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Thu Oct 3, 2019 at 4:45pm
The process of selling your narrowboatWe at Venetian Marina have recently been fortunate enough to feature on the acclaimed, highly informative Youtube channel, The Narrowboat Experience. Via their frequent video updates, Kath & Annamarie share updates on their canal experience, along with useful information and helpful tips on all things narrowboat. Having sold their boat through our brokerage they were kind enough to invite us to talk through the buying and selling process on an episode of....
Fri Aug 9, 2019 at 9:56am
The buying process / The Narrowboat ExperienceVenetian Marina has recently had the distinct pleasure of selling narrowboat 'Ewart' on behalf of Annamarie & Kath of The Narrowboat Experience. For the few out there who aren't aware, this is a very popular Youtube channel aimed at canal users. Joined by their cats they travel our waterways, posting regular and very helpful video blogs. They have recently posted a video with some helpful tips with regards to the buying and selling process, featu....
Mon Jul 29, 2019 at 3:08pm
 Why moor at Venetian Marina.If you're looking for somewhere to moor your narrow boat around the north-west of England, look no further, stop and take a look at Venetian Marina.As well as offering narrowboats for sale, we have moorings for a 105 boats at our site located in Cholmondeston, near Nantwich, Cheshire.In 2011 Venetian Marina became part of the Whilton Marina family who immediately began to upgrade the site, making it one of the most modern and up to date marinas in the ....
Fri Jul 5, 2019 at 3:00pm
The inside workings of Narrowboat Glass  Nestled right next door to the Venetian main Sales Office is the working glass studio of Narrowboat Glass. They design and make bespoke glass mainly for narrowboats.They say if you can imagine it in glass for your boat it’s likely they can make it. Over the course of several blogs we will be taking a closer look at the process from start to finish.  Keep an eye out for our future blogs to learn the mystical process of leaded glas....
Tue Jun 11, 2019 at 4:57pm
Narrowboat Snowgoose purchasers’ storyThe story below was received fromDavid Bramley who purchased Narrowboat Maybee Tomorrow in April 2019. Sincethen David has renamed his boat Snowgoose in memory of the boat his dad onceowned. He is new to the narrowboating but has loved his short time onboardso much that he now calls Snowgoose home.I have been looking for a boat on and off for almost 2 years until I had the opportunity to get one this year. I'd looked at boats at a few places, but Venet....
Sun Mar 31, 2019 at 10:08am
Narrowboat Splinter moorers story The story and feedback below is from Mr & Mrs Lee who purchased their first narrowboat from Venetian Marina in 2002 and they have moored with us ever since. 'We were attracted to moor at Venetian Marina after purchasing our first boat here after 25 years of hiring. After visiting the marina in 2002, we found our perfect first boat and stayed. The facilities at the marina are very good, much improved in recent years and now meets all our needs. Alwa....
Fri Mar 15, 2019 at 2:16pm
Friday Fact (top tips)In addition to our regular monthly blog, we shall be posting  a new short blog entitled 'Friday Fact'.These posts will be 'short and sweet' factoids or, top tips from our working week which we have found interesting, useful and would like to share these with you.Hope you find them useful and interesting. This weeks 'top tip' is:Vinegar to remove stains in the toilet bowl.I read about this top tip a few months ago, and had a recent discussion with a fellow moorer r....
Fri Mar 1, 2019 at 12:42pm
Getting your boat ready for a great 2019 cruising seasonWow its the 1st of March and now (hopefully), the worst of the cold weather is be behind us, we  begin to look forward  to warmer days. Thechanges in temperature signal the start of the boating season yip-ee!!!. So, we start thinking about the need to de-winterise our boat.This means  basically reversing all the good work we carried out to 'winterise' your boat. Checking and closing any taps left openthrough winter, connectin....
Thu Feb 21, 2019 at 9:40am
Friday Fact 3In addition to our regular monthly blog, we shall be posting  a new short blog entitled 'Friday Fact'.These posts will be 'short and sweet' factoids or, top tips tips from our working week which we have found interesting, useful and would like to share these with you.Hope you find them useful and interesting. This week, we look at 12v power on Narrow boats.It is a misconception that,  the more batteries you have fitted on your boat the more power supply you have. Whil....
Wed Feb 13, 2019 at 9:00am
Friday FactsIn addition to our regular monthly blog, we shall be posting  a new short blog entitled 'Friday Fact'.These posts will be 'short and sweet' factoids or, top tips tips from our working week which we have found interesting, useful and would like to share these with you.Hope you find them useful and interesting.This week, is a common issue at this time of year. The waterways capture an abundance of leaves. This is due to the Autumn leaves being blown into the canal. When a nar....
Fri Feb 8, 2019 at 2:20pm
Friday FactsIn addition to our regular monthly blog, we shall be posting  a new short blog entitled 'Friday Fact'.These posts will be 'short and sweet' factoids or, top tips tips from our working week which we have found interesting, useful and would like to share these with you.Hope you find them useful and interesting.This week, we have just received back from the repair shop and Eberspacher diesel heater unit. This unit repeatedly failed to start. The fault found was due to the unit bein....
Thu Jan 31, 2019 at 1:10pm
Its Winter 2019Wow minus 7 last night on the marina...Now Winter is well and truly here, knowing how to deal with adverseweather conditions will make for a pleasant and trouble free winter.Steering a narrowboat on a dry and wind free day in the summer is aneasy task once you get used to the boat’s length and how to operate the tiller,but steering the same boat in wind, rain, snow and ice is a different ball gamealtogether.It is best to be prepared for the change in weather as you can expec....
Sat Dec 15, 2018 at 12:24pm
What to consider when buying a Narrowboat.If you are looking forward to 2019 boating season to realise your dream and purchase a Narrowboat, you will find this a must read!!Not everyone takes to boating, whether it’s justthe occasional weekend, long holidays or living aboard full time. So our bestadvice before we go any further is try before you buy.  Hiring a narrowboatwill give you a very good idea of what life is like on the canal and if it isfor you.Think about what you will use t....
