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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.


Licensed to cruise – what does it mean?!

Licensed to cruise – what does it mean?!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Most of the inland waterways in Britain are looked after by the Canal and River Trust and to use these navigations you will need to purchase an annual licence. Licences can be paid for in monthly instalments, or in a one-off payment. Paying annually with the one-off payment option attracts a discount.

How to buy a boat? The process

How to buy a boat? The process

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Before you travel to view a boat, check out all pictures and video of every boat for sale. Our brokers take all their own pictures so you can see the up to date information and full inventory of each boat.

Thinking of selling your boat?

Thinking of selling your boat?

Saturday, 20 April 2013

If you are thinking of selling your boat, then have a chat to one of our Boatshed Brokers and they will explain how Boatshed can help sell your boat and what they will do for you.

Probably The Best Mooring In London - with Boat

Probably The Best Mooring In London - with Boat

Monday, 15 April 2013

Battlebridge basin is perhaps the most sought after mooring in London - secluded, secure and private, but within easy reach of the West End and the City. Kings Cross and St. Pancras are just a few minutes walk away. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

Fender Bender

Fender Bender

Thursday, 11 April 2013

There are many trades and crafts along the canal that offer a change from the mass-produced, imported-from-China commerce that we have grown so used to.

Technology on a canal boat

Technology on a canal boat

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

If you are looking for your first canal boat for sale or perhaps a narrowboat in Hertfordshire or London you may have questions about technology and it’s place in canal boat life. Whether you’re thinking of living on a wide beam, going on an extended cruise or simply looking for a leisure boat for sale you may be wondering how many mod-cons are suited to boating?

Boat safety: What the beep?!

Boat safety: What the beep?!

Monday, 08 April 2013

Last week a mother and her daughter (aged 10) died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Three people were on board the boat on Windermere and early enquiries suggested a faulty generator could have been to blame.

Selling your boat? Boat sales service for the UK Inland Waterways.

Selling your boat? Boat sales service for the UK Inland Waterways.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013

Boatshed.com Brokerage Group have teamed up with River Canal Rescue to provide boat sales for the Inland Waterways market in the UK.

Diesel stoves keep boaters toasty!

Diesel stoves keep boaters toasty!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

It’s nearly Easter and the daffodils outside my boat are looking decidedly miserable, having been crushed by the snow. Our Bubble diesel stove is struggling to battle against the temperatures outside because it is waiting for a new component. With this in mind I thought I’d give you the ‘low-down’ on diesel stoves, for those considering living on a narrowboat all year round.

Buying a boat: My story

Buying a boat: My story

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

If you’re looking for a narrowboat, barge or wide beam for sale in London or Hertfordshire it can feel like a struggle trawling the internet for your ideal boat. We like to make the process as enjoyable as possible for the customer, with cutting edge technology and a friendly, professional service.

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.