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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 ....
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....
Mon Jan 8, 2018 at 10:30am
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 four proper seasons with the corresponding weather, at least we would know what we were getting. But as each year goes by we realise we get what we are given weather wise and we have to make the most of it.With the summer over, we now have to prepare ourselves as the really bad weather will be on its way and this....
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 ....
Mon Jul 31, 2017 at 11:23am
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 increasingnumber of people living on rented boats.  From 12 June 2017 boat owners will be able to apply for a Static Letting Licence for static boatswhich will cover all types of boat rentals, including long-term renting, Airbnb-style short breaks, andovernight stays. The boat owner will need to have a perma....
Mon May 29, 2017 at 7:23pm
Buying a narrow boat can be avery exciting experience, but it’s also a very big investment and not somethingthat should be rushed into. A bit of planning and research will go along way tohelping you choose the perfect boat. It’s a bit of a Marmite thing when it comes to choosinga narrow boat there are some styles that you will love and some you will hate. Generally speaking there are 3types of sterns on a narrow boat. You can choose to purchase the traditional,the semi trad....
Tue Apr 18, 2017 at 10:52am
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 armed with some knowledge and a bit of experience you can overcome most problems yourself without too much trouble and expense.TheProblem One problem you may encounter is “Man Overboard” let’s look into this situation, highlight possiblecauses, and give you solutions and provide you with knowledge ....
Wed Feb 22, 2017 at 2:56pm
Owning 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 fromtime to time, but with some knowledge and a bit of experience you can get overmost problems yourself.The ProblemOne problem you may encounter is “The engine won’t start” so let’s look at this problem, highlightthe possible causes, give you the solution and provide you with some knowledge so hopefully it doesn’thappen again in the fu....
Wed Feb 1, 2017 at 10:27am
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 the month of love. Lets spread the love this month amongst our friends and family and not forgetting our beloved narrow boats too!  THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH   Carry Out These Simple Safety ProceduresThis month is as good as any to give your boat a little TLC. Maintaining your vessel is not someth....
Mon Jan 23, 2017 at 10:24am
1Will you like it?It's a good idea for “boating newbies” to hire before they buy. This gives them a real feel of what it's like to spend time on a narrowboat. Spending some time aboard a variety of different style boats will helpyou decide if boating is for you, help you choose the right length and style of boat if you do decide to buy.Talk to as many people as you can who have a boat, or haveowned one in the past. This way you will gain an understanding of boating lifefrom people wh....
Mon 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 Nov 21, 2016 at 3:21pm
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 only use their narrowboats as holiday homes. Once the summer months are over they decide it'stime to go home, and therefore need to winterise their boats in order to leave them safely over the wintermonths.However ifyou decide to live aboard over the winter then its pretty much business as usual. Take a look at your radia....
Tue Sep 20, 2016 at 8:21am
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 same principles apply. If you areconsidering selling your canal boat this year, then you will want to follow ourtop tips for preparing your boats exterior. First impressions countso before you market your vessel follow our simple tips to create a great firstimpression.  Our Top Tips ForAmazing Narrowboat....
Mon Mar 7, 2016 at 10:18am
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 towpathif you go out cruising. This stay may be for a short period of time or for a longerperiod of time, but it’s worth knowing the things you shouldand shouldn’t do when tied up along the canal side.A lot of what we have included in our list is commonsense, but keeping these recommendations fresh in your ....
Wed Feb 17, 2016 at 12:51pm
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 boat ready for the warmer months ahead and hopefully some amazing cruising.Our Top Six Cleaning TipsWhether youlive on your narrow boat full time, or she’s been shut up for the winter yourboat may have reached the point of “I just can’t take it any more” and don't worry we'veall been there! So now....
Tue Jan 26, 2016 at 10:22am
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 Condition a Narrowboat Hull isin?Generallyspeaking we don't know what the hull is like on the used boats we have for sale, unless the boat has had a recent hull survey carried out. This is why as acompany we always recommend a prospective used narrow boat purchaser to commissiona survey to be carried out on the b....
Mon Nov 23, 2015 at 4:00pm
Narrow Boat Surveys There are threedifferent types of surveys that a narrowboat can undergo. In this article wewill look at each type of survey and why it is important and necessary to havethe surveys done.Why and WhenThe wholeidea of a narrowboat survey is to find out the condition of the boat. We believe it is essential to have a survey when buying a second hand narrowboat. It gives the buyer a full picture of the boats condition, so that theyknow exactly what they are buying.We alwaysrecommen....
Mon 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....
Tue Jul 21, 2015 at 12:20pm
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 boat fires, explosionsor pollution harming anyone on the waterways.To ensurethat every ones safety is addressed all narrow boats and river boats need tohave an up to date Boat Safety Certificate. This is equivalent to a cars MOTcertificate, the vessel also needs to be insured and have a Canal & River Trust licence.T....
Wed Jul 1, 2015 at 9:35am
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 burglars.In thisarticle we will look at how you as an owner can protect your vessel. This willrequire some time and money, but knowing that your boat is secure when you arenot on board will give you peace of mind when you are away from the boat.Insurance.It isimportant to make sure you have insurance in place, just in case th....
Mon Jun 1, 2015 at 2:38pm
Viewing a narrowboat at Whilton marina is a simple andpleasurable experience. Our sales office and marina is modern, clean and easyto get around. Everything has been designed to make your visit enjoyable, withas much or as little help on hand as you need from us.The Sales OfficeThe marina has a great location, being based in the Midlands and on the Grand Union Canal,it has easy access for visitors visiting from all over the country.Directions:Finding the Marina byRoadWhilton Marina is just off t....
Wed Mar 11, 2015 at 8:45am
If you areconsidering buying a narrow boat then now is a great time to take the plunge. But before you start looking atyour local marina consider what purpose the boat is going to be usedfor. A narrowboat is mainly used for two activities leisure or living aboard. Once youknow how often and how many people will be on board your boat, this will narrowdown the search.Liveaboard AdviceSpace forliving and storage is the main element when looking for a boat to live on permanently.Due to the smal....
Mon Feb 23, 2015 at 10:15am
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 boats, human waste has to be stored on board, full stop. Each systemhas a form of tank where the waste is stored and then chemically treated beforedisposal. It is the method of storage and disposal that is different.Whateversystem you chose you need to responsibly get rid of the waste. Gone are thedays of chucking your wa....
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....
Mon Jan 5, 2015 at 9:29am
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 person finds a problem another may embrace. So let’s lookat what life on the waterways is like and the advantages and disadvantages. Things To Consider If You Are BuyingA Narrowboat To Live On.If youare going to buy a narrowboat to live on; the bigger the boat the better is probablyadvisable. It’s....
Mon Nov 17, 2014 at 11:23am
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 what it would cost.  We have based the costings on a 57 foot shell which is an average sized narrowboat, and used a mid range of products and fittings. You will need to factor in your own time and any professional help for a contractor. A very basic second hand boat which needs work; sometimes known as a project bo....
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 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 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....
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....
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 ....
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