Sat Nov 3, 2018 at 10:40am
Cost to consider when buying a Narrowboat1. FIND A BOAT Whether you want a basic £20,000 narrowboat to do up or a £1 million luxury palace on water, speak to a specialist broker. These include Apollo Duck, Whilton Marina and Venetian Marina. Publications such as Waterways World also provide details of boats for sale. Brokers usually charge sellers at circa 5 per cent of the sale price. They don’t charge buyers. My advice to get out and visit as many boats as you can, ....
Tue Oct 9, 2018 at 10:54am
Getting ready to winterise your Narrowboat.When I left my boat yesterday morning, I noticed a light frost on the hull and my car windscreen was also frosted over. Seeing that Jack Frost was back in town,  my thoughts went back to last year and, what a long hard winter that was.   If you intend to live aboard then it’s pretty much business as usual, but take a look at your radiators, engine cooling (keel), central heating systems and fresh water system you may ....
Tue Sep 18, 2018 at 10:44am
Living in the slow laneLiving in the slow lane or, more specifically, Living on a narrowboat. All sorts of romantic notions are conjured up by those words. But, before you rush out and buy one, or give up a land base to live on one, I’ve tried to outline below some of the quirks of a life afloat ALL YEAR ROUND, and in particular, some things to consider before you decide on living on a narrowboat.Being British, first thing we think about is the toilet. This small room on a boat is the....
Sun Aug 19, 2018 at 9:04am
 It is all about POWER  (well, battery power)Aside from enabling you to maintain your batteries in a way which will prolong its life and keep your costs down, being able to recognise the signs of potential damage in a battery is essential for safety.The leisure batteryA leisure battery is the power source for the 12V appliances and equipment in a narrow boat. These batteries are designed to provide a steady level of power over a prolonged period of time and are used by the li....
Fri Jul 13, 2018 at 9:27am
What should I focus on when selecting a NarrowboatWhen looking to start the buying process being armed with the right advice and information will make the process of buying a narrow boat more pleasurable and less stressful.The temptation to jump in feet first is not a wise move, take a step back and let’s look at what information you should gather before visiting any boats.•How often you are going to use the boat?•What are you going to use it for?•How much cruising are ....
Wed Jun 20, 2018 at 11:00am
 Different types of Stern GearThe stern gear is located in the rear of the hull below the water line. The propeller shaft links the propeller via the stern gear and bearings, so that the rotating motion of the engine via the gear box can be converted into thrust to propel the boat. The propeller shaft is supported by a bearing arrangement which acts as an intermediate phase between the canal water and the boat.The stern tube passes through the lower part of the....
Sat Jun 2, 2018 at 12:00pm
LPG Bubble Tester.Gas can be the most dangerous substance likely to be on a boat, you'd may be shocked how far down the list most people place the safety of their gas system.Many vessels have dangerously old and outdated instillation, but it is clear most owners do not wish to replace them. the priority seems to be given to other maintenance jobs such as blacking the hull or polishing the outside of the boat. Many insurers require at least a Gas Certificate, however CRT require an in date BSS Ce....
Mon May 7, 2018 at 9:44am
Crick Boat Show 2018With more than 50 narrowboats, wide-beams, heritage vessels and budget craft on display, there are more boats at Crick this year than ever before. Find out more about these boats in the Boats on Show feature of the May 2018 Canal Boating Times. The colourful boats set the scene at Crick Boat Show. With several dozen boats on the water in the marina, and more to view on land in the centre of the Show Village.    As well as being the canal world&rs....
Sat Apr 21, 2018 at 9:20am
Types of insulation found in narrowboats Spray FoamSpray on polyurethane foam is an ideal way to insulate narrow boats. The foam is sprayed directly onto the inside of the hull and adheres well to steel hulls and most surfaces. As the polyurethane foam is sprayed it expands which makes it perfect for getting into voids and under battens. Spray applied polyurethane foam insulation differs from traditional insulation (sheet insulation and rock wool) in several ways. Firstly the speed of ....
Mon Apr 2, 2018 at 11:47am
 Getting ready for the season's cruisingWith over 3,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers to explore in Britain alone (and over 28,000 miles of navigable in Europe), cruising the inland waterways with friends and family is one of the most relaxing ways you can spend time on the water. Meander at your own pace through the countryside and past towns, embracing the unique lifestyle of the waterways and their fascinating history and heritage. Whether you love tinkering with machine....
Sun Mar 18, 2018 at 8:50am
Three boating knots you may find useful:Reef KnotThe reef knot is used to tie the two ends of a single line together such that they will secure something, for example a bundle of objects, that is unlikely to move much. In addition to being used by sailors for reefing and furling sails, it is also one of the key knots of macrame textiles.The Bowline KnotThis knot is used to make a loop or eye that will not slip but is easy to untie.  However much load is put on it the loop will not close but....
Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 12:50pm
Cruising on the River Weaver.Last summer my wife and I cruised on the River Weaver. We had a wonderful time and can't wait for the summer to arrive so we can do it all again. The experience of going on the Anderton Boat Lift and cruising with wide open space, which river cruising offers was superb. We recommend giving it a try.The River Weaver is a river, navigable in its lower reaches, running in a curving route anti-clockwise across west Cheshire, northern England. Improvements to the river to....
Tue Jan 16, 2018 at 10:38am
Winterisation of Marine ToiletsProper winterisation of marine toilets is extremely important and is essential to save mess, money and masses of work which may be caused by the damage inflicted on plumbing and toilet mechanisms by freezing, so, a few generalisations to start.It’s a little difficult to separate toilets from the plumbing generally. The higher pipes and fittings are at most risk over winter, those installed lower benefit from the above freezing temperature in the water underne....
