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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....
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....
Sat Jan 4, 2020
Considering The Options When It's Time to Replace your Engine CoversThere is a tendency over time for exposed wooden engine boards to deteriorate by getting damp and rotting. Which....
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 ....
Fri Sep 27, 2019
Stoppages on the UK canal and River systemEngland and Wales has over 2,000 miles of Rivers and man made canals. So it's inevitable that at times the waterways may need to have rest....
Mon Sep 2, 2019
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 l....
Mon Jul 22, 2019
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 w....
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....
Fri Feb 16, 2018
 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?....
Mon Jan 8, 2018
Baton down the hatches bad weatheris on its way! The good old British weather is a general topic discussed most days, here in the UK. With most of us saying we would just like....
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....
Mon Jul 31, 2017
ADVICE FOR ANYONE WANTING TO RENT OR HIRE OUT THEIR BOAT!THE STATIC LETTING LICENCEThe Canal & River Trust is introducing a new letting licence to ensure the safety of the....
Mon May 29, 2017
Buying a narrow boat can be avery exciting experience, but it’s also a very big investment and not somethingthat should be rushed into. A bit of planning and research will go....
Tue Apr 18, 2017
Owning a narrow boat as a rule brings mainly, enjoymentand a lot of fun. But it also can have its down side. Things can, and do sometimes do go wrong just from time to time, but ar....
Wed Feb 22, 2017
Narrowboat Problem... the engine won't startOwning a narrow boat as a rule brings mainly, enjoymentand a lot of fun. But it also has its down side. Things can, and do go wrong from....
Wed Feb 1, 2017
LOVE IS IN THE AIR!IT MAY BE THE SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR BUT, THERE'S STILL PLENTY TO DO.....So we survived January and we are heading into the month of February, also known as ....
Mon Jan 23, 2017
1Will you like it?It's a good idea for “boating newbies” to hire before they buy. This gives them a real feel of what it's like to spend time on a narrowboat. Spending ....
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 Nov 21, 2016
Boo Hoo It’s That Time of Year Again!Yesunfortunately it's that time of year when some boaters are thinking aboutclosing their boats up for the winter season. Many people onl....
Tue Sep 20, 2016
How often do we hearabout curb appeal and how we all need to make our land homes as appealing aspossible when we decide to sell? Well, when it comes to selling your narrowboat the ....
Mon Mar 7, 2016
How to get the most out of your stay on the towpathIf you are a boat owner or someone who is either hiringor borrowing a narrow boat, you will at some point need to moor along the ....
Wed Feb 17, 2016
How Deep is Your Love?February is known as the month of love and romance, so why not spread that love and give your narrow boat a bit of TLC. Lets look at how to deep clean your bo....
Tue Jan 26, 2016
At Whilton Marina wefrequently get asked questions about steel narrowboat hulls. So in this articlewe will share these popular questions and give you the answers.How Do I Know What....
Mon Nov 23, 2015
Narrow Boat Surveys There are threedifferent types of surveys that a narrowboat can undergo. In this article wewill look at each type of survey and why it is important and necessar....
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 ....
Tue Jul 21, 2015
A Simple Explanation To A Much Asked Question:The BoatSafety Scheme or BSS, is owned by the Canal & River Trust and theEnvironment Agency. It was set up to reduce the risk of b....
Wed Jul 1, 2015
Narrow Boat SecurityIf you own anarrow boat or are in the process of buying a narrow boat, you are going toneed to know how to keep your boat secure and safe from potential burglar....
Mon Jun 1, 2015
Viewing a narrowboat at Whilton marina is a simple andpleasurable experience. Our sales office and marina is modern, clean and easyto get around. Everything has been designed to ma....
Wed Mar 11, 2015
If you areconsidering buying a narrow boat then now is a great time to take the plunge. But before you start looking atyour local marina consider what purpose the boat is going to ....
Mon Feb 23, 2015
This articleis designed to explain the different options of sanitation available for yournarrowboat and should help you decide which system is right for you.Due to thenature of boa....
Wed Jan 28, 2015
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 s....
Mon Jan 5, 2015
It has to besaid that everyone has different views on this topic, and a lot of theadvantages and disadvantages of living on a narrowboat will differ from personto person. What one ....
Mon Nov 17, 2014
Fitting Out A Narrow Boat Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to fit out a narrowboat? Well we have put a pricing example together to give you a rough guideline of w....
Mon Oct 27, 2014
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 nee....
Mon Sep 15, 2014
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 ....
Tue Jun 3, 2014
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 an....
Sat Jan 18, 2014
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 idea....
Mon Jul 15, 2013
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 ....