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Mon Apr 23, 2018 at 2:50pm

The gas locker on a used narrowboat and it's installations will be inspected as part of the Boat Safety Scheme examination, however as there are four years time between each inspection, which is a relatively long time in gas locker terms, it is important to check for deterioration between these inspections. The gas locker can rapidly corrode if not kept regularly maintained and this could mean the difference between a BSS pass and a fail and cost even more down the line.

What to do if you suspect problems with your gas systems and installations

Gas work is regulated by the legislation known as Gas Safety (installation and use) Regulations, and there is a strict criteria regulating the people who can work on gas systems who must be a qualified Gas Safe registered person. So if you suspect a problem with your boat's gas installations or fittings, you must get professional advice immediately from a qualified gas fitter, as anyone who comes near the boat could be in danger, see the boat safety scheme website for more information.

Inspect the locker and keep it clean and clear from clutter

The gas lockers only purpose on a boat is to contain and protect the LPG gas cylinders and equipment and to ensure that if a gas leak occurs the gas will drain away from the boat safely. It is very convenient to stow all your cruising items away in the locker, but this will make the boat non compliant to the boat safety standards. You should not use your gas locker as a storage area for mooring equipment or anything else, it is only designed to store the gas cylinders and equipment. Therefore remove any unnecessary objects which might block the drains. The drainage openings in the base of the gas locker will be checked by the BSS examiner to make sure they are not blocked, so you will need to make sure that they are kept clear at all times. The drains need to be above the water line to allow for any escape of gas to drain away safely. The gas bottles in the locker need to be restrained by means of a chain to stop the bottles moving around.

Visually inspect the locker for corrosion, clean it and check the paint for damage which can often be caused when moving or replacing a gas bottle. Keep the locker well painted clean and corrosion free. If there is corrosion it can perforate the locker floor or walls and potentially result in leaking gas entering the boat cabin. Preventing corrosion is far better and cheaper than having to repair it at a later date. Check the lid and hinges and regularly grease the hinges.

Watch our YouTube video below to learn more about a gas locker on a narrow boat.

Tue Apr 10, 2018 at 12:58pm

Will the Proposed Daventry Canal Arm Ever Be Built?

A 1.6 mile canal arm from Daventry to the Grand Union Canal near Daventry in Northamptonshire was given approval by the Daventry planning department in January 2017, However building of the new canal arm is still in doubt due to lack of funding. If funding is found the new arm could see Daventry linked up to the Grand Union Canal. It would include six locks and is hoped that it would terminate in a new waterfront development in the centre of Daventry. The proposal has been on the table for more than ten years, and has been open to public consultation twice over the years.

The new canal arm if built would provide a new pedestrian link from Daventry town centre out into the countryside and to existing canal walks along the towpath to local villages Braunston and Weedon. 

History of the Grand Junction Canal

When the Grand Junction Canal (now the Grand Union Canal) was planned in the 1790's running from Brentford to Braunston a number of canal arms were planned to connect with various towns along the route. Daventry was on the list because the engineers planned to use a millstream locally to feed the canal, but for whatever reason the Daventry arm was never built. Instead the Grand Junction Canal Company dug a huge resevoir just outside daventry where the mill stream was.

After World War II a Birmingham overspill of residents saw Daventry rapidly grow, however the North East of the town including the resevoir and country park remained rural. These days the green fields are rapidly being taken given over to more housing and the town is growing further.

The new canal arm to Daventry was originally proposed by David Griffin, who was on the District Council from the year 2000. David was a canal boater at that time and had read about the history of the Grand Junction Canal and learned how Daventry had missed out in the 1790's, so he started to campaign for the new arm and 12 acre waterfront area. David Griffin sadly passed away in 2013.

In the masterplan for the new canal arm a new town centre area would be construced around the waterfront to include housing, offices, bus interchange, comunity centre, college and a hotel. There would be visitor moorings and a restaurant boat. The new arm which would link up the waterfront to the Grand Union would stretch for 1.6 miles and decend approximately 50ft.

Although Daventry Council has yet to find any developers willing to invest in the scheme they decided to grant permission in January 2017 and have three years from that date to begin construction.

It is proposed to split the project into parts. To start in the middle with a lock free summit level canal. The first stage would also see a small besin built with space for around ten narrowboats to moor. A channel would be constructed to run around the adge of Daventry and the resevoir for approximately one mile and on one level, where there are no obstacles and the land is flat, with a couple of bridges built in the 18th century country style. The channel would create a strip of recreational water through the country park. It is hoped this first stage will encourage developers to get involved.

