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.
Boat festival season is now upon us and many are polishing their brasses this week in readiness for display at the Canalway Cavalcade. Organised by volunteers from the Inland Waterways Association this waterways festival has been held in London’s Little Venice since 1983.
I was recently researching online to find The Canal Boaters Top 10 Tips for Boat Bathrooms and this lead to a discussion on Facebook about the best cleaning products to use on board. The canal wildlife doesn’t always appreciate the disposing of strong cleaning chemicals into the canal. The boaters of Facebook therefore managed to come up with the top five eco tips for cleaning on board!
The Canal and River Trust have announced that for the duration of this week only, (29th March – 4th April) boats may remain on designated visitor moorings for one hour longer than the usual specified time. This will mean, for example, that a four hour mooring will become a five hour mooring, and a twenty four hour mooring will become a twenty five hour mooring. The week long period of “leeway” is intended as a goodwill gesture, to allow boaters to adapt to British Summertime following the recent adjustment of the clocks on 29th March.
If you’re anything like me, you bought a narrowboat (or want to buy a narrowboat) because you have a bit of a wanderlust. There’s nothing like cruising along at 3mph with a mug of coffee on the roof hatch and giving a friendly nod to the heron on the bank, whilst having no idea what lies ahead around the next bend of the canal.
On Friday 13th February 2015 the Canal and River Trust announced plans to extend a recent trial policy in Wales, to all continuous cruisers across the network. During the pilot scheme the Trust watched the cruising patterns of boats in Wales over the last year. As of May this year, boats across the whole UK network, without a home mooring who do not comply with the Trust’s guidelines for continuous cruising will not have their licences renewed, unless they agree to take a home mooring.
Ok, so we don’t actually have a ‘club’ for this, but we do arrange discreet meetings between lonely vessels and suitable skippers. As Valentine’s Day approaches this weekend, we’d love to see these three rare and unusual boats matched up with their perfect partners.
Next week sees the kick-off of a new canal documentary, this time following John Sergeant as he “barges” around Britain checking out eight of the most popular cruising routes. ITV’s press release says,
Soon the new boating season will be upon us. Time for us boaters who have been moored up most of the winter to come out and play with our hardier friends who have been living aboard or cruising during the winter.
If you have a boat, used to have a boat or dream of buying a boat then why not brighten up your January by planning some canal-themed New Year resolutions? Here are some ideas to get you started.
I am guilty of using a controversial blog title there, because in reality CRT will tell you plenty about continuous cruising on their very helpful Canal and River Trust Website. But for those that are new to the wonderful world of canals and narrowboats, you may not know there is a state of continuous argy-bargee (to use the technical term) regarding the Canal and River Trust Guidance for Boaters Without a Home Mooring.
If you’re stuck for ideas when buying a present for the narrowboater in your life, look no further than our blog for plenty of inspiration. From traditional crafts to gadgets and chandlery; consider fishing equipment, artwork, DVD’s or books. Alternatively if you’ve already got your Christmas shopping all wrapped up, then skip to the end of the page to find some extra free gifts from us to you!
Welcome to Boatsheds Newsletter, in it we round-up what Boatshed has been up to in the boat sales market and report on major events and trends in the sector. We are also introducing new and exciting Boatshed products and initiatives to support our customers, and give advance notice of future Boatshed events. With inciteful contributions from customers, brokers in the field and industry experts, its designed to bring together information that we think our customers - sellers and buyers - will find useful and interesting.
Christmas time makes everything seem so cosy and sparkly, and the Grand Union Canal is no exception. If you want to get into the festive spirit over the next few weeks we have seven merry ideas for celebrating Christmas on the waterways this year.
This weekend (22nd – 23rd Nov 2014) boaters and gongoozlers have the rare opportunity to enjoy a free open day on the Regent's Canal in East London.
This week’s Armistice Day marked100 years since the outbreak of the First World War and the UK remembered the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars. A lesser-known contribution to the war efforts was that of the “Idle Women” on the canals.
Water and fire don’t usually mix, so what’s a boat-lover to do when called upon to celebrate Guy Fawkes night? Here are three ways to enjoy this week’s explosive celebrations on London's waterways.
As Halloween fast approaches it’s safest to be forewarned of the possible supernatural encounters to be had on the Grand Union Canal.
Are you haunted by dreams of owning your own narrowboat, wide-beam or barge? We hope that these wicked bargains will leave you spell-bound! Click on the links to see a full specification and plenty of photographs of each boat for sale.
A love of canals and waterways may eventually lead you to take up the liveaboard way of life. The romance of sparkling water, willow trees, ducks and swans is enticing in summer, and cosy spirals of smoke from the chimneys of glowing stoves are inviting in winter. For some it is just a daydream, but for those who are serious about a life afloat it’s best to do a little research first. Our free eBook Living on a Boat covers all the basics such as finding a mooring, continuous cruising, finance and insurance. Here are five extra tips if you’re thinking of buying aboat to live on.
I travelled through Birmingham recently, by train. Train travel is often a good way to discover waterways you haven’t yet seen, because many of the railways were built alongside the canals. Out of the window I noticed a really cool urban aqueduct; they really have got more canals than Venice up in Birmingham don’t you know?! The contrast of a peaceful navigation straddling a busy modern road reminded me of the aqueducts I have known and loved on our own lovely, local Grand Union canal.