Tue Jan 16, 2018 at 10:05am
Happy New Year!Don't let another 12 months go sailing by. This year could be the time to realise your dream of buying a narrowboat, or selling/ upgrading your narrowboat!Here at Venetian Marina we provide high quality boat sale and brokerage services, which includes free canal boat valuations for owners anywhere on the canal system, and free moorings at our purpose built marina for the narrow boats whilst they are for sale with us.. When you come to buy or sell your narrow boat ,you want to get ....
Tue Oct 24, 2017 at 9:15am
Inverters  - Pure Sign Wave Vs QuasiA power inverter, or inverter, is an electronic device or circuitry that changes direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC).The input voltage, output voltage and frequency, and overall power handling depend on the design of the specific device or circuitry. The inverter does not produce any power; the power is provided by the DC source.A power inverter can be entirely electronic or may be a combination of mechanical effects (such as a rotary app....
Sat Sep 16, 2017 at 1:27pm
 They come in four basic formulations.Chemical treatments are the most popular because they provide the best odor control. Some include chemicals that kill bacteria, but the best chemical treatments deodorize using chemical reactions with odor-causing molecules. They are relatively inexpensive compared to other treatments. Some contain additives that dissolve waste. They can be added to tanks that contain other treatments without cleaning the tank. Enzyme treatments accelerate the dige....
Mon Aug 21, 2017 at 11:25am
Narrow boat Solar powerSolar photovoltaic (PV) systems are one of the many types of renewable energy available to us. We can use the sun's energy to operate solar panels to drive gadgets which can be used on a narrow boat, as well installing them on the roofs of our homes and businesses. They don't produce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions or use up valuable fossil fuels.Solar PV panels work very simply by converting light energy from the sun into electricity. It can even be a cloudy day and the pa....
Tue Jul 25, 2017 at 9:10am
Ready for summer cruising.Boating Equipment Checked items to include: 1KG hammer, mooring pins and ropes (with spares). Also, consider purchasing  a couple of  lightweight spare windlasses. There may not be a chandlery nearby to buy replacements. Torches are a must as the tow path can be very dark on the way back to the boat from the pub.You may also wish to consider having life jackets on board for guest who may feel uncomfortable on the waterways.A fully stocked first-aid kit, a....
Sat Jul 1, 2017 at 10:17am
Should I turn my narrowboat into a WIFI "Hot Spot" Wi-Fi hotspots are usually available in marinas, bars, cafes or even a neighbouring boat, however the low power of devices such as mobile phones and tablets do not always allow connection due to range limitations.To connect over longer distances or to get a strong signal from all over a narrowboat, a Wi-Fi range extender can greatly help. Range extenders can come in two forms:1. Smart booster antennas: These have the software built int....
Thu Jun 1, 2017 at 8:57am
Bacterial Contamination Diesel Bug as it is more commonly known is becoming a much more common problem particularly in BULK storage tanks, marine craft and agricultural equipment. It’s impossible to prevent microbes entering fuel tanks and systems. However, the presence of water is a key factor in determining the rate and extent of microbial growth. Condensation or free water suspended in the fuel clings to the tank walls or slowly sinks to the bottom of the tank, and microbes will gr....
Sun May 14, 2017 at 10:36am
Top tips for using a wood-burning stove this winter.Don’t burn water This is the most fundamental thing to get right when you’re burning wood. It might be surprising, but green wood is around 50 per cent water. That means that for every kg of green wood you add to the fire, you’re effectively adding around 500ml (a pint) of water. This means that you will need to make sure that your fuel has been dried properly. There are a few ways of doing this, but the simplest are: • F....
Mon Apr 17, 2017 at 9:00am
Insuring your boat.In reality the only obligation you have to canal boat insurance is the conditional requirement by the Canal & River Trust to insure powered boats to cover third party liabilities for at least £2 million.This is simply because as a licence holder, you are responsible for injury or damage caused by you or the boat. Due to the nature of our chosen activity whereby we are navigating locks, negotiating bridges and cruising past moored boats, these damages could be conside....
Tue Mar 28, 2017 at 12:00pm
Do I need a galvanic isolator?  1. Whenever you connect to shore power mains supplies. An isolator offers reduced corrosion & extended life of anodes. 2.  Leave your shore power connected enabling use of frost heaters & battery charging without the risk of added corrosion associated with shore power connections. 3.  Essential in the marina environment to control both stray & galvanic currents.4. * When you need to stop other vessels using your anodes!   When ....
Wed Mar 22, 2017 at 9:00am
So what's so great about Living On A Narrow Boat? New FriendshipsBelonging to a new community enables you to make new friendships and the boating community is made up of a strong network of friendly people who all share the same passion in life – boating. Whether you decide to moor in one place or have a more nomadic way of life cruising the network, you will definitely make new friends along the way.You will never feel lonely on the canal system, but at the same time if you need your own ....
Mon Feb 27, 2017 at 3:26pm
1. What is it really like living on a narrow boat?Living on a narrow boat can be a fantastic way of life, if you enjoy the outdoors and being close to nature then this style of living is going to suit you down to the ground. The other great fact is you are able to travel the UK canal network at your leisure, taking the time to discover parts of the UK many others don’t have the opportunity to enjoy via the canal. Also there are never any traffic jams on the canal so travelling is trouble f....
Sat Feb 18, 2017 at 10:27am
Read this article to see what you could be escaping from....Here's just a few things we think you won't miss if you decide to live on a narrow boat.  There are lots of benefits living on a narrow boat, so let's look at what you won't have to put up with if you lived on a narrow boat. Time Wasting Traffic JamsA major problem that most people experience every week.  No such problem on the canal system! British commuters will spend an average of more than one year and 88 days stuck in tra....
Wed Feb 1, 2017 at 10:38am
A Typical Winter Sunday Spent AboardOur Narrowboat. We like tospend most of our weekends on our narrow boat and Sundays couldn't be any moredifferent to Saturdays if they tried.During thewinter months we don’t tend to cruise, but instead stay in the marina and enjoyseeing our boating neighbours rather than venturing out. We have just as muchfun pottering on the boat in the marina and often have friends come and visit.So how does our Sunday start?Well firstlythe lack of the alarm going....
