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.
Last week I wrote about how divorce, separation, ill health,or some other unexpected change of circumstances may force you to sell your boat. It’s not always an easy decision to make, and even less so if the boat is your home. (How to Sell Your Boat Without Feeling so Sad About it.) The following three tips will apply to those who have lived aboard, and are now planning to begin a new life ashore.
At the recent 2016 Boatshed Broker Conference held over 2 days, with Boatshed brokers attending from all over the world, a wide variety of workshops and hot topics were discussed. The Boatshed Awards were held on the evening of the first day and Jo Dixie-Goodwin from PSP World-wide Logistics was invited to present the awards.
New Year is the traditional time for goal setting and planning for success, in business, and in health. Whether you're planning to buy or sell a boat this year, or even to change career to something more related to boating, here are 5 highlights from our 2015 blog, to inspire you into action in 2016.
At Boatshed we are always thinking of ways to help people sell their boats more efficiently and providing a better service to both seller and purchaser.
We'd like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, from all at Boatshed Grand Union, and if you haven't got one already, help yourself to one of these free Boatshed guides today:
If you fancy a dip in the sea at Christmas, you are either brave/daft or raising money for charity – after all who would want to leave the comfort of their over warm homes to jump into icy waters if it wasn’t for charity!?
The world of canal boating is almost like an alternative reality, existing quietly alongside urban streets, yet undiscovered by those caught up in the Christmas shopping frenzy. We've got three surprising suggestions for anyone looking for the magic of Christmas on the Grand Union canal this December.
It’s that time of year again, when we wonder how to surprise the canal enthusiasts in our lives. You can easily pick up the usual coal scuttles, kettles and Buckby cans painted with roses and castles for those who love traditional folk art, but around the roving traders canal markets this year I have noticed many more unusual gift ideas, made by boaters who live aboard. Here are five floating businesses who offer some creative ideas for Christmas presents.
Last week, our article 5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Narrowboat covered continuous cruising, lock-miles, financial planning, surveys and on-line scams. Whether you intend to live aboard, go on an extended cruise, use the boat most weekends, or keep to summer cruising and ‘winterise’ the boat for half the year will affect the kind of boat you are looking for.
At Christmas time we don't necessarily associate Santa's sleigh with the water. However this year Boatshed have some top tips on having festive fun by the waterside and a couple of chances to dress your vessel up and take part in the events.
In the boaters discussion groups on Facebook I often see requests for advice, from those planning to live aboard in London. A fleeting glimpse of a colourful canal boat passing through Camden Lock promises an alternative view of the capital. But what do you need to know before you make that decision to live aboard?
I've always enjoyed the Facebook page of The Guild of Waterways Artists. The Guild is a collection of like-minded artists who have joined together to promote art about the waterways by exhibiting together and to offer each other mutual support and encouragement.
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 four ways to enjoy November’s explosive celebrations.
If Halloween just makes you think of costumes, parties, pumpkins and sweets then perhaps you haven’t thought of taking your little ones to London’s canals on 31st October? If you fancy an outing with a difference that the whole family can enjoy then here’s how to do something this Halloween that your kids will love.
In your ideal boat what would be the perfect saloon? Free-standing furniture or an L-shaped seat that becomes an extra berth? Would you site the solid fuel stove in the middle of the boat or at the bow end? I love looking at narrowboat interiors and thought I'd blog about saloons this week!
Q. Is it possible to be fashionably late for National Poetry Day?
I went to the Birmingham Floating Market last weekend and all of the sunshine and colourful bunting made the life of a roving trader look quite idyllic. The RovingCanal Traders Association organises floating markets throughout the summer and if you've never been to such an event it’s surprising how many very different individual businesses there are.
Just when you thought that the summer season of canal festivals was over, ladies and gentlemen we bring you: The Aylesbury Canal Festival!
Europe’s largest festival of boating sails into Southampton and Boatshed.com are on their regular stand BO53 enjoying the fun. The Southampton Boat Show is now Europe’s largest outdoor festival of boating with over 2km of pontoons . Now in its 47th year, the Southampton Boat Show offers a host of attractions for the whole family to experience, from exploring rock pools, corals and anemones in the Show’s purpose built Aquarium, through to the largest number of ‘on-the-water’ activities ever offered at the Show This includes the tall ship Earl of Pembroke, straight from the completion of its full restoration and refit.
Icy, windy weather and planned maintenance works on the canal can make continuous cruising more difficult for live-aboard boaters during the winter months. So the Canal and River Trust offer dedicated winter moorings across the country for those who are looking for a temporary mooring during this colder time of year. However, the Canal and River Trust have made a few changes to winter moorings this year.