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Useful Links to Companies relating to Narrowboating

Only quality websites can be listed on this directory.

Whilton 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

RoyScot Larch  

RoyScot Larch provide finance for park homes, holiday homes, narrowboats, widebeams, dutch barges and purpose built houseboats.                                        

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

Chris Williams

Ovation Boat Services 07963 974 793
Peter Tindall 

Mike Chadwick  

07798 897397
Ricky Tropman  

01246 240769, 07887 836754
Russell Smith  

07976 412658
Wharf Marine Services  
07855 587550 

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      

Narrowboat Furniture and Upholstery


For 40 years the Wilson family have been specialists in the manufacture of boat covers and furniture.

Narrowboat Canopies

AJ Canopies  

They are based in Braunston, Northants
Kniver Canopies  

They are based in Stourbridge West Midlands

They are based in Manchester.

Narrowboat Models

Bespoke Model Models  

They are specialist manufacturers of narrow boat windows.

Canal DVDs

Canal DVDS  


Narrowboat Builders

Les Wilson Narrowboats  

We are a Boat Builder based on the North Oxford Canal near Coventry

Diesel Engines

Thorneycroft Engines  
Russell Newbury  

Barrus Marine  


Windows for Narrowboats

Channel Glaze  

They are specialist manufacturers of narrow boat windows.

Useful Links on getting to and staying near Ventian Marina

Taxi Companies and National Rail

Olympic Nantwich  

01270 625 999
Westside Taxis  

01270 211 222, 01270 256 644 or 01270 258 888 

Accommodation near Venetian Marina

B&B Primrose Cottage  

Church Minshull
Premier Inn Nantwichxx  

Premier Inn Crewe  

Cheshire Cat (in Nantwich)  

Originally built in the early 17th century, the building has been restored to enhance and restore many of its original features and is today a stunning hotel, restaurant and bar in the heart of Cheshire.

Out and About near Venetian Marina, Cholmondeston, Nantwich, Cheshire

Wychwood Park   

Beeston Castle and Woodland  

Beeston, Cheshire
Bridgemere Garden Centre  

Nantwich, Cheshire
Cholmondeley Castle and Gardens  

Audlem Village  

South of Nantwich, Cheshire
Anderton Lift  

Northwich, Cheshire
Like Cake Catering at Venetian Marina Cafe 

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