Tue Jan 24, 2017 at 2:27pm
 Recruitment at Venetian MarinaJobs and careers at Venetian Marina in Cheshire19th January 2017Job vacancy: Marine Engineer Full time position, Monday - Friday with overtime available. Wage dependant on experience.All aspects of Narrowboat repairs undertaken such as:    Engine servicing    Winterisations    General boat maintenance    Boat Safety Scheme repairs    Electrical & g....
Tue Dec 13, 2016 at 4:12pm
Venetian to Market Drayton (via Barbridge junction, through Nantwich to Audlem)The Shropshire Union canal opened in 1835 and offers 66 miles of canal cruising from the River Mersey at Ellesmere Port which is home to the National Waterways Museum to the edge of urban Wolverhampton. This canal which is normally called the Shropshire Union Main Line was one of the last to be built. It was originally named the Birmingham and Liverpool Canal, which shows that it was really built for long distance tra....
Thu Nov 17, 2016 at 9:49am
IntroductionThis article is intended to give some understanding in the supply of fuel to private pleasure craft users. OverviewThe EU Energy Products Directive provides that from 1 November 2008:-a) The full rate of duty is to be applied to fuel used for “the purposes of navigation”(which has been reflected in UK law as “fuel for propelling” of private pleasure craft;b) Red diesel at the rebated rate of duty can continue to be used for domestic purposes aboard a boat....
Tue Nov 1, 2016 at 10:36am
Dear All, as thebusiest part of the boating season draws to an end and we all sit back andreflect on our journeys and experiences, could we or others have made cruisinga more enjoyable and pleasurable experience for others on the canal system?In thisarticle we are going to look at a few points that will make boating better foreveryone. The commondenominator in our top tips is to think about other people’s feelings firstbecause it’s not all about maximizing your personal convenience.H....
Tue Aug 23, 2016 at 10:24am
Did you know that manyboating people will adopt the minimalist life style when they buy a narrow boat? This is mainly due tothe fact that living on board means there is an obvious lack of space andtherefore having lots of possessions is not possible or practical. Owning less is great but wanting less is better, according to the minimalist!  It's not just thelack of storage space that drives people to choose the simpler way of life. It'sthe life they obtain that drives them to live this....
Tue Jun 28, 2016 at 8:48am
Let's talk dirtyThis article is about refuse and recycling on the canals via the CRT sanitary stations and refuse compounds with particular attention to the Llangollen, and Shropshire Union Canals, including the Middlewich Branch and River Weaver.Elsan disposal.A few years ago, the majority of small lengths of flexible hoses fixed to the rinse taps, which were located above or near the bowl of a CRT chemical toilet (ELSAN) disposal facilities at sanitary stations were removed to meet water ....
Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 12:54pm
As a narrow boat broker Venetian Marina always get asked about the maximum sized boat that someone can have in order to do the whole of the Inland Waterways in England and Wales.  This is why we have decided to add details of canals, rivers, and the maximum dimension of the vessel. I have included some historical and abandoned canals for your interest.Happy cruising. Canal Length Locks Max boat length (ft) Width (ft) Where Year opened Year abandoned Year ....
Tue Mar 8, 2016 at 10:39am
Competition Time!In thecompetition to decide which mode of transport is the best we have comparedcruising the canal network to driving a car on our busy roads. It’s quite clear to us who theclear winner is, but will you agree or disagree?1.   Firstlyyou will not find yourself stuck in a traffic jam on the canal system.Cruising along in your canal boat with an open stretch of water in front of you hasto beat sitting in your car looking at someones tail lights!2.  &n....
Mon Jan 25, 2016 at 10:49am
Howto Detox your Narrow BoatJanuary is the time of year that many of us decide to do adetox after the Christmas period when we have overindulged. But why stop there,why not consider detoxing your narrowboat at the same time. Now is a great time toget your boat ship shape for the year ahead, ready for all that lovely cruisingyou are planning on doing.MinimalizeLessreally is more when you are on a canal boat. Space is at a premium when you areon board, so how much stuff you lug around with you sho....
Mon Dec 7, 2015 at 7:52am
Let us help to take some of the stress out of your Christmasshopping this year. If you are looking for the perfect stocking fillers foryour boating friends or family, then check out the goodies we have selected for our top 12 Christmas boating gifts. Wehave been busy searching the internet for the best buys for anyone who owns or hasan interest in narrow boats. Hopefully these ideas will save you a bit of timeduring this busy time of year.1. Jigsaws are always a good choice for those on board, a....
Mon Oct 5, 2015 at 11:13am
Looking For Somewhere To Moor Your Canal Boat?Look nofurther! Venetian marina currently has moorings available and can accommodate your narrowboat up to 60ft.We are located in Cholmondeston, just outside the market town of Nantwich in Cheshire. The marina issurrounded by breath-taking country side and is ideally located on The Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal which links into The FourCounties Ring, which consists of  the English counties of Cheshire, Staff....
Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 11:52am
There are many non-native invasive plants that have madetheir way into the UK's inland waterways system over the years. Includingseemingly harmless weeds released by the general public when clearing out theirgarden ponds.Non-native invasive plants have arrived in the UK in avariety of ways; from their use in the horticulture, agriculture andaquaculture industries to coming in on or attached to ships. People have alsoplayed a part in introducing non-native invasive plants into the waterways,after....
Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 10:22am
According to’ The Residential Boat Owners Association’ there are around 20,000people in the UK enjoying living on narrow boats, so at least 20,000 people inthe UK believe that narrow boats are worth buying! There are also other people who just own a narrow boatfor weekend and holiday use making the number even larger.If you haveever considered buying a narrowboat, you may have asked yourself “are they reallyworth the money”? Well this will depend on the boat you buy, the ....
