Boaters in West London and Uxbridge will be pleased to know that the Canal and River Trust are about to spend £700k on dredging the Slough Arm. 10,000 tonnes of silt, refuse, supermarket trollies, bicycles and plastic bags will become a thing of the past, making it much easier to explore this tranquil little backwater. I do love boating ‘off the beaten track’ and so I thought I’d share three of my favourite arms that the more curious canal boater can explore on the Grand Union.
The Princess Royal has been canal boating in Wiltshire this week reports The Wiltshire Times. She took a short narrowboat trip to meet the local people of Devizes who helped restore the Caen Hill flight 40 years ago. The Queen reopened the Kennet and Avon canal in 1990. The princess also presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to David Bruce, president of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust.
If you’ve been following Timothy West and Prunella Scales travelling the canals in Great Canal Journeys recently then it may have inspired you to visit other waterways and discover new places. However, it made me think of a few great canals journeys that have been made on my own local canal, the good ole Grand Union.
Buying a second hand canal boat can be a big investment, but there’s no reason why your current finances should prevent you from boating right now. At popular tourist destinations such as Camden lock there is never a shortage of spectators watching with interest how a narrowboat crew manage to navigate through a lock. If you too have enjoyed gongoozling at the lock-side wishing you could take part in the action then this article offers three ways to learn about locks: And they won’t cost you a thing!
Over the years our blog has offered tips on buying and maintaining a canal boat, suggestions of canal places and events to visit, waterways news and historical anecdotes. But if you’re thinking of selling a boat it might be useful to access all of the articles we’ve written on that topic, in one place. These articles are packed with tips and advice from people who have lived and worked with canal boats for years.
Searching online for the boat that suits both your needs and your budget doesn’t have to be time consuming. The lazy boater’s way to find the perfect boat is to use our Boatshed Flexi Search.
Once upon a time, many years ago, I saw a painted narrowboat moored up near Camden lock in London. I thought;
Selling a boat doesn’t have to be stressful or time consuming. Modern technology means there are now many ways to get your boat for sale seen right across the internet, promoted on websites and blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Here, Peggy Melmoth, (who has personally sold four of her own boats in the past) shares 7 common mistakes made by boaters wanting to sell.
It’s that time of year again when we fondly look back on the 12 months just gone by and round-up the best of the blog here for you: Our 2013 year in review includes canal news, customer interviews and our useful ‘how to’ guides.
Now that November is here the boat stoves are lit and the chimneys of live-aboards on the Grand Union Canal are releasing comforting little puffs of smoke. I love the smell of burning solid fuel when taking a winter walk down the towpath.
After inviting Mark from Gongoozled over to our place last week to tell us about his interactive online boating community, I thought it would be nice to get sociable and invite more boaters around to our place. Did you see the Boatshed Grand Union team featured on the Gongoozled blog last week?
My name is Mark from Gongoozled.com and after recently discovering Boatshed, Peggy has kindly allowed me to tell you a little about my boating website.
The end of September saw the launch of the newly-formed Association of Continuous Cruisers, an independent organisation offering support, advice and advocacy to its members.
If you won’t be using your boat all year round then September is the time to begin thinking about winterising your narrowboat or canal boat before the cold weather sets in. Water in the pipes can freeze during the winter. If the pipes expand too much they could burst, causing a leak in to the boat’s accommodation.
Pricing your second hand boat for sale can be tricky – especially without the advice of someone who really knows the current market. You know you won’t get what you paid for it, but you don’t want to lose too much on it either. After all you’ve been investing your money and time into her, while she was yours. With years of combined experience in selling boats for boaters we’d like to share a few tips, if you’re thinking of selling your boat.
As our brokerage continues to expand we are happy to say that we are not lacking in customers. At the last count we had 11,217 people registered with Boatshed Grand Union, looking for a boat for sale. To meet this increasing demand we are always looking for more canal boats for sale to advertise across all of our Boatshed offices internationally.
I’ve got that Facebook feeling, you know the one. When you just pop over to Facebook for a minute and before you know it you’ve become intrigued by pictures and discussions and an hour has gone by…
Some of the canal boats for sale at Boatshed Grand Union come with a mooring, and some don’t. If the boat that you’re looking at does not already have a mooring there are three options available to you.
If you’ve not yet taken this year’s holiday the weather is now perfect for planning a canal boat cruise.
I’ve been a devoted narrowboater since the year 2000, living aboard and loving all things canal and waterways related. It would never have crossed my mind that one day I might need a yachting lawyer.