Useful Links

Useful Links to Companies relating to Narrowboating

Only quality websites can be listed on this directory.

Whilton Marina's Sister Companies

Whilton Caravan & Container Storage

Situated at Whilton Marina. They were established in 1996 and provide storage for caravans and motorhomes. They also have self storage containers available to rent month by month at competetive prices.

Venetian Marina

Venetian Marina is in Cheshire and lies on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.  Venetian Marina, Like Whilton Marina, buy sell and care for narrowboat. They also have moorings and facilities for narrowboats.

Cosgrove Park

Cosgrove Park  is one of England's finest leisure parks.  Located on the picturesque South Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire border and set in 180 acres of beautiful parkland, featuring twelve lakes, two rivers and the Grand Union is on our door step.  We have miles of local trails for walking and cycling, or simply observe our extensive range of wildlife.  We offer a range of recreational and leisure facilities including our heated outdoor swimming pool.

Useful Waterways Information

Inland Waterways Association

Inland Waterways Association is a charity that campaigns for use, maintenance and restoration of all Britain's Inland Waterways.

Canal Junction

Canal Junction is a like a website directory for boating.  You can find maps, cruising guides, links to canal hire companies and waterways services on this website.

Canal and River Trust

Canal and River Trust is a charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of the Inland Waterways network in England and Wales.

Environment Agency

Environment Agency is a UK government agency concerned mainly with rivers, flooding and pollution.  Some navigable rivers are looked after them.

Jim Shead

Jim Shead is an encyclopedia of the canals and rivers of England and Wales including historical data provided by Jim Shed, Waterways Writer and Photographer.

Whilton & Buckby Locks Association

Whilton & Buckby Locks Association is a local canal voluntary organisation.

Narrowboat Magazines

Waterways World Magazine

Waterways World Magazine is the biggest-selling and longest established inland waterways magazine.  Every month, they explore the waterways system, test the latest boats and equipment, and look into the history and heritage of our canals.


Towpathtalk is a FREE feature-packed monthly newspaper covering life and leisure around the UK's extensive canal network.  From fascinating insights into life on the canal, to great places to explore whilst on a holiday.  You can pick up your FREE copy at most local marinas.

Canal Boat Magazine

Canal Boat Magazine is the magazine championing waterways and boating, providing boat tests, advice, cruising ideas and canal updates.  It is essential for anyone with an interest in narrowboats.

The Tillergraph

The Tillergraph is a free glossy magazine about narrowboating.


Narrowboat Finance


Pegasus Finance provide finance for narrow boats, caravans, and holiday homes
Telephone: 0800 066 2882
Moorgate Finance

Moorgate Finance provide finance for narrow boats.
Telephone - 01905 926262, Contact Email -
Moorgate Finance
Promarine Finance 
 Promarine Fiance provides specific marine mortgages.
Telephone - 01432 347770, Contact Email -
 Promarine Finance

Narrowboat Insurance

Collidge & Partners
Collidge & Partners insurance underwriting agents for narrowboats for both residential and pleasure use. They pride themselves on offering value for money and excellent customer service.

Towergate Insurance

Towergate Insurance narrowboat insurance which covers you on inland waterways and interconnecting tidal waters and has been carefully designed to include a choice of covers to complement the needs of narrowboats, liveaboard narrowboats and canal cruisers.

Haven Knox-Johnson

Haven Knox-Johnson narrowboat insurance for all types of boat including narrowboats. Haven Knox  Johnston pride themselves on offering competitive pricing.

Haven Knox-Johnston

Compare Insurance

Compare Insurance is one of the UK's leading specialists in boat insurance, offering a wide range of boat insurance comparisons we can find the right quote for you.

 Narrowboat Hire

Napton Narrowboats

Napton Narrowboats canal boat hire company, based at Napton Marina on the Grand Union Canal and Autherley Junction Shropshire Union Canal at Wolverhampton.

Black Prince

Black Prince canal boat hire company. Choose to take your canal boat holiday from a choice of nine holiday hire bases, from the Peak District to the Midlands, Cheshire, Cambridge, Oxford, Wiltshire, Scotland, Wales and London, each with their own unique routes to help you discover more on your UK narrowboat holiday.

Kate Boats

Kate Boats narrowboats hire company based in Warwickshire. Narrowboat holidays in the heart of the countryside.

Rose Narrowboats

Our wide range of canal holiday hire boats means there’s one right for you. To ensure your comfort and enjoyment every canal boat is fully equipped with all the furnishings, equipment and utensils you are likely to need.

Valley Cruises

Valley Cruises is a small family operated luxury narrowboat hire firm offering you the high standards of service and accommodation for canal breaks. Based on the Coventry Canal.

Oxfordshire Narrowboats

Oxfordshire Narrowboats canal holidays, narrowboat holidays and narrowboat day hire company based in Oxfordshire.

Narrowboat Handling Courses


Inland waterways helmsman's courses (IWHC certificate)

Islington Boat Club

             A Central London RYA training centre, ICC/CEVNI test centre and boat club running RYA Inland Waterways Helm and Crew Courses.


 Mail Forwarding Company
Royal Mail

Redirecting UK Mail

Waterways Mail

A postal solution for boaters


Waterways Services

Boat Safety Examiners/Surveyors

Craig Allen

07973 939123

Trevor Whitling

01788 824191 or 07767 888255

Michael Clarke

01604 858868 or 07944 856351

Chris Williams

Ovation Boat Services - 07963 974 793

Boat Painters and Sign Writers

Darren Williams

01604 757016 or 07808 773271

Andy Russell

01635 850853 or 07947338700 traditional and unique sign writing of narrowboats.

Marine Breakdown Cover

River Canal Rescue

They operate breakdown and recovery assistance across the UK inland waterways 24/7 for an annual fee.

Narrowboat Craning and Transportation

A B Tuckey

They are specialist transportation of canal and narrow boats, with generations of experience in crane operations and heavy goods vehicles.

Equipment and Supplies

Narrowboat Chandlers

Whilton Marina Chandlery

The shop situated at Whilton Marina, beside Lock 13 at the bottom of the Buckby flight on the Grand Union Canal is stocked with chandlery, gifts, groceries, beers and wines under the new management of Bim and Tom. You can also buy gas, diesel, kindling, logs & coal and a pump out facility is available, all at competitive prices.  They are happy to help you with all your boating needs, and if they haven't got what you want, they'll order it for you!

Midland Chandlers

They are based in Braunston, Preston Brook and Willington, Derbyshire.




Buckby Ware

Black Country Metalworks

Narrowboat Furniture and Upholstery


They are specialists in narrowboat upholstery, furniture, canopies and cratch covers.

 Wilsons Upholstery

Narrowboat Canopies

AJ Canopies

They are based in Braunston, Northants

Kniver Canopies

They are based in Stourbridge West Midlands

Windows For Narrowboats

Channel Glaze

They are specialist manufacturers of narrow boat windows.


Diesel Engines

Thorneycroft Engines

Russell Newbury

Barrus Marine

Narrowboat Builders

Colecraft Narrowboats

Wharf House Narrowboats LTD

Canal DVDs

Canal DVDS

Useful Links on getting to and staying near Whilton Marina

Taxi Companies and National Rail

A2B Taxis

Daventry- 01327 844800 or 07920 000092

Link Hire Taxis

Daventry - 01327 704000 or 01327 876868

24 Seven Taxis Daventry

National Rail Enquiries

The Trainline

Trains to Long Buckby

Accommodation near Whilton Marina (See our separate list for accommodation nearby)

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Whilton Mill (Karting)

Heart of the Shires

Whilton Locks Flooring

Whilton Locks Garden Village