Tue Mar 24, 2015 at 1:46pm
The Ultimate Boating Bucket List!Just for a bit of fun we have put together a bucket list ofthings you should do before you die relating to boating.  Here are our suggestions:1.Buy a Narrow Boat!  Well this has to be the firstthing you do so that you can enjoy doing some of the other ideas on our list!Nothing is quite like owning your own boat. It's like your neighbour havinga Porsche and them saying “Do you fancy taking it for a spin?”  Yeah that would be great, but w....
Wed Mar 4, 2015 at 10:45am
Find out the secret of getting the best price for your boat.If the time has come for you to sell your narrow boat, thenyou will want to get the best price you can.You may be thinking about selling your boat yourself, buthave you thought through exactly what will be involved?Handling all the viewings alone is a big job, and then thereare always the time wasters who just want “a look” and have no intention onmaking you an offer. If you don’t live on your boat consider the time yo....
Fri Feb 20, 2015 at 12:46pm
We want to find out what our readers and customers consider to be the mostboring, beautiful and best canals to navigate in the UK. So therefore we needyour help, let us know your top 3 Bs and we can then compile a list based fromthe readers of the Venetian marina blog and visitors to the marina.This is just for fun and to find out what you all think ofthe various routes we have in the UK. So please don’t take offence when theresults are published if your favourite route is named in the mos....
Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 10:46am
Have youever considered a holiday on a narrow boat or even owning one? Do you want to know what draws so many people to narrow boating, then let’s take a lookat why this past time is so appealing.Cruising thenetwork is something that all ages can enjoy.  It’s a great pastime forfamilies and is something you can also share with your friends.If you enjoythe great outdoors, getting close to nature, fishing, and reading or justrelaxing these are all things you can enjoy when yo....
Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 2:44pm
If you own anarrowboat, you will know that at times you can feel you don’t have a lot ofprivacy when moored along the towpath. Nosey or shall we say intrigued peoplewalk by and just can’t help themselves and take a sneaky look in each window tosee what it looks like aboard. Well there is a solution if you are looking fora bit more privacy without having to keep your curtains closed!Window film!There are a number of companies that stock this product and although I haven’tseen it....
Thu Oct 23, 2014 at 11:36am
How Are You Going To Spend That Extra Hour?The clock is ticking and we are all going to get an extrahour this weekend when the clocks go back one hour at 2am on Sunday. If you want to make the most of those precious sixty minutes rather thansleeping them away we have put some suggestions together for you. All our ideas can be done in just sixty minutes!Never Have Time to Workout?Now you have no excuse –get some exercise and see how manycalories you can burn in an hour. Get in shape but don....
Tue Sep 23, 2014 at 10:33am
Ice Wharf Marina on Regent’s Canal in London is the most expensivemooring on the UK’s waterways with rates of almost £10,000 per metre.Have a read about the other four sites..... Here are the top five priciest CRT directly managed long-term moorings sites in London.CRT ( Canal & River Trust)  Market area  Waterway  Site  Cost  London  Regents Canal  Ice Wharf Marina  £9,834.62  London  Regents Canal  St....
Tue Sep 16, 2014 at 3:06pm
Not long now to the boat rally which will be held at Whitchurch on the Arm of Llangollen Canal, which is organised by The Whitchurch Waterway Trust. Colourful and decorated narrowboats will be on display as visitors make their way to the Whitchurch arm of the canal for the festivities. The event attracts hundreds of visitors every year. The event has been running since 1994 so this will be the 21st rally! The first one being one year after the first part of the Whitchurch Arm was opened and Red ....
Wed Sep 10, 2014 at 2:38pm
If you are just getting into boating, then having a goodidea of the best websites that will be beneficial to you when you are thinkingabout buying a narrowboat will make the process much easier. We have collated tensites that we think will interest you and you should bookmark for reference.In no particular order... 10. canalrivertrust.org.uk The Canal & River Trust is a charity entrusted in caring for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. Their maintenance teams work all year-r....
Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 10:38am
The Roving Canal Traders Association in conjunction withCanal and River Trust and Ellesmere Council will be having its final FloatingMarket for 2014 on the 12 – 14th September and will be held at the EllesmereBranch, Llangollen Canal, Ellesmere, Shropshire.If you are thinking of cruising to this event then mooringswill be allocated on a strictly first come-first served basis, with due regardbeing taken to any special-needs requests where possible.So get there early toavoid disappointment.T....
Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 10:49am
Don’t Panic!  Slips, trips and falls are the most common accidents that can incur whether at work, home or whilst boating. These types of accidents can be extremely serious so the need to take care and keep your wits about you is an important part of boating and life in general.  A trip, slip or fall near water and boats has added danger, the risk of drowning, getting crushed or tangled up in the propeller adds to the risk and chance of serious injury.   Don’....
Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 12:43pm
Buying A Narrow BoatIf you are thinking about buying a narrowboat you might be wondering where to start. It can be quite a minefield if you have never had any experience of boating.Follow These Great Tips To Make Buying a Narrowboat Easy Peasy!Step One - Get to know the different types of narrow boats There are basically 4 types of boats Traditional, Semi Traditional, Cruisers and Widebeams.Each boat style has a slightly different in appearance inside and out. Only by looking at each style will ....
Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 12:00pm
We're on the look out for narrowboats!We are always on the lookout for narrow boats to sell due to the high demand we have from potential purchasers. Our database has over 3500 people who are looking to buy, and we have over 30000 potential buyers viewing our website each month. We have a variety of narrow boats for sale traditional style, semi traditional and cruiser style. Because we market our boats to sell, our turnover of boats is rather high and therefore we need to keep restocking to cove....
Tue Jul 8, 2014 at 10:45am
What Floats Your Boat?If you are reading our blog then you will have an interest in boating in general and the alternative life style living or being on the water can offer.  It’s not just UK residents that can enjoy life on the water.  Around the world there are many wonderful examples of beautiful floating homes, some motorized like your own canal boat and others that are stationary, but all offer the owner an incredible experience on the water. Having quality of life is import....
