By Nick Wall
For once there were three glorious days of sunshine at Crick, allowing more than 26,000 people to enjoy pretty much everything to do with inland waterways boating.
And with such great weather there was a bustling, carnival atmosphere and plenty for visitors to see and do. As well as a good display of new boats both on the water and on land to look over, the crowds enjoyed a packed weekend of boats, gear and entertainment.
London Narrowboat Project organised regular free boat trips, taking aboard some 1,147 passengers (and 36 dogs!). On the water a there was wide range of craft and a number of boat-builders and other exhibitors reported good levels of serious enquiries on all three days.
Favourite Boat in Show, voted for by showgoers, was Navigation Narrowboat Co's Emily, with Midnight Trace, by Heyford Fields Boatbuilders coming second and Li'l Possum, a widebeam by Burscough Boat Trading, coming third. There was a wide range of boating gear on offer, too, with everything from new windows through to mops, cloths and dusters.
- 1 Second-hand canal boats for sale
- 2 10 pubs on the River Wey Navigation
- 3 Boat test: Mothership Marine’s solar-powered semi-trad
- 4 Canal heritage spotter: turf-sided locks
- 5 Ask the experts: My narrowboat is damp and stained
- 6 Linking Lichfield: the Lichfield Canal restoration
- 7 ‘Let boaters sleep aboard’ says CRT chief
- 8 Cruise Guide | Grand Union Canal, Part 1 | Birmingham to Napton
- 9 CRT licence fees up but widebeams pay more
- 10 Grantham Canal Lock 15 opening looks to the future
There's a full review of boats at the show in the August issue of Canal Boat magazine, on sale from July 3 and available to purchase online at buyamag.co.uk/canalboat.