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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.


Crick Boatshow

Crick Boatshow

Tuesday, 05 June 2012

Good old British weather they call it !

5 Ways for Boaters to Enjoy the Jubilee Weekend

5 Ways for Boaters to Enjoy the Jubilee Weekend

Thursday, 31 May 2012

1: This weekend myself, Neil Chapman from Boatshed and Jan Knox from Canal Experience Training are all heading to the Crick Boat Show in Northamptonshire 2nd - 5th June. If you’re going there too then come along to the Boatshed stand to talk about boats!

#BoatsThatTweet in the #MajPaj

#BoatsThatTweet in the #MajPaj

Thursday, 24 May 2012

I noticed a bit of banter on Twitter this week about Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee Pageant plans.

Rickmansworth Festival 2012

Rickmansworth Festival 2012

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

This weekend is the Rickmansworth Canal Festival 2012 and Boatshed Grand Union are sponsoring it. We will also have a stand to display information about our narrowboats, barges, project boats and widebeams for sale on or near the Grand Union Canal and London.

Recommended Narrowboat Books

Recommended Narrowboat Books

Wednesday, 09 May 2012

When I’m not looking for narrowboats for sale, canal boats for sale, project boats and barges for sale to list on our website I like to get my nose stuck into a narrowboat book. Sell my Boat.

Canalway Cavalcade 2012

Canalway Cavalcade 2012

Wednesday, 02 May 2012

The first May bank holiday means the IWA Canalway Cavalcade again! It’s time for us to get down to London and display our list of narrowboats for sale, canal boats for sale, project boats and barges for sale on the Grand Union. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of boats and meeting other boaters.

Lovely liveaboard narrowboat

Lovely liveaboard narrowboat

Friday, 27 April 2012

This lovely 50ft Trad Stern Narrowboat is perfect for living aboard.

2012 Crick Boat Show: coming soon!

2012 Crick Boat Show: coming soon!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The 2012 Crick Boat Show will be a four-day show on 2nd-5th June 2012 and this year it includes some special celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. If you’re looking for a narrowboat for sale, a widebeam or barge for sale in the UK then it’s a great place to find out about all things boaty.

Living on a narrowboat, barge or canal boat in the UK

Living on a narrowboat, barge or canal boat in the UK

Thursday, 19 April 2012

There is a lot of information on the internet about living on narrowboats, barges or canal boats. We have a selection of narrowboats for sale on the inland waterways and we also have Dutch barges and more unusual boats, barges and project boats for sale. Some of our customers have questions about which kind of boat is most suitable for living aboard?

Narrowboat 30ft with Mooring

Narrowboat 30ft with Mooring

Thursday, 12 April 2012

We have had several new listings recently. This 30 foot narrowboat with Cruiser Stern comes with a mooring at Broxbourne.

Why Not Top up the Canal at the Water Point?

Why Not Top up the Canal at the Water Point?

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

We still haven’t had enough rain to make all of our canals fully operational, with only 38% of the long term average rainfall for February being experienced in Southern England.

Boat of the Moment: Narrowboat 57ft with Mooring

Boat of the Moment: Narrowboat 57ft with Mooring

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Our boat of the moment is a new listing. She is a 57ft narrowboat built by Colecraft and has a mooring in Uxbridge.

I Love Historic Narrowboats

I Love Historic Narrowboats

Wednesday, 04 April 2012

I love the charm and history of the old working boats, even though I know that the reality of life for a working narrowboat family was a perpetual struggle of hard graft and making ends meet. Not to mention the accidents at work and the short life expectancy!

What Does 'Project Boat For Sale' Mean?

What Does 'Project Boat For Sale' Mean?

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A long time ago, when I sold my beloved first ever boat, a 45 foot red narrowboat with a cruiser stern, the boat broker told me that she was a little “tired looking” and labelled her as a project boat for sale.