Stage two is intended to connect the channel to the Grand Union Canal. This part will be more difficult to build as the canal will have to decend about 50ft to meet the canal. A boat lift was originally proposed, but instead it is now planned to create locks. It has been announced that the inclined plane which will be built be named after David  Griffin. After a single decent on this plane, the channel would lead to two conventional locks before the junction with the Grand Union.

The cost is believed to be in the region of 22m, but the council has not announced where the money will come from. It is hoped that a community ifrastructure levy paid by the developers to finance the facilities required for the inhabitants of the new housing can be used towards it.

There is still a great deal of oposition from the local labour party and the town council as well as many local residents, mostly due to cost, calling the proposal "an expensive pond" and wanting more practical spending in the town.

Will the Daventry Canal Arm ever be built, what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the plans? let us know by commenting below.

Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 11:46am

Spring is Coming and So is the Narrowboat Season!

Winter is beginning to disappear and Spring is most definitely in the air! The days are lengthening and becoming slightly warmer and the Spring flowers are beginning to blossom.

It's the time of year when everyone starts to look ahead optimistically to the summer season which is just around the corner! Soon the baby lambs will be playing in the fields and the baby ducklings will be hatching. It's that time of year when people are starting to think about summer holidays and to plan ahead.

Buying a Narrow Boat?

If you are a narrowboater or are thinking of becoming one and buying your own boat, it's the time of year you'll need to think about finding the right boat. We can help you there, as we have boats for every budget on sale at our marina. However, as it's such a busy time of year, with lots of buyers wanting to find their ideal narrow boat and narrowboats are selling so quickly, the best thing to do is to register for email updates of new boats that come in for sale at our two marina's, so that when a new boat comes in for sale you'll be one of the first to hear! That way you'll be able to be the 'early bird' that catches the boat! 

Selling a Narrow Boat?

If you are thinking of selling your narrowboat, now is the very best time of year to do so! It's definitely a Sellers Market out there at the moment, with demand very strong and prices remaining good, there's a relatively short supply of good second hand boats available to buy currently, so Now is an excellent time to sell!

If you do want to sell your narrowboat we can help you!

We Offer Three Ways To Sell Your Narrowboat!

  • Cash offer for your canal boat:  We could purchase your boat outright and sort out all the paperwork. 
  •  Brokerage: Let us sell your canal boat for a small fee. Our brokerage terms at 5% + VAT are highly competitive for the service we offer. (minimum charge £1,250 + VAT).

  •  Part Exchange: We are happy to arrange a part exchange your narrowboat for another boat we have for sale at either of our marinas.

Contact us today for a free no-obligation valuation by clicking either link above and we'll call you to discuss your options – you could be pleasantly surprised.

Reasons to sell Through Us

  • Free, no-obligation valuation of your boat: If you’re looking to sell, but wondering how much your canal boat is worth we can either come out to see your canal boat to value it or give you an indication of a guide price.

  • Fair price for your boat: We’re the UK’s biggest narrowboat broker with marina's in two great locations; Cheshire and Northamptonshire.  So we’re experts in understanding how much your boat is worth and what buyers are prepared to pay.  We’ll work hard to get you the best possible price for your boat; we just take a commission when it’s sold.
  • Professional Marketing: We go the extra mile to boost your chances of a fast sale.We’ll give your boat its own page on the website.  Our website has thousands of visitors each month that are looking to purchase a canal boat just like yours.

  • Access to a personalised client login area:  So you can go online whenever you like to see how well the marketing process is going. We also advertise in social media and all the major trade publications, making sure that your boat’s unique qualities are promoted to buyers.

  • Matchmaking Service: We have a large mailing database on the inland waterways, with more than several thousand active buyers registered. 

  • Large Footfall: We’re located Centrally in the UK. On the Grand Union Canal, sandwiched between the London-Midland railway and the M1 motorway so we have great access to transportation links, making it easy for people to come and see all the canal boats that we have for sale. 

  • Our team is on-site seven days a week, 51 weeks of the year. 

  • Free moorings whilst your canal boat is being marketed:

  • Licensing is not necessary when your canal boat being marketed As our marina is offline and privately owned you don’t need to license your canal boat whilst it is being marketed.  

  • Competitive sales-based commission

If you need more information we are happy to talk to you, call us on 01327 842577

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 the canals on a hot summers day sounds fabulous, although you have to remember what comes after summer, the dreaded winter when the darker nights draw in and the weather gets cold and bitter. Do you really want to keep cruising the canal? think about the possibility of getting stranded out on the canal when the weather freezes and you have to travel miles to get coal and gas. Or you could have the best of both worlds where you cruise the summer and find a mooring spot for the winter. 

