from the editor’s desk

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Summer Edition of CanalsOnline Magazine.  It has been a bit late getting to you, but we hope it will prove well worth the wait. Not only do we have loads of new editorials and features for you to read, but we also have a mega free prize draw with up to £2,700 worth of prizes up for grabs.

My thanks again to all of our contributors, our followers and our readers for all of your support.

I would just like to take this opportunity to congratulate Phil Speight, one of our best known boat painters, for being awarded the MBE for services rendered. Hearty congratulations Phil!


To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of CanalsOnline Magazine, we have decided to hold a Mega Free Prize Draw. There are ten fabulous prizes to be won, so don't forget to enter!   Our thanks to the generosity of our prize sponsors, without whom this would not have been possible.    Enter Now

The lucky winner of our Spring Prize Draw is Laurence Garrett of NB The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles. Laurence is delighted with his prize of a Cobb BBQ.

Remember we always appreciate your comments on any aspects of the magazine. You can Write for Us  or become an Active Cruiser and help us keep our waterway guides up to date. And if you have not yet joined [faceboat] do have a look - it is a great way to join in with the waterways community - we welcome photos, stories, boating tips, questions, recommendations - anything to do with the waterways.

Here's looking forward to a bright sunshiny summer. Happy Reading and Good Luck in the Mega Free Prize Draw!


guest editorials

lead barnerds
by 'Barn' lead barnerdsTiny lead sculptures of barnerds are left all over the world, some to be discovered, others to stay in situ for ever. More frequently, they are given to nice people that Barn meets in pubs.
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an engineering apprenticeship
by Lewis Douglas
Rothen GroupLewis Douglas, apprentice engineer with the Rothen Group, explains how he has progressed during the first year of his career on the waterways.
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living on an electric narrowboat
by Jeanette Feathersolar panels raisedJeanette Feather describes life as a continual cruiser aboard all electric Narrowboat 'Mister Blue Sky'
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albion adventure
by David CornesWherry AlbionDavid Cornes tells us about the MNA Boat Club's outing on the Historic Norfolk Wherry 'Albion' - sailing through all weathers.
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wooden canal boat society
by Chris Leah
the wooden canal boat societyChris Leah talks about the work of the WCBS who restore old wooden canal boats, giving them a new role and purpose in the life of the waterways.
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whimbrel - a tale of love
source - Frank Sanderson
whimbrel re-launchColin 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.
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yorkshire waterways museum
by Jan McGeachie
yorkshire waterways museumJan McGeachie laments the closure of the Yorkshire Waterways Museum, and looks back at some of the museum's happier days.
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caraboat helter skelter
by Neil McGarrycaraboat at Ferry Nabb, WindermereNeil McGarry tells us how he came to buy a 1973 caravan/boat, restoring it to its former glory and then exploring much of our inland waterways in it.
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boating and france
by Paul McGrane
French locksPaul McGrane discusses the pros and cons of boating in France and tells us what we would need to do before taking our own boat or a hire boat on French waterways.
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epic endurance challenge 2022
by Steve Mandaluffjooles Paillin epic enduranceJooles Paillin, a 39 year old mother who lives just outside Nottingham, will be taking up the Tallisker Whisky Challenge and rowing 3000 miles across the atlantic in 2022.
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