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.
I remember being completely new to narrowboating and looking around at second hand narrowboats for sale. The broker might kindly lift up the deck boards so that I could get a good look at the engine and I would nod sagely, and try to pretend I knew what I was looking at. I still don’t know a huge amount about boat engines, but the following basic tips will give you an overview of what’s going on under the deck boards or in the engine room.
When you buy your first boat, the chances are you may have to relocate it to your new mooring, or to the area in which you wish to cruise. Not knowing the good mooring spots, good pubs or even how to work a lock can be exciting but daunting. So here are seven boater’s tips to make your first big canal journey go smoothly.
As well as our local offices the team from Boatshed like to get out and about, so here is where you will find us this May.
This weekend you’ll find Phil from Boatshed in Little Venice at the Canalway Cavalcade.
Canal boaters joined the People’s Assembly demonstrators last Saturday 16th April, to march for health, homes, jobs and education. The anti-austerity protest brought 150,000 to the streets of London and demanded David Cameron’s resignation,after the revelation that he profited from his father's offshore investment fund.
Whether you already live aboard, dream of living aboard, or simply enjoy leisure boating on the Grand Union Canal as often as possible, you will be interested in any proposed changes in mooring regulations in our area. Here are three recent news stories I’ve picked up that affect users of our local canals and waterways.
“Boaters already affected by a lack of water, rubbish and toilet facilities across the UK are protesting as more facilities are removed in London”, says a recent statement from the National Bargee Travellers Association (posted to Grand Union Boaters on Facebook 31/03/16.)
We want our customers to feel valued, informed and, well…… loved. Instead of us keeping all the useful information about boat sales to ourselves, we have developed some tools to allow our customers to keep themselves informed whilst selling a boat and when looking for a new boat.
As you may already know, the first signs of Spring are the daffodils on the bank, the chocolate Easter eggs in the shops and the narrowboats returning to the Cut for their first cruise of the season on the Easter bank holiday weekend. But if you don’t have your own boat yet, or are thinking of selling your boat then you can still enjoy a day out on the Grand Union canal. Here are some of my favourite places to visit by boat, or by foot.
Every boater’s life is a story, with characters, plot twists, endings and new beginnings. Our daily battles may not seem epic, but they are, and sharing your stories of the times you triumphed over adversity can reassure others that they’ll make it through.
The Canal and River Trust have recently announced a proposal to change the mooring times in three locations on the southern Grand Union Canal, at Berkhamsted, Braunston and Marsworth. The proposals will reduce 14day moorings to 7 days, 48 and 24 hours.
Do you believe in love at first sight? When you bought your first boat did you instantly know that you had met The One?
So, when is Chinese New Year 2016? The Year of the Monkey begins on Monday 8th February and that’s a good excuse to bring you three random boating facts with vague and questionable links to China. (Number 3 won’t shock you at all – I was just being a cheeky monkey when I wrote that headline!)
BoatBid enables the boat buyer to bid with the confidence that any boat can be surveyed and sea trialed before you make the decision to purchase. The transaction is handled by one of Boatshed's brokers.
Last week I wrote about how divorce, separation, ill health,or some other unexpected change of circumstances may force you to sell your boat. It’s not always an easy decision to make, and even less so if the boat is your home. (How to Sell Your Boat Without Feeling so Sad About it.) The following three tips will apply to those who have lived aboard, and are now planning to begin a new life ashore.
At the recent 2016 Boatshed Broker Conference held over 2 days, with Boatshed brokers attending from all over the world, a wide variety of workshops and hot topics were discussed. The Boatshed Awards were held on the evening of the first day and Jo Dixie-Goodwin from PSP World-wide Logistics was invited to present the awards.
New Year is the traditional time for goal setting and planning for success, in business, and in health. Whether you're planning to buy or sell a boat this year, or even to change career to something more related to boating, here are 5 highlights from our 2015 blog, to inspire you into action in 2016.
At Boatshed we are always thinking of ways to help people sell their boats more efficiently and providing a better service to both seller and purchaser.
We'd like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, from all at Boatshed Grand Union, and if you haven't got one already, help yourself to one of these free Boatshed guides today:
If you fancy a dip in the sea at Christmas, you are either brave/daft or raising money for charity – after all who would want to leave the comfort of their over warm homes to jump into icy waters if it wasn’t for charity!?