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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 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 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 Jan 28, 2018 at 3:15pm
A short guide to anchors on NarrowboatsNever go on a river or commercial waterway without a sufficiently heavy anchor attached and ready for immediate use. A strong anchor chain or rope (or combination) should be attached. The length of the anchor and chain should be at least five times as long as the deepest part of the river.  Make sure the cable is secured firmly to a strong anchorage point. If the engine fails, you will need to anchor your boat to prevent it from possibly being swept aw....
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....
Thu Jun 15, 2017 at 11:34am
Entertaining In A Small SpaceYou may be limited for space on a narrowboat, but that won't limit what you are able to create in your kitchen. You can still be the hostess with the mostest! Whether it's serving meals for one, or feeding a crew of people, cooking aboard doesn't have to be a problem. The good news is that today's boats are well equipped to deal with modern day to day life. With long leisurely days and very little else to do you will have plenty of time on your hands to pla....
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 ....
Tue Jan 3, 2017 at 4:11pm
How To Have A SuccessfulTrip – It’s All In The Planning!We have collated a list of the essential items that youshould have on your narrow boat when you go cruising. So whether you aregetting ready to cruise during the winter or summer months having all the itemsbelow will make your journey all the more enjoyable. Just like any other journey/trip you take if you haveprepared and plan in advance, things tend to go a lot smoother than the lastminute dash to get everything together and g....
Tue Dec 6, 2016 at 9:54am
First Things FirstWe get asked this question over and over again “Is it cold living on a narrow boat in the winter?” and the simple answer is no. In this article we will explain how being prepared for the bad weather and by following our good housekeeping advice during the colder month’s you can actually livaboard very comfortably even when there is ice, snow and arctic winds to deal with.Being prepared for the colder weather will make coping with the harsh weather conditions e....
Fri Mar 25, 2016 at 11:24am
How to look after the water on your boatWhen you own a narrow boat you need to maintain your water supply. This requires you to replenish your system regularly. Unlike in a bricksand motor home the water on a narrow boat has to be thought about; you can't simply turn on the tap andthere is a continuous supply of clean fresh water. On a boatit’s up to you to make sure there’s enough water on board for everyone to use and it alsomeans that you need to keep it clean and sterile.How To S....
Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 10:30am
With thewinter in full swing, knowing how to deal with adverse weatherconditions will make for a pleasant and trouble free winter.Steering anarrowboat on a dry and wind free day in the summer is an easy task once youget used to the boat’s length and how to operate the tiller, but steering thesame boat in wind, rain, snow and ice is a different ball game altogether.It is bestto be prepared for the change in weather as you can expect every winter to be cold enough to freeze water andfreezing....
Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 1:17pm
Whether you are intending to buy a narrow boat/have a narrow boat or you are going to take a boating holiday there are two things you are going to need to know about; where you can moor and how to safely tie up your boat. Of course there are other things you need to learn about, but in this article we are just going to concentrate on these two points.Where Can I Moor My Narrow Boat?If you are on a boating holiday or own a boat then these rules will apply to you;1. Mooring on the towpath is free ....
Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 11:52am
Ballast is a weight that is used to ‘trim’ the narrow boat. Need that explaining a bit more? Read on….If you have recently bought a narrow boat and you fit it out with your belongings this may change the way the boat sits in the water depending on where you put your furniture and household goods. So for example if you have more furniture (weight) on one side of the boat it will make the heavier side sit lower in the water. The same goes if either end of the boat is heavier tha....
Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 1:02pm
So what do you need to know?If you are going to be cruising the UK canal system you will need to know about tunnels as there are plenty to navigate through.Some tunnels are for one way traffic only and others are wide enough to let two boats past each other. At the entrance of the tunnel will be a set of instructions, entry times or a set of traffic lights. Follow the instructions for each tunnel.If you find yourself in the situation where you meet another boat in the tunnel (this should rarely ....
Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 10:12am
If you intend to cruise the UK canal network then at some point you will come across a canal lock and you are going to need to know how to go through it to continue your journey! Many boaters find going through the locks the most exciting part of narrow boating trip and enjoy the experience, even planning their journeys to encounter as many locks as possible. Once you know how to operate the locks you too will be able to enjoy this part of cruising. Interesting Fact The longest lock flight in th....
