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.
Come rain or shine June is about to begin and surely that means it’s time for some waterside fun? Here are three ways to enjoy the Grand Union and nearby waterways, and welcome in the British summer this weekend.
Do you remember the Crick Boat Show last year? It was the Jubilee weekend so you may well remember the rainy weather even if you weren’t at Crick! We’re hoping it’s going to be a bit better this year.
If you’re a boater living in or around London and Herts then Rickmansworth is the place to be this weekend. The Rickmansworth Festival now attracts 20,000 people and has now been going for over fifteen years.
Boatshed goes Responsive! Today, nearly 30% of Boatshed's traffic is mobile. By the end of next year, this may exceed 50% Tablet sales are expected to exceed 100 million this year. Smartphones, of course, are also a hot commodity, with the majority of people now owning a smartphone. The shift to mobile is happening at an extraordinary speed. For those of us who create the Boatshed websites and services, all this leads to a singular conclusion: A million screens have bloomed, and we need to build websites that work better on all of them.
When you make an offer on a narrowboat, canal boat, widebeam or other boat for sale it is usual to get the boat surveyed. We can provide you with a list of local surveyors but we are not allowed to recommend one in particular.
Summer is on the way and anyone who loves boats can look forward to the usual line-up of boat festivals. If you enjoy real ale, painted canalware, live music, boats and bunting we hope to see you at a festival this year. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a boat and will be sponsoring the Canalway Cavalcade and Rickmansworth Canal Festival. We will also definitely be at Crick and IWA National. We’ll do our best to get to a few more if we can.
Most of the inland waterways in Britain are looked after by the Canal and River Trust and to use these navigations you will need to purchase an annual licence. Licences can be paid for in monthly instalments, or in a one-off payment. Paying annually with the one-off payment option attracts a discount.
Before you travel to view a boat, check out all pictures and video of every boat for sale. Our brokers take all their own pictures so you can see the up to date information and full inventory of each boat.
If you are thinking of selling your boat, then have a chat to one of our Boatshed Brokers and they will explain how Boatshed can help sell your boat and what they will do for you.
Battlebridge basin is perhaps the most sought after mooring in London - secluded, secure and private, but within easy reach of the West End and the City. Kings Cross and St. Pancras are just a few minutes walk away. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
There are many trades and crafts along the canal that offer a change from the mass-produced, imported-from-China commerce that we have grown so used to.
If you are looking for your first canal boat for sale or perhaps a narrowboat in Hertfordshire or London you may have questions about technology and it’s place in canal boat life. Whether you’re thinking of living on a wide beam, going on an extended cruise or simply looking for a leisure boat for sale you may be wondering how many mod-cons are suited to boating?
Last week a mother and her daughter (aged 10) died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Three people were on board the boat on Windermere and early enquiries suggested a faulty generator could have been to blame.
Boatshed.com Brokerage Group have teamed up with River Canal Rescue to provide boat sales for the Inland Waterways market in the UK.
It’s nearly Easter and the daffodils outside my boat are looking decidedly miserable, having been crushed by the snow. Our Bubble diesel stove is struggling to battle against the temperatures outside because it is waiting for a new component. With this in mind I thought I’d give you the ‘low-down’ on diesel stoves, for those considering living on a narrowboat all year round.
If you’re looking for a narrowboat, barge or wide beam for sale in London or Hertfordshire it can feel like a struggle trawling the internet for your ideal boat. We like to make the process as enjoyable as possible for the customer, with cutting edge technology and a friendly, professional service.
Among the many narrowboats for sale at Boatshed Grand Union there are always a few where the owners are particularly keen to sell.
This was Tony Farrow’s boat, which was for sale with Boatshed Grand Union. It’s a 50ft cruiser stern narrowboat with wheelhouse and has an unusual and very attractive fit-out in cherry, chestnut and sycamore. Tony is a professional carpenter and refurbished the interior himself. He’s pictured here after painting the boat and blacking the hull. The boat is open plan with a separate bedroom cabin at the front.
If you have a long lazy weekend on the boat coming up, or simply feel like a nautical read, you could pick up For Better, For Worse, For Richer, For Poorer by Damian and Siobhan Horner. This husband and wife team have written a travelogue and memoir about leaving their careers and lives ashore in England, to travel the French canals with their two children, both younger than three.
If you’re looking for a boat for sale in London or Hertfordshire on the Grand Union or River Lea then there are a number of technical questions you may like to ask when viewing a boat. Whether you are looking for a narrowboat, barge or wide beam for sale your broker will be happy to advise you on any queries you may have.