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Mon Nov 18, 2019 at 1:24pm
Regular bilge inspections are crucial if you want to avoid flooding and potentially sinking your narrowboat. Good maintenance and preventing build up of water in the bilge will extend the life of your narrow boat. Inspect and MaintainGenerally there are three bilge compartments on most canal boats; below the foredeck, below the accommodation cabin and below the engine bay. The engine bay may have a wet sump below the stern gland, which has been fabricated into a steel sump or receptacle to catch ...
Mon Oct 14, 2019 at 11:13am
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 rivers it’s time to think about winterising your boat.  If you’re going to leave your boat unattended for any length of time you'll need to protect it from the damaging effects of winter. We’ve put together some tips to help you prepare your boat for the colder months ahead. Inside the boatYou shou...
Fri Sep 27, 2019 at 2:00pm
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 restrictions or closures, these are called stoppages and can be due to a variety of reasons such as; maintenance works, lack of water during dry weather or leakage causing the canal or river to be too shallow for passage, or someone left the lock gates open and there's low water in the pound! other reasons could be; high w...
Mon Sep 2, 2019 at 10:41am
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 local and national campaigns that have a real impact on the UK's inland waterway, such as festivals and boat rallies. They run workshops and courses designed to protect and restore the UK's waterways and run recovery groups to provide practical and technical support to the waterways restoration proje...
Mon Aug 12, 2019 at 11:22am
Common Flowers Along the TowpathIt's summer time, we thought it would be a great time to write about the wild flowers found on the waterways and towpaths of the UK. Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium)Rosebay Willowherb is a tall plant with pink flowers rising up a 1. 5 meter flower spike, it flowers June to September. It's leaves are lance-like and are arranged in spiral formation up its stem.   Rosebay Willowherb was once a scarce woodland plant, but has grown in numbers as a re...
Mon Jul 22, 2019 at 12:08pm
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 weather that's been forecast, and lots of boats arriving on a daily basis for sale at our marina.  A UK weather warning has been issued as the temperature is set to soar to 37 degrees this week to scorch Britain.   As the forecast is for the heatwave to continue for the next few days at least, it seems a go...
Mon Jul 15, 2019 at 1:41pm
Looking for activities to do with the family that are free and will occupy the kids, whilst also getting outdoors and away from the computer, TV and games console screens? We've got five ideas for free activities to keep the kids busy!Outdoor PlayThere are lots of games you can play with kids of all ages outside; Nature Letters; use fallen fallen leaves, twigs, berries and nuts to write the first letter of your name in giant nature letters. Make a nature bracelet, using daisies. Or a piece of car...
Mon Jun 24, 2019 at 11:22am
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, electrical and painting. You will also need plenty of time to complete the project, you should allow at least 120 working days to fit out a 57ft narrowboat. Additional time will be required for planning, research and shopping for the project. You should take all of this into consideration before starting out on a self fit out. ...
Tue May 28, 2019 at 12:38pm
The recent campaign by Sky News to reduce plastic waste highlights how important it is to to look after the planet and cut down on the amount of plastic we use and throw away. When John Ryley head of Sky News ate a bowl of mussels whilst in the company of his marine biologist son, who then asked him "Do you realise what you've just eaten, Dad?" he didn't bother waiting for a reply. "North Sea mussels contain on average one particle of plastic per gram of tissue. They get it from the seawater which...
Sat Apr 27, 2019 at 12:28pm
Crick Boat Show Celebrates it's 20th Year!