Tue Jul 1, 2014 at 12:38pm
Want to exchange your narrowboat, why wait. Do It Now!Sometimes it’s good to wait and take all the time in the world, but then there are times when a quick deal is just the thing.  Wanting to part exchange your boat may be due to many different circumstances from needing to quickly release some of the funds tied up in your boat, needing more space and wanting to buy a bigger boat, wanting a new style or you may be just plain impatient and don’t like waiting! Whatever the reason ....
Mon Jun 9, 2014 at 10:27am
Trouble Sleeping? Read on.....It doesn’t matter where you live; in a house, flat, cottage or on a narrow boat, if you have trouble sleeping it’s just no fun.Lying awake hour after hour staring at the ceiling is not only lonely, but it also means the next day you are suffering from sleep deprivation, and here starts the vicious circle of sleepless nights and tiredness throughout the day.There are many different remedies you can try to rectify this problem, but let’s cut to the c....
Wed May 21, 2014 at 10:37am
Let’s Look At The RealityWith more and more people looking for a different lifestyle and opting to live aboard we thought we would take a look at the ins and outs of living aboard a narrowboat with a family.EducationIf your children are still of school age then having a permanent mooring is a really important consideration.Before buying a narrow boat you need to look into your mooring options, check out the area and work out how you will get the children to and from the school every day.&n....
Mon May 12, 2014 at 11:06am
If you love the canal and cheese this article is just for you!As the Borders Cheese Carrying Company will be in our area over the next few days we thought we would let you know they were about!Selling two yummy products cheese and chutneys – the perfect ingredients for a tasty meal you should be sure to visit them.The Cheese Boat is owned by Geraldine and Michael Prescott who wanted to turn their passion for narrow boating into a business. So they teaming up with the award winning Snowdoni....
Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 1:26pm
Many people ask us “How will the postman know where I am!” So we thought we would put an article together on how you can receive your post whilst living afloat.Most of the post we get through our letter posts falls into the category of “Junk Mail” which goes straight into the recycling bin; however there are letters that we want to receive, so how do we get hold of them? There are various options available which we will look at now... At Your MooringsIf you have a permane....
Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 2:30pm
Read this article to see what you could be escaping from....Here's just a few things we think you won't miss if you decide to live on a narrow boat.  There are lots of benefits living on a narrow boat, so let's look at what you won't have to put up with if you lived on a narrow boat. Time Wasting Traffic JamsA major problem that most people experience every week.  No such problem on the canal system! British commuters will spend an average of more than one year and 88 days stuck in tr....
Wed Apr 9, 2014 at 11:31am
I read recently on a forum that it was quite impossible to have a garden on a narrow boat and it was a stupid idea.  Well, I couldn’t disagree more with that statement, so I decided to write this article proving that you can successfully have your own garden even without any land!  I see no reason whatsoever why you can’t have a garden on your narrow boat.  You can easily use the roof area, the bow or stern, it just takes a little planning to get it right. And as you c....
Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 9:47am
A quick 5 step guide on how to sell your narrow boat.1.Use a good brokerage company.Using a professional, established and recommended brokerage company will definitely speed up the process of selling your narrow boat, why? A good brokerage company will already have customers looking for a narrow boat. They will also have excellent website traffic which means your boat will be seen by 1000s of visitors each month.  They will have other marketing tools in place such as social media, email mar....
Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 9:53am
  Dress In GreenStart the day by dressing in green, tradition says that if you don’t wear green on the 17th March you will get pinched! Don’t get caught out make sure you wear something green on the day.   Cook a traditional Irish mealCelebrate by cooking your friends and family a traditional Irish meal, recipe ideas such as corned beef and cabbage, potato soup, and braised greens are firm favourites.  Turn all your drinks greenGreen beer is firm favourite on this....
Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 4:13pm
Narrow Boat Interior Design IdeasNot all narrow boats look the same there are different styles like traditional, semi traditional, cruisers and wide beams for a start. A lot of attention goes into how the exterior of the narrow boat looks by using bright primary colours, sign writing, roof gardens, colourful fenders, ropes and accessories. All this personalises the exterior of the boat making it your own, but it doesn’t stop there what about the interior?When I first started writing this b....
Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 10:48am
Let's Get StartedWith the road gritters already maintaining the British roads ways it’s a sign that winter is on its way and it is time to prepare your narrow boat for the winter. The last few years we have experienced some long and freezing cold conditions, so preparing your narrow boat is vital to protect it from the cold snap that’s on its way.In this article we are going to give you some useful tips on how to protect your boat if you intend to leave it empty for any amount of tim....
Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 1:32pm
We're pleased to announce that Venetian Marina has hit their 100th Narrowboat sale target, having sold 100 narrowboats in just under 19 months.  This is a great achievement as we didn't expect our Cheshire sales branch would do as well in the current economic climate.In celebration of hitting our 100th narrowboat sale target we've donated £1,000 to Macmillan Cancer Charity and presented Mr and Mrs Ringwood-Walker with a bottle of Champagne as they brought the 100th narrowboat!Below is....
Thu Sep 5, 2013 at 4:19pm
The Uk Canal Trust is going to be using the Google Trekker back pack to record parts of the British waterways for Street view.The Trekker is a 4 foot tall backpack weighing 40lbs, the pack is fitted with a 15 angle lens camera which takes pictures every 2.5 seconds, this information will then be added to Street View which is accessed through Google Maps. The Trekker was designed to be used in places where the Street View Car and Trike would have trouble accessing, so for example narrow path ways....
Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 12:19pm
Venetian marina buying and selling narrow boats in CheshireBuying a narrow boat from Venetian marina is definitely worth considering. We have a wide range of narrow boats in the marina ready to sell. We have a marina full of different style narrow boats from Traditional, Semi traditional to Cruisers. All the narrow boats vary in size and price so there’s a boat here for every ones needs and budget.We have a selection of boats that have recently had a hull survey and ready for immediate pur....
