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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...
Fri Mar 6, 2020 at 2:55pm
Whether your boat has been hibernating over the winter, or whether you've been using it regularly over the winter, Spring is the perfect time to give your canal boat a good clean throughout the inside and out and carry out a few maintenance tasks. Follow our tips for a sparkling, odour free boat ready to go cruising!SuperstructureTake great care to use the right products to clean the exterior of your narrowboat. A gentle boat shampoo is best, as products that are not specifically made for boat m...
Tue Feb 4, 2020 at 10:16am
Fascinating canal factsDiscover ten fascinating canal facts from the deepest lock to the shortest canal. . .  1. Which lock is the deepest?According to the Nicholsons Guide (set of guide books to the waterways of the UK); the deepest lock in Britain is Bath Deep Lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal at 19ft 5", Tuel Lane Lock on the Rochdale canal comes second at 19ft 4 1/2" Although there is some controversy over this, and if you look on Wikipedia they are listed the other way around with Tuel Lo...
Sat Jan 4, 2020 at 11:35am
Considering The Options When It's Time to Replace your Engine CoversThere is a tendency over time for exposed wooden engine boards to deteriorate by getting damp and rotting. Which in time could undermine stability of the boats engine board and an unsuspecting helmsman could fall through the rotten board, which could cause quite a nasty injury. So we thought we'd discuss the options when it comes to replacing the deckboards above your engine. You basically have three choices of materials to use; ...
Tue Dec 10, 2019 at 1:05pm
Christmas on a narrowboat or widebeam can be difficult, but not to worry we are here to help! Follow our top tips to have a great Christmas on board.