canal Partnership community is a non-profit organisation run by 8 directors working with local people who are passionate about the canal and waterways in their area and beyond. Each year they hold a festival in August to raise funds to help pay for projects to enhance the canal environment. The festival attracts 25,000 + visitors each year and with free entrance, free mooring and free parking you can see why it’s so popular. Visit....
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 ....
Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 10:35am
Thinking Of Selling?With the boating season in full swing, now is a great time to sell your narrow boat, we have a huge database of potential buyers waiting to buy. So if you are ready to sell and also want a quick cash sale we are able to do a deal with you today. No other brokerage company can guarantee a cash deal with the money in your bank in 24 hours! Why Use Whilton?There are many brokerage companies across the UK but they aren’t all the same. Being an establi....
Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 2:51pm
1.Slow Is Better Than FastOnly the boater understands that a slower pace of life outways the madness that most people experience every day in the fast lane. Travelling along at 4mph or even slower at times means there is no need to rush and travelling at this pace allows you to unwind and de-stress. 2.The Journey Is The PointCruising the canal system is what it’s all about. A non boater will not appreciate that the journey from A to B is the whole point. Travelling the system, ....
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 Jun 3, 2014 at 2:30pm
Get Narrow Boat Insurance It's ImportantYour narrow boat is a large investment and just like any other investment you should protect it with an insurance policy. Accidents and thefts unfortunately happen and are difficult enough to deal with at the time without the worry of how you are going to pay to sort out the problem. Take some of the stress out of these situations by having your narrow boat covered by narrow boat insurance. You can’t predict what’s around the corner....
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 28, 2014 at 12:35pm
6 Great Ways To Get Fit For FREE Living On Your Narrow BoatOwning and living on a narrow boat in itself can be a healthy way of living. Jogging along the towpath Living on a narrow boat has its benefits for anyone keen to get in shape for this summer. Day to day jobs around the narrow boat will keep you off the couch and on the move. Locks don’t open themselves, Waitrose don’t deliver down to the canal, and boats don’t moor themselves. All these jobs requ....
Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 10:13am
Are you are thinking about selling your narrow boat and using a brokerage company? don’t sign on the dotted line till you read this article!Choosing the right brokerage company is a critical part of selling your narrow boat, get this part wrong and it could be the difference between getting the best price possible and not selling it at all! Follow our guide to finding a good brokerage company; Recommendations – it’s always a good sign if people are happy to recommend a company.....
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....
Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 9:10am
Happy St Patricks Day! Wear a four leaf cloverFour-leaf clovers are rare and are therefore considered lucky so wear one with pride today. Legend has it that Saint Patrick used three-leaf clovers to illustrate the concept of the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). Try Irish DancingMay be best doing this one off the boat! Also top tip - Alcohol will improve your moves. Catch a leprechaunIf you can catch a leprechaun he is honhoured to tell you where his pot of gold is h....
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....
Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 9:04am
Love Is In The Air With Valentine’s Day upon us and love ones preparing romantic gestures for one another, show why not show your boat some TLC this weekend?Maintaining your narrow boat is a major part of owning a boat and something you should be doing throughout the year. By addressing maintenance issues over the year rather than in one hit will help you financially as well as keeping your boat in top notch condition.The performance of your boat relies heavily on how well you look after i....
Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 11:03am
Storage Solutions For Small SpacesFor anyone who owns a narrow boat or is thinking of purchasing a boat will recognise straight away the limitation of space. So clever storage ideas are a must to be able to maximize the space you do have. Furnishings should also match your budget and surroundings.If you decide to live on a narrow boat full time, then this is a great time to downside your possessions as well as your living space if you are moving from a larger living dwelling to a narrow boat.Dep....
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....
Wed Oct 9, 2013 at 3:04pm
Its Time to winterise your narrowboatIts that time of year again- Autumn, the leaves on the trees on the banks of the Grand Union Canal are beginning to turn some lovely shades of autumn colours. It won't be long before they begin to fall in earnest. We have been lucky so far and it's well into October but the weather has been kind with lots of sunny warm days. Don't be fooled, it wont be long before Mr Jack Frost makes an appearance. Sure enough the weather is forecast t....
Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 4:13pm
Advice on Keeping Cool On A NarrowboatThere's been a distinct lack of blogs recently because we have been so very busy buying and selling narrow boats. It's our peak time of year for boat sales and there couldn't be a better time to buy with this fabulous warm weather and lots of boats arriving on a daily basis for sale at our marina. A weather warning was issued over last weekend as Britain had the hottest weekend of the year so far. As the forecast is for the heatwave to ....
Wed Jun 5, 2013 at 3:00pm
Thank you to everyone who visited our stand at the Crick Boat Show this year, and thanks to everyone who entered our competitions. We had a fantastic response with over two hundred entries.We are pleased to announce the names of the people who came first, second and third in our Crick Boat Show prize draw. The lucky winners are as follows:First Prize 'The Golden Ticket' was won by Mrs V Smith from North Devon, her prize is a £200 voucher to spend at either Whilto....
Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 4:07pm
Springer built steel canal boats from the late 1960's until the early 1990's. They were one of the most prolific builders of narrow boats and there are still many Springer built boats on the Inland Waterways today. The majority of the boats that were built were between forty and fifty feet in length. Springer were based in Market Harborough and the company changed ownership several times before folding in approximately 1992.Springer narrowboat hulls were pro....
Fri Apr 5, 2013 at 12:24pm
Come to Venetian Marina's Open Day 14 April 2013Our sister company Venetian Marina are holding an open day on Sunday April 14th 2013 starting at 10 am until 4 pm to launch their new facilities and improvements. Everyone is welcome to come along, it will be a chance to see how all the refurbishments are progressing. The sales office has moved into its newly created offices. The new chandlery has opened under the management of Phil and Maxine Roberts ....
