This is where we publish our boat related stories and articles, which range from world circumnavigation to rescue missions, humour and much, much more. So make yourself a coffee and settle yourself down to a good read.
I love the Grand Union Canal. A lot of boaters find the heavy gates on the double locks a bit daunting, but find another boat to work a flight with, or better still, start with two boats, a hotel boat pair, say, and the GU is a dream - a canal super-highway between Birmingham and London.
With or without a boat if you enjoy the canals there are four very different events happening on the Grand Union this April.
Can you imagine taking on a 50 mile Quadrathon along the Grand Union Canal from Harefield to Milton Keynes? That’s what four colleagues from the IWA head office will do on the 5th April! Toby Gomm, Stephanie Pay, Gemma Bolton and Jenny Black hope to raise £5000, which is 20% of the cost of a new small excavator. They are calling it "The Acheman Challenge"!
Timothy West and Prunella Scales star in this new documentary series on More4, following their travels on Britain’s canals as they celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. Prunella Scales is now 81 and her husband is 79 but they’ve been boating for decades and were involved in the restoration of the canals in their earlier years of leisure boating.
How ready is your boat for the boating season? We’ve had some sunny weather recently in the UK and Spring is on the way. Who knows which weekend will be the one that you decide to take the boat out? Be prepared to get out on the Cut as soon as the sun shines, with these four essential checks that every boater should know.
A good way to keep up with boating issues is to check in on the CRT Boater’s Update; published every couple of weeks by Damian Kemp, the Canal & River Trust's Communications Manager.
Do you believe in love at first sight? That moment that gives you butterflies in the stomach, and a gut feeling that you might have just found The One?
Here is a superb live-aboard wide-beam with a lovely residential mooring. The boat is well fitted and comfortable and the mooring has extensive decking and several outbuildings as well as reserved parking right by the mooring.
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has received an award from the organisers, for its loyal attendance at the London Boat Show. IWA was a founder exhibitor when the event was first launched 60 years ago, and hasn't missed a year since.
The Boatshed 2014 Conference was held at the Excel exhibition centre during the London boat show. Boatshed offices travelled to London to share best practice, discuss ideas and develop new strategy for 2014/15.
Boatshed Scotland won the trophy for "Yacht Broker of the year" at the 2014 Boatshed Conference and Awards ceremony.
As our New Year resolutions struggle to shine through a blanket of January clouds, boaters around the country are looking forward to 2014. If you’re not yet a boat owner the waterways blogs around the network are a wonderful peek into the lives of boaters.
Boatshed.com will be on Stand E163 for the next 9 days.
On the twelfth day of Christmas a partridge in a pear tree is not much use to your average boater. Forget Christmas shopping for your loved ones for a moment, with a hop, skip and a jump around the internet you can pick up some treats for yourself, and it won’t cost a thing.
There are various ways you can now search using different criteria.
So, I’d not heard of this until I read about it recently on the Canal and River Trust Boaters Update.
After watching The Bargee last week I thought that a canal DVD would make a good Christmas present for someone and I turned to the internet to see what I could find. I stumbled across a great discussion on the Canal World forum where boaters were exchanging ideas for spoof narrowboat movie titles.
My local marine engineer recently recommended I should watch The Bargee, as it was filmed locally on the Grand Union, around Bulbourne, at the top of the Marsworth flight. I wasn’t disappointed. It was such fun to see the familiar sights of my local area in a classic British film. But it was also interesting to note that leisure boats were far less common in the 1960’s. Whole stretches of the bank, which I now know to be populated with moored boats, were empty.
Firstly, an interesting fact: Camden Lock in London is not called Camden Lock. If you’re familiar with the Camden area you’ll know that it’s actually called Hampstead Road Lock and can be found right next to a part of Camden market. Secondly, there are actually two locks, side by side at this location in Camden: It’s now the only twin lock remaining on that canal.
This week began with the opportunity for us all to remember the service men and women who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. Whilst many stories are told and Hollywood movies have been made about people’s individual experiences of the war years, the contributions of England’s canal boaters to the war effort are not so well-known.