waterways chaplaincy

Alison Saunders, wife of Mike, vicar of Hungerford, has been appointed Senior Waterways Chaplain of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Waterways chaplains work across the nation’s inland waterways to support boaters in need, helping to resolve a wide range of issues from access to benefits and healthcare to being a listening ear and companion to the lonely and anxious.
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aqueduct marina builds green credentials with bilgeaway

Aqueduct Marina, based on the Shropshire Union Canal near Nantwich, is encouraging customers to install River Canal Rescue’s Bilgeaway filter on their narrowboats. The Marina, a fervent advocate of environmentally-friendly solutions, now stocks Bilgeaway in its chandlery and is promoting the filter to its users.
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rustins limited acquires peek polish

Rustins Limited are delighted to announce they acquired Peek Polish in March 2022 and are excited to have Peek as part of their group of brands. They describe it as a high quality multi surface premium polish with eye catching packaging that would stand out on any shelf. Robert Peek states that Rustins are the right people to carry the Peek products forward.
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river canal rescue 2021 call-out figures

River Canal Rescue reports it responded to 171 major incidents in 2021; emergency situations either involving submerged, partially sunken or grounded craft, plus salvage work. The figure is 25% lower than the 231 incidents RCR reported in 2020, this is primarily due to a reduction in boat use until lockdown restrictions eased in June 2021.
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guildford steamboat rally returns

Steamboat Rally returns to Guildford, and with up to 18 steamboats of all ages & sizes already registered, the ‘Puffing a-Wey’ event promises to be truly atmospheric. One of the delights of steam boating is that it is still reasonably accessible and if not built by the owner, a 16’ open launch might cost between £5 and £8000 depending on condition.
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new narrowboat design for black prince

Black Prince Holidays are to launch a new design of narrowboat following two summers of record bookings. The new layout features a larger kitchen area with more worktop space, multiple USB sockets and wireless charging pads, plus black-out blinds and bespoke mattresses for comfortable nights.
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perils of cheap boat insurance

River Canal Rescue is warning boat owners about the perils of buying third-party insurance on price alone after finding some insurers will not pay out if a boat sinks. They estimate around four out of 10 sunken boat claims are being rejected due to a lack of definition in the policy small print, misleading wording referring to ‘wreck removal’ rather than ‘salvage ’, exclusions for salvage cover and salvage costs being rejected unless the peril is covered.
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boating community supports veterans afloat

Inland waterway businesses and boat owners are coming together to help the Forces Vets Afloat Project restore a boat so it can be used and enjoyed by British forces veterans. Founder and boat owner Andy Flint set up the Project in July 2021, and it is on track to send its first boat to the Veterans Support Association.
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barge association conduct survey on mooring prices

Why do boat owners decide to live “afloat”? Are the reasons changing? If affordability was important then how do you know what it’s going to cost? Has the pandemic made it more difficult to pay for where you and your boat live? Can you help all UK liveaboards achieve the best deal for each of us?
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