Tue Apr 2, 2013 at 8:13pm
About Colecraft BoatsBecause we have quite a large selection of used Colecraft narrowboats for sale at Whilton Marina at the moment I thought it appropriate to write a short blog about them. Colecraft are regarded as one of the best builders of quality steel inland waterway craft in the UK. Colecraft are a family company who have been established for about 35 years and they are located only about 18 miles away from Whilton Marina in the village of Long Itchington near Southam in Warwi....
Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 3:13pm
Getting busier selling our narrow boatsWell although the weather is still a trifle chilly, but we are sure that Spring is only just around the corner. The ducks in the marina and along the Grand Union Canal just outside the marina are beginning pair up. We have been noticeably busier at Whilton during the last week and we sold five narrowboats last weekend. But dont be fooled into de winterising your narrowboat yet because it's still only March and we could ....
Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 1:59pm
Whilton Marina is located on the Grand Union CanalFound just below lock 13 of the Buckby flight, near Daventry in Northamptonshire. The Grand Union Canal stretches 137 miles in total from Birmingham to London, with arms connecting Leicester and Nottingham. There are over 250 locks on the whole of the Grand Union line. The Grand Union Canal is composed of at least eight seperate canals, To name a few; The Grand Union Main Line, the Leicester section, Aylesbury Arm, Slo....
Wed Feb 6, 2013 at 12:00am
Narrow boats owners begin to look forward to the spring The days are lenthening and those of you who own narrowboats will be beginning to look forward to the spring and being able to use your boats without worrying about keeping warm. The Buckby Flight of locks just outside our marina have now re-opened after being closed for repair work. It makes it much easier for us now that it's re-opened as we had several boats waiting at the 'top lock' to come in for sale. Even ....
Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 11:13am
Wishing you all a Very Happy ChristmasWe will be closing for the Christmas and New Year holidays on Monday 24rd December 2012 at 1pm and will re-open on Monday January 2nd at 9am. We look forward to seeing you all in 2013 and hope that we will be given the opportunity to help you buy a narrowboat or sell your narrow boat then. I'm off now to finish off the final preparations for Christmas, so this blog page is going to be very quiet until the new year when we hope to have lots of new ....
Tue Dec 4, 2012 at 3:28pm
Seasons Greetings Narrowboaters!Whilton Marina would like to wish all our customers a Happy Christmas and a proserous new year. We will be closing for the Christmas and New Year holidays on Monday 24rd December 2012 at 1pm and will re-open on Monday January 2nd at 9am.Narrowboat SaleOur Narrowboat Promotion will be running all through December until we close on the 24th, and there are still plenty of narrow boats available in the sale at fantastic prices. Our winter warmer will also ....
Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 2:25pm
It was our Chief Narrowboat movers birthday today and he bought us in not one, but three, fabulous birthday cakes especially made by Sandra at The Lockgate Cafe at Whilton Marina.Thank you Andy the cakes were absolutely delicious! Roll on your next birthday!Visit The Lockgate Cafes facebook page for their latest news
Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 1:32pm
Below is Mr. Fredrick Hollinshead, standing proudly at the tiller of his newly purchased Narrowboat Laura. After many years away from the canals, Fred is hoping to take his Grand-children and Great Grand-children along the same routes he took during WW2. At that auspicious and worrying time Fred, and his fellow Bargees, transported barge fulls of Ovaltine TM from the Ovaltine Dairy Farm at Kings Langley, all over the country via the canal network. Good luck Fred, and let's hope the childre....
Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 3:20pm
We have been rather busy selling narrow boats lately and thought you would like to see the photographs that we took of our most recent narrow boat purchsers. Mr John Secretan bought narrowboat Nipper.Mr & Mrs Wood bought narrowboat GareninMr & Mrs Abolins bought narrowboat MapleDavid Bidwell and Janice Brookman purchased a new Whilton 44ft Narrowboat Congratulations to all of these happy narrowboat purchasers. We hope you all have m....
Fri Sep 7, 2012 at 4:51pm
Long term moorer's of ours Mr and Mrs Smith have just had their boat repainted by Darren Williams the canal boat signwriter. Darren specialises in high quality hand painted signwriting & artwork of any description. Mr and Mrs Smith have moored here for over 15 years and are extremely valued customers of Whilton Marina! They were excited to show off their canal boat Along Shortly off to passers by so we took a quick snap of them! Darren's services i....
Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 4:11pm
So today is the last day of the month and it is already feeling quite autumnal! Despite this summers bad weather, this month we have sold a total of 25 canal boats!The narrowboats range from Shananagans a 2008, 60ft Traditional Style Narrowboat built by BWK Shipyards to Nipper a 1997, 30ft, Traditional Style Narrowboat built by R&D. We have also started to collate and upload our feeback from our customers by scanning it in and adding it on our website. That way y....
Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 4:05pm
Whilton Marina will be closing it's narrowboat sales office at Wigrams Turn Marina on Friday 24th August 2012 and any boats that are not sold by then will be transferred over to Whilton Marina, with the exception of narrowboat Gypsy which will stay at Wigrams because it is a lived on by the owner.For more information about the closure please click on the following link.
Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 11:10am
Toni one of our narrowboat sales team at Whilton Marina retired last week. Everyone gathered for his leaving do at his local; The Plume of Feathers in Weedon last Monday night, where he was presented with some hedge cutting tools, (as he is planning to do a hedge laying course). Toni was also our much loved 'Harbour Master' at Whilton Marina, nicknamed so because he was also responsible for moving the narrowboats around in the sales b....
Thu Aug 9, 2012 at 9:07am
Woops, Andy and Dave got caught out in the heavy downpour of rain yesterday. They went to move some sold narrowboats out of the sales basin yesterday to get them ready for their new owners. When they left the office it was beautifully sunny and warm, so they didn't bother with any coats or fleeces, big mistake! by the time they had cruised into the middle of the marina the heavens had opened and they were two very soggie boys! Let me say they weren't singing in the rain!!Andy&nb....
Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 4:36pm
We have had a mad rush of sales lately and have sold quite a lot of narrowboats. These are some of the latest customers who have purchased narrow boats from us, we thought you would like to see the photographs we took when they came to collect their boats. The Ray family aboard narrowboat Denise Frances which they have renamed 'Calamity Jane'Jenny aboard narrowboat 'Aquababe' renamed because she likes scuba diving! (The boat was called 'Willy James')Sue and Phili....
Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 2:45pm
It's great when satisfied customers appreciate the help the sales team here at Whilton Marina have given by helping them through the process of buying a narrowbwboat. Thank you Jenny for the beers, we promise we'll share them with the whole sales team! &n....
Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 10:25am
Over the last few weeks we have been very busy selling lots of boats, so we haven't had much chance to blog but here are our updates:Firstly we would like to thank all of our staff who helped out over the Jubilee weekend at the Crick Boat Show or at our Whilton, Venetian and Wigrams Turn Sales Offices. Over the bank holiday weekend we managed to sell a staggering 7 boats! We had a great show and it was lovely to see some old customers as well as introduce new customers to Whilton, Ve....
Thu May 17, 2012 at 11:14am
Crick Boat Show 2012We will be attending this years Crick Boat Show in Northamptonshire from the 2nd to the 5th of June 2012. We'll be in the Kingfisher Stand KF11 to18. We'll also be bringing along our sister companies Venetian Marina and also Cosgrove Park this year to exhibit what they have on offer.What we will be exhibiting:All the boats we have for sale at Whilton and Venetian Marina will be on displayWe'll be giving out some freebies in Whilton/Venetian BagWe will also hav....
Fri Apr 6, 2012 at 9:39am
Narrowboat Broker Whilton Marina donates a Wine presentation pack to the charity Sightsavers to use in their prize draw. Sightsavers is a charity that believes that no one should be blind from avoidable causes, and that people's whose sight can't be saved should live with dignity and independence. Did you know? There are 39 million blind people in the world. 80% of blindness is avoidable. Nearly 90% of visually impaired people live in the world's poorest countries. Less than 10% of d....
Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 11:07am
As you may already know. Whilton Marina Ltd purchased Venetian Marina at the end of 2011. Since purchasing the marina we have wanted to invest in the marina's infrastructure. This week the ground work has started on site to remove the old dilapidated piers and replace them with new piers and updated amenities. The updated amenities are to include water, electricity and lighting to every pier. GJP Marina Developments Ltd are the contractors that are to carry out the pier renewal and the work is t....
Fri Mar 2, 2012 at 10:09am
Over the next two years, the company plans to improve the marina infrastructure by fitting new piers, repiling the water’s edge, electric to all piers, a new water system and wi-fi access to mooring customers. The work on the piers at Venetian Marina is due to start at the beginning of April 2011 and will take around four months to complete. We will of course inform any of those affected by the changes.See the new plans for the piers below:
Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 10:27am
The picture below is an old advertisement of Venetian Marina. Question: Can you guess which edition of Waterways World the Venetian Marina advert was published in, we are looking for the month and year. Prize: Special airfix model of a C-160 Transall Aircraft carrier worth approximately £25, courtesy of Towpath Talk. How to Enter: All you need to do is add your comments on our Whilton or Venetian facebook page and the nearest answer wins the prize!Closing date: The competition wi....
Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 10:33am
The Cafe at Whilton Marina is due to re-open in the first week of March. It is currently being refitted. The Cafe will open under new management.Keep your eyes peeled for more information as to the exact day of opening!
Tue Feb 7, 2012 at 1:05pm
So February is now upon us! We've got another Narrowboating competition on both of our facebook sites (Venetian Marina and Whilton Marina). This months Caption Competition is: Guess why Richard from Towpathtalk has been presented with a loaf of bread from Whilton Marina's Andy Robinson?? What you could win: LOAF of bread and a Whilton engraved Windlass, here's how to enter our Narrowboating Competition: Click on to our facebook pages (Venetian Marina's and Whilton Marina's) and write your captio....
Mon Feb 6, 2012 at 10:48am
It was a beautiful day at Venetian Marina on Friday the 3rd February, so I thought that I would take the opportunity to take some lovely narrowboating pictures! The piers at Venetian Marina are to be replaced shortly but we will of course keep you posted with what is happening and when.The frozen slipway above.Some cruisers in the frozen water above!I then came accross a hungry heron looking for some food! The heron certainly can walk on water! I've been reliably info....
Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 8:46pm
Congratulations Amy Rooney for winning this month's caption competition (via our Venetian Marina facebook page). There were lots of good answers to the caption competition (see picture below) but the one we liked the most was ''And he's still smiling he must have just bought a boat !'' Amy to get your prize e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details!
Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 11:56am
Towpathtalk has started to add Whilton Marina's Youtube videos to their website!! Each month Towpathtalk will be bringing a video from our youtube channel about Narrowboating. There are currently 44 films covering everything from Blacking a Narrowboat to Different Types of Handrails. Towpathtalk start the ball rolling by going back to basics with Mooring up to a Pier. Whilton Marina's youtube videos have been a real hit! We've had over 22,000 people view the 44 videos, since the channel began in....
Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 1:16pm
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Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 6:43pm
Apologies for the lack of updates recently! Despite it only being January we have been very busy! We have sold a lot of boats and our stocks are getting low. Don't forget that we are still offering our 5% brokerage fee and we can buy your canal boat for cash. Click here for more information.Whilton Marina Updates:Last week we had a visit from Towpathtalk and we will be having a caption competition relating to their visit! So watch this space.... The decorating in Whilton Marina's off....
Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 11:14am
The Whilton Marina Chandlery opening date has been pushed back to the 4th February 2012. Bim and Tom at the Chandlery hope that you will join them for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat on the 4th of Feb!Don't forget they are open for Coal, Gas, Diesel and Pump outs during the refurbishment of the Chandlery. We will keep you posted if anything changes!
Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 11:26am
Whilton Marina expands business with Venetian Marine purchase Whilton Marina, the leading narrowboat specialist, has expanded its business with the purchase of a marina in Cheshire. Venetian Marine is one of the premier marinas in north-west England - featuring a workshop, chandlery, tea rooms and gift shop. When company founder John Dean retired in December 2011, Whilton Marina bought the site for an undisclosed sum – reinforcing its position as the UK’s largest and most succes....
Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 11:09am
Whilton Marina Sale office and Caravan Compound will be closed from:1pm on 24th December until 9am on the 2nd January 2012.We wish all of our Customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 11:40am
WIN WIN WIN in our Facebook Competition..!!! For your chance to win some Whilton Rock Sweets and a Whilton Marina Mug all you have to do is guess how many times we've all fallen in the marina! One guess per person - BUT remember we have been open 40 years!Answers must be added on our facebook competition. The closing date is Friday 2nd of December - so you've got plenty of time to guess! Good luck everyone.....
Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 9:27am
This month's Facebook and Twitter Competition is as follows:What do all of these people have in common - Winston Churchill, Mr Bean, Ronnie Barker and Lord Charles? All you need to do is answer the question correctly (via facebook or twitter) to win a Just Jenson Magazine and an Easykit Fighting Falcon all courtesy of Towpath Talk! The Closing date is Friday 11 November 2011.
Sat Oct 22, 2011 at 4:19pm
Photo of October's Wine and Windlass Winner:The purchaser of Narrowboat Doris Alice, Mr Medcraft has won this month's wine and windlass prize! He received his price from Whilton Marina's Abi Steele.Further Update:Narrowboat Norfolk Lass has been reduced in price from £24,950 to £22,950. She's a 45ft Traditional Style Narrowboat built by Coles Morton.
Sat Oct 22, 2011 at 11:59am
Facebook Competition Prize Winner:Congratulations to Pete Buckingham - You are the winner of our Picture Competition. Please send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org to get your prizes. You have won a years subscription to Towpath Talk and a 60s Magazine all courtesy of Towpath Talk. The Correct answer was Butty Tiller Bars.Further Update:Yesterday we had Narrowboat Vulcan arrive for sale at Whilton Marina priced at £23,950. Vulcan is a 1979/1980 Cruiser Style Narrowboat....
Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 4:51pm
Today we have drawn October's Wine and Windlass Winner. The purchaser of Narrowboat Doris Alice, Mr Medcraft has won this month's prize! Hopefully we will have pictures to follow.Even though the weather has suddenly turned cold we've had a few new boats come on our books over the last few days. These are as follows:Moorea (lying at Wigrams), priced at £49,950, 2004, 57ft Semi-Traditional Style Narrowboat.Grampa's Lady, £19,950, 1984, 62ft Cruiser Styl....
Thu Oct 6, 2011 at 3:25pm
Today we have added a couple more narrowboating videos on to our youtube channel. You can also see them via our website. We have video clips from a narrowboat engine, how to start a narrowboat, the different styles of narrowboats, an inverter on a narrowboat, using a webasto, using a pumpout and many more!Some news on our boats:Narrowboat Windrush 1997, 60ft Traditional Style, priced at £44,950 is due to arrive at Whilton Marina this weekend. So she w....
Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 4:38pm
All you need to do is 'like' our facebook page and correctly identify exactly what the image below is (funny captions may also warrant an additional prize). Winners will WIN A YEARS SUBSCRIPTION to either Tractor magazine, The railway magazine, Kitchen garden, Rail Express, Heritage Commercials, Classic American, Old Glory, Heritage Railway, Wrights farming register or TOWPATH TALK courtesy of Towpath Talk AND The Sixties Magazine. Closing date is Friday 21st October!!!Today ....
Fri Sep 16, 2011 at 2:41pm
This month's Whilton Wine and Windlass Winners are the Lloyd family. They are proud new owners of Narrowboat Redshank. Whilton Marina's Andy Robinson presents them with their prize!
Wed Sep 7, 2011 at 4:21pm
Help us reach our goal of 250 facebook fans and 300 twitter fans by 6pm on Friday 23th September and we will enter all of our fans into a prize draw to win a random and crazy prize. For Facebook - Simply click on the "share button" (found bottom left corner of page) to place a link on your page, which will encourage your boating friends to like us too.For Twitter - Retweet our tweet or click directly on the follow button of our page.
Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 2:55pm
Congratulations to Mr Gordon Ward of Leicestershire who won the IWA Festival1st prize of £250 worth of Midland Chandlers vouchers. Whilton Marina's Ray Pizer presented the prize to him (see picture below)!Happy Spending at Midland Chandlers!
Wed Aug 3, 2011 at 4:34pm
106 people entered out IWA Festival Prize Draw, the winners have now been drawn. Congratulations to the following people:1st Prize WinnerMr Gordon Ward who won £250 vouchers for Midland Chandlers2nd Prie WinnerMarcia Petterson who won the Whilton Wine and Windlass Prize (see picture below)3rd Prize WinnerMr Melvyn Shaw who won a subscription to Waterways World for a year.
Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 9:18am
In the run up to the IWA Waterways Festival and as part of our 40th Anniversary we are promoting a fabulous offer on our new Ruby Range narrowboats. We are continuing the special prices on the 44ft boats, which has been promoted since the Crick Boat Show, and are pleased to further reduce the 39ft boats in this special offer.For more details take a look on our website.
Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 4:43pm
With less than a week left to go to the IWA Waterways Festival in Burton Upon Trent Whilton Marina are proud to announce their plans for the show!We'll be exhibiting on stand A38 and running the same competition that we did at the Crick Boat Show.Prize 1£250 worth of Midland Chandlers VouchersPrize 2Whilton Wine and Windlass PackPrize 3A years subscription to either Waterways World or Canal Boat Magazine.We'll be taking information of all the boats that we have for sale and also some Whilt....
Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 4:30pm
Congratulations to Mr P Gates who has won the second prize in our free Crick Boat Show prize draw. He came into the office today to collect his prize from Whilton Marina's Abi Steele. The Whilton Team hope he enjoys his prize!Take a look at the picture below.
Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 10:15am
Did anyone see the documentary called 'The Golden Age of Canals last night'? It was great to look back at the history of the IWA. If you missed the programme, it's definately worth a look! Its currently on BBC Iplayer.
Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 10:52am
The Heart of the Shires Shopping Village isn't far from Whilton. You can even get to it by boat!
Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 4:09pm
The west coast train line borders the marina with trains travelling from London to Birmingham!
Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 3:57pm
July's Wine and Windlass Winner was a Mr Stephen Jenkins. He is the proud new owner of Narrowboat Gentle Breeze! Photos to follow.
Fri Jul 8, 2011 at 9:36am
Whilton Marina has two linear residential moorings!
Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 9:46am
As part of our 40th Anniversary we are currently offering a free shuttle service for anyone who is selling a boat with us*. So if you bring your narrowboat to us for sale then we could give you a lift back to your home.*Terms and conditions apply.
Tue Jul 5, 2011 at 12:35pm
We have two slipways to do blackings on the boats that we sell at Whilton and Wigrams!
Fri Jul 1, 2011 at 10:40am
The first pub north of Whilton Marina by canal is the New Inn at the top lock! Lovely day for sitting out in the pub garden and narrowboating!
Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 5:57pm
The Stoke Bruene Canal Museum is only 6 hours away by Boat!
Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 3:24pm
The closest winding hole to Whilton Marina is in Weedon, Northants!
Sat Jun 25, 2011 at 1:09pm
Whilton Marina now have a youtube channel. The videos show the common questions that we get asked about Narrowboats. We'll be adding more. Feel free to ask us any questions or even what you would like us to feature on our videos!
Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 10:40am
Whilton Marina to London Canal Museum takes 52 hours, which is approximately a full weeks cruising!
Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 10:37am
The heaviest boat ever to leave Whilton Marina weighed 40 tonne!
Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 3:05pm
We have three cygnets at Whilton Marina. Take a look at the pictures they are very cute!
Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 2:48pm
As from today you will be able to look at our webcam of the Marina sales basin.
Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 9:49am
We have lots of fruit trees here at Whilton Marina which grow plums, pears, apples and damsons!
Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 9:42am
A pied wagtail bird has been nesting in the tractor that we use to haul out the boats! Its still feeding its chicks when the tractor is moving!
Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 12:30pm
Congratulations to a Mr and Mrs Chambers who are this months winner of the Wine and Windlass Competition. They are the proud new owners of Narrowboat 'Unlocked'. The Whilton team hopes that they enjoy their new boat.
Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 11:13am
Each pier at Whilton Marina has its own water point! Very handy if you are mooring here!
Tue Jun 14, 2011 at 9:47am
The Grand Union Canal is the longest canal on the inland waterways system and Whilton Marina lies on it!
Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 9:32am
All the narrowboats that we have for sale are on our website and 'tweeted' on twitter and posted on facebook!
Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 1:30pm
Our Wigrams Sales office is on the juncton of the Oxford and the Grand Union Canal!
Thu Jun 9, 2011 at 10:18am
Our 3rd Prize Winner of our Crick Boat Show prize draw was a Julie Willder from Buckinghamshire. She has won a years subscription to Canal Boat Magazine! Happy Reading Julie!
Wed Jun 8, 2011 at 4:37pm
Due to the continued success of our Crick Boat Show Special on the Ruby range of narrowboats, we are extending the sale to include some of our second hand narrowboats. Take a look at our Summer Special!
Wed Jun 8, 2011 at 9:45am
Whilton Marina lies on the Grand Union Canal - this is the longest Canal on the system!
Sat Jun 4, 2011 at 1:47pm
This morning Ms P Holmes came to collect her first prize of £250 worth of Midland Chandlers Vouchers! She was absolutely delighted and will put the money towards refurbishing her narrowboat!In the picture below Ms P Holmes is receiving her prize from Whilton Marina's Abi Steele.
Sat Jun 4, 2011 at 12:22pm
The Whilton Marina office used to be in the chandlery building!
Fri Jun 3, 2011 at 5:02pm
So we are back to tell you some more interesting facts about Whilton Marina!We are open 51 weeks of the year! We are only closed over Christmas...!
Sat May 28, 2011 at 8:27am
Yesterday we put up our tent at the Crick Boat Show. Here is the before and after pictures! We are going to put the finishing touches to the tent this morning then we are all ready.....! See you there!
Fri May 27, 2011 at 9:21am
So its the day before the Crick Boat Show....Just a reminder that Whilton Marina is only 6 Miles away from the Crick Show (by car) and Wigrams Turn Marina is only 8 miles away (by car)! We also have an extensive selection of narrowboats (around 100!) for sale ranging from £9,950 to £84,950!! We are open the whole bank holiday weekend from 9am till 6pm at both offices.See you there at the Crick Boat Show!
Thu May 26, 2011 at 9:50am
There will be three promotional girls coming to the Crick Boat Show with us. They will be giving out sweets and competition flyers and will be able to direct you to our stands, Whilton and Wigrams Turn Marina!
Wed May 25, 2011 at 4:35pm
Congratulations to a Mr and Mrs May who very appropriately are this months winner of the Wine and Windlass Competition. They are the proud new owners of Narrowboat Wren. The Whilton team hopes that they enjoy their new boat.
