Heather Wastie - February 28, 2021Heather is a writer, poet and singer / songwriter as well as keyboard and accordion player. She has published 8 collections of poetry, two of which relate to the canals.
heather wastie - February 24, 2021Heather Wastie is a writer, poet and singer/songwriter and has published 8 collections, two of which relate to the canals. These two were published under the umbrella of Alarum Theatre / Alarum Productions...
fi's fabulous floating emporium - February 18, 2021For the past twenty years, Fi Lewis has been a self employed Festival / Event Trader, making most of her own stock. She moved onto a boat in 1917, and found it was fairly easy to transfer her creative skills onto the water.
Thordon Bearings help keep historic cruiser tug operational - February 2, 2021One of the world's oldest steam driven tugboats is set to return to service offering short cruises on the River Weaver - thanks to Thordon Bearings
rcr asks boaters to trial WaterNav - January 8, 2021
magnet fisher finds live grenade in Kennet & Avon Canal - January 4, 2021A magnet fisher who caught a grenade in the Kennet and Avon Canal was given the kit he used as a Christmas present. Friends Tony Scott and Elliot Bromfield were using the equipment - which is similar to metal detecting but in water - when they pulled up the object. Elliot, who is ex-army, said he knew it was a World War Two hand grenade and they called the police immediately.
CRT forced to return unlawfully seized boat - December 30, 2020Canal & River Trust (CRT) was forced to return a seized boat following the threat of legal action by its live-aboard owner. The charity had seized the boat, which actually had a valid licence at the time, on 6th August 2020 without obtaining a Court Order, which is unlawful if a boat is used as a home.
CRT returns unlawfully seized boat after threat of legal action - December 29, 2020Canal & River Trust (CRT) was forced to return a seized boat following the threat of legal action by its live-aboard owner. The charity had seized the boat, which actually had a valid licence at the time, on 6th August 2020 without obtaining a Court Order, which is unlawful if a boat is used as a home.
water and waste tanks for boats - December 11, 2020When creating water or waste tanks, plastic is the perfect material. It can be made to any shape or size, is extremely tough and very durable.
east midland waterways to get £4m makeover - December 11, 2020
east midland waterways to get £4m winter makeover - December 11, 2020East Midland waterways are to get a £4million makeover by Canal & River Trust who will be replacing lock gates & dredging sections of canal.
curious case of sticky fuel causing engine breakdowns - December 9, 2020River Canal Rescue reports there’s been an uncharacteristic peak in fuel-related component breakdowns not linked to diesel bug. It cites two identical jobs where fuel injectors were diagnosed as needing an overhaul, yet their replacements stopped working within a week, and injection pumps were found to have failed even though the diesel was clear and bright.
CRT's top ten hits to be water safe this winter - December 4, 2020Canal & River Trust give their top ten hits for staying safe on towpaths this winter.
choose the way you cruise - December 2, 2020The Caravanboat is just at home on the road as it is on the water and can be towed down those scenic country routes with ease. Plus the best bit is that you can use waterways to get to those hard to reach spots that a car just can’t reach, meaning it's perfect for a quiet holiday or a romantic getaway.
canal radio uk - December 1, 2020Introducing Canal Radio UK. A new radio station targeting all people with an interest in UK canals and rivers and also businesses based on or near our canal networks.
babies to boats - December 1, 2020Melanie Franklin-Pryce, Tiller Girl, explains how she made the change from being a NHS Midwife to becoming the owner of a narrowboat hire business. Babies to boats!
Bill Savage - December 1, 2020Bill Savage's book ‘Canal is King’ is about a canal journey-with-a-difference. From idyllic tranquility to urban grunge. Travelling with Bill is a bit weird, often hilarious, always eventful, inevitably informative, chatting with quirky characters along the way.
sam keay - gangplank spirits and preserves - December 1, 2020Sam Keay is the owner of Gangplank Spirits and Preserves. She makes foraged fruit gin, whisky, rum, vodka, chutney, jam & cordial. She also opens as a café selling soft drinks and crepes, and has a fully licenced bar. All on a narrowboat!
caraboat helter skelter - November 30, 2020Neil & Bev McGarry are the owners of a very rare 1973 Caraboat (both caravan and boat) which they bought as a shell before spending years restoring her.
boating and france - November 30, 2020A look at the pros and cons of boating in France, the type of boat you would need, essential qualifications, and the growing popularity of co-owning a boat
boat safety scheme urge boaters to follow safety advice - November 14, 2020The boat safety scheme is urging boaters to read marine accident safety flyer after death of two friends on a boat in York in December 2019.