Living on a Boat: The Boatshed Guide

Living on a Boat: The Boatshed Guide

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

If you’re considering living aboard you may enjoy this series of blog posts about living on a boat. Whilst they were written with canal boats and narrowboats in mind, a lot of the information will be helpful to anyone considering living aboard. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more tips and information about living on a boat.

Kids on the Cut

Kids on the Cut

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

What's happening on the English canals and rivers at the moment? There were grim findings in the Regents Canal in London last week. We've also had water shortages and CRT council elections argy bargy so I thought I'd write a cheerful story for the blog. As Spring approaches, here are some watery ways to have fun with the kids.

Tring Summit Update

Tring Summit Update

Wednesday, 07 March 2012

My winter mooring this year is very close to the Tring Reservoirs, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an incredibly beautiful area for boating, walking, angling and cycling. It’s also a major feature of the southern Grand Union Canal, and therefore covered by our narrowboat brokerage. We have a selection of narrowboats for sale on the Grand Union and work closely with Cowroast Marina, among others. However, the water levels across the Tring summit are currently being kept at a lower operating level than usual to allow seepage losses to be minimised. The ground in the Tring cutting has always been wet, and so was not sealed when the canal was first built. The recent dry spell allowed the ground to dry out, the water table dropped and so the canal water began to leak out. The Friends of Tring Reservoirs website reported that an “emergency fish rescue operation took place over the weekend from Friday 20th January in the 'Reservoir Pound' locks 39-40, following a larger than expected fall in water levels in the canal.” Following recent consultations with local boating and trade representatives British Waterways have now reviewed the existing restrictions currently in place on the Tring summit. The navigation between Lock 46 (Cowroast) and Lock 39 (Startops) is to remain closed until Monday 26th March to allow the local reservoir levels to recover before the main boating season. But from Monday 26th March the navigation will be reopened, although only between 10.00am and 3.00pm. BW reports that navigation down the centre of the canal will then be possible for normally draughted boats. There will also be two specific opening periods to enable boats to cross the summit during restricted hours on specified days during March. The major reason for these openings in March is to get boats to Cowroast and Bulbourne for the two boatyards on the summit, and for us to get boats that we have sold to the right side of the summit for their new owners. There was a proposal at the last meeting with BW that the locks would also close for an hour at lunch to allow enough to gather to run pairs up and down the locks alternately and thus use the water efficiently. The Aylesbury arm remains closed for dredging but will be opened about one weekend per month to allow locally based boats to move around on the arm. Boatshed Grand Union are holding regular meetings with BW to review the situation We hope that these restrictions will conserve the water in these stunning reservoirs so that we can continue with our used narrowboat sales and enjoy canal boat cruising in the Spring and Summer this year. You may also like Phil’s previous article on theTring Summit Closure

Could You Live Aboard?

Could You Live Aboard?

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

There are almost 35,000 canal boats on Britain’s inland waterways*, but it’s quite difficult to estimate how many of those are floating homes. I was recently interviewed by a journalist who seemed to want to find out what ‘type’ of people are living within the boating community. The truth is that we are just as diverse as the community living ashore. Live-aboard boaters include middle-aged divorcees, retired couples, young professionals, people on low incomes, people ‘down on their luck’ and canal heritage enthusiasts. It can include people seeking an alternative lifestyle, or people seeking a cheaper lifestyle. Some boaters are foreign tourists discovering England and some people are able to choose a nomadic lifestyle because they work from home.

Do You Know Who I Think I Am?

Do You Know Who I Think I Am?

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Following my earlier blog about How to Sell a Boat on the Inland Waterways I thought I’d share a bit more about who we are at Boatshed Grand Union.

Roving Traders and the CRT Council

Roving Traders and the CRT Council

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

So, voting has now opened for boat owners to elect four boaters to represent licence holders on the Canal and River Trust’s National Council. The council will consist of 35 members but only four of these will be boaters! Voting is open until noon on 9th March and ballot packs are currently being sent out to voters. However, BW does not consider Boatshed Grand Union brokerage to be a waterways business; they simply consider a waterways business to be a company that has a British Waterways trading licence; so we will not be eligible to vote.