Tue Aug 6, 2013 at 8:00am
1.What is it really like living on a narrow boat?Living on a narrow boat can be a fantastic way of life, if you enjoy the outdoors and being close to nature then this style of living is going to suit you down to the ground. The other great fact is you are able to travel the UK canal network at your leisure, taking the time to discover parts of the UK many others don’t have the opportunity to enjoy via the canal. Also there are never any traffic jams on the canal so travelling is trouble fr....
Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 3:57pm
Which type of toilet you install on your narrow boat is down to your own personal preference, but to help you decide which loo is right for you we are going to discuss the 3 options you have. It seems unthinkable now but in the good old days before we were thinking about health and the environment we used to empty our waste straight into the canals and rivers! Fortunately those days are well and truly behind us and we have moved on since those crude times.The most basic of toilets is the ‘....
Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 3:53pm
Buying and selling it’s what we do best.With years of knowledge behind us and with an experienced team buying and selling narrow boats is what we do best at our marina based in Nantwich Cheshire. Just like when you decide to sell your home you find an estate agent to deal with the process, this is something you can do when you want to sell your narrow boat. By contacting a brokerage company they can deal with all the marketing, viewings, surveys and paper work that is required to get a boa....
Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 11:42am
Something to consider when you've purchased your ideal canal boat!Water PollutionAs the canal is not a fresh water source, there will be a degree of water pollution on the inland waterways. It is important to be aware of water pollution on the canals and rivers.  It is also good to have knowledge of weil's disease incase you come in contact with contaminated water.If you manage to cut yourself whilst moving your canal boat and then handle a rope which has been ....
Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 2:07pm
Buying a narrow boat gives you the freedom to cruise the canal network at your own pace and enjoy the UK countryside. When you have purchased a narrow boat you will meet like minded people who too our enjoying this unique life style, you will also meet holiday makers who are enjoying a canal holiday. Many people buy a narrow boat and use it just for leisure purposes, but many others decide it’s a life style choice and they sell their homes to start a new life living on their narrow boatWhe....
Sun Jun 9, 2013 at 3:22pm
Looking for a new or used canal boat come and see Venetian marinaVenetian marina has a wide range of canal boats for sale at our purpose built marina in Nantwich Cheshire. The types of canal boats for sale include traditional, semi traditional, cruisers and sometimes dutch barge style boats. You are able to view our canal boats seven days a week and no appointment is necessary. With canal boats starting from £7,000 - £90,000 there is a narrow boat to suit all budgets. Some of the can....
Sat Jun 8, 2013 at 2:05pm
Fantastic moorings for canal boats with great cruising; on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.At Venetian marina we have over 150 canal boat mooring spaces at our recently refurbished marina. Each pontoon will have its own lighting, water and we are currently working on the electricity (please note that we have completed 75% of the marina’s lighting and water on the pontoons). New Wi-Fi has been installed at the marina and is set up ready for our mooring customers.Since De....
Fri Jun 7, 2013 at 1:55pm
We offer an excellent part exchange service at Venetian marina.If you already own a narrow boat you are in a position to consider part exchange. You don’t need to wait to sell your own narrow boat before making an offer on another narrow boat; you could simply use our part exchange service. This way you will not miss out on the opportunity of owning a narrow boat you have decided you would like to buy.How the part exchange service works:1. Venetian marina is based at Nantwich Cheshire and ....
Mon May 6, 2013 at 2:09pm
House boats are an alternative housing option for UK home owners.Life on the canal system is very different now and many people are opting for life on the canal, living on a houseboat rather than the traditional brick home. The canal network is now mainly used for recreation and holidays, where as originally it was used to transport raw materials and fuel.So what’s it like living on a house boat?Living on a house boat is very different to living in a house, you need to plan ahead and be or....
Sat May 4, 2013 at 2:00pm
Looking for a new Livaboard?We have a large variety of house boats for sale at our modern purpose built marina in Nantwich Cheshire. After the success of the Crick boat show last year we will be returning with our sister companies Whilton marina and Cosgrove Park this year.You will be able to find our stand in the Kingfisher marque; it’s guaranteed to be the biggest and best stand in the marque. On the stand we will have our display boards advertising all the houseboats we have at our mari....
Fri May 3, 2013 at 1:53pm
Definition of a Houseboat: A boat that people use as their home which will be moored on either a river or a canal. A house boat is a floating dwelling which can be moored or used to cruise the canals and rivers. Some house boats are not motorised as they are kept at a fixed point.Recently we have noticed that a few of our customers are calling our canal boats “houseboats”. This has mainly been from boaters who intended to live aboard their boats full time. But I think it’s fair....
Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 1:23pm
Buying and Selling canal boats from our purpose built marina in CheshireHere at Venetian marina we are able to offer our customers two services. Buying and selling a canal boat. Our experienced team is able to deal with both of these services. We have been helping people sell their narrow boats for many years now and know that at times selling your boat can be a difficult and stressful time. But due to our experience and knowledge we are able to make the process run as smoothly as possible for y....
Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:59pm
This is a quick security guide for narrow boat ownersBy having good security in place means you can protect your canal boat from criminals. Just like owning a car or house you need to ensure you are making your boat as safe and secure as possible. As with home and car security: the basic same rules apply for anyone living afloat. Securing your canal boat will give you peace of mind and make it harder for thieves to target your canal boat. Spending some time and money will be a worthwhile investm....
Tue Apr 9, 2013 at 1:17pm
Large stock of quality canal boats with mooringsLooking to buy a canal boat? Well we have a large selection of canal boats to choose from including Traditional, Semi Trads, and Cruisers. Our canal boats for sale start from as little as £9,000 up £90,000 we have a wide selection of canal boats to suit your budget.At Venetian marina as well as our canal boats for sale we also have our own workshop, dry dock, chandlery, canal cafe and gift shop (please note that these operate as separat....
Mon Apr 8, 2013 at 3:04pm
We were discussing this the other day at our marina in Cheshire and wondered which was the most popular term used to describe this type of boat. There’s no right or wrong here it’s just personal choice which term you use, we hear people use all sorts of variations.However most people would say a canal boat and narrow boat is the same thing and a barge is slightly different. Some would also say it is "incorrect" to refer to a narrow boat/canal boat as a barge on any European inland wa....
