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.
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.
Come rain or shine June is about to begin and surely that means it’s time for some waterside fun? Here are three ways to enjoy the Grand Union and nearby waterways, and welcome in the British summer this weekend.
Do you remember the Crick Boat Show last year? It was the Jubilee weekend so you may well remember the rainy weather even if you weren’t at Crick! We’re hoping it’s going to be a bit better this year.
If you’re a boater living in or around London and Herts then Rickmansworth is the place to be this weekend. The Rickmansworth Festival now attracts 20,000 people and has now been going for over fifteen years.
Boatshed goes Responsive! Today, nearly 30% of Boatshed's traffic is mobile. By the end of next year, this may exceed 50% Tablet sales are expected to exceed 100 million this year. Smartphones, of course, are also a hot commodity, with the majority of people now owning a smartphone. The shift to mobile is happening at an extraordinary speed. For those of us who create the Boatshed websites and services, all this leads to a singular conclusion: A million screens have bloomed, and we need to build websites that work better on all of them.
When you make an offer on a narrowboat, canal boat, widebeam or other boat for sale it is usual to get the boat surveyed. We can provide you with a list of local surveyors but we are not allowed to recommend one in particular.
Summer is on the way and anyone who loves boats can look forward to the usual line-up of boat festivals. If you enjoy real ale, painted canalware, live music, boats and bunting we hope to see you at a festival this year. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a boat and will be sponsoring the Canalway Cavalcade and Rickmansworth Canal Festival. We will also definitely be at Crick and IWA National. We’ll do our best to get to a few more if we can.