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Mon Mar 7, 2022
LIFE ON CONTENTED - PART TWOOver the years we have made Contented our own home. She is no doubt completely different from when we were handed the keys. We have learnt that where th....
Tue Jul 6, 2021
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 n....
Fri May 14, 2021
Top Tips for getting ready for summer cruising on your canal boatAs the summer time approaches, that long narrow boat cruise will be in your thoughts. It can be a fun filled experi....
Wed Mar 24, 2021
Tips on checking your boats safetysystems ready for Spring cruisingVentillationVents can get dusty orgreasy over time and get clogged up so that they work inefficiently and reducet....
Mon Mar 8, 2021
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 fitt....
Tue Feb 23, 2021
Why are boats namedThere are many reasons why boats are named, but they are mainly named for identification and communication purposes. They are also often named for sentimental, t....
Tue Feb 9, 2021
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 ce....
Mon Jan 25, 2021
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 y....
Mon Oct 19, 2020
What is a Boat Licence?If you want to keep and use any type of  boat (even a Kayak or a canoe) on the Inland Waterways of the UK, including the canals and rivers, you will nee....
Mon Jul 6, 2020
A winding hole is a widened area of a canal (usually in the United Kingdom), used for turning a canal boat such as a narrowboat. HistoryWinding holes ....
Tue Apr 28, 2020
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 yo....
Tue Dec 10, 2019
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 a....
Mon Oct 14, 2019
Is Your Canal Boat Ready for the Winter?The temperatures are starting to drop and summer cruising is well and truly over. For those of you with boats on Britain’s canals and ....
Mon Jun 24, 2019
Top Tips for Fitting Out A Sailaway NarrowboatYou will need a number of different skills to fit out a narrow boat shell. The key ones are carpentry, plumbing, gas fitting, electric....
Mon Oct 15, 2018
New Boaters usually have many questions, but one of the most frequently asked questions is about continuous cruising. In this article we are going to try and explain just what is a....
Tue Jul 3, 2018
Sinking Is Every Narrowboaters Worst Nightmare!Every boaters worst nightmare is for their boat to sink, especially if it's due to their mistake. Apparently boat sinkings are on the....
Mon Apr 23, 2018
The gas locker on a used narrowboat and it's installations will be inspected as part of the Boat Safety Scheme examination, however as there are four years time between each inspec....
Mon Feb 5, 2018
Our Top Tips for Getting Your Used Narrowboat to Pass the Boat Safety SchemeThe Boat Safety Scheme is a public safety initiative owned by Canal and River Trust and the Environment ....
Mon Aug 14, 2017
PreparationStart by preparing your narrowboat for cruising, a great place to start would be to read Venetian Marinas  blog about preparing your narrowboat for the season ahead....
Tue Mar 21, 2017
Advice On De Fouling The Propellor On A NarrowboatThere is often a lot of debris in the canals, particularly at this time of the year after winter winds have blown twigs, leaves an....
Mon Jan 16, 2017
Winter CruisingThere aremany advantages and plenty of fun to have during the winter months on the canalnetwork, so if you fancy staying aboard this winter follow our top tips tosta....
Mon Oct 26, 2015
Nappy Pinsalso known as piling hooks, iron hooks or mooring hooks. They are commonlyknown as nappy pins due to their shape.What Is It…A nappy pin is basically a mooring aid ....
Wed May 20, 2015
Knowing howto behave on the water will make your boating experience amore pleasurable one. Some issues are caused through inexperience and lack of knowledge;others unfortunately ar....
Tue Jan 20, 2015
How to Live on Your Narrowboat Over The Winter Time People who are new to boating often ask whether it’s possible tolive on a narrowboat over the Winter; the answer is Yes it....
Mon Dec 1, 2014
The answeris YES! Winterising yourboat will help you avoid costly repair bills should your boat be damaged by thefreezing temperatures during the winter. If you intendto stay ....
Tue Jan 7, 2014
Why Do We Black The Hull?The Basics – The hull is blacked to protect the bottom section of the boat, so specifically the area of the boat that is in the water and just above ....
Mon Dec 9, 2013
Heating Options For A Narrow Boat There are basically three heating options available to the boater which can be used together or separately. A diesel fired central heating system ....
Wed Nov 20, 2013
What are Canal LocksLocks are a mechanism buit to enable the canal to go up or downhill by altering the level of the water of the canal. There are several different types of l....
Fri Nov 15, 2013
Before you leave the marina and go on a cruise it is important that you have planned your journey. You wouldn’t go on any other type of holiday without first planning your tr....
Mon Oct 14, 2013
Advice on Steering A Narrowboat on CanalsNo license is required to steer a narrowboat in the UK. The controls are very simple on a narrow boat and the basic skills are very to easy....
Mon Sep 16, 2013
Knots for Narrowboating Out of many thousands of knots that have been developed over the years, a basic selection is all you should need for most of your narrowboating requirements....
Mon Sep 9, 2013
Tying up Your Boat To MoorWhen mooring your narrowboat it is essential to make sure that you know how to tie it up securely to prevent the boat from drifting away and also to prote....
Mon Jul 29, 2013
Although we are having some fabulous sunny summer weather at the moment and the winter seems far away, it is always a good idea to keep your boat well maintained.  The summer ....
Tue Apr 16, 2013
The purpose of a Boat Safety Certificate (BSC)  is to minimise the risk of accidents happening on a narrowboat.  The scheme is initiated by The Canal and R....
Tue Feb 26, 2013
Are You Looking For A Liveaboard Narrowboat? If you are considering a life style change and want to set off on a new venture and liveaboard a narrow boat then we can help....
Mon Dec 17, 2012
Guides On NarrowboatingVenetian Marina has been doing some excellent narrow boat blogs recently which are full of advice and are really good guides to narrowboating.  The late....
Mon Nov 26, 2012
Get the best out of Your Narrowboat during the Winter TimeDo not cruise the canals on your narrow boat during very icy weather if the canal is frozen over with thick....
Wed Nov 21, 2012
Advice on How To Clean Your Narrowboat Propeller When it is Clogged up With LeavesNow that  winter has arrived the leaves are falling fast off the trees into the canals and ri....
Tue Oct 16, 2012
Winterise Your NarrowboatWinter is almost upon us and it is time to start thinking about winterising your narrowboat.  Over the past few winters the UK has had some very ....
Mon Aug 13, 2012
A safety reminder to all narrowboaters; clean your mushroom vents! Ventilation on a narrowboat is vital for boat safety, without ventilation you could die of carbon monoxide p....
Wed Dec 14, 2011
There are two main types of toilet that most narrowboat are fitted with these are the cassette toilet and the pumpout toilet.  However in recent years a third type has come on....
Fri Nov 18, 2011
Does Size of Your Narrowboat Matter?Whilton Marina regularly gets requests for details of narrowboats no longer than 57ft and widebeams.So why do people ask for....
Tue Dec 2, 2008
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 wa....