Different Types of Moorings

Choosing the right mooring for you is essential, there are lots of mooring options available. the type of mooring that will suit you will depend on how you see your self using your narrowboat. Will you be living off your boat? Do you plan to cruise for weeks on end in the summer? Or do you wish to use your narrowboat as an escape for the weekends?

Moorings are usually priced according to the boats length and location. Moorings can be the most expensive outgoing that comes with owning a narrow boat, so you need to make the right decision on which type of mooring is right for you.

Residential Mooring

Residential moorings are mooring spots with formal planning consent for residential use, this type of mooring is in short supply as they are very popular. One reason for this is that people often struggle to get house mortgages, they cannot afford the monthly cost that comes with living in a house, or they simply do not have the income to live in the area of work e.g London. Therefore they chose the live on a narrowboat permanently and have a residential mooring. Residential moorings when they arise can attract a lot of interest and sell for a lot of money depending on the marinas facilities. Residential moorings are offered around the country by a mix of private operators and navigation authorities. 

Leisure mooring

Leisure moorings are commonly known as Yearly or Seasonal moorings, these are mooring spots which are strictly non residential, for boat owners that need somewhere to store their boat while its not being used. Leisure moorings offer security for boat owners that live elsewhere, but want somewhere secure to keep their boat and use as a base  for using the boat for weekends away, summer breaks or just a break from normality. Again these mooring spots are priced according to the location of the boat length. Some marinas may be more expensive the more facilities they have. 

Marinas

Marinas are the most common form of moorings, setting the standard high with facilities and amenities. Marinas are usually purpose built and have dedicated basins for moorings. Typically finger pontoons are built to extend into the centre of the marina, each boat has allocated a berth along side one of these pontoons. 

When choosing a marina for your boat you need to consider the following :

  • Security 
  • Facilities 
  • Electricity & Water 
  • Boat yard & Chandlery on site
  • Location 

Security 

Does the marina have a strong security net work? after all you want a secure place to store your boat. Has it got CCTV around the marina, or a onsite resident?

Facilities 

Marinas do vary massively in terms of facilities which can effect the price of the mooring space. Generally marinas have sanitary facilities such as toilets and shower blocks, but its worth double checking.

Consider whether the marina has a car park, will you be needing to leave your car while you set sail along the canal on a weeks holiday, again is this car park secure?

Larger marinas will have a Chandlery onsite stocking coal, gas, diesel and have a pump out facility. There may be a cafe onsite as well! even better for your morning fry up!

The marina may offer public WI-FI, ideal for planning your route beforehand. 

Electricity & Water 

A big draw for a marina mooring is to be able to connect to the shoreline power, and have water access. Most Marinas have an electricity & water supply at the front of the finger pontoons allowing you to run your 240V electricity cable/ water hose along to your boat, marinas will often ask you to unplug your electricity supply when you're not living aboard the boat if electric is included in the cost of the mooring.  

Boat Yard & Chandlery 

Some marinas you find may have a slip way you could use for blacking and general maintenance on your boat. There could possibly be a workshop in the marina, which could be beneficial as there will be engineers on site to help you with any questions and issues you may have. 

Where will you moor your narrowboat?

Mon Feb 5, 2018 at 11:40am

Our Top Tips for Getting Your Used Narrowboat to Pass the Boat Safety Scheme

The Boat Safety Scheme is a public safety initiative owned by Canal and River Trust and the Environment Agency. It's purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions or pollution harming people or the environment on the Inland Waterways of the UK.

Just like a car has an MOT, on most of the UK's waterways, a boat needs to be licenced, insured and have a valid BSS certificate before it can cruise. A BSS lasts for four years and needs renewing every four years by a qualified BSS examiner.

Liquid fuelled heating and cooking appliances must have a means of shutting off the fuel supply within easy reach. LPG appliance flames will be examined to make sure they are burning correctly, the examiner will look for a nice yellow even flame.

Appliances

All appliances except portable or electrical equipment must be secured to stop it moving on the boat.

Any appliance with a flue must have one that terminates in open air outside any covered area. Flue  pipes will be checked for holes or loose joints, and must conform to manufacturers instruction.

Appliances and their surroundings must not show signs of heat damage or fuel leaks.

Stoves and wood burners must not have gaps or cracks which could allow carbon monoxide to escape into the boat. So check for cracked ill fitting glass doors, check the joints and flue connections.

Stoves need to have sufficient clearance around them to stop combustible material getting hot nearby. 

