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At a time when some businesses are struggling, our biggest problem at Boatshed Grand Union is that we seem to be selling too many boats – we have several under offer at the moment and are ready to take on more boats for brokerage. To meet the demand of our large and expanding database of 240,000 registered customers we need more canal and narrowboats to sell. Sell My Boat
We have been twice to St Katherines Marina in January and its such a fantastic place to winter for cruisers.
We have great pleasure in presenting the Flying Fox 35 - a very unique yacht and a piece of yachting history. She was designed by the famous yacht designer Uffa Fox, from the Isle of Wight who is known as the 'father of planing sailboat hulls'.
From Monday 16th January to Friday 27th January 2012 the Shotley Marina Lock gates will be closed for their annual maintenance programme of servicing, cleaning and painting.
At the recent European Boatshed.com Conference held in Excel, London the excellence awards for the group were announced.
British Waterways are about to close the Tring Summit from Lock 39 Startops to 49 Northchurch. This area is not river fed and is suffering from the worst water shortage in many years.
On Valentine’s day last year my husband and I were in a pub talking about getting a bigger boat. I said that my perfect boat would be a 70 foot narrowboat, green, with side hatches and a ‘boatman’s cabin’. I’ve always fancied having the living room at the front of the boat with glass doors to the front deck so that you can look out at the glistening water up ahead.
After achieving her place in exploration history by being the first ever craft to be rowed to the Magnetic North Pole, the Christchurch 'Ice Boat' lived up to all expectations last Summer and more.
At the recent European Boatshed.com Conference held in London the excellence awards for the Boatshed group were announced.
As the only British crew member on-board, Brian Thompson, today clocked up two major records as the maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire V, crossed the Jules Verne Trophy finish line near Brest, France this evening.
Whether you’re looking to do some serious cruising, day sailing or use your motor boat as a live-a-board weekend retreat, the Sealine F43 ticks all the boxes, and then some.
So you crossed the Atlantic nearly 18 months ago and soon the tax vultures will start circling for their pound of your hard earned flesh. The time is fast approaching when you will have to pay VAT and if in Spain, Matriculation Tax.
During the Industrial Revolution as the Irish navigators or “navvies” continued to build the waterways network, steerers were needed for the boats and lock keepers were required for a variety of maintenance tasks.
Looking for a live-aboard in London? Check out this super-duper 20m Dutch Barge with a superb West London mooring.
Why not take a canal boat down the Thames and get a fantastic view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks on the London Eye? Sadly, bravely cruising into the night without a place to moor is not as safe as it sounds. Moorings are usually passenger piers or pontoons dedicated to authorised cruises, and I’m of the belief that taking a small boat on the Thames is something that requires a little planning and plenty of daylight!
Now the yachties amongst us might be used to mud berths and water dissapearing down the beach and rolling back again with predictable if somewhat inconvenient regularity but we canal boaters find this kind of behaviour rather unusual and low tides tend to last a long time around here! In keeping with a programme of annual maintenance many sections of canal are drained in winter to allow for pilling works to be done, masonry to be repaired, locks to be overhauled and lengths to be visually inspected. Fortunately these works are planned well in advance and boaters usually have plenty of warning to move from their moorings to another pound for the duration of the works. Of course all this is reassuring for the upkeep of the canals, a subject that is closely monitored by the cruising associations.
Southsea Marina to see the arrival of a new pump out and waste disposal facility
Check out these quality boats in the next BoatBid.com boat auction.
The Auction ends in less than 22 days from today.
About once a month I take our boat to a marina to top up on diesel and empty the toilet. For her own safety my toddler daughter is sat on the hatch cover and secured to the roof with a safety harness while we cruise.
As we pass under a bridge we see the first of the moored boats that line the waterway up to Cowroast lock and I steer towards the bank. Two gentlemen in matching black jackets are on the towpath smiling at the sight of my daughter on the roof. As we approach I can see that they want to help me moor up so I throw them a rope. One of them is carrying a windlass and their jackets are labelled, 'Waterways Chaplain.' I've lived on the Cut for eleven years and I've never heard of a Waterways Chaplain! These jolly gentlemen are from the Salvation Army and roam the towpath helping people in whatever way they can.
“There are people with problems on the canal; drugs and alcohol. We can provide a listening ear or help with practical things like access to healthcare.”
One holds the mid-rope, another helps me to bash a peg in to the ground.
The waterways ministry was stopped in the 1960s but is being revived as part of a Workplace Ministries project in the Diocese of St Albans. They offer pastoral and practical support for live-aboard boaters in need, providing food, clothing, water, benefits advice or just a listening ear. They have even been known to provide water when taps are frozen in winter, a new chimney, a new battery or comfort to a lonely live-aboard widow.
The Salvation Army waterways ministry first began in 1908 around Fenny Stratford, praying with and talking to working boatmen and their families in their narrow boat cabins. In 2012 more volunteers will be needed as they ultimately aim to cover the Grand Union from Braunston down to Rickmansworth and also the rivers Lee and the Stort.