Wed Dec 4, 2013 at 9:43am
Before purchasing a canal boat also referred to as a narrow boat or barge it’s advisable to know how to cruise the boat. In this blog we will explain the basics you will need to know.            Steering the narrow boat is fairly straight forward, there are just two levers one is for the speed and the other allows you to go backwards and forwards these can be found on the control panel. The other control is called the tiller which is found at the back of ....
Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 2:19pm
Try before you buyA lot of people like the idea of living on or owning a canal boat, but until you have experienced it you will not really know if it’s for you. So why not hire a canal boat or book a short break before making a purchase this way you can get a feel of what it’s going to be like. You will also be able to find out more about life on the canal during this time. You can find a lot of valuable information on our website and in other blog articles we have written. For furth....
Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 2:27pm
A Stern Gear is the general term for the propeller, the propeller shaft and any supporting brackets or bearings.So How Can I Check my Stern Gear?You can only check your stern gear arrangement when your canal boat is out of the water, because the propeller is at the stern of the boat, hence the term stern gear.So when you take your Narrowboat out of the water for a blacking or a survey it is then when you can take a good look at the stern gear.  First of all you will need to s....
Tue Dec 4, 2012 at 2:02pm
Should I worry about running aground?Running aground is not something to worry about as most narrowboats will run aground at some stage.  It is worth knowing what to do in the event that your canal boat runs aground.  Running aground happens when a narrow boat gets stuck on the bottom of the canal or river bed.So when am I likely to run aground?The most likely time that you may run aground is when you are going past another boat on the canal or river and it makes you veer off to o....
Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 10:47am
Tunnels were originally built to negotiage large hills.  They can vary in size from a few hundered yards to several thousand.  One of the largest navigable tunnels, Blisworth is near out sister marina, Whilton Marina.There are tunnels where only one canal boat can pass through but their are also tunnels where two narrowboats can go side by side one another.Safety Precautions when going through a tunnel You must have a light fitted to your narrow boat and have this on at all times ....
Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 9:44am
Winterising your Canal Boat We're coming to the time of year where boaters need to start thinking about winterising your Canal Boat!  For most of us summer months of cruising are well and truely over over.  With winters getting colder and sub zero temperatures becoming more common each year in Britain it is vital to winterise your Narrowboat to avoid a costly repair bills.  Winterising of your Narrowboat should happen before we get a cold snap or frost but sometimes if y....
Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 12:08pm
During the Autumn and Winter months the Canal and River Trust occasionally close canals, rivers and towpaths for maintenance work.  The Canal and River Trust list all stoppages on British Waterways and Environment Agency navigations as soon as they are notified.  Although sometimes there can be emergency work which causes sudden closures.As well as planned closures the Canal and River Trust also display temporary stoppages on the canal, river or towpath.You can register with waterscape....
Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 11:55am
Whilst crusing your canal boat there will come a time that you will need to moor up to have a rest, to go back to your home moorings or to sleep overnight.  It is important to make sure that you have the right equipment, know where you can moor and also how to move your boat to the side of the canal/river to safely 'park' your boat.Mooring is a term which has been used since the 15th Century and is a place where a craft (such as a narrowboat or widbeam) can be made fast or held in place.&nb....
Fri Sep 7, 2012 at 11:26am
After having some staff training on going through a canal lock got me thinking about how a canal lock works.  They can be difficult to get the hang of and they are certainly require a lot of physical effort too!What is a canal lock?A canal lock is a device for raising and lowering narrow boats, canal boats, widebeams (many different boats) between stretches of water of different levels of the river or canal. A lock on a canal or river is also specifically called a pound lock. A 'pound lock'....
Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 5:14pm
What do you need to steer a Narrowboat?No license is required to steer a narrowboat in the UK.  However, at Venetian Marina we find that customers that are new to boating sometimes struggle to get the hang of it.  This is perhaps not a surprise as it is very different from driving a car as narrow boats are very heavy and slow to react!The most important thing to remember is don't panic!  A narrowboat's top speed is about 4mph and if you slightly bump in to something....