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Good old British weather they call it !
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!
I noticed a bit of banter on Twitter this week about Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee Pageant plans.
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.
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.
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.
This lovely 50ft Trad Stern Narrowboat is perfect for living aboard.
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.
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?
We have had several new listings recently. This 30 foot narrowboat with Cruiser Stern comes with a mooring at Broxbourne.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.