Thu Apr 4, 2013 at 12:49pm
That’s great news! Before visiting Venetian Marina do your home workBefore coming to visit us here in Cheshire you’re likely to have made that all important decision as to how much you have to spend on a narrowboat. One of the next decisions you’ll have to make is what type of boat you would like to purchase. It is worth doing your homework and research before coming to see us as it’s a good idea to decide on a few factors before you start looking around. Our Guide to Get....
Thu Apr 4, 2013 at 7:11am
New and Used Narrow boat adviceVenetian marina is proud to announce that at our open day on the 14th April 2013 we have industry experts on hand to answer your narrow boat questions.This FREE open day is taking place on the 14th April 2013 at Venetian marinas own marina. You will be able to meet the Venetian team as well as some of the team who work at their sister company Whilton marina in Northamptonshire. If you want to moor for the visit you can do it’s: £65 weekly or £10 d....
Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 11:46am
Things for families to consider who want to live on a narrowboat with small childrenHere are some things to consider if you are thinking of moving your family from a house to a narrow boat. The main concern for most people is the safety of their children. There are some basic rules you should try to life by when living aboard a narrow boat with small children: Keep doors locked Don’t leave children unsupervised Use a play pen for very young children Don’t allow children to run by a l....
Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 11:21am
Can pets live happily aboard a narrowboat?I was promoted to write this article as I was asked today whether living on a narrow boat was viable if you had a pet. The answer is yes it is possible, dogs and cats are the most popular choice of pets amongst boaters, however I have heard of people keeping chickens, rabbits and birds on their narrow boats.Having a dog aboard is a great life for your dog there is always plenty of walks to be had down the towpath on the canal system, where you will be ab....
Fri Mar 8, 2013 at 5:38pm
About cruiser style narrow boatsIn our previous articles we discussed the trad and semi narrow boats so now we are going to look at the 3rd type of stern which is The Cruiser stern. Out of all the boat types the cruiser has been designed to give the largest open space on the deck for outdoor cruising.The deck is usually 2 metres or more long and is open planned, but it is surrounded with safety rails. The engine is usually found below the deck and is accessed by lifting a section of the decking.....
Wed Mar 6, 2013 at 1:28pm
About semi traditional narrow boats also known as semi trad narrow boatsThe Semi-Traditional Narrow boat is commonly referred to as 'Semi-trad' and is a modern version of the traditional style narrow boat. It is built in a similar way to a cruiser stern, but from the side or at a distance the semi-trad actually still looks like a traditional narrow boat. The semi-traditional stern gains some social benefits of a cruiser stern, while still retaining a traditional design. The semi trad has a deck ....
Mon Mar 4, 2013 at 12:40pm
About traditional narrow boats also known as trad narrow boatsThe traditional or the trad stern narrow boat is ideal for live aboard purposes, typified by short back deck of 2 -3 feet in length, giving more room inside for living accommodation. These boats were designed from the working style narrow boats which required the most room in the boat itself, so it could maximise the space inside for the cargo it was carrying. The engine is also physically inside the boat.Because the traditional stern....
Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 5:57pm
Are you looking to buy a liveaboard narrow boat? If you are considering a life style change and ready to set off on a new venture aboard a narrow boat then we can help you buy your dream narrow boat. We have a marina in Nantwich Cheshire full of narrow boats that are suitable for livaboard purposes. There are many different styles of narrowboats and they all are suitable for living aboard, it will be your own personal preferences that will decide which boat is right for you.Narrowboats have grea....
Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 1:11pm
Living aboard a narrow boatWe have plenty of narrow boats for sale at the marina on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal and we are frequently asked by people who are new to boating, what the yearly costs to living aboard would be. This depends on a few factors including your boats size and where you are intending to moor. But to give you a general idea we have put this guide together. Living aboard is a life style choice and shouldn’t be seen as a cheap way of getting on th....
Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 1:52pm
Livaboard a narrow boatIn our last article we covered residential moorings and cruising licences as well as what type of boat you should buy for living aboard. In this article we look at buying the narrow boat and the on-going costs.Buying a Narrow boat to livaboard.We have many years’ experience match making boaters and their new narrow boats so you can trust us to help you find your ideal boat whether you want to cruise the canals a few weeks at a time or livaboard full time. The advanta....
Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:38am
Livaboard a narrow boatSo you are considering purchasing a narrow boat for the purpose of making this your main home. In this article we will detail the things you should consider and know about living on a narrow boat full time. Many people have a romantic idea of life on the canal system, cruising from city to city, mooring up in the beautiful UK country side, feeding the ducks in the morning, coming and going whenever the mood takes you and answering to no one. However the reality of life on ....
Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 6:18pm
At Venetian marina we like to offer our customers a little bit extra. We care that once you have made your purchase of your new narrow boat that you are confident and happy with everything before you leave our marina. So whether you are sailing down the Llangollen canal or off to Chester we know you have left us fully prepared for your journey. So this is why we offer an after sales care service. The hand over can be split into 2 sections, some boaters are happy to collect their paper work and k....
Fri Feb 8, 2013 at 9:30am
Trust Venetian to sell your narrow boatWe provide high-quality brokerage services, which includes free canal boat valuations for owners anywhere on the canal system and free moorings at our purpose built marina for the narrowboats. When you come to sell your narrow boat you want to get the most desirable deal, and this is where Venetian can help. You can of course sell your boat privately but, using a boat broker has many benefits.1. We offer maximum buyer visibility through our website. Sellers....
Thu Feb 7, 2013 at 9:30am
Trust Venetian marina to find your ideal narrowboat Helping people find the perfect narrow boat is our business and we have been matching narrow boats and owners successfully for over 40 years. We stock a large range of new and used narrowboats giving the perspective buyer a huge choice, and we are constantly adding new and used boats to our website.If your dream boat isn’t at our marina then let us know your requirements and we will endeavour to find your dream boat. Alternatively you can....