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Mon Mar 18, 2019 at 11:00am

Narrowboat: Tranquillo

Purchasers & moorers story

The feedback and story below was received from Steve Yates who purchased N/B Tranquillo from Venetian Marina in August 2018. Once Steve had the keys to his new boat he came to moor at the marina.

I decided to buy a narrowboat for a change of lifestyle. I have always loved the scenery, wildlife and the countryside. Before purchasing a narrowboat, I decided to carry out some research which included watching videos on YouTube, I just fell in love with the canals.

I decided to use Venetian Marina as they had the boat I wanted, and the staff were friendly and trustworthy. The experience of the buying process was excellent and smooth, with staff always happy to help. I am absolutely loving it and using N/B Tranquillo all the time. I was attracted to the moorings at  Venetian Marina after buying my boat here and staying for a few weeks. I soon realised what a great marina it is, I soon made friends and loved it.

The facilities at the marina are excellent, the cafe, the shop, the washing facilities are always clean and tidy. The accessibility of the canal network from the marina couldn’t be better. There is access to many trips on different canals.

 

N/B Tranquillo is my first narrowboat and I’m absolutely loving it.

Steve 

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 recently.

If the bottom of your toilet bowl has discolouration, remove about half of the water in the bottom, then pour in a tea cup of white distilled vinegar and leave over night. In the morning wow nice and clean. The good thing is there are no damaging chemicals and white vinegar is about 30p a bottle.

  Happy cruising from Venetian Marina.
Tue Mar 12, 2019 at 11:10am

Narrowboat:Itsa Kinda Magic

Moorers story

This article is the feedback we have received from Mark and Janice, the owners of N/B Itsa Kinda Magic. They moored with us here at Venetian Marina for around 30 years before leaving to go cruising. They have now returned, and are enjoying being back with us. Mark & Janice returned at the beginning of 2018. 

 

Q: WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO MOOR AT VENETIAN MARINA?

We had moored at Venetian Marina previously for around 30 years, but the way it had been allowed to be so run down was lamentable.

 

Q; WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE FACILITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE AT VENETIAN MARINA?

Since Whilton Marina have taken over it has become the ideal place to both moor & cruise, and the facilities are second to none.

 

Q: ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE CANAL NETWORK FROM THE MARINA?

Absolutely, being afforded the luxury of having 5 cruising routes. 

 

Q: IS THIS YOUR FIRST BOAT OR HAVE YOU HAD OTHERS?

This is our 5th boat.

 

Q: ARE YOU LOOKING TO UPGRADE OR DOWNSIZE YOUR BOAT IN THE FUTURE?

No.

 

ANY OTHER COMMENTS

It is also a refreshing change to be dealt with by such a friendly & courteous staff at all times.It would be so helpful if there was a webcam. (so we could check on the weather before leaving sunny Rhyl) !!

Tue Mar 12, 2019 at 11:08am

Narrowboat: Sarah

Purchasers story

This is the feedback received from David Lennox, the purchaser of N/B Sarah. He purchased his boat from us in Jan 2019 and stayed with us at the marina for a further four weeks while he adjusted to his new life living the dream aboard his new home.     


Q: WHAT WERE YOUR REASONS BEHIND THE DECISION TO BUY A NARROWBOAT?

Desire for a better daily life & escape from high crime area  -stress & pollution. Having a sense of freedom to move as a continuous cruiser & enjoy peaceful surroundings. 


Q: WHAT RESEARCH DID YOU CARRY OUT BEFORE MAKING YOUR PURCHASE?

About five months of viewing narrowboats online - different marinas and brokers. I looked at YouTube videos & a lot of online forums.


Q: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO USE VENETIAN MARINA? 

Close to my then home of Liverpool. Venetian Marina website was making comparing various boats easy. The floor plan was very useful, not all brokers do the floor plan & i think also Venetian Marina has a good reputation online.


Q: WHOLE BOAT BUYING EXPERIENCE AT VENETIAN MARINA?

Very straightforward. Bought the boat from the marina (not private sale) which gave me a sense of security. Surprisingly quick to complete the sales process too.


Q: ARE YOU ENJOYING YOUR NARROWBOAT AND HOW ARE YOU NOW USING IT? 

Yes, i'm enjoying & getting ready for continuous cruising.  


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Thanks to all staff at Venetian Marina, everyone has been kind & helpful, and very knowledgeable.The marina is very dog friendly, which was a worry as i have a dog. Just a suggestion, perhaps including some information about how dog friendly the marina is on your website would be a good idea.Finally thank you for fixing the Eberspacher & battery problems.   

 

 

Tue Mar 12, 2019 at 10:02am

 Narrowboat: ITEOTWAWKI

Moorers story

The story below was received from BJ & Sue Sandoe who are residential moorers who have moored with us at Venetian Marina for several years. 

After both leaving the Royal Navy, then living in Spain, we returned to England in 2015. We bought our first narrowboat 'Sycnamore Too' to live aboard whilst we cruised around the network.

