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.
This week’s Armistice Day marked100 years since the outbreak of the First World War and the UK remembered the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars. A lesser-known contribution to the war efforts was that of the “Idle Women” on the canals.
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 three ways to enjoy this week’s explosive celebrations on London's waterways.
As Halloween fast approaches it’s safest to be forewarned of the possible supernatural encounters to be had on the Grand Union Canal.
Are you haunted by dreams of owning your own narrowboat, wide-beam or barge? We hope that these wicked bargains will leave you spell-bound! Click on the links to see a full specification and plenty of photographs of each boat for sale.
A love of canals and waterways may eventually lead you to take up the liveaboard way of life. The romance of sparkling water, willow trees, ducks and swans is enticing in summer, and cosy spirals of smoke from the chimneys of glowing stoves are inviting in winter. For some it is just a daydream, but for those who are serious about a life afloat it’s best to do a little research first. Our free eBook Living on a Boat covers all the basics such as finding a mooring, continuous cruising, finance and insurance. Here are five extra tips if you’re thinking of buying aboat to live on.
I travelled through Birmingham recently, by train. Train travel is often a good way to discover waterways you haven’t yet seen, because many of the railways were built alongside the canals. Out of the window I noticed a really cool urban aqueduct; they really have got more canals than Venice up in Birmingham don’t you know?! The contrast of a peaceful navigation straddling a busy modern road reminded me of the aqueducts I have known and loved on our own lovely, local Grand Union canal.
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.