Above is a picture of a solid fuel stove on a used narrowbot

Ventilation

Ventilation is very important because the total air volume within a boat can be very small. Small quantities of noxious gasses such as carbon monoxide can easily build up from appliances, causing dangerous levels within the small air space. A constant flow of fresh air will dispose of any harmful gasses and top up oxygen levels within the boat. The Boat Safety examiner will do a calculation to work out what ventilation is required in each boat, depending on what types of appliances are on board, boat space and how many people aboard. Appliances are categorsied into groups which require different levels of ventilation for safety. So for example; a gas cooker would need a particularly high level of ventilation due to them emitting fumes and also using up oxygen. If the appliance has a flue however, such as a solid fuel stove, it requires less ventilation due to the flue which takes away the fumes from the boat.

Ventilation must be in the form of both high level and low level vents. High level vents such as mushroom vents are brass mushrooms on the roof of narrowboats. Low level vents are often louvred vented panels fitted over holes cut in the doors of the boat. The ventilation needs to be permanent and not able to be shut off. So you need to make sure that any vents fitted are kept clear and cleaned regularly to prevent dust and dirt building up and blocking the vent.

The picture above illustrates the inside of a mushroom vent on a narrowboat clogged with dust and dirt. In another of our blogs we discuss how to clean mushroom vents.

If you have any gas or solid fuel appliances on board it is safest to fit a carbon monoxide alarm and smoke detectors on board too.

Stay safe and keep your canal boat well maintained.

Mon Jan 8, 2018 at 10:30am

Baton down the hatches bad weather is 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 can cause some issues for boaters who livaboard over the winter months. By being prepared and not panicking when the weather changes, you and your narrow boat will come safely out the other side ready for the spring.  

It has to be said that maneuvering a narrow boat is very hard work in the wind. Trying to steer a very long boat in a long narrow channel on a windy day does have its challenges, and no matter how talented you are at steering, all this changes when the wind gets involved.

Therefore our advice is to moor up during windy spells or you might find cruising becomes more of a contact sport! If the water is flat and smooth then you can consider it safe to continue cruising, however if any sort of high wind movement starts, it might be wise to find somewhere safe to moor. Keep an eye out for weather warnings on the news or through your phone using a weather app.

Our advice during extreme weather conditions is ideally not to cruise, so if the winds are above force 6 its best to moor up. However some boaters feel this is not necessary, so it all depends on how confident you feel about keeping your vessel under control in adverse weather conditions.

Mooring up can also become a little more difficult in the wind, trying to pull the boat in against the wind is extremely hard work, especially if you are trying to do this task on your own. Fortunately the canal community are a very friendly bunch and if you are in any difficulties then someone will come to the rescue if you are near other boaters.

Our advice is; keep your eye on the weather and if you feel you may get into difficulties then find somewhere to stop before the bad weather takes effect.

Once you are moored up its wise to make sure that any items on the outside of your boat are securely tied down or removed until the bad weather has passed. Also check your canopies are secure and your boat is tied up securely.

The towpaths, locks and your boat can become rather dangerous over the winter months as the rain and mud makes everywhere very slippery, add into the factor that it may also be windy or icy, these areas can become potential accident areas. Take extra care and make extra time to carry out outside duties. If it isn't essential try not to use the locks in high winds.

Winter Survival Tips  

The waterways is much quieter place over the winter months as many boaters decide to return to the land as they want a break from cruising and want their creature comforts over the colder months. The thought of days full of rain, wind and snow aboard a narrow boat isn't for all of us!

However for those who do decide to stay on-board, the canal network becomes an idyllic winter wonderland for those who stay to enjoy it.

Follow our simple but useful tips to make the time you spend on your boat this winter as safe and as enjoyable as possible.  

Keeping warm  

The key to a successful winter on your boat is to make sure you are warm and to do this you are going to need one or maybe two heating options. Many boaters have a multi stove as well as either gas or diesel heating.  

Multi-fuel stoves are still the most popular option and come in a variety of prices, shapes and sizes. They are easy to install and even easier to use. Using coal or wood a multi-fuel stove works through dry heat and the fire will draw in much of the condensation from the boat.                  

*Diesel-fired central heating works the same as a domestic boiler found in a house. Simple to use and compatible with a timer, it will heat the radiators and provide hot water. Popular choices are Eberspächer, Webasto or Mikuni.  

*Gas central heating is another option and this will also allow you to heat your radiators and will provide hot water. However, it is not compatible with a timer because Gas central heating on a narrowboat runs from your gas bottle.  

*Both diesel and gas central heating need a yearly service by a qualified engineer.  