Sue started working at the Venetian Chandlery & Hireboats in October 2016 but we were moored at a different marina and weren't very comfortable or happy there. Having seen the facilities at Venetian Marina we decided that we wanted to come here instead. Our dog, Pepper, had just had a toe amputated and the non-slip steel and fibreglass pontoons would enable her to get about without being carried.

We were attracted to Venetian Marina by the peaceful & quiet location, and the secure and mud free car park is perfect for getting to and from the boat. The grounds are well maintained and the pontoons are kept clear, despite the best efforts of the geese.Each pontoon has an electric hook-up and a water supply which is heated during the winter months.

We are blessed by the many route choices that this marina has to offer, the toilets, showers and cleaning facilities are great.

Once we had arrived we moved around the marina until we found the perfect spot, we also had out boat painted twice and we re-named her 'ITEOTWAWKI' (causing many reprints of the office mooring plan).

We are now settled and we liked it so much we bought the chandlery!!!!

BJ & Sue Sandoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri Mar 1, 2019 at 12:42pm

Getting your boat ready for a great 2019 cruising season

Wow 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.

The changes 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 open through winter, connecting any pipes  and switching the water pump on. Test the system to ensure there are no leaks or issues, and open and run water through each tap.

It's a good idea,

to start with those closest to the pump and work through to the one furthest away. this will  push any air through the system. Drain out any water in the tank and refill with fresh drinking water.  

Remember to service, test and check the operation of: The engine, LPG and electrical systems, fire extinguishers and escape hatches. Servicing your engine and gear box, plus checking the operation of the stern tube greaser prior to cruising will generally safeguard against the most common issues, and also pick up any potential problems that need addressing.

Water in the fuel is one of the biggest causes of breakdowns and poor engine performance, so before running the engine, check water trap filters and remove any excess water. If water is present or there are signs of diesel bug, black dust or jelly-dip the tank to identify its severity and then treat with a fuel treatment or have the fuel polished accordingly. If you do not have a water trap filter, you’ll need to check the main fuel tank. The easiest way to do this is to use a clear plastic hose.

Drop it into the tank (being careful not to disturb the fuel) and when you feel the bottom, place your thumb over the end to seal it and withdraw the hose. This should provide you with a sample of the tank (plus an indication of any diesel bug contamination) and show the amount of water present. Prior to cruising, check the bolts on couplings, engine mounts and prop shaft are tight and clean off any corrosion on battery terminals. Check fan belt for tightness and wear, and gearbox oil levels.  

Run your engines up to ‘working' temperature or for about half an hour. Check every inch of the cooling system for leaks or escaping steam and if something is found, check jubilee clips are tight.

Finally put engine into gear and check control lever operation. These should move freely with no tightness or ‘grabbing’, grease the ends and check for fraying and replace if required. 

By carrying out these minor checks will help for a trouble free season. 

Happy cruising in 2019 from Venetian Marina.

 

Fri Mar 1, 2019 at 11:29am

Friday Fact

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 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:

Greasing the stern gland.

It is good practice to wind down the greaser (which lubricates the stern gland) in the evenings when you have been out cruising. The reason for this is, the grease in the winder will be much softer as it has been warmed by the engine, and will go into the stern tube packing and form a better water seal, rather than greasing the stern in the morning when the grease is cold and stiff.

Happy safe cruising from Venetian Marina.

 

Thu Feb 21, 2019 at 9:40am

Friday Fact 3

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 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 week, we look at 12v power on Narrow boats.

It is a misconception that,  the more batteries you have fitted on your boat the more power supply you have. While this may hold an element of truth, the issue is charging them up!

Lets say you have 3 x 120 Amp Hour Capacity batteries. This amounts to 360 amp hours. So, if the battery is discharged (flat) and you only have a 45 Amp Hour charger (alternator) (360 divided by 45), it will take at lest 8 hours to charge them back up.

Top tip: Calculate the requirement to match your power usage with the amount of batteries you require, then fit an appropriate charging system, such as solar panels, static battery charger for marina usage and the alternator(s) on the engine.

Wed Feb 13, 2019 at 9:00am

Friday Facts

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 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 week, is a common issue at this time of year. The waterways capture an abundance of leaves. This is due to the Autumn leaves being blown into the canal. When a narrowboat cruises through these areas of highly concentrated foliage, the vortex in the water from the prop causes them to collect around the prop and reduce its efficiency. It feels like the boat is loosing power (which is caused by this drag).

The remedy is to recognise this phenomena. Initially, put the throttle into neutral for a few seconds, then select reverse for a moment (the reverse motion of the prop will throw off the leaf doughnut which has gathered around the prop. I have experienced this myself on numerous occasions.

Please feel free to send in your top boating tips.

Happy cruising from all at Venetian Marina. 

 

 

Fri Feb 8, 2019 at 2:20pm

Friday Facts

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 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 week, we have just received back from the repair shop and Eberspacher diesel heater unit. This unit repeatedly failed to start. The fault found was due to the unit being totally blocked up with sediment and  detritus.

So, the top tip is : A regular maintenance regime of flushing through the central heater radiators will prevent this build up.

Please feel free to comment, and please feel free to send us your 'factoids' to share.

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