boat safety scheme and marine accident safety flyer - November 14, 2020Following the death of two friends from carbon monoxide on a boat, the Boat Safety Scheme is urging boaters to read the Marine Accident safety flyer and adopt the safety advice immediately.
boat licence terms and conditions deadline - November 9, 2020The Canal & River Trust (CRT) consultation on changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions ends on Sunday 20th December 2020. The NBTA believes that CRT's proposals for changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions are unreasonable and unlawful.
norfolk & suffolk boating association promote 'waterwatch' - November 9, 2020The Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association (NSBA) have joined forces with the Merchant Navy Association Boat Club to promote the MN Boat Club's new WaterWatch safety & surveillance scheme in East Anglia
canal river trust publishes boater report 2020 - October 29, 2020Canal River Trust publishes its Boater Report for 2020. The Report sets out how the Trust generates its income, including the contribution from boaters, and how that money is invested in the network.
crt broadens online booking facility for tunnels and locks - October 23, 2020crt broadens their online booking facility for passage through some tunnels and locks - including the Braunston, Harecastle & Blisworth tunnels.
crt broadens online booking facility for tunnels - October 23, 2020
featured author - winter 2020 - October 21, 2020Bill Savage's book 'Canal is King' tells of the author's training sessions along the towpaths of the inland waterways. They are full of unexpected adventures, sometimes a tiny bit weird, often hilarious, always eventful and inevitably informative.
stainton aqueduct restoration marked with virtual tour launch - October 21, 2020The completion of a £2.2 million project to restore storm-damaged Stainton Aqueduct in South Cumbria has been marked by its owners, the Canal & River Trust charity, with the launch of an exciting virtual tour along the disused Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal.
crt boat licence fees announced for 2021 - 2022 - October 15, 2020CRT announce that boat licence fees will rise by 2% from April 2021. There will be an additional 5% rise for boats over 7'1" (2.16 metres) wide.
whimbrel - September 29, 2020Colin Ogden uses lockdown as the opportunity to do something momentous in his late wife Lynda's memory. He completely restores her beloved boat, Whimbrel, and relaunches her.
CRT seeks boaters' views on licence t&cs - September 29, 2020The Canal & River Trust is asking boat licence holders for their views on licence terms & conditions. They are being encouraged to complete an online survey which highlights the changes between the proposed and existing terms and invites feedback on the changes. The consultation gets underway on 28 September and will run for twelve weeks.
crt new writing competition attracts hundreds of entries - September 21, 2020Hundreds of talented wordsmiths responded to a call from the Canal & River Trust to enter a new summer ‘Words on the Waterway’ writing competition. Competition was judged by Ian McMillan, presenter of BBC Radio Three’s popular word cabaret, ‘The Verb’
fern floating fine art - September 15, 2020Fern Floating Fine Art is a nomadic arts illustration business, currently making its way around the inland waterways of Britain. I live on, work in and sell from my little boat ‘Fern’. I am a painter of fauna and flora and resident artist at Fern Floating Fine Art.
CRT staff welcome steph mcgovern to leeds for new tv show - September 15, 2020CRT staff welcome Steph McGovern to Leeds Dock ready for the launch of her new lunchtime show 'Steph's packed lunch' on channel 4.
steph's packed lunch on channel 4 - September 15, 2020'Steph's packed lunch' is the new lunchtime television programme on Channel 4, broadcast live from Leeds Dock by presenter Steph McGovern of BBC Breakfast fame.
canal & river trust launches citizen science project - September 15, 2020The Canal & River Trust has teamed up with partners, including King's College London, and is appealing for people aged 16 or over to take part in its largest ever study of the wellbeing benefits of spending time beside water.
canal & river trust launches project - September 15, 2020The Canal & River Trust has teamed up with partners, including King's College London, and is appealing for people aged 16 or over to take part in its largest ever study of the wellbeing benefits of spending time beside water.
excel voted best fuel among boaters - September 10, 2020Oxbow Coal Ltd were delighted to win Canals Online Magazine’s award for best fuel among boaters for our premium quality Excel briquettes.
coalcage - September 7, 2020All of a sudden I had a stack of glowing coal that looked good and all I had to do was top it up. In fact what I soon realised was that I could actually put an amount in that would last me all day with no constant topping up and no over-filling of the stove base. The pyramid of coal was no more!
