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Monday, April 12, 2021

Sponsored hire boat schemes are hired out by a firm but owned by an individual... find out what they offer canal boat owners

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Feature
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

William, which turns 90 this year, is a working canal boat with a fascinating history and a fun future

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Boats
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Honeysuckle is a collaboration between the owner, Brayzel Boats who built it, and Daisy Boats who’ll be hiring it out for UK canal holidays

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Boats
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Paul and Kay Sumpner’s dream was to liveaboard, so they set about building a canal boat for the future

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Feature
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Our resident expert advises a liveaboard on the merits of gas versus diesel central heating systems for canal boats

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Maintenance
Friday, January 29, 2021

Relative newcomers to the scene - Oakums Narrowboats - are making waves with precision-machining, daring colours & an eye for detail...

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Boats
Friday, January 29, 2021

Julie and Tone Ferne fulfilled their dream of travelling to Liverpool by canal boat, helped by a dose of determination & a random OAP on the towpath

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Feature
Monday, January 18, 2021

Novice canal boater Mark Strange expected to get his feet wet, but not in the engine room!

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Feature
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

With a new life afloat, Mel and Phil Wood aimed for clever propulsion, a high-spec fitout and looks to turn heads

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Feature
Thursday, November 26, 2020

The owners of Baleine, Susan Brown and Toby Whale, found that an extra 4ft has radically improved their boat

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Feature
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

MyBoat powered by GJW Direct has transformed the way of boat management, gaining over 10,000 members since its launch in 2018. It has allowed users to stop searching drawers endlessly for important papers and provided a space to keep track of all things boating

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Boats
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

MyBoat, powered by GJW Direct is the powerful, easy-to-use digital organiser for your vessels. It’s a place to store all your boat’s documentation together electronically – no searching through endless paper files or wasting valuable hours that could be used out on the water

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Boats
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Canal & River Trust and the Inland Waterways Association were both urging Ministers not to sacrifice this summer’s holiday boating

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Boats
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Trouble-shooting hints from John Reeves (including trunks...)

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Boats
Friday, March 27, 2020

Cash payments for “large purchases” such as boat licences will no longer be accepted by the Canal & River Trust from 1 April this year, as it continues to move away from cash

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News

Having led the construction and UK delivery of four hybrid tankers from the Far East, former Royal Fleet Auxiliary crewman shows how experience can be invaluable

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Boat tests
Thursday, February 27, 2020

When Shaun Wall decided to tackle a river challenge in a Springer, there was always time to plant his spriner in the mud and put the kettle on for a brew...

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Boats

The pursuit of perfection is the driving force behind Norton Canes Boatbuilders so the latest creation was bound to tick all the boxes for its new owners

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Feature
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Don’t miss the boat on a rare opportunity to turn your passion into a successful career. Graham Wharmby enjoyed pleasure boating for 15 years before moving to France and taking the plunge to build a successful Boatshed brokerage.

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Boats
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Howard and Melanie Leader’s holidays lead to a career in canal art

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Feature
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

“My boat is just eight years old but it is damp and stained, what can I do?”

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Boats
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

We’ve picked some of the best second-hand narrowboats for sale this month

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Boats
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Meet Kit Acott, a medical herbalist whose cancer diagnosis brought out incredible courage and a determination to live the good life, thanks to her floating garden

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Boats

With the current clamour for alternative power and eco-friendly approach to boatbuilding, Shine stands out as a perfect example of creative thinking

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Boats
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

“Today though, expertise is cheap. You have a problem, why go to the bother of puzzling it out for yourself? Go to Facebook. Someone there will help you out.”

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Column
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

After saving for 15 years and visiting eight boatyards, Sue and Alan Shrimpton were always going to create a winner... and the crowds at Crick agreed

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Feature
Thursday, June 27, 2019

A question about replacing batteries on canal boats

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Feature
Friday, June 21, 2019

Pip and Mick Leckenby were conned out of their money when Stillwater Narrowboats didn’t follow through with their promise

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Feature

You’ve been bitten by the bug and your budget’s in place to satisfy your burning desire to get on board your new boat but what about the dreaded waiting lists?

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Feature
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Colin Evans ditched the dream of a country cottage to gamble on a waterborne bolthole and his niece Kate Gosney was on hand to capture his celebrations

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Boats
Friday, May 17, 2019

We asked the experts about the potential pitfalls of cruising with an empty calorifier

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Feature
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

How to stop mould and mildew appearing when boats are laid up

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Feature
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Quick and tasty food without the need for a kitchen? You need to take your toasty to the next level, writes Victoria Holtam

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Cooking
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Among the crowds at Crick Boat Show will be Marc and Isobel, excited new liveaboards and possibly the keenest canal converts you’ll meet

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Boats
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

If you want to make an informed decision concerning boat refrigeration we must think about some basic science. If you already know the difference between temperature and heat - please skip the next section

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Feature
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Help! I have an old narrowboat which lets in water through the stern gland

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Feature

When Australian couple Karen and Jonathan Warren took a hire boat holiday on the Mon and Brec, little did they know that the UK would become their new home

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Feature
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Propelled an electric motor powered by a huge array of solar panels, this style-packed 70-footer shows how technology is marching on

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Boat tests
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

It may well be the call of the wild or simply the search for new sights but when you’ve got to go... and what better way than life as a liveaboard as Fiona Wright and daughter Emma discovered on board nb Pendle

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Feature

The search for a bespoke boat builder revealed a whole host of premium prices and add-ons but, undaunted, David and Stuart kept looking...

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Feature
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

When Alan and Patricia Cosnett moored for the last time and left the waterways behind, they took their wanderlust with them and hit the road in a motorhome, using their beloved boat to bag a bargain... and switching from 68ft to 20ft

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Feature
Thursday, October 4, 2018

When 14-year-old Aneesa Salim stepped on board, it was the start of family adventures on the waterways

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Feature
Friday, September 7, 2018

How do you buy a narrowboat and spend five days a week renovating it while on maternity leave, without letting on to your husband? Katy-Felicity Butler-Brown tells us how it was done...

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Feature
Friday, September 7, 2018

We ask the experts how to keep your perfect paintjob

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Boats
Friday, September 7, 2018

To help you enjoy uninterrupted cruising, here are the top five causes of breakdowns and how to avoid them

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Feature

Boating Leisure Services are back in the winners’ enclosure with an elegant craft full of future-proofed features

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Feature
Thursday, July 19, 2018

After replacing weary wiring, finding his feet with marina manoeuvres and opting for a sex change, Ian Hutson is ready to cast off for cardinal points

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Feature

Sheerline Josher powered by bombproof classic Gardner power plant combines traditional touches with modern technology

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Feature
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In response to the rising number of boaters buying moorings, British Waterways Marinas Ltd has issued some simple but important safety tips

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Boats
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This boat marks a milestone for Aintree boats. Not only that, the 52ft semi-trad showcases all their craft at a remarkable price

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Boat tests

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