Cruising Advice  

Cruising can be affected by strong winds, which we covered above and also if the canal freezes. If the ice becomes more than a few cms thick you should NOT break through it with your boat. Breaking the ice by trying to cruise through it, will put a great strain on your engine and it will also damage the hull, scraping away the blacking. So in situations where cruising isn’t possible, just sit tight until the ice thaws. It’s really not worth damaging your boat; patience is all you need in these situations.  

Provisions  

Keep a good stock of fuel (coal, gas, wood) – it may seem obvious but running out can be disastrous, and that usually happens when the weather is at its worst.  

Keep your water tank full – taps on the cut do freeze during winter and a frozen pipe will disrupt the supply, so don’t leave filling up until last minute. Have around 30% of anti-freeze in your water and heating system.

And lastly stock up on food and drink. You never know when the bad weather might keep you from getting out, so by stocking up you wont go hungry.  

Stoppages

You can keep up with any stoppages that are happening on the network by checking on the Canal and River Trust website. Stoppages occur over the winter months allowing maintenance and repairs to be carried out and also if there are additional problems like; a fallen tree that is blocking the way and needs removing.       

Dress Code  


Now is most definitely not the time to be a fashion victim. Wearing the appropriate clothes will make even the coldest days bearable. Layering is the best way to keep the cold winds out and sensible non-slip foot wear will keep you safe on wet and icy surfaces.

Be sure you have a warm coat and waterproofs to protect you from the elements. If you plan on working the locks you’ll also want some hard wearing gloves to protect your hands. 

Make sure that you dry your clothes out properly if they get wet, or next time you go to put them on you might not want to if they are still damp!

Until next time keep safe and warm!

Tue Nov 28, 2017 at 8:05am

DING DONG MERRILY on HIGH it's DECEMBER!

FOLLOW OUR TOP TIPS TO A GREAT CHRISTMAS ON BOARD

If you are thinking about spending the Christmas holidays on your boat you need to be prepared and remember that Christmas aboard will be a bit different to a Christmas holiday spent on the land.

Be mindful that there is obviously limited space on board and therefore a large gathering isn't going to be possible, but meeting friends and family at another location is probably the best choice so you're not all on top of each other.

One of the great things about spending Christmas aboard is the simplicity of it all. With limited space the last thing you want to be trying to do is getting a Christmas tree onboard, so that task can be immediately taken off the to do list! Now this doesn't mean you can't have a few decorations on board, but decorating the whole interior and exterior of your boat doesn't have to be a major part and parcel of your celebrations. Instead keep things simple by adding some battery operated fairy lights and a few choice decorations to create a Christmassy atmosphere. 

Food is the next topic we should cover, you may decide you want to create the traditional Christmas dinner on your boat, which is totally possible (check your oven size before buying the turkey though!) but for those that want an easier day why not book a table at the local pub/restaurant? Make sure you book in advance as popular places get booked up very quickly. Eating out also means a walk back to the boat will help work off a few calories!! 

Make sure you stock up well, ready for a weeks cruising, there's nothing worse than realising you don't have any cranberry sauce as you are carving up the turkey or worse still you run out of fuel!

Follow these simple steps whether you are cruising or mooring to ensure the boat will run efficiently over the winter;

• Fill up your diesel tank to ensure you have enough fuel

• Have around 30% of anti-freeze in your water and heating system

• Ensure you have enough solid fuel for your stove

• Make sure your pipes are well insulated to prevent burst pipes

• Check the batteries are in good working order

• Make sure the boat is well ventilated to reduce the chance of condensation arising.

• When mooring protect the hull by hanging planks of wood alongside the boat to prevent ice slabs bumping into your hull.

• If you are unable to cruise and get stuck for a period of time, then you will need to have a backup service if you use a pump out loo. Carry a cassette toilet to use as a back-up should you be unable to empty the pump out toilet.

Find out more about winter cruising here

Hiring a narrow boat for Christmas

If you don't own a boat, but fancy spending the Christmas period on the waterways check out these companies that are still operating over the winter period. Find out more about spending Christmas on a narrowboat in this link

Santa cruises for the little ones!

Enjoy a festive boat trip with Santa and your family and friends on the many waterways in the UK. Santa cruises will be taking place in Derbyshire, Sussex, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, London, North Yorkshire, Merseyside, Leeds and Gloucestershire. Find out more here

Are you thinking about buying or selling in the new year?  

If 2018 is the year you wish to either buy, sell or part exchange your narrow boat then we hope you all consider working with us.

