Useful Links Relating to Narrowboating

Useful Links to Companies relating to Narrowboating

Only quality websites can be listed on this directory.

Venetian Marina's Sister Companies

Whilton Marina

Whilton Marina is in Northamptonshire and lies on the Grand Union Canal.  They have been buying, selling and caring for Narrowboats since 1971.   Here at Venetian Marina we work very closely with our colleagues at Whilton.
Cosgrove Park

Cosgrove Park  is one of England's finest leisure parks.  Located on the picturesque South Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire border and set in 180 acres of beautiful parkland featuring twelve lakes, two rivers and the Grand Union is on our door step.  We have miles of local trails for walking and cycling, or simply observe our extensive range of wildlife.  We offer a range of recreational and leisure facilities including our heated outdoor swimming pool.

Useful Waterways Information

Inland Waterways Association

Inland Waterways Association is a charity that campaigns for use, maintenance and restoration of all Britain's Inland Waterways
Canal Junction

Canal Junction is a like a website directory for boating.  You can find maps, cruising guides, links to canal hire companies and waterways services on this website.
Canal and River Trust

Canal and River Trust is a charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of the Inland Waterways network in England and Wales.
Environment Agency

Environment Agency is a UK government agency concerned mainly with rivers, flooding and pollution.  Some navigable rivers are looked after them.
Jim Shed  

Jim Shed is an encyclopedia of the canals and rivers of England and Wales including historical data provided by Jim Shed, Waterways Writer and Photographer

Narrowboat Magazines

Waterways World Magazine
Waterways World Magazine is the biggest-selling and longest established inland wateterways magazine.  Every month, they explore the waterways system, test the latest boats and equipment, and look into the history and heritage of our canals.

Towpathtalk is a FREE feature-packed monthly newspaper covering life and leisure around the UK's extensive canal network.  From fascinating insights into life on the canal, to great places to explore whilst on a holiday.  You can pick up your FREE copy at most local marinas.
Canal Boat Magazine

Canal Boat Magazine is the magazine championing waterways and boating, providing boat tests, advice, cruising ideas and canal updates.  It is essential for anyone with an interest in narrowboats.
The Tillergraph

The Tillergraph is a free glossy magazine about narrowboating,    

Narrowboat Finance

Pegasus Finance provide finance for narrow boats, caravans, and holiday homes

Telephone: 0800 066 2882

Narrowboat Insurance

Collidge & Partners  
Collidge & Partners insurance underwriting agents for narrowboats for both residential and pleasure use. They pride themselves on offering value for money and excellent customer service.
Towergate Insurance

Towergate Insurance narrowboat insurance which covers you on inland waterways and interconnecting tidal waters and has been carefully designed to include a choice of covers to complement the needs of narrowboats, liveaboard narrowboats and canal cruisers.
Haven Knox-Johnson

Haven Knox-Johnson narrowboat insurance for all types of boat including narrowboats. Haven Knox  Johnston pride themselves on offering competetive pricing.
Compare Insurance

Compare Insurance is one of the UK's leading specialists in boat insurance, offering a wide range of boat insurance comparisons we can find the right quote for you.

Daulby Read Insurance Brokers
Saga Narrowboat Insurance

For the over 50s provides comprehensive cover for both you and your narrowboat. Our high levels of cover are designed to give you peace of mind, leaving you free to cruise the canals and non-tidal rivers of the UK.
Newton Crum Narrowboat Insurance Agents

 Narrowboat Hire

Venetian Hire Boats
Black Prince

Black Prince canal boat hire company. Choose to take your canal boat holiday from a choice of nine holiday hire bases, from the Peak District to the Midlands, Cheshire, Cambridge, Oxford, Wiltshire, Scotland, Wales and London, each with their own unique routes to help you discover more on your UK narrowboat holiday.
Action Bridge
Stoke on Trent
Cheshire Cat Narrowboat Holidays  

Overwater Marina, near Nantwich in Cheshire

Narrowboat Handling Courses

Dragonfly Narrowboat Training  

Dragonfly Narrowboat Training, RYA helmsman certificate, Nantwich, Cheshire                                                             
Cheshire Cat Training  

Cheshire Cat Training, RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Courses                                    
Canal Junction  

Canal Junction - see this link for a list of other courses in your area.

 Mail Forwarding Company

Royal Mail  

Redirecting UK Mail

Waterways Services

Boat Safety Examiners/Surveyors


Peter Tindall
Chris Makin  
07887 935377
Ricky Tropman  

01246 240769, 07887 836754
Russell Smith  

07976 412658
Steve Hand   
0790 8885034

Boat Painters and Sign Writers

Andy Russell  

The traditional signwriting of Narrowboats enables Andy to create flamboyant, brightly coloured lettering combining blended shadows and drop shadow techniques, with Narrowboats being one of the few remaining subjects to which hand lettering lends itself successfully.

Marine Breakdown Cover

River Canal Rescue

They operate a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our trained staff are equipped with the most up-to-date mapping technology and tools to provide a fast and efficient Breakdown and Recovery Service

Narrowboat Craning and Transportation

A B Tuckey

They are specialist transportation of canal and narrow boats, with generations of experience in crane operations and heavy goods vehicles.

Narrowboat Cleaning


Cleaning and Valeting Service - 01782 323159 or 07982 100794 

Equipment and Supplies

Narrowboat Chandlers

Venetian Marina Chandlery
Midland Chandlers  

They are based in Preston Brook, Warrington, Cheshire.

Middlewich, Cheshire