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narrowboat woolies everything’s coming up roses May 11, 2021 by admin It is so good when you get to see a narrowboat completely made over through the superb skills of a couple of traditional artists. Julie Tonkin, trading as Art by…
goodwin plastics water & waste tanks water and waste tanks for boats December 11, 2020 by admin When 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.
caravanboat choose the way you cruise December 2, 2020 by admin The 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…
boat in snow winterise your boat December 1, 2020 by River Canal Rescue With 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.
babies to boats December 1, 2020 by admin Melanie 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!
coalcage November 20, 2020 by admin All 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…
Oxbow coals excel voted best fuel among boaters November 19, 2020 by admin Oxbow Coal Ltd were delighted to win Canals Online Magazine’s award for best fuel among boaters for our premium quality Excel briquettes.
swan header for Aqueduct Marina lockdown – here we go again! November 18, 2020 by Robert Parton Robert Parton of Aqueduct Marina describes how the marina is coping under the new lockdown measures. Better prepared second time round, and life goes on!
stoke art pottery very different personalised canal boat gift idea! September 4, 2020 by admin Established 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…
rylard paints painting tips for canal boats May 31, 2020 by admin When 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…
yorkshire bespoke tiller pins May 31, 2020 by admin It 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…
Phil Speight traditional canal art castles and roses March 20, 2020 by admin Phil 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…
leptospirosis and Weill's disease a fresh water warning March 17, 2020 by admin Elliott 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…
Overwater Marina overwater marina celebrates 10th anniversary March 12, 2020 by admin Overwater, 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…
battery management systems January 1, 2020 by admin Twenty-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…
what is a galvanic isolator? December 4, 2019 by admin When 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…
talking anodes December 4, 2019 by admin Talking 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…
stranded narrowboat on canal bank coping with rising and falling water levels December 3, 2019 by River Canal Rescue River Canal Rescue (RCR) reminds boaters how to cope with suddenly rising and falling water levels. At the end of October, RCR was called to assist six stranded or precariously…
musings from the boat painter’s workshop December 3, 2019 by admin It 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…
Birmingham & Midland Marine Services gailey wharf training centre December 3, 2019 by admin As 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…
bow of painted narrowboat bow thrusters you can trust December 2, 2019 by admin This (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,…
clear blue loo, brought to you December 2, 2019 by admin Established 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.
man coming up from boat engine boat maintenance tips December 2, 2019 by admin In 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…
how to winterise your narrowboat December 1, 2019 by admin With 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.
tv on board September 1, 2019 by canals Cello Electronics have a proud tradition of UK TV manufacturing and have been pioneers in the development of low voltage, well specified 12 volt TV’s. More recently they have re-…
diesel bug – a layman’s guide June 1, 2019 by admin Diesel 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…
co alarm testing June 1, 2019 by admin from april 1st 2019 the BSS mandates that all boats with an accommodation space must have a co alarm fitted
canal boats in marina batteries – a brief encounter June 1, 2019 by admin When 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…
voltage metre electric boats June 1, 2019 by canals Electric boats (EBs) are a lot more diverse, complicated and varied than cars, because they have to tackle some very tough conditions, but they share some common features. This brief…
moored boats protection matters April 1, 2019 by admin Having 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…
piglets pigs to plastics April 1, 2019 by admin A 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…
legal hammer lasting powers of attorney April 1, 2019 by admin This 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…
clear water splash bilgeaway April 1, 2019 by admin Inland 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, 2019 by admin 2009 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…
lonely canal how safe is your boat? March 1, 2019 by canals Boats are often seen as easy targets for theft, and break-ins can happen during off peak times when the canals are quiet, or at high season when they are at…