narrow boat engine by stephanie horton - September 7, 2020Narrow Boat Engine Maintenance and Repair is an essential maintenance tool and perfect for those keen to keep their vessels in a good condition, inside and out.
very different personalised canal boat gift idea! - September 4, 2020Established in 2006, Stoke Art Pottery was perhaps a bit of an accident. First of all, we are not a pottery or even "potters". But an online store, selling high quality pottery and ceramics.
featured author - autumn 2020 - September 3, 2020In The East End Canal Tales, Carolyn Clark interweaves memories from over 50 people with historical accounts to tell the intriguing, humorous, moving and sometimes surprising stories of life and work on the Hackney and Tower Hamlets reach of the Regent’s and the Hertford Union Canals.
Carolyn Clark - September 3, 2020In 'The East End Canal Tales' Carolyn Clark interweaves memories from over 50 people with historical accounts to tell the intriguing, humorous, moving and sometimes surprising stories of life and work on the Hackney and Tower Hamlets reach of the Regent’s and the Hertford Union Canals. Over 130 photographs and images, many never published before, bring the stories to life.
RNLI campaign for beach safety - June 11, 2020The RNLI in conjunction with HM Coastguard are calling for people to be extra vigilant when enjoying the beaches, coastal and inland waterways this summer.
east end canal tales - June 9, 2020The East End Canal Tales weaves the memories of over 50 local residents together with historical accounts to tell of intriguing, humorous, moving and often surprising stories of life and work on the Regent’s and Hertford Union Canals over two centuries.
revolutionary outdoor cooking - June 5, 2020Cook anything, anywhere, anytime with the revolutionary, award winning barbecue by Cobb. Probably the most versatile & greenest portable oven in the world.
Enteron is the smallest sewage water treatment plant for boats. Sewage from the vessel’s toilet is pumped into the Enteron. Bacteria is added once a month in the form of a small ‘teabag’ flushed down the toilet. The bacteria inside the tank simply eats the waste.
aquonic watermaker turns canal water into fresh water - May 31, 2020Mactra Marine introduce the Aquonic Watermaker which converts canal or river water into fresh water. The fresh water can go straight into your boat's tank.
painting tips for canal boats - May 31, 2020When choosing colours, ensure that comparisons are undertaken in daylight. It is always advisable to compare colours with a painted boat as it is difficult to appreciate the colour in large areas. Our printed colour charts have accurate colour rendition but the enamel will appear to be lighter when applied to large areas, especially when adjoining complementary colours.
featured author - summer 2020 - irfan shah - May 31, 2020CanalsOnline Magazine's featured author for summer 2020 is Irfan Shah. Irfan's short story 'the Cyclist in the Canal' is available from Amazon for £1.99
yorkshire bespoke tiller pins - May 31, 2020It is very early days. I have a range of tiller pin bodies now and there will be more designs in the future. I am passionate about brass ware and love to repair figures that are broken – it gives them a second chance with a fantastic view from the tiller for their retirement. I find it very warming to know I have turned a personal object into a lovely tiller pin for someone.
Irfan Shah - May 29, 2020Irvan Shah's short story, ‘The Cyclist in the Canal’, tells of an imagined encounter between two couples and a less than considerate cyclist on the towpath of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
covid 19 advice for boaters - May 18, 2020RNLI advice to boaters before putting to sea after Covid 19 forced period of inactivity. The advice is for sea going boaters, but applies to inland waterway boaters as well.
listed canal bridge damaged by motorist - May 7, 2020A listed canal bridge was damaged by a motorist at the weekend, leading Canal & River Trust to call on motorists to take greater care when crossing canals
listed canal bridge damaged by motorist - May 7, 2020Canal & River Trust is calling for motorists to slow down when crossing historic canal bridges after a driver caused major damage to one of the most ornate bridges on the waterways network. Bridge 65 on the Grand Union Canal, known as Ornamental Bridge, was hit by a driver over the weekend causing extensive damage to one of the parapets, or walls.
tower works development on leeds & liverpool canal - April 28, 2020Richardson and Ask are working with the Trust and its neighbouring developments, including Mustard Wharf, to improve a 200-metre stretch of the towpath, from the Canal Office to the Railway Bridge to provide a route by the water to and from Leeds train station.
tower works development on leeds & liverpool canal - April 28, 2020Design work is currently underway which will improve the section of towpath adjacent to the Tower Works site in the heart of Leeds and a start on site will be made as soon as the current restrictions allow.
