How to Keep Cool on a Narrowboat in the Heatwave
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Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 4:13pm

Advice on Keeping Cool On A Narrowboat

There's been a distinct lack of blogs recently because we have been so very busy buying and selling narrow boats.  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 and lots of boats arriving on a daily basis for sale at our marina. 

A weather warning was issued over last weekend as Britain had the hottest weekend of the year so far.  As the forecast is for the heatwave to continue for the next week at least, it seems a good idea to think about how to stay cool on your narrowboat.

It can get very hot living in the small confines of a narrowboat especially if your boat is moored in a place that is open to the sun.  Try moving your boat along the canal or river to a shady spot.  Close the curtains across any windows in direct sun and open all vents and windows fully to allow air to flow through the boat. (But, be aware of security when you leave your boat and make sure to secure all openings before leaving). 

Buy a fan to put in front of an open window to move the cooler air around.  If you are out on the stern steering your boat, don't forget that water reflects the sun and makes the ultra violet rays even more intense. 

Wear sunscreen if you are going to be out on the deck of your boat for more than a few minutes.  Stay safe and stay out of the water.  If you want to swim, visit your local swimming pool where a lifeguard is on duty.  For more tips on staying cool during the heatwave visit the BBC website.

If you are dreaming a buying a narrowboat, or already own one and want to part exchange for another boat, do come and see us at Whilton Marina.  Don't be put off by thinking it's too hot to travel.  Our offices are air conditioned and we can offer you a cool drink whilst you browse the narrowboats for sale on display in our narrowboat showroom.

Keep cool and enjoy the summer on your narrowboat!