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Tue Feb 23, 2021 at 11:36am
Why are boats namedThere are many reasons why boats are named, but they are mainly named for identification and communication purposes. They are also often named for sentimental, traditional, and even superstitious reasons as well. Naming a boat is just as much a part of owning a boat as it has ever been, and boat naming has become such a tradition that it’s hard to find a boat that does not have a name!Narrowboating becomes a way of life for a lot of people, and that way of life can becom...
Tue Feb 9, 2021 at 10:30am
Using a centre ropeA correctly deployed narrowboat centre line can make a massive difference to your cruising pleasure and safety particularly if you are a solo cruiser. Having a centre rope allows you to step ashore with a line in your hand to either hold the boat while somebody else secures bow and stern or secure it temporarily with said centre line while you yourself (possibly working single handed) secure the boat safely to your mooring point.   It is also useful for temporarily and...
Mon Jan 25, 2021 at 4:40pm
There are three stern options on a narrowboat, Traditional, Semi-Traditional and Cruiser Style. Here we explain the difference between them in order to help you decide which is best for you.
Tue Jan 5, 2021 at 11:00am
We are excited to announce our 50th Anniversary in 2021!More news coming soon on competitions and offers that we'll be having throughout the year to help us celebrate our 50 years in business, so keep an eye on our website and social media for more details. . . We've all heard older members of the generation start a story with an eye roll prompting, "Back in my day," which is then followed by a seemingly endless list of ways that things have changed since the olden days (usually in a negative light...
Wed Dec 2, 2020 at 11:58am
Our gifting ideas for those narrowboat friends who can be difficult to buy forIf your list of friends or family to buy Christmas presents for includes someone who lives aboard a narrowboat, you'll probably find them rather hard to buy for, especially as storage space aboard a boat is much more restricted than living on the land. So we thought we'd compile a list of useful items and novel ideas for those boaty friends or family members who are difficult to buy for. In these days of campaigns to gi...
Mon Nov 23, 2020 at 1:00pm
Winter stoppages on the canal system. With winter fast approaching its time to pre plan our journeys around the waterways. One of the most attractive things about boating is the freedom, not everyone has the advantage of being able to take off on an adventure with a drop of a hat.  Unfortunately, during the winter this could be difficult with many things standing in your way, one of them being the winter Canal and River Trust stoppages. As many of you may know the CRT every winter release mult...
Mon Oct 19, 2020 at 3:25pm
What is a Boat Licence?If you want to keep and use any type of  boat (even a Kayak or a canoe) on the Inland Waterways of the UK, including the canals and rivers, you will need to licence it.  It's not just narrowboats and barges that need a licence on the canals and rivers. All portable, unpowered craft such as canoes, kayaks, dinghies, rowing boats, paddleboards and even light inflatable craft do too. This because the UK's 2,000 miles of canals and rivers need a lot of care and mainte...
Tue Sep 8, 2020 at 4:07pm
Waterways Wildlife - Birds HeronHerons have long legs with particularly long toes, useful when wading on soft mud.  Their wings are broad and rounded, often markedly bowed in flight, and they all have long sinuous necks and dagger-shaped bills. There are 64 species of Heron. Many species nest in trees in mixed colonies, while bitterns are much more secretive and nest in dense reeds. Herons and are carnivorous. The members of this family are mostly associated with wetlands&...
Mon Jul 6, 2020 at 2:34pm
A winding hole is a widened area of a canal (usually in the United Kingdom), used for turning a canal boat such as a narrowboat.  HistoryWinding holes were originally important to enable efficient commercial carrying along the canal network. They were built at or near wharves where working boats would need to turn. They were sized appropriate to the largest boat that could reach the site. Since those days the requirements for turning have changed as leisure boating h...
Tue Apr 28, 2020 at 11:48am
Basic tips for maintaining your narrowboatOwning a canal boat can be a great experience, but you'll need to know at least the basics for maintaining your boat. If you look after your boat and take care to maintain it correctly a canal boat can last a very long time and hold it's value reasonably well. However if you do not take care of your boat you will likely find that it ages very quickly. Read our top tips for basic maintenance. This is however not a comprehensive list!Engine MaintenanceRegul...