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.
Boatshed have teamed up with professional drone photographers AltiVision to offer a completely new perspective on boats for sale. Launching the products at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, Neil Chapman commented “We have previously done some aerial photography of boats but helicopters and light aircraft make the costs prohibitive. By utilising drones, we hope we are able to bring this service to many people selling their boats with Boatshed”.
Sounds too good to be true right? Living aboard, travelling the English canals and rivers, and working from home. If you like boats, people, travel, food and canal heritage this could be the solution you are looking for. We are currently enjoying the rare opportunity to provide brokerage for this gorgeous pair of hotel narrowboats, which come with a fascinating history - if you’re into waterways heritage.
Many people suspect that a lack of storage space would be a real problem when considering living aboard a canal boat, but whenever I’ve moved home to a different boat I’ve been shocked at how many possessions my family has actually been able to stash away on board. It’s just amazing where things are hidden, as you will often find cupboards and storage spaces built into the most unlikely spaces. I love the traditional boatman’s cabin where the bed and table fold away into cupboards, and the tiny ‘ticket drawer’ at the back for the steerer. Many boats are constantly being adapted as their owners come up with new ideas of how and where to store things. Here are a few of my favourites.
It can happen to anyone, particularly on a windy day if you’re unfamiliar with the canal that you’re cruising on, and don’t know the shallow spots to watch out for. The canal is generally deepest in the middle of the channel except for at the bends and corners, which are deepest at the edges. An underwater hazard can include a silted up canal bed, shallower water due to recent low rain fall or dumped rubbish such as a bicycle or supermarket trolley.
As part of the countdown to PSP Southampton International Boat Show Boatshed have VIP tickets up for grabs.
I was recently contacted by a friend of a friend, who is planning to live aboard next year. He asked me if I had any advice that I could share, as although I now live on dry land, I lived on narrowboats for 13 years. Lots of ideas sprung into my head and as I kept sending him links and resources I realised that it would be useful to share these on the blog
I’ve never tried geocaching but my friend was telling me about it the other day and said that it’s great fun with kids. I love to get outside exploring the countryside and the canals but this could add an extra element of adventure to a country walk, cycle ride or boat trip.
Events, Boat Shows and Regattas in which Boatshed plan to participate, or which are of interest to our customers, during 2015.
This end-of-year review focuses on the VAT 'hot topics' of 2014 and offers a few ideas for boat buyers and sellers to consider for the next year.
At Boatshed we encourage feedback from our customers, as a way of monitoring and improving the services we offer. Here are some recent comments we have received:
Historically, the reality of life for a working narrowboat family carrying cargo on the English canals was a perpetual struggle of hard work and making ends meet. It was also a hazardous occupation with many fatalities on the job, and most boaters were unable to swim. However these days traditionally styled narrowboats have a nostalgic vintage charm and are popular with those who have a keen interest in canal heritage. If you’re one of those people you’ll love these three boats we have for sale at the moment.
If there’s one thing that’s better than a pub crawl it’s a canal-based booze cruise. What could be more convenient than taking your boat to the pub, and having just a short walk down the towpath to return home at the end of the night? I lived on a boat in and around London for years. If you’re planning on travelling through London this summer I can recommend three very different pubs to visit.
There are so many boating events throughout the canal system over summer. Many of them are canal festivals including stalls, beer tents, marquees, live music and boat trips.
Recently, another blogger Corinne, contacted me for advice because she is thinking of living aboard with her husband and four children. My children were born on a narrowboat and we lived aboard until our eldest was 5. In many ways it’s a beautiful life, but of course it’s not without its challenges.
It’s midsummer already and the weather is perfect for holiday cruising. For many boaters, stopping by and discovering cosy canal-side pubs full of character is one of the delights of narrowboating. For those that live aboard, the local pub is often the hub of the floating community! Here are a few of my favourite pubs travelling down the Grand Union through Hertfordshire.
As well as our usual highlighted Boat of the Moment, this week we are featuring three boats that have been reduced in price. If you’re hoping to pick up a bargain to begin enjoying this summer weather on the canals we may have the boat you are looking for right now. Click on the links below to see a full slideshow of images for each boat.
Now that it’s summer time boaters want to be out and about on the Cut as much as possible. But before you untie your ropes spare a thought for your lovely boat, and treat her to some TLC. She’ll be much more likely to chug along reliably if you make some simple maintenance checks before you leave. Some little jobs can be done by yourself, others may be best undertaken by a marine engineer.
National Boat Fire Safety week begins next Monday 26th May and firefighters will be raising awareness of safety afloat. Now and then on the Cut you do see the sad and sorry remains of a burnt out boat; a grim reminder of how quickly a fire can spread in such a small space.
One of my favourite topics to write or talk about is what a great resource the English canals and rivers are for families. Whether it’s used for walking, boating or living on, our canal network is a way for children to enjoy getting closer to nature and may even inspire young people to become interested in history.
Aside from our usual highlighted Boat of the Moment, we also like to feature boats that have been recently reduced in price. If you’re looking for a boat today at yesterday’s prices we may have the boat you are looking for right now. Each of these boats have had their asking prices reduced, offering the right buyer a real bargain just in time for summer cruising. Click on the links below to see a full slideshow of images for each boat.