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.
An Englishman’s home is his… castle?
Are you haunted by dreams of owning your own narrowboat, wide-beam or barge? If our website of boats for sale doesn’t leave you spell-bound this Halloween try some of these events around the country to get you in the spirit next week (- the spirit of bad puns maybe?!)
If you’re on budget you may well be looking for a project boat for sale, however, some people deliberately choose to take on a boat or narrowboat that needs some care and attention, because of their enthusiasm for waterways history and heritage.
So, taking a break from thinking about boats for sale, I just read about the Canal and River Trust partnering with the Poetry Society to appoint a Canal Laureate. Jo Bell is perfect for the role because she’s a liveaboard narrowboater, and a very active poet. The former archaeologist is now the Director of National Poetry Day. She writes and performs poems, manages projects, runs workshops, writes articles, edits publications and much more.
After a busy week of browsing boats for sale, narrowboats for sale and barges for sale, (when everyone thought you were hard at work in your office) the weekend is the time to relax… and look at more boats!
As we started this week with severe weather warnings for rain, winds and floods I noticed two news stories in the media, highlighting canal safety. The Star reported that in south Yorkshire a man drowned after walking his dogs by a canal. It is believed the 39-year-old may have entered the water to rescue one of his dogs. The incident happened on Saturday night in Rotherham. A police officer threw a ‘lifeline’ into the water before firefighters arrived and managed to retrieve the man from the water. There was a 7ft drop to the water, and the canal was nine or 10ft deep. Paramedics gave emergency first aid at the scene but he later died in hospital.
I was impressed when Tom and Dale rowed from Birmingham to London last month, but now a student has done the same journey in a bathtub, raising over £1000 for the British Red Cross.
A new charity has been set up in the Shadow of the Olympic Stadium. E20 Eastenders Fishing Club , which intends to help disabled ex-servicemen and children as well as bring back fishing to the canal in East London.
My eldest daughter, born on a boat nearly five years ago, has just started school. So with that theme in my mind I thought I’d grab my satchel and an apple for teacher and seek out ways to get an education on the English canals and rivers.
We need boat experts !
This week as a Leicestershire couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a canal boat trip along the Grand Union Canal I thought I would celebrate the Grand Union itself. (The happy husband at 83 is the same age as the canal.) We have boats for sale all over the southern Grand Union and as Boatshed Inland we cover an even wider area.
It’s now a year since I began working for Boatshed Grand Union! We have lots to celebrate and it’s been an interesting year.
Tony Blews's UK Waterways Ranking Site is a great way to discover popular waterways websites, and as a blogger I particularly enjoy checking out the blog rankings and wandering about discovering new boating blogs.
If you’re looking for an affordable way to become a boat owner then have you considered a project boat? We have project boats for sale to suit all budgets, and you don’t need to be an expert to take one on.
Last Saturday 4th August two determined men arrived at Brentford, after rowing there… from Birmingham.
The trading boats have now gathered at Mile End on the Regent’s Canal in London creating a most unusual market. Strangely reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s floating market, (featured in the 1996 urban fantasy TV series Neverwhere,) it is a vibrant and colourful place. This is all part of the changes to London’s canals during the period of the Olympics.
British Waterways Marinas Ltd, one of the largest marina operators in the country, has appointed Boatshed.com as its sole provider of brokerage at its marinas in the South and West.
Could this be the first sunny canal festival of the year? This Saturday is the 10th Linslade Canal Festival, a free community event promoting rural arts and crafts, conservation, canal life and the heritage of the town's green spaces. It is organised by Leighton-Linslade Town Council and supported by Central Bedfordshire Council and The Canal and River Trust. You will find Linslade on the Grand Union Canal, on the Bedfordshire-Buckinghamshire border.
Over the years that Boatshed Grand Union has been selling boats on the inland waterways, several questions have recurred time and time again.
Phil and Boatshed Grand Union are long-time supporters of the National Community Boats Association which promotes community boating for young people and all kinds of disadvantaged groups. Phil is an ex-chairman of our local community boat, Dicks Folly and an ex-director of the NCBA. Boatshed Grand union sponsored the last AGM of the NCBA, which was attended by the Vice Chair of the Canal & River Trust, and the Waterways Minister.