Let us help take the stress out of finding a new narrowboat by providing you with the best service around. Buying and selling narrowboats is basically what we do best and our experienced staff are available 7 days a week to assist you. We can hold your hand all the way through the buying process and give you the best advice to ensure you buy the right boat.

When it comes to choosing a narrow boat there are some styles that you will love and some you will hate. Generally speaking there are 3 types of sterns on a narrow boat. You can choose to purchase; the traditional, the semi traditional or the cruiser. Then there’s the tug and the Dutch barge, which aren’t as popular. Read our article about narrow boat styles to help you decide which one is going to be right for you.  

There are a few different options to how you can finance buying a narrow boat find out more in this article 

FOODIE IDEAS FOR DECEMBER 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In season this month:

beetroot, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, potatoes (maincrop), salsify, shallots, swede, truffles (black, truffles (white)  turnips, wild mushrooms

apples, clementines, cranberries,passion fruit, pears, pineapple, pomegranate, satsumas, tangerines

almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts

duck, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, turkey, venison

clams, cod, coley, dab, dover sole, gurnard, haddock, halibut, hake, langoustine, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, monkfish, mussels, oysters, plaice, red mullet, scallops (queen), sea bass (wild), sea bream, skate, turbot, winkles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER WE CELEBRATE..

December, 2017 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

What’s happening in December?              

 1 Dec Friday Eat a Red Apple Day, 2 Dec Saturday Fritters Day, 3 Dec Sunday Make a Gift Day (MKE YOUR LOVED ONES SOMETHING SPECIAL), 4 Dec Monday Wear Brown Shoes Day, 5 Dec Tuesday Day of the Ninja, 6 Dec Wednesday Put on Your Own Shoes Day, 6 Dec Wednesday Microwave Oven Day, 7 Dec Thursday Letter Writing Day 9 (GOOD DAY TO DO THE CHRISTMAS CARDS) 8 Dec Friday Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day, 8 Dec Friday Official Lost and Found Day, 9 Dec Saturday Christmas Card Day (POST YOUR CARDS TODAY), 10 Dec Sunday Dewey Decimal System Day, 10 Dec Sunday Jane Addams Day, 11 Dec Monday Noodle Ring Day, 12 Dec Tuesday Gingerbread House Day, 13 Dec Wednesday Christmas Jumper Day, 14 Dec Thursday Monkey Day, 15 Dec Friday Free Shipping Day, 16 Dec Saturday Chocolate Covered Anything Day, 17 Dec Sunday Wright Brothers Day, 19 Dec Tuesday Underdog Day, 19 Dec Tuesday Ugly Sweater Day, 20 Dec Wednesday Sangria Day, 21 Dec Thursday International Dalek Remembrance Day, 22 Dec Friday Date Nut Bread Day, 24 Dec Sunday Eggnog Day, 25 Dec Monday Grav Mass Day, 25 Dec Monday A'phabet Day or No "L" Day, 26 Dec Tuesday Thank You Note Day, 27 Dec Wednesday No Interruptions Day, 28 Dec Thursday Card Playing Day, 29 Dec Friday Pepper Pot Day, 30 Dec Saturday Bicarbonate of Soda Day, 31 Dec Sunday Make Up Your Mind Day

25th December - Christmas Day!

BOATING EVENTS IN DECEMBER

Manchester Open Weekend - Rochdale Canal 2nd December 2017, 10am to 3rd December 2017, 4pm 
Manchester city centre
Come along and meet the experts at Rochdale Canal Open Day. Find out more about what it takes for us to look after this busy stretch of canal running through the heart of Manchester City centre, and get involved in a range of activities and events we have on offer throughout the weekend.

Milton Keynes Illuminated Boat Festival 2nd December 2017, 3pm to 9pm 
Grand Union
As the Milton Keynes 50th birthday celebrations come to an end, join us for an afternoon and evening of festive fun at Milton Keynes first ever illuminated boat festival.

Christmas cruises at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port 9th December 2017 
National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port
Book your tickets now. As Christmas approaches Father Christmas will be taking to the water with cruises on our special boat trips...

Foxton Illuminated Boat Festival - Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December 2017 at 2pm-7pm Glenrothes - Foxton Locks, £5 per adult, under 12's free, buy your tickets in advance from the Canal and River Trust.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Mon Nov 20, 2017 at 11:36am

For boat owners who are thinking about upgrading or selling their narrow boat, December can still be a good time to sell a used narrow boat.

Many boat owners first instinct would be to 'leave selling their boat until after Christmas' thinking that the boat will sell quicker in the Spring time. It seems like a no-brainer, everyone is far too busy buying Christmas presents to concentrate on boat buying.

