from the editor’s desk

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Summer Edition of CanalsOnline Magazine! The sun is shining more often, and people are enjoying the great outdoors, especially by our rivers and canals. And boaters are moving freely amongst a great many hire boats, so life is pretty much back to normal. Let's hope it stays that way!

In this latest edition of the Magazine, we have a good selection of articles for you to read. I am very grateful to those who continue to provide editorial pieces, but I'm also happy to introduce another new Contributor - Eric Ellman, who hails from the USA, but is now a liveaboard on the London canals.

Of course, we have a new Free Prize Draw for you. This season the prize is a choice of a COBB BBQ, