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.
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.
I love the Grand Union Canal. A lot of boaters find the heavy gates on the double locks a bit daunting, but find another boat to work a flight with, or better still, start with two boats, a hotel boat pair, say, and the GU is a dream - a canal super-highway between Birmingham and London.
With or without a boat if you enjoy the canals there are four very different events happening on the Grand Union this April.
Can you imagine taking on a 50 mile Quadrathon along the Grand Union Canal from Harefield to Milton Keynes? That’s what four colleagues from the IWA head office will do on the 5th April! Toby Gomm, Stephanie Pay, Gemma Bolton and Jenny Black hope to raise £5000, which is 20% of the cost of a new small excavator. They are calling it "The Acheman Challenge"!
Timothy West and Prunella Scales star in this new documentary series on More4, following their travels on Britain’s canals as they celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. Prunella Scales is now 81 and her husband is 79 but they’ve been boating for decades and were involved in the restoration of the canals in their earlier years of leisure boating.
How ready is your boat for the boating season? We’ve had some sunny weather recently in the UK and Spring is on the way. Who knows which weekend will be the one that you decide to take the boat out? Be prepared to get out on the Cut as soon as the sun shines, with these four essential checks that every boater should know.
A good way to keep up with boating issues is to check in on the CRT Boater’s Update; published every couple of weeks by Damian Kemp, the Canal & River Trust's Communications Manager.
Do you believe in love at first sight? That moment that gives you butterflies in the stomach, and a gut feeling that you might have just found The One?
Here is a superb live-aboard wide-beam with a lovely residential mooring. The boat is well fitted and comfortable and the mooring has extensive decking and several outbuildings as well as reserved parking right by the mooring.
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has received an award from the organisers, for its loyal attendance at the London Boat Show. IWA was a founder exhibitor when the event was first launched 60 years ago, and hasn't missed a year since.
The Boatshed 2014 Conference was held at the Excel exhibition centre during the London boat show. Boatshed offices travelled to London to share best practice, discuss ideas and develop new strategy for 2014/15.