narrow boat cruise can be a fun filled experience discovering new sights, exploring new
areas, meeting new people and generally having a good time. BUT it won’t be
such a great experience if you don’t plan your journey before you go.
memorable cruise and for all the right reasons keep these tips in mind:
thing to do is to decide where you want to go. This may sound obvious but
planning the journeys destination and working out how long it will take you is an important
part of cruising. If you are travelling a long distance you need to work out
how long the journey will take and also you need to factor in getting back!
will need to check if there are any stoppages on the route you intend to take
(this will mainly affect you over the winter months).
Plan the stopovers.
know the route you intend to take, plan where you will be able to make your stop
overs. Read up on the areas you are going to be cruising through, so you can
enjoy the attractions in the local area.
At the same
time you can check where you will be able to use marina facilities, stop for
fuel and supplies.
attractions that will be on when you plan to be cruising by, there may be a
festival or a show on that you and the family would enjoy.
When you are on
a stopover make sure there are plenty of activities that everyone can enjoy
from the boat like fishing, board games, kayaking, cycling on the towpath etc.
Prepare your narrowboat.
boat in tip top condition will play a significant role in the way your journey
will take shape. Check the engine, valves and fittings and other parts to make
sure everything is as it should be.
sure you have all the basics on board like your Roof furniture – Pole, plank,
centre rope and boat hook, 2
x windlasses, 2 x lump hammers – one spare, 3 x mooring stakes – one spare, 3 x
mooring chains – one spare, British Waterways key, Anchor, chain and rope, Weed
hatch tools to make your journey a pleasurable and safe one.
list for the essentials you should have on board
Now is also
a good time to fill up with fuel and solid fuel. There will be places on route
for refuelling, but take the stress out of worrying whether you will make it to the
next filling station by topping up before you head off.
Make a note
of the marinas on route that offer small repairs and maintenance services,
just in case you are unluckily enough to have a problem.
Stock up on supplies.
As well as
stocking up on food, make sure you have enough clothing for all
weather and bedding for the whole crew. You will be able to replenish your food
stock after a few days.
safety equipment – make sure you have life jackets for all your crew. Have a
tool kit on board to do small repairs and a first aid box in case of an
accident. It’s also worth taking some cough and cold remedies and some other
basic medicines just in case one of the crew falls ill.
Check weather forecasts.
rely on glorious sunshine every day in the UK, so it’s a good idea to check
what the weather forecast is for the time you intend to travel. This will help
you decide what type of clothes you will need and what outdoor activities will
Don't forget your paperwork.
take your boat safety certificate and insurance documents. If you have booked
to stay at a marina on your journey have either an electronic or paper copy of