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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....
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 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 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....
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....
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....
Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 11:35am
Venetian Marina Nantwich to LlangollenThe Llangollen Canal is known as one of the most beautiful and picturesque canals on the network and it's only a 30 minute cruise from Venetian Marina to the Hurleston Junction and the start of the Llangollen Canal. This canal boasts superb views of the countryside as well as the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which carries the canal over the River Dee. Standing over 125 feet high the World Heritage site draws crowds from all ove....
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....
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....
Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 9:30am
Llangollen CanalToday our blog is all about the Llangollen canal as its so close to our marina.If you are planning to travel this journey from our marina it would take roughly 7 days to get you there and back comfortably, passing through places like Ellesmere, Wrenbury and Grindley. Wrenbury is very rural with a small post office/shop and two popular canal side pubs. Grindley Brook is the next main stop again with a canal side café/shop and a good pub close by. You can also get water here....
Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 10:30am
Venetian Marina is located within the Cheshire Ring and Four Counties ring. You have easy access to a range of destinations from short cruises to Nantwich, Chester & Audlem through to longer journeys such as Llangollen, Market Drayton and Birmingham. Venetian to Middlewich (via Church Minshull) Venetian Marina Nantwich LTD is situated on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. The Middlewich branch starts at the Barbridge junction which is just outside the picturesque market tow....
Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 10:08am
Beautiful narrow boat cruises: Llangollen CanalThe Llangollen Canal is one of the most popular narrow boat cruises on the inland waterway network. A must-see journey for narrow boat enthusiasts, the route is 44 miles long and has 21 locks; so it’s perfect for a six or seven day cruise round trip starting from Venetian Marina. If you’re new to narrow boating, this journey can be a little daunting but as you build confidence, it’s an amazing experience. So we thought it might be ....