But December can actually be a shrewd time to sell your narrowboat, here are our six top reasons why now might be the right time to sell.

1. We can buy your narrowboat for cash now, saving you the hassle of putting the boat on brokerage, or trying to sell the boat yourself which often takes several weeks of waiting for the right buyer to come along. You can have the cash instantly in your account as soon as we've agreed to buy the boat from you!

2.One of the busiest times of the year for boat searches on our website is between Boxing Day and New Year's Day. You need to make sure that your narrowboat is in the 'shop window' at the optimum time. Many people have a dream of owning a narrowboat and spend the Christmas Holiday period browsing the internet for available boats, just like they do a house or a holiday.

2. Given that many people will follow the conventional wisdom and not put their boats on the market in December, you will be entering a less crowded market, which will help your boat stand out, should you decide to sell your narrowboat through our brokerage sevice.

3. Many workers get their Christmas bonuses before Christmas, and in some cases make moves on the narrowboat market on the basis of those bonuses.

4. Christmas tends to be a comparatively quiet time, both on stock markets and in the political sphere. That can make boat buyers a little less jittery, which can only be a good thing.

5. If you decide you want to sell your narrowboat, why not get on with it, regardless of the time of year. Stalling can cost you more in mooring fees, and if you're not using the boat over winter you won't have to worry about leaving the boat empty and all the problems that can be associated with an empty boat and feezing winter temperatures.

6. They may be few in number, but there are some people whose idea of a perfect Christmas present to a loves one, is a narrowboat!

So you see, you don't have to wait until Spring to sell your narrowboat, you really can sell it in December!

If you want us to give you a Cash Offer for your Narrowboat, we'd love to hear from, call us now on 01327 842577 or click one of the links above to fill in our online form.

Happy Christmas from the Whilton Marina Team!

Tue Oct 31, 2017 at 7:59am

KEEPING WARM ON YOUR NARROW BOAT!

FOLLOW OUR TOP TIPS TO KEEP WARM ON YOUR BOAT

It's important that your boat is kitted out with a good heating system that will provide adequate heat and hot water, or you may find that your boat is inhabitable over the winter due to the fact it's too cold to stay aboard.

If you haven't serviced your heating system then now is a good time to give it some TLC, especially if you intend to use your boat over the winter.

Here are some heating options you can consider;

Multi-fuel stoves are still the most popular option for boaters and they come in a variety of prices, shapes and sizes. They are easy to install and even easier to use. Using coal or wood, a multi-fuel stove works through dry heat and the fire will draw in much of the condensation from the boat.

*Diesel-fired central heating works the same as a domestic boiler found in a house. Simple to use and compatible with a timer, it will heat the radiators and provide hot water. Popular choices to choose from are Eberspächer, Webasto or Mikuni. 

*Gas central heating this option will allow you to heat your radiators and will provide hot water, however it is not compatible with a timer. Gas central heating will run from your gas bottles. 

*Both diesel and gas central heating need a yearly service by a qualified engineer

If you’ll be having a firework party at home, you can make the occasion fun and safe for everyone by following the Firework Code.....

Follow these top tips for a safer fireworks party:   

Only adults should deal with setting up firework displays, the lighting of fireworks and the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used. Children and young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance.

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

Sparkler safety

Sparklers are often viewed as being harmless but they burn at fierce temperatures, equivalent to a welding torch.

Follow these top tips for sparkler safety:

  • It is recommended that sparklers are not given to under-5s
  • Make sure everyone handling sparklers wears gloves
  • Hold sparklers at arm’s length while being lit
  • Don’t wave sparklers about close to other people
  • Never hold a baby in your arms while you are holding a sparkler
  • When the sparkler has finished put it in a bucket of cold water.

Bonfire safety

  • One person should be responsible for the bonfire and children should be supervised
  • Choose a site away from wooden fences, sheds and where children will be playing
  • Never pour petrol, paraffin or meths on to a fire - it’s safer to use fire lighters to prevent flare-ups
  • Keep a bucket of water handy in case of an accident
  • Avoid loose clothing and tie back long hair.
  • After the party, pour water on the fire, rather than leaving it to burn out.

