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If you had a chance to build a boat, then a second and then a third, how would you change things – Val and Graham did just that

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You probably won’t have heard of Ortomarine before, but the chances are you’ll be hearing more as their first private boat shows

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In the second leg of their travels, Jane and Ian Ainsworth cross the border, where they find crystal clear waters, engineering marvels and beautiful countryside - as well as what a ‘loonie’ is

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There is also an appeal for old photographs, maps, documents and artefacts relating to the Lowgates area of Staveley

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Take a 360-degree tour of the first private boat from Ortomarine

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It wasn’t just in England that canal mania took hold – a link between New York and the Great Lakes goes back to the early 19th century. In part one, Jane and Ian Ainsworth start their cruise on the Erie, get to grips with American locks and face some hideous weather

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Towpaths are getting smoother and wider, but CB columnist and award-winning current affairs TV producer, journalist and author Steve Haywood asks whether they’re for everyone or just speeding cyclists

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March issue of Canal Boat on sale now!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Nick Wall considers the future of the Basingstoke

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The 93-mile stretch of the Trent & Mersey passes through Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. It simply takes in too many sights and features – the Cheshire Plain, Anderton Boat Lift, Harecastle Tunnel, Flyover Junction, Heartbreak Hill, Shardlow to name a few – for boaters not to need plenty of places to stop for a drink along the way. Here are some of the best…

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Whether or not widebeams are your thing, this ‘planet-saver’ is one of the most technically intriguing boats CB has tested. Adam Porter investigates (pictures by Andy R Annable)

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The London Mooring Strategy aims to tackle the shortage of space for the burgeoning floating population to tie up – but first, the Canal & River Trust needed to establish who these boaters are

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“Craft rented out for liveaboard occupancy and for no other purpose than to create profit or reward, for the sole benefit of the unregulated craft owners”

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Canal Boat has something new for you in 2017 – fabulous 360-degree videos inside the boat on test

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Requirements cover smoke and CO alarms, surfaces and means of escape

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Boat Test: Wey Away

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

If 70 is the new 60, it’s just the right age to retire and live aboard – but this boat has wisely been built with ease of use in mind

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Are you put off boating by the cold weather? Don’t be – you can bag a bargain and have a special trip at a much quieter time. Rosie Ellis enjoys a winter’s tale

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The inland waterways recovery specialists River Canal Rescue has described the figures as “unprecedented”

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Elsie Alice may look fairly standard on the outside, but step inside and there’s a vibrant interior that’s colourfully different from any other we’ve seen

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Alan Green drowned as he climbed back into the cabin of his sinking boat, which had become trapped in a lock, to rescue his mother’s handbag

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Boat Test: Rocinante by Finesse

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tyler Wilson has started its own boat-fitting operation and Rocinante is its first boat – so we found out how well shell building has evolved into fit-outs

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They’d reached Lincoln the year before, so decided to be even braver and set their sights on Boston – with plenty to see and enjoy en route

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Paramedics had been unable to get their patient from the bank of the Staff & Worcs to a waiting ambulance until the boat Eiger came to the rescue

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Boat Test: Betty

Thursday, October 13, 2016

It’s taken 23 years for this particular dream to become reality and the result is a stunning and most unusual boat

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Maintenance: solar power

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fitting a solar set up is quite often a winter, or early spring, project after a summer of thinking ‘I wish we had solar panels…’, so here’s a guide to help if you’re thinking along those lines

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Boat Test: Silver Melody

Friday, September 16, 2016

Only once has a boat taken the Crick Show title three times in a row, but when you look at what’s gone into Silver Melody, you start to see why it has been three times a winner

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