Wed May 25, 2011 at 8:32am
Look out for the Whilton Marina Marquee at the Crick Boat Show. Come and see us there! Lets hope we don't need to use it because of rain and that the weather is nice and warm!
Tue May 24, 2011 at 9:47am
We'll be taking two Ruby Range Narrowboats to the Crick Boat Show. These are currently at a discounted special rate whilst stocks last (click here). Majdi from the factory in China (where the boats are made) will also be around to answer any questions you may have!
Mon May 23, 2011 at 8:40am
At the Crick Boat Show we will be running a competition (anyone can enter and its free)! All you need to do is go to our stand or speak to a member of staff to fill in a form. Come and find out what the three prizes are!
Sun May 22, 2011 at 10:29am
Watch out for the Whilton Marina postcard at the Crick Boat Show! We will be giving them out at the show!
Sat May 21, 2011 at 5:35pm
With just less than a week to go till this years Crick Boat Show, we would like to announce some of the things that we're going to be doing at the show. Everyday from now until the Crick Boat Show we will be telling you one different thing that we'll be doing.1. We will be giving out Whilton Marina branded strawberry flavoured rock sweets at the Show - come and ask the staff for some or just help yourself from the Kingfisher Marquee or our Ruby Range Narrowboats. &....
Fri May 20, 2011 at 5:46pm
We have a large population of ducks at the Marina and we have one very large duck in particular who likes eating Waitrose's Madiera Cake!
Thu May 19, 2011 at 12:28pm
As it is our 40th this month the Daventry Express have done a feature on us! In the article Whilton Marina's Andy Robinson explains what a trail blazing idea Mr Steele had to dig out one of the first inland marinas. See the picture below.
Thu May 12, 2011 at 6:01pm
In the run up to the Crick Boat Show and as part of our 40th Anniversary we are promoting a fabulous offer on our new Ruby Range narrowboats (44ft and 39ft). Anyone who buys one of these canal boats in May will qualify for a personalised discount voucher, worth up to £3,000. For more details of this amazing offer click here.
Tue May 10, 2011 at 5:54pm
Out of the 16 people who work at Whilton Marina only two of us haven't fallen in yet!
Sat May 7, 2011 at 11:21am
We currently have 102 narrowboat at whilton Marina either for sale or going through the sales process! 16 of these canal boats are at Wigrams Turn Marina and a couple are on their way here. Never the less it is still a lot of narrowboats!
Sat May 7, 2011 at 10:16am
With only 3 weeks today until the Crick Boat Show opens lets hope that the weather isn't like it is today - lots of rain! Whilton Marina is only about 6 miles away from the Crick Show site, so it's probably raining there too!What ever the weather we will be there displaying all the narrowboats we have for sale and taking two of our Ruby Range Canal Boats too.
Thu May 5, 2011 at 5:17pm
We currently have 3 Barney Boats for sale here at Whilton Marina. This is 5% of the total amount of Barney Boats as there were only 60 ever made!If you're in to Barney Boats then take a look at the ones we have for sale here at Whilton Marina!Little Marvel (£12,995), 32ft, 1974, Traditional Style Narrowboat.Melanie Jane (£18,950), 35ft, 1975, Traditional Style Narrowboat.Barnaby (£22,950), 45ft, 1975, Traditional Style Narrowboat.
Thu May 5, 2011 at 4:36pm
As mentioned in yesterdays blog we are collecting our first boat from Scotland!Take a look at a few of our pictures of the boat movers trip along the Caladonian Canal.Can you see the British Waterways lock keepers helping our boat movers!The Falkirk Wheel...Here are the British Waterways lock keepers with Whilton Marina's Robert Steele collecting their bottle of Whilton Marina branded wine. It looks like the bottle of wine each was well deserved!
Thu May 5, 2011 at 10:12am
Only 23 days to this years Crick Boat Show! Here at Whilton Marina we are getting more and more excited about it!We are proud to announce that all of our Ruby Range Narrowboats come with a three year engine warranty (we will be taking two Ruby Range Narrowboats to the Crick Boat Show)! If you'd like some more information about the new narrowboats, then come and see us at our stand!Alternatively if you can't wait till then, then why not come and....
Wed May 4, 2011 at 3:49pm
Whilton Marina's first ever narrowboat collection from Scotland is currently crossing the Falkirk Wheel as we speak. Pictures are to follow...For more information about the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland click here.
Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 4:21pm
We care for 164 narrowboats which are currently moored at Whilton Marina with another 16 canal boats in our sales area at Wigrams Turn Marina in Warwickshire.
Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 10:02am
100,000 cubic yards of earth was removed to build Whilton Marina!
Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 8:58am
At Whilton Marina when your narrowboat is for sale with us, you don't have to pay mooring fees! For more details on selling your boat with us click here.
Sat Apr 23, 2011 at 3:38pm
We have just uploaded a video clip of one of our Ruby Range Narrowboats. Take a look on our twitter or facebook.
Sat Apr 23, 2011 at 2:39pm
Here at Whilton Marina we are getting exciting about the Crick Show 2011! Only five more weeks till the show opens. Let's hope that the weather is warm and sunny like it has been recently!If you still haven't got your tickets then click here.
Sat Apr 23, 2011 at 2:26pm
Before Whilton Marina was built it was a cricket field and an orchard!
Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 4:59pm
Whilton Marina has 43 piers and all are constructed in galvanised steel, equating to approximately 7,000 feet of mooring space.
Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 1:16pm
We have an automated e-mail database with over 2,000 customers looking to buy a narrowboat. Everytime a new narrowboat comes in for sale, registered customers on our database get an e-mail! So if you are looking to buy a canal boat then you can register here!
Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 4:38pm
Congratulations to a Mr and Mrs Massey who are April's winner of the Wine and Windlass Competition. They are the proud new owners of Narrowboat Hannah. The Whilton team hopes that they enjoy their new boat. They received their Prize from Clare Hewitt who is based at our Wigrams Sales Office in Warwickshire!
Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 8:40am
Whilton Marina is open 7 days a week from 9am till 6pm in the summer and 9am till 5pm in the winter. We don't even close for lunch! Not only that, we are open all bank holidays (except Christmas and Boxing Day) and close over the Christmas period. So if you are looking for a new or used narrowboat why not come and see us this bank holiday weekend either at Whilton Marina or at Wigrams Turn Marina!
Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 11:50am
Whilton Marina owns a sister company called Cosgrove Leisure Park, which is one of England's finest leisure parks. Located on the picturesque South Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire border and set in 180 acres of beautiful parkland featuring twelve lakes and two rivers. To find out more about Cosgrove Park take a look at their website!
Fri Apr 15, 2011 at 10:21am
Whilton Marina employs 10 sales and 5 engineering staff members with a combined total of 150 years worth of boating experience in the Narrowboating Trade! We also have regular Boat Safety Examiners and Gas Engineers on site.Our aim is to make buying or selling a narrowboat a pleasurable experience for all of our customers.
Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 11:59am
101 Things You Never Knew About Whilton Marina - Blog 3/101 Here at Whilton Marina we have two slipways which are dedicated for surveys, blackings and maintenance work. So if you are thinking of selling your narrowboat through us, then a survey can be done here before it goes up for sale, or if you are thinking of buying a narrowboat then a survey can be done as part of the sales process.We also have a list of surveyors that are located close to Whilton Marina in our Guide to getting afloa....
Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 10:08am
101 Things You Never Knew About Whilton Marina - Blog 2/101The late Sir Stanley Unwin (a famous comedian from Long Buckby in Northamptonshire) lowered the flag to enable the start of the construction of Whilton Marina. Over 125,000 tons of earth was moved, excavating to a depth of 30ft over an area of six acres!For more information about the life of Sir Stanley Unwin click here.
Tue Apr 12, 2011 at 9:27am
As part of our 40th Anniversary and on the run up to the Crick Boat Show 2011 we are blogging, facebooking and twittering about 101 things that you never knew about Whilton Marina! Today we are going to start off with number one which is: The Marina is still owned by the Steele family. The late David Steele dug the Marina out in the October of 1970 and completed it in May 1971! See the press cutting of the opening of the Marina ....
Sat Apr 9, 2011 at 11:26am
With only 7 weeks to go until the Crick Boat Show 2011 we are proud to announce our stand details and the boats they will be taking. Theses are as follows: Our stands will be located in the Kingfisher Marquee KF11 - K15 and our boats will be located on piers F17 and F18. We will also be taking two boats from our Ruby Range.If you still haven't got your tickets to the Crick Boat Show 2011. Then click here.We hope to see you there!
Fri Apr 8, 2011 at 1:26pm
Narrowboat Silkwood and Valencia have both been reduced in price!Silkwood is now priced at £39,950 reduced from £42,950 (2000, 52ft Traditional Style Narrowboat built by George Blades)Valencia is now priced at £19,950 reduced from £21,950 (1990, 40ft Traditional Style Narrowboat built by Springer)Why not come and have a look at the Canal Boats today in the beautiful sunshine here at Whilton Marina!
Wed Apr 6, 2011 at 1:58pm
This week the following Narrowboats have had a survey:Autumn (£37,950) is a 57ft, Cruiser Style Narrowboat built by Liverpool Boats in 2006.Imedit (£34,950) is a 60ft Traditional Style Narrowboat built by Base in 1997.Ariadne (£25,950) is a 42ft Cruiser Style Narrowboat built by Colecraft in 1984.Ubique (£32,950) is a 55ft Traditional Style Narrowboat buit by Sagar Marine in 1986.Lowertown Lad (24,950) is a 60ft Traditional Style Narrowboat built by To....
Fri Apr 1, 2011 at 10:41am
On Wednesday Sue and I dressed the new Ruby 39ft Narrowboats that we have on display here at Whilton Marina.I got absolutely soaked as it was pouring down with rain. I was glad when we were finished as I had the job of going up and down the stairs with all the boxes!Take a look at Sue unpacking the boxes below!
Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 12:03pm
Today Whilton Marina was one of the cryptic answers to the Treasure Quest featured on BBC radio Northamptons 9am till 12pm show. Annabel Amos came to the Marina to interview Abi Steele, to lean more about Whilton Marina's History as we are currently celebrating our 40th Anniversary. We even gave them a couple of bottles of our Whilton Marina branded wine!The cryptic clues were 'this place is located between the railway and the canal' and 'the year of decimilisation and ....
Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 2:25pm
We have a new Caravans and Motorhomes wanted for Cash sign!If you're interested in selling your Caravan or Motorhome for Cash please give us a call here at the marina office (01327) 842577!
Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 8:54pm
If you want a project boat to work on like Guy is come and look at our 55ft Narrowboat Shell built by Floating Homes priced at £15,950!
Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 3:45pm
All the Spring flowers have started to come out here at Whilton Marina! Finally winter seems to be drawing to a close. Take a look at a couple of photos that we have taken. You can even see Narrowboat Kiwi Bach in the background.
Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 1:14pm
Whilton Marina and Waterways World Crick Boat Show M1 sign is now up! You can see the sign going northbound on the M1 between Junction 16 to Junction 18.With just over 11 weeks till the 2011 Crick Boat Show why not buy your advance tickets now!
Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 9:21am
Did anyone see that programme 'The Boat That Guy Built' on BBC2 last night? Here at Whilton Marina we are really interested in the show but would like to see more footage of Guy doing up his boat!Maybe this programme has inspired you to buy a narrowboat? Well come and see what Whilton Marina have to offer!If you missed it you can take a look on BBC Iplayer.