FOODIE IDEAS FOR NOVEMBER 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


artichoke, beetroot, butternut squash, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, potatoes (maincrop), pumpkin, salsify, shallots, swede, truffles (black) [i], truffles (white) [i], turnips, watercress, wild mushrooms

apples, clementines [i], cranberries [i], passion fruit [i], pears, pomegranate[i], quince, satsumas

almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, cob nuts, hazelnuts,rosemary, sage, walnuts

beef, duck, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, lamb, mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, turkey, venison, wood pigeon

clams, cod, coley, crab, dab, dover sole, gurnard, haddock, halibut, hake, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, monkfish, mussels, oysters, plaice, pollack, red mullet, sea bass (wild), sea bream, skate, squid, turbot, winkles

THIS MONTHS TOP BOATING TIP
Keeping your fuel store and water tanks topped up is a must at this time of year. Running out of the above will leave you cold, potentially smelly and in the dark not a pleasant experience during the cold and dark winter months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER WE CELEBRATE..

November, 2017 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

What’s happening in November?  

1 Nov Author's Day, 2 Nov Deviled Eggs Day, 2 Nov Men Make Dinner Day, 3 Nov Sandwich Day, 4 Nov Common Sense Day, 5 Nov Zero Tasking Day, 6 Nov Saxophone Day, 7 Nov Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day, 8 Nov Tongue Twister Day, 9 Nov Chaos Never Dies Day, 10 Nov Forget Me Not Day, 10 Nov Vanilla Cupcake Day, 11 Nov Origami Day, 12 Nov Happy Hour Day, 13 Nov World Kindness Day, 14 Nov Spicy Guacamole Day, 14 Nov Pickle Day, 15 Nov Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, 16 Nov Fast Food Day, 16 Nov Use Less Stuff Day, 17 Nov Take A Hike Day, 18 Nov Push Button Phone Day, 20 Nov National Absurdity Day, 21 Nov World Hello Day, 22 Nov Go For a Ride Day, 23 Nov Fibonacci Day, 24 Nov Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day, 24 Nov Buy Nothing Day, 25 Nov Shopping Reminder Day, 26 Nov Cake Day, 28 Nov Red Planet Day, 29 Nov Electronic Greeting Card Day, 30 Nov Computer Security Day

And of course Bonfire Night on the 5th November!

BOATING EVENTS IN NOVEMBER

Banbury Lock Open Weekend 
18th November 2017 to 19th November 2017 
Lock 29 Banbury Lock
Come along to Banbury Lock Open Day and see first hand how we're refurbing this lock.

Shifting Loyalties - Idle Women residential conference 2017 
27th November 2017 to 4th December 2017 
Coldwell Activity Centre
Head along to Shifting Loyalties, Idle Women's residential conference.

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A FABULOUS SPARKLY NOVEMBER!

Mon Oct 16, 2017 at 12:39pm

New On Site Narrowboat Maintenance Workshop and Wise 40 tonne Boat Lifting Hoist Coming Soon...

We are very excited to announce plans to improve our narrow boat refurbishment facilities at Whilton Marina. Construction has already started of the purpose built 9,000 sq ft Narrowboat Mainitenance and Repair Workshop, the new wharf and boat lift, which will facilitate an improved working environment for our engineering and welding teams. We expect the new development to be completed in Spring 2018.

The new workshop will be capable of holding three 70ft narrow boats simultaneously for maintenance works. It will be fully equipped for the undertaking of works on new and used canal boats and widebeamed boats; to include stern tube renewal, new window installations, renewal of gas lockers, wiring, painting, engine installtions and repairs, hull replating and refurbishment works and will enable our engineers and welders to work on narrowboats out of the water and under cover.

We have ordered a Brand New Wise 40 tonne motorised hoist ( see photograph below of a similar hoist) capable of lifting 40 tonnes and up to 12ft wide boats, with four wheel steering, which can be used to transport the narrow boats, or widebeams out of the water and move them into the new workshop for maintenance or repair purposes.

A new wharf is being constructed to allow the Wise Hoist to manoeuvre over the water and lift out narrowboats when surveys are required. This will enable us to react a lot more quickly to our demands on site, which will speed up the sales process.

This facility is designed to strengthen our position as the Number One UK sales outlet for used narrowboats, making us one of the most successful one-stop shops on the canal network, where you can buy a narrowboat, moor it, maintain and repair it, and if you need to sell your narrowboat on, we can sell it for you too!

This significant investment is designed to strengthen our position and commitment as the Number One UK sales outlet for used narrowboats. We will be investing £900,000 in the new workshop, wharf and boat lift, showing that we are confident about our future in narrowboat sales and the future of our marina.

The new workshop and boat lifting facility, once completed will hugely assist our customers through the narrowboat buying and selling process. It will add another fantastic facility to our already well equipped marina, which already has a floating dock and wet dock, plus two slip ways, a narrowboat showroom and office, plus on site chandlery shop and cafe.

To follow the progress of the building of the new facilities see our Narrowboat Maintenance Workshop page.

 

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