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Mon Oct 15, 2018 at 2:51pm
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 allowed and what's not when continuous cruising on the UK waterways.Continuous Cruising Licences are intended for boaters who want to genuinely navigate around the waterways, so its not necessary to require them to have a home mooring as a condition of their boat licence. The Canal and River Trust have rules and re....
Tue Jul 3, 2018 at 1:15pm
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 rise, according to the River Canal Rescue they numbered 119 during 2015-2016! Which is a fifty percent rise from the previous year. In this article we talk briefly about how to minimise the risk of sinking your narrowboat.Main Causes of SinkingSome of the major causes of sinking are; water in the engine room, leaking ....
Mon Apr 23, 2018 at 2:50pm
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 inspection, which is a relatively long time in gas locker terms, it is important to check for deterioration between these inspections. The gas locker can rapidly corrode if not kept regularly maintained and this could mean the difference between a BSS pass and a fail and cost even more down the line.What to do if you suspect....
Mon Feb 5, 2018 at 11:40am
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 Agency. It's purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions or pollution harming people or the environment on the Inland Waterways of the UK.Just like a car has an MOT, on most of the UK's waterways, a boat needs to be licenced, insured and have a valid BSS certificate before it can cruise. A BSS lasts ....
Mon Aug 14, 2017 at 3:23pm
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. Check for stoppages on the Canal and Rivertrust website. Get all your essential supplies aboard, such as food and warm clothing. Fill up with fuel and water and check your cruising kit is in good order and on board.Setting Off SafelyNever untie without starting the engine first. Push the boat off from its mooring to ....
Tue Mar 21, 2017 at 2:15pm
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 and general rubbish into the water. This can cause problems with rubbish and debris getting caught up in the propeller of your narrowboat, which in turn can cause stress to your boats engine.As the propeller on a narrow boat turns during cruising, any leaves or debris that are floating or suspended in the water can colle....
Mon Jan 16, 2017 at 11:05am
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 tostaying warm on your boat this winter.Keep a good stock of fuel (coal, gas,wood)It’s veryimportant that you keep a good supply of fuel on board, so that if you get stuck aboard you are notgoing to run out of these vital supplies. Types Of Heating On a NarrowboatMulti-fuel stoves are still the most pop....
Mon Oct 26, 2015 at 11:11am
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 to help you tie your boat up to a piling.They are made of galvanised steel which has the advantage of the fact they won’trust!Nappy PinsWhere To Use It…It is used when you are going to moor your boat where there is a steel platerunning alongside the bank or pier. The steel plate is also known as an Armcoba....
Wed May 20, 2015 at 9:14am
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 are caused by disrespectful people.  Having abasic knowledge of what is “cool on the water” will go a long way to make yourboating journey and life on the canal system a happy and pleasurable one. It seemsthat there are more and more novice boaters using the system and the waysof doing things the &l....
Tue Jan 20, 2015 at 10:26am
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 is possible, it’sjust a case of being prepared for the colder weather in the winter months. Having good housekeeping in place will enable you to enjoy livingcomfortably on your boat even in the coldest and wettest weather.Being prepared for the winter winds, rain, snow andice will make living on your boat d....
Mon Dec 1, 2014 at 10:39am
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 on your boat over the winter you will not need to do a fullwinterisation service as it will be pretty much business as usual.If you stayon your narrowboat just make sure that you top up the antifreeze in the keelcooling & water systems and also in the radiators. The amount of antifreeze your systemsrequire should b....
Tue Jan 7, 2014 at 1:38pm
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 the water line. The “blacking” process protects the hull from rust, pitting, rubbing (through locks, other boats, banks etc) and generally extends the life of the hull. Part and parcel of owning a narrow boat means that you need to carry out certain maintenance jobs and blacking is among one of those jobs.&....
Mon Dec 9, 2013 at 11:58am
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 such as Eberspacher, Webasto, Mikuni or a Gas system such as Alde and Ellis used with a multi fuel stove. Traditionally working narrow boats would have used multi fuel stoves and this is still the most popular option on boats today. They run off coal or wood and are easy to install and use. Many boat owners choose....
Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 3:12pm
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 locks, but the usual type on a canal is a pair of hinged water tight gates which close together in a V shape with the V pointing uphill. The pressure of the water helps to close the V shaped gates tighter so that less water can leak. Narrow locks often have a single gate that closes against a frame. The principle is the....
Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 3:34pm
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 trip and the same goes for canal cruising. Firstly you should plan your journey, know where you want to go and work out the time it is going to take to get there and back. The average cruise speed of a narrow boat is 4 m.p.h so there isn’t the option of putting your foot down should you be running late! Paper work!....
Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 4:11pm
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 to pick up, it's just a matter of getting to know your boat and lots of practice!Canals are normally narrower and shallower than rivers, are often not much deeper than the draught of the boat and are only a few times wider than the boat.  The bed of canals were made saucer shaped with the centre being deeper than....
Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 1:17pm
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.  Many rope manufacturers print booklets with drawings of simple knots, which you will find useful to help you to practice tying knots.Round Turn and Two Half HitchesThe simplest and most useful knot in all mooring situations is the round turn and two half hitches.  This can be used to make fast to a bollard....
Mon Sep 9, 2013 at 5:08pm
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 protect the boat from damage to itself or other boats that may be moored next door.If you are moored on a river there may be a current, in which case it is preferable to moor facing up stream.  This will avoid pressure on the rudder from flowing water or debris from drifting  into the rudder or propeller which cou....
Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 3:27pm
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 season is the best time of year to get those important maintenance jobs done on your boat well before the autumn arrives.Check your solid fuel stove by making sure that there are no cracks in the casting, sweep the flue and make sure that the door seal is in tact and in good order, check that the stove is secured down ....
Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:24pm
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 River Trust (formerely British Waterways) and the Environment Agency.Every boat on the Inland Waterways must be complaint with Boat Safety and have a current BSC, which is the equivalent of a boat MOT.  Each certificate has a unique serial number which is required to licence and insure the boat.....
Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 2:16pm
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 you buy your dream narrow boat. Our two inland waterways marinas; Whilton Marina on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire and Venetian Marina on the Cheshire Ring near Nantwich Cheshire are both full of narrow boats that are for sale and are suitable for livaboard purposes. There are many different styles of ....
Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 12:44pm
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 latest one is about how to check a stern gear on a canal boat  and there is even a video clip on our you tube channel which shows a Marine Surveyor surveying a stern gear on a canal boat.  There is also a blog about the stoppages on the canal stystem which is particularly relevant at this time of year when t....
Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 3:27pm
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 ice.  This is because the ice will damage the blacking on your canal boat hull.Do not forget to drain down your instant water heaters and check the antifreeze level in your narrowboats heating systemsand engine.  If you don't want to drain down your water systems during winter, you could put some thermostati....
Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:38pm
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 rivers, thus creating a problem that narrowboat owners should be aware of.  As the propeller on a narrow boat turns during cruising, any leaves that are floating or suspended in the water can collect on the propeller blades and get stuck on the propeller building up into a 'dohnut' shape and sticking to the propelle....
Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 10:49am
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 long periods of freezing temperatures.  It is vital to winterise your narrow boat to avoid costly repairs before we get a spell of frosty weather.If you are not living on your boat ensure that your narrowboat has been well prepared for the onslaught of winter by making sure that your engine and water filled a....
Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 3:04pm
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 poisoning. When a fire burns in an enclosed area, the oxygen is gradually used up and replaced with carbon dioxide. Following a build-up of carbon dioxide in the air, the fuel is prevented from burning fully and it starts to release carbon monoxide which can build up inside a small space such as a narrow ....
Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 12:46pm
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 the market, the compost toilet.We often get asked - what type of toilet is best to have in my canal boat?There is no hard and fast rule when deciding what type of toilet to have.  Although it is important to understand the differences between a cassette toilet and a pumpout and what may suit you.The Cassette Toil....
Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 11:14am
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 details of narrowboat or widebeams no longer than 57ft?There is a belief that 57ft is the maximum length narrowboat that can travel the whole of the inland waterways.Is this correct?No, some people get hung up about boat length, but there is really no need to.  There are only two canals o....
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....
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