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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.


Four Boats Looking for a Quick Sale

Four Boats Looking for a Quick Sale

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Among the many narrowboats for sale at Boatshed Grand Union there are always a few where the owners are particularly keen to sell.

Selling a boat: My story

Selling a boat: My story

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

This was Tony Farrow’s boat, which was for sale with Boatshed Grand Union. It’s a 50ft cruiser stern narrowboat with wheelhouse and has an unusual and very attractive fit-out in cherry, chestnut and sycamore. Tony is a professional carpenter and refurbished the interior himself. He’s pictured here after painting the boat and blacking the hull. The boat is open plan with a separate bedroom cabin at the front.

Book Corner: For Better For Worse on a Boat

Book Corner: For Better For Worse on a Boat

Monday, 11 March 2013

If you have a long lazy weekend on the boat coming up, or simply feel like a nautical read, you could pick up For Better, For Worse, For Richer, For Poorer by Damian and Siobhan Horner. This husband and wife team have written a travelogue and memoir about leaving their careers and lives ashore in England, to travel the French canals with their two children, both younger than three.

5 technical questions to ask when you view a boat

5 technical questions to ask when you view a boat

Wednesday, 06 March 2013

If you’re looking for a boat for sale in London or Hertfordshire on the Grand Union or River Lea then there are a number of technical questions you may like to ask when viewing a boat. Whether you are looking for a narrowboat, barge or wide beam for sale your broker will be happy to advise you on any queries you may have.

3 things to ask when you view a boat

3 things to ask when you view a boat

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

If you have arranged your finances and have a good idea of the size and style of boat you are looking for the next step is to begin viewing boats. Because we have so many photographs (and some videos) online here at Boatshed Grand Union, you should have a good idea of whether a particular boat would suit you, before making your journey.

Meet Jan: She loves boats!

Meet Jan: She loves boats!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

We are happy to welcome a new member to the Boatshed team this year. Jan Knox has been helping us out at Boatshed Grand Union and has just taken over the Boatshed London brokerage.

Boatshed registers 500,000th customer!

Boatshed registers 500,000th customer!

Monday, 18 February 2013

We have just registered our 500,000th customer on Boatshed.com! Boatshed founders Neil and Mandy Chapman met customer Christoph Liedtke in London last week to present him with a bottle of champagne at St Katherine Docks.

Valentines Lonely Hearts Column

Valentines Lonely Hearts Column

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

You may already know that Birmingham has more canals than Venice, so don’t think that you need an Italian Gondola to put the romance back into your life. If you are still looking for The One these boats for sale on or near the Grand Union canal are looking for new experiences with the right steerer.

CRT Visitor Moorings Consultation

CRT Visitor Moorings Consultation

Wednesday, 06 February 2013

The Canal and River Trust have invited canal users in the south to comment on some proposed changes to the maximum stay times at popular visitor mooring sites. A visitor mooring is considered to be a site with some facilities. Sometimes this may just be mooring rings and at other sites there could be a more wide range of boaters’ services.

New Community #Narrowboat in Herts

New Community #Narrowboat in Herts

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

My local community boating project has recently bought a new boat. The South West Herts Narrowboat Project provides hire boats to community and youth groups.

Marsworth Flight Open Day

Marsworth Flight Open Day

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

I’ve lived on a boat for 12 years but have never actually been inside a drained lock so I was really excited about this! On Sunday 13th January The Canal and River Trust held an open day so that anyone can go along and see the current work taking place on the Marsworth flight.

You’ve got mail! 5 ways for boaters to receive snail mail.

You’ve got mail! 5 ways for boaters to receive snail mail.

Wednesday, 09 January 2013

Whether you’re thinking of living on a boat, or are looking for a boat for sale for an extended period of cruising you may be wondering how boaters collect their snail mail? Depending on your situation there are a number of options you can choose to collect your mail when you’re on a long cruise.

Confused by Facebook? Try this tip.

Confused by Facebook? Try this tip.

Wednesday, 02 January 2013

Are you confused by Facebook? So am I sometimes. It took me ages to figure out that when you look at your home feed it usually chooses ‘top stories’ for you, instead of the most recent ones. Now I usually select ‘most recent’ myself.

The Best of BGU in 2012

The Best of BGU in 2012

Monday, 31 December 2012

We now have nearly 9000 customers registered with Boatshed Grand Union and Boatshed worldwide has over 496,300 registered customers. Boatshed.com has over 50 locations world-wide, more than 100 Boatshed Brokers working to sell your boat and over 1000 Boats were sold in 2012.

Modern Boat Engines: Which is best?

Modern Boat Engines: Which is best?

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Since the 1990’s diesel engines have become more advanced, refined and complex. Popular makes are now Lister, Isuzu, Vetus, Kubota, Beta Marine, Barrus, Lombardini, Yanmar, Nanni and Thornycroft.

Older Boat Engines: Snog, marry, avoid?

Older Boat Engines: Snog, marry, avoid?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

When you are looking for a canal boat for sale there is a huge variety of engine choices, of varying ages. While some are quite modern others have been reliably chugging away for years.

Boat Retailers and Brokers Code of Practice

Boat Retailers and Brokers Code of Practice

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

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Don’t buy a canal boat – until you've read this as well!

Don’t buy a canal boat – until you've read this as well!

Wednesday, 05 December 2012

If you’re looking for a canal boat for sale, widebeam, narrowboat or barge in London or Hertfordshire you need to know what you are looking for. Last week’s article Don't buy a canal boat! covered size, length and width of boats, types of berth and the great toilet debate. This week we’re going to get technical and electrical.

#Christmas gifts for boaters and sailors

#Christmas gifts for boaters and sailors

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Whether you’re buying or selling a boat in Essex you’ll know there are all sorts of extras you can buy to make boating more enjoyable or comfortable. Here are some ideas for Christmas gifts for the boater in your life.

Don’t buy a canal boat – until you’ve read this!

Don’t buy a canal boat – until you’ve read this!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Assuming you’ve calculated the budget you have to spend and secured your finances, you may feel ready to begin looking at used boats for sale. But before travelling London or Herts to view second hand boats for sale do you know whether you are looking for a wide beam, liveaboard, barge, trad narrowboat or cruiser stern?