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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.
As a continuous cruiser I’ve often found that when you need a particular boatyard service you happen to be nowhere near the boatyard that could supply it. A lengthy boat journey might be planned and made but this must fit around work or other commitments. Even when based on a mooring you may find that your nearest boatyard does not provide the service you are looking for. Wouldn’t it be handy instead if the boatyard could come to you?
At the end of September, 31 cyclists raised almost £40,000 for the Canal and River Trust in a sponsored bike ride. Beginning at the Olympic Park in London they travelled for 300 miles, mostly by road to the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire. The journey took four days on a route which ran parallel to the canals and rivers, passing renowned waterways sights such as the Hatton Locks flight and the Standedge Tunnel.
Last weekend over 2000 people visited central Birmingham to enjoy the floating market: A three day event organised by The Roving Canal Traders Association. Traders who both live and work on the canals arrived in Birmingham by boat to sell their arts, crafts, jewellery, palmistry, poetry and food.
This week we are able to introduce three boats that are even easier to fall in love with now that they have had their asking prices reduced. If you’re looking for a canal boat for sale around Herts and London we may have the boat you are looking for. As with all Boatshed boats we have an extensive slideshow of images for each boat for sale, so that you can really examine the boat inside and out.
As the Autumn academic term begins for both school children and students it got me thinking about learning canal-related skills. Whether you’re considering a change of career or simply want to take up a new hobby consider these water-related learning opportunities.
So, you like boats huh? Why not use your passion for good, the way a canal boating superhero would? Imagine a hero that flies at 4mph with a cape decorated with roses and castles, and armed only with a spanner and a trusty pot of stern gland grease, fighting for the future of our waterways! Hmm, maybe Super-Canal-Man isn’t one of my best ideas, but I’m here to tell you that some non-profit making community organisations do more work for the community than you could ever know!
So, you’ve got your finances sorted, you’ve browsed dozens of pictures, and perhaps some Boatshed videos too. You’ve decided between a cruiser or trad, wide-beam or narrowboat and you’re ready to ‘go barge’. But before you buy your first canal boat use our three point check list to make sure that when you take the plunge it’s all plain sailing. (Have I overloaded you with watery metaphors yet?!)
You gotta love the southern Grand Union: The cosy pubs of Cowley, the views at Harefield, the Aquadrome at Ricky, Cassiobury Park and then onwards and upwards, seeing only the best bits of Hemel, Tring, Leighton Buzzard and beyond.
We are delighted to offer this 70ft liveaboard narrowboat for sale with an interior that is second to none. The current owners have lived on her for two years and before that she was a home to her previous owner for ten years. This means she has been continually ‘tweaked’ to improve accommodation for living aboard.
There’s a piece of career advice that crops up time and again: do what you love. Narrow down the things that make you feel happiest, and consider your talents and previous experience. Then use this information to find your dream job. If you are a “people person” who is also interested in boats, canals and waterways have you considered becoming a broker?
What kind of boater are you? Do you love a sleek modern new-build or something with a little history? Do you like a hull of iron or hull of steel? Would you touch a wooden boat with a barge pole? For some enthusiasts boat maintenance is all part of the experience.
Have you ever moored in Cassiobury Park? You wouldn’t know you are in Watford: 190 acres of wooded parkland beside the canal.
Crikey. One of the boatiest villages on the canal network is hosting a complete boating extravaganza this weekend! It’s a boater’s heaven. I just won’t know what to look at first!
Now that it’s finally summertime the canal festival season is in full swing. Festivals and boat rallies are the perfect place to pick up a piece of traditional canal ware. You may even find the odd roving trader selling such things from his boat on the towpath.