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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....
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....
Thu Jan 17, 2019 at 12:10pm
Narrowboat bow thrustersA fully laden narrow boat is not the easiest of craft to manoeuvre, especially if it is windy or,your vessel is a widebeam. A bow thruster is a device built into the hull at the bow and is used for making it more manoeuvrable. It is a parking device for mooring the boat and, is not designed to be used constantly for steering the vessel. A Bow Thruster is an additional aid to manoeuvring a boat.  It provides a boost to make the bow/front go port/le....
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....
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 ....
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....
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....
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....
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 ....
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....
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....
Sun Apr 2, 2017 at 9:26am
Prepare Your Narrowboat Ready For The Boating Season AheadSpring is most definitely here now, and if you own a narrowboat you'll be thinking about starting to make preparations for your summer cruising.A good place to start is to get your narrow boat ready, so that it's in tip top condition and all stocked up ready for the season ahead.Engine ServiceIf you haven't already, service the engine. Replace the oil filters, change the oil and check all connections and hoses for wear and replace if nece....
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 ....
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....
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 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....
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....
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....
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....
Wed Oct 5, 2016 at 3:36pm
Purchasing a narrowboat is a large investment and depending on your circumstances and budgetfinancing this purchase can be under taken in a variety of different ways. In thisarticle we are going to look at a few ways you can finance a narrow boatpurchase. Cash saleIf you are in thevery fortunate position of having the money in the bank then you will be ableto negotiate with the seller by doing a cash deal. This cash deal will beundertaken with either a private seller or a brokerage company, by h....
Thu Sep 1, 2016 at 10:55am
Buying a narrow boat for most of us is not something thatcan be achieved overnight, as there are a few aspects that need to be consideredand arranged before a purchase can be made. For some of us buying a narrow boat is something thatmay be for now just a dream, something to look forward to in the future, butthere’s no harm in looking at the best ways to achieve a narrow boat purchase.Our top tips if you want to buy a narrow boat: BeRealisticIf you haven’t got the funds in your ....
Mon Aug 1, 2016 at 10:33am
We have set ourselves a challenge to debunk some of the narrowboat myths we've heard about. So here we go....Myth #1 - It's alwayscold and damp FACT - No one wants to livein a cold and damp environment and living on a modernised narrow boat doesn'tmean this will be the case. Today's narrow boats are just as comfortable asland homes. There are basically three heating options available whichcan be used together or separately. A diesel fired central heatingsystem such as Eberspacher, Weba....
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....
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....
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 ....
Sun Jan 3, 2016 at 2:10pm
Happy New Year from the team at Venetian Marina.I am regularly asked especially by customers who are new to narrow boating and looking to purchase their first boat "why LED Lighting is becoming popular"?So I thought this would be a good topic for my first BLOG of 2016.A light-emitting diode (LED) is a two-lead semiconductor light source. It is a p–n junction diode, which emits light when activated. When a suitable voltage is applied to the leads, electrons are able to recombine with e....
Tue Nov 24, 2015 at 3:43pm
If you own anarrow boat or you are going to hire one for a holiday, then you may be planning on cruising the canal system. It’s wise to know about the restrictions you may comeacross on the system to ensure you get the most out of your journey. Depending on your boats size this will determine whereyou will be able to travel, as some locks, canals, bridges and tunnels willhave an impact on whether you can pass by.Also at certain times and and parts of the canal system there may be restricti....
Mon Jul 6, 2015 at 2:15pm
Being organised and planning ahead will go a long way tohelp you experience the perfect canal cruise. Whether you are contemplatingcruising on your own or with a crew you will want the journey to be as stressfree and untroubled as possible. Followour helpful tips before you set off:GetYour Vessel ReadyBefore you even leave your mooring give your narrow boat the onceover, checking the engine, batteries values & fittings and other workingparts to make sure everything is as it should be.As....
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 ....
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....
Tue Jan 27, 2015 at 1:52pm
The Truth About Boating...This is asimple and helpful guide to the pros and cons of living on a narrowboat. Depending on your individual situation i.e. if you use residential moorings orcontinuously cruising the pros and cons will vary. Also depending on your boatsize and facilities you have will also affect your standard of living. So withthat in mind this is just a list of the problems and the positives that you might experience if you live on anarrowboat.If you are thinkingabout living o....
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’....
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....