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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 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....
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....
Fri Dec 1, 2017 at 9:35am
Keeping your clothes and linen clean whilst living aboard isa necessity, unless of course you want to be the next Stig of the dump! So howdo live aboards cope? There are a few options available, which one you choose isdown to you; 1. Using the local laundrette.Many boaters decide they are happy to take loads of washing to the locallaundrette. The beauty of using a laundrette especially in the winter is thatyou won’t have to turn your boat into a Chinese laundrette over night whil....
Tue Oct 3, 2017 at 9:32am
Life Aboard Made Easy!If you are in the process of moving onto your narrow boat full time, or considering a full time life on the waterways, we can show you ways to make your move aboard as simple and comfortable as possible.Adapting your boat to meet your basics needs will make life on the water as stress free and simple as it can be. There is definitely more work and thought needed when living on the waterways, but if you are prepared to give it ago and learn by your mistakes (and we've all ma....
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....
Sat Aug 12, 2017 at 11:35am
Here are 7 reasons to quit your job and live on your narrow boat  This articleis for anyone contemplating a life on the UK waterways, away from their officejob, boring day to day routine, wanting to jump out of the rat race and go where you can do whatyou love best - cruise every day! Apart frommaybe living near the ocean, nothing quite compares to a life on the UK waterways. 7. It beatsworking every day for a living: So there maybe some sacrifices and you may needto take on a les....
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....
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....
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 ....
Thu Mar 16, 2017 at 2:31pm
A simple guide to making the move People move from land homes to live on a narrowboat at different times in their lives and for many different reasons. For some it's something they have always dreamed of, for some it's when retirement comes and for others its a way of getting on the property ladder and then there are those who's circumstances changed and living aboard becomes a viable option if they are unable to buy a bricks and mortar home. What ever the reason for wanting to live on a bo....
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 17, 2017 at 9:45am
12 reasons for owning a narrow boat.At the beginning ofevery new year many of us decide to make some changes in our life's. The startof a new year brings the opportunity to push the reset button and achieve newgoals whether it's weight lose, getting a new job, planning a lifetime holiday,starting a family, making an investment or moving house. If you areconsidering buying a narrow boat and need a little more reassurance that youare doing the right thing, then read our 12 reasons why living ....
Tue Dec 6, 2016 at 11:09am
A Few Basic Tips To Follow ToStay Safe When You Are On The Canal NetworkKeeping safeon your narrow boat and on the canal network is very easy, basically just useyour common sense and be aware of what’s going on around you.But justlike in day to day life we all pick up bad habits and cut corners, so there’s noharm in looking at the best practices for boating to remind us all of how weshould conduct ourselves, so we stay safe and still have a good time on thenetwork.Crew SafetyFirst of....
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....
Sat Jul 16, 2016 at 1:29pm
Have youever wondered just what the attraction of living on a narrowboat holds and whatsort of people choose such a lifestyle?Well we arelucky enough to meet and help boaters every single day and therefore know alittle bit about why life on the water holds such an attraction and what sortof people are drawn to canal life.Facts About BoatersThey enjoy seeing ducklings swimming past theirwindows each day.If theydon’t like the neighbours, they just go and get new ones.Their gardenis arou....
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 ....
Thu Jun 9, 2016 at 9:41am
Whichcomes first; the moorings or the narrowboat?Our advice is to get the moorings sorted before youpurchase a narrowboat! It is not uncommon for marinas to have a waiting list for moorings,so make it a priority to find somewhere to keep your boat before you buy.Knowing how much your moorings are going to be beforeyou buy is also a wise decision. It’s a sensible idea to work out all the costingsrelated to buying and owning a narrow boat before you make this commitment.As far as we are awar....
Sun Apr 3, 2016 at 10:15am
14.00 Cheshire is the perfect option for those who are looking fora luxurious destination to set up a home away from home!So you fancy living in Cheshire's Golden Triangle and having a slice of the WAGs life but youdon't like the look of those expensive price tags in the estate agents windows. Well we have a solution.....swap the Cheshire Triangle for the Cheshire Ring!Last year the mirror reported that several footballers werestruggling to sell their properties and were even having to slash ....
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....
Tue Feb 16, 2016 at 9:11am
Freshly feather your nest and add long-lasting personalityand style. If you haverecently bought a narrowboat or already own one you may be thinking aboutgiving your vessel a makeover. If that’s the case, then have a look at theideas we have collated for you to consider when refreshing the interior of your boat.Despite thefact the interior area you have is small; it doesn’t mean that it can’t lookspectacular and have the wow factor. It goes without saying that there is alimited ....
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....
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....
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....
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 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 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 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....