rcr launches new midi bilgeaway filter - April 27, 2020River Canal Rescue (RCR) has extended its range of Bilgeaway filters with the addition of a new smaller midi filter, suitable for boat owners who have little or no bilge pollution, but want peace of mind they will not pollute the waterways if anything does happen.
canalpost & postal distancing - April 21, 2020As the market leader in the provision of virtual addresses for canal and river boaters, we are constantly being asked how this dreadful global pandemic will affect the post and, of course, our management of your mail, so we have put together this factsheet based upon your questions.
the wrong way round #by boat - March 23, 2020
castles and roses - March 20, 2020Phil Speight writes of his motivation in producing a series of tuitional DVDs on traditional narrow boat decoration: He takes us back 40 years, when he first started to paint castles and roses...
a fresh water warning - March 17, 2020Elliott Berry, member of IIMS tells us how he once contracted Leptospirosis and warns us of the dangers of contaminated waters. He also outlines the symptoms, telling other surveyors and water users what to look out for.
overwater marina celebrates 10th anniversary - March 12, 2020Overwater, on the Shropshire Union, near the vibrant canalside village of Audlem reaches its milestone in the spring and to celebrate its first decade the owners, Janet & Angus Maughan are planning a big giveaway of gifts to moorers.
featured author - Kitty Irvine (spring 2020) - March 1, 2020I was born and grew up in the north of England. From an early age, my parents were heavily involved in Scouting, so I spent many weekends and school holidays camping and sailing. My family holidays were spent in the north west of Scotland. I suppose this is where I get my love of wildlife and countryside.
Sue Meades & Colin Shearer - Cheese Aboard inc Mugs Afloat - February 20, 2020Sue Meades and Colin Shearer have been trading from their canal boat 'That's D'riculous' for over three years. They started trading as Mugs Afloat, but have now extended their wares to include fresh cheeses. They are now trading as Cheese Aboard inc Mugs Afloat. They also sell chopping boards and other wooden items with Celtic designs created by Colin.
caledonia glass - illia price - February 19, 2020I got the idea to live on a boat when I saw one for sale whilst walking along the towpath around Alvechurch. After much research I discovered the rules and regulations would allow me to live aboard as a continuous cruiser.
your post, sorted - January 4, 2020Thousands of narrow boats, barges, cruisers and houseboats populate our rivers and canals... without a letterbox between them! Whether you live on a 40 foot working ex-colliery barge, or have retired to your sleek new build; are constantly cruising or permanently moored, spend any time on the cut and you'll learn that life is a pain without a postal address...
battery management systems - January 1, 2020Twenty-seven years of study and development have gone into optimising alternator battery charging which, presently, permits only 60% - 70% state-of-charge using conventional voltage regulation. The result is the well-proven ADVERC Battery Management System.
what is a galvanic isolator? - December 4, 2019When you connect your boat to a marina electrical supply you also connect your boat to all the other boats in the marina via the earth connection in your shore power mains lead. This creates a pathway for small electrical currents to flow from one boat to another. Unfortunately this pathway leads to increased corrosion of the underwater metals...
talking anodes - December 4, 2019Talking anodes for most people would consist of a series of questions. Every boat owner knows that anodes are needed, but what are they, exactly, what do they do, and why do we need them? What follows is an attempt to answer all of these questions.
musings from the boat painter’s workshop - December 3, 2019It can be a quiet life, the painting of boats. After the hard work of boat surface preparation is done there is time for quiet contemplation and communing with one’s paint brush. Rather like Mr Miyagi’s instruction of “wax on, wax off”, we spend many hours moving a paint brush from the bottom to the top of a 1 metre cabin side.
gailey wharf training centre - December 3, 2019As a canal based business we are quite unusual; based at 'Gailey Wharf' on the Staffs & Worcester Canal we are predominantly 'commercial' trainers for personnel working within three metres from the water's edge and of course, on boats as part of their job.
bow thrusters you can trust - December 2, 2019This (r)evolution from VETUS is a combination of our renowned electric bow thruster series and the latest induction motor technology. We are pleased to present the all-new BOW PRO thrusters, the best of both worlds!
clear blue loo, brought to you - December 2, 2019Established in 1983 by Mike Borowski, Wessex Chemical Factors has grown into one of the most respected manufacturers and distributers of chemical solutions in the UK.