Wed Mar 9, 2011 at 3:39pm
As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations we are offering a special price on narrowboat brokerage at 5% plus VAT for the rest of 2011. Now you really can afford the best for less... For more details click here.
Fri Mar 4, 2011 at 1:23pm
What a lovely day it is to come and look at some Canal Boats. Visit us at either Whilton Marina or Wigram's Turn Marina this weekend. We are open from 9am till 5pm for both days and we don't even close at Lunch time!If its a second hand narrowboat you are looking for click here. Or perhaps you are looking for a new narrowboat, click here.So why not come and visit our two locations this weekend?!
Sat Jan 29, 2011 at 10:52am
Five Narrowboats arrive...Four at Whilton Marina. These are as follows:Misty Blue is a 2002, 57ft Traditional Style Narrowboat priced at £39,950 built by Les Wilson.Prosperity is a 2001, 55ft Cruiser Style Narrowboat priced at £39,950 built by Heritage.Pharoah is a 2005, 55ftx 10ft Cruiser Widebeam priced at £44,950 built by Liverpool Boats.Nenita is a 2006, 50ft Cruiser Style Narrowboat priced at £39,950 built by Popes Corner.One at Wigram's Turn Mar....
Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 11:00am
This month a Mr Ian and Mrs Elizabeth Denness won the Whilton Wine and Windlass Competition. They are the new proud owners of Narrowboat Quo Vadis. The Whilton team hope that they enjoy their new boat after the fun and games they had with the ice on the canal when they left the Marina.
Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 9:23am
Belle Epoque is a superb example of a widebeam. The widebeam boat is currently on offer and is priced at £99,950. For further details please view the brochure online or give us a call to make an appointment to come and see her (01327 842577)!
Fri Jan 7, 2011 at 11:39am
Hi all, We have been on Facebook for a while but we are going to be updating the group more often in the future. So if you have access to Facebook, why not become our friend? You can reach us by searching Whilton Marina Ltd in the search box, or you can clink on this link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=122797159438
Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 10:06am
Buy a Narrowboat from Whilton Marina in 2011 and you will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win our fabulous prize!As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, each month during 2011 customers who have purchased a Narrowboat from Whilton Marina will automatically be entered into our prize draw, for the opportunity to win the 'Whilton Marina 40th Anniversary Wine and Windlass' prize. The draw will take place at the end of every&....
Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 4:45pm
Not long left for you to grab those bargins from Whilton Marina's Christmas Cracker. The Offers end on Christmas Eve at 1pm! So why not grab a frozen Narrowboat today before those offers thaw out!
Thu Dec 16, 2010 at 1:38pm
Our sales offices at Whilton Marina and Wigrams will be closed from 1pm on Friday 24th December and re-open on Sunday 2nd January 2011 at 10am.
Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 9:21am
Henry Grantham was lock keeper at Whilton Locks, on the Grand Union Canal for 40 years. Always with a pipe in his mouth and with his sole companion at his side Rex, a cream Alsation dog. Henry earned praise during his years at the locks for saving the lives of many people and animals who had fallen in the canal and for this reason he was often a subject in the local newspaper. In one such article in 1969, he explained that his dog didn't like trains anymore, because t....
Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 1:38pm
We have had a few price reductions on our Narrowboats in order to sell them quicker, these narrowboats are listed below: Edward Elgar is a 60ft Semi-Traditional style narrowboat built by Mike Heyward in 1999 and is priced at £34,950.Harvest Time is a 58ft cruiser style narrowboat built by Alexander in 1999 and is priced at £34,950.Garder is a 45ft cruiser style narrowboat built by Colecraft in 1986 and is priced at £17,950.Foxy is a 58ft traditional style narowbo....
Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 12:52pm
Two new Whilton Marine 44fts arrive at Whilton Marina! Here is a picture of one of them being craned out of the container. The two new Narrowboats are similar to the ones that we had before; a Dinette and Non-Dinette version and both 44ft Cruiser Style.The Narrowboats will be available to view from Saturday the 13th November onwards at Whilton Marina. We are open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week and there is no appointment necessary!For further information on the....
Wed Nov 3, 2010 at 12:45pm
We have had two price reductions on our Narrowboats in order to sell them quicker, these narrowboats are listed below: River Otter, reduced to £49,950, 62ft Traditional Dutch Barge Style Narrowboat built by Dave Clark in 2002Spirit Level, reduced to £31,950, 58ft Traditional Style Narrowboat built by Pinder in 2000 The following boats have come in over the last couple of days: Tin Hatter, £34,950, 42ft Cruiser Style Narrowboat built by Eastern Caravans in 2001.Va....
Tue Sep 7, 2010 at 5:10pm
We cruised to the Cropredy Music Festival last month, the South Oxford is mainly a contour canal and is outstandingly beautiful if a little shallow in places. Cropredy is a really attractive village, each August, Fairport Convention stage a Music festival. This year there were about 16,000 visitors, the atmosphere (despite the rain) was excellent. the whole village appears to get involved in oneway or another and we felt really welcome. We will definitely go again next year and would recommend i....
Tue Dec 2, 2008 at 2:48pm
I have just been on to the marina to put a new Boat Safety Certificate on to a boat that a customer has just purchased from us, for the record I am not a boat safety examiner it was just the certificate itself I was putting on the boat. While I was doing this a few thoughts went through my mind, firstly what a nice day it is, sun shining blue sky, a marina full of brightly painted canal boats, with stoves burning inside them to keep the occupants warm, the second point was what about a....
Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 11:49am
Welcome to the Whilton Marina Blog. We have decided to launch a Blog on our website with the aim of keeping all our customers up to date with useful information about the inland waterways narrow boats and everything related to enjoying the boating life. Our new website has been live now for 12 months and our aim is make it as user friendly as possible for people who want to buy in to the boating experience. We also want the site to provide a good source of information for people who are thinking....