boat maintenance tips - December 2, 2019In a bid to reduce the number of incidents on our waterways, River Canal Rescue (RCR) shares the main causes of this year’s call-outs and offers some maintenance, grounding and lock cill tips to help boaters enjoy stress-free cruising in 2020.
the vine inn, rugeley - December 1, 2019The Vine Inn, Rugeley is a real ale drinker's delight with its own micro brewery on site producing a core of their beers along side seasonal guests and the ever present bass.
how to winterise your narrowboat - December 1, 2019With winters getting colder and sub-zero temperatures becoming more common, River Canal Rescue has put together some tips on how to winterise your narrowboat and so avoid costly repair bills.
piesse of piddle - September 1, 2019We are back again at the Piesse of Piddle, one of our very favourite pubs of all time, and one which has been recommended to us by a good many boaters over the years. And it is a pub which needs a mention, because it is not in many canal and river guides.
mad hatter - September 1, 2019Lorraine Stevenson, trading as The Mad Hatter, has been a member of the Roving Canal Traders Association since 2016. She creates imaginative and quirky hats for any occasion. They are very distinctive and are easily spotted amongst the waterways community and festival goers.
rhs garden bridgewater - August 30, 2019
RCR calls for boaters to stop polluting the waterways - August 30, 2019
diesel bug - a layman's guide - June 1, 2019Diesel bugs are microbes that live at the interface between water and diesel fuel. In some places it's also known as diesel fungus or the diesel virus. The presence of Diesel bug in your fuel tank can be a potential risk to your engine's fuel system, can cause serious damage and eventually lead to engine failure.
co alarm testing - June 1, 2019from april 1st 2019 the BSS mandates that all boats with an accommodation space must have a co alarm fitted
batteries - a brief encounter - June 1, 2019When it comes to choosing leisure batteries for your narrowboat, you need to check the existing batteries for size and amperage rating. If you're living on the boat you will be reliant on the batteries,
Following the national licensing consultation last year, the Canal & River Trust is announcing changes to the short-term licences the charity offers to visiting boaters.
the all new canal turn, carnforth - April 25, 2019This is the first edition of the all new CanalsOnline Magazine and we could we find no better way to start the pub of the season than with the All New Canal Turn in Carnforth on the Lancaster Canal. This is where we sat and agonised over all the changes to our website, and it is due largely to the pub managers and staff that we remained sane ( if not strictly sober).
protection matters - April 1, 2019Having the right insurance for your boat is so important as it will cover you for the unfortunate situations that could turn a great day out in the water, into a bad one. Buying a boat is a big investment, so you must protect it against damage or theft. Insurance for your boat is just as important as car insurance and regardless of how experienced you are, you should make sure you protect yourself against inexperienced or careless boaters. You do not want to be left with an inoperable boat and huge repair bills.
pigs to plastics - April 1, 2019A long long time ago, almost as far back as I can remember, my father had a pig farm. While growing up on the farm my friends and I used to catch rides on the backs of the pigs. We used to get covered in muck - well you know what pigs are like for wallowing in it!
lasting powers of attorney - April 1, 2019This is possibly the most important legal document that anyone should have in their life time; in fact the Office of the Public Guardian states that everyone over the age of 35 should have one!
bilgeaway - April 1, 2019Inland waterway emergency assistance and breakdown firm, River Canal Rescue (RCR), has launched Bilgeaway – a product it describes as ‘the world’s first truly environmentally-friendly bilge discharge filter’.
a brand new chapter - April 1, 20192009 was an eventful year, Barack Obama became America's first black president, James Cameron’s “Avatar” was smashing all box office records to become the highest grossing film of all time and 155 passengers aboard an Airbus A320 flight experienced a miracle on the Hudson River. 2009 was also an exciting year for Aqueduct Marina, as this was the year we opened our doors for the very first time, following years of planning and hard work from the Parton family.
official statement on bread by the queen's swan marker - April 1, 2019
brian greaves - the blacksmith's craft - March 1, 2019Brian Greaves has a fully operational forge on his narrowboat tug 'Bronte'. His wonderful pieces of ironwork, from pokers to delightful sculptures, are created on board, and it is always a special privilege to be able to watch him at work.
bss press release - carbon monoxide alarms - March 1, 2019From 1 April 2019 at least one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm became a requirement on nearly all private and non-private boats in scope of the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Requirements. BSS Certifications will not be issued to boats without alarms..
Water fern: This invasive plant from North & Central America has almost entirely taken over the waters of the Lancaster canal between UCLAN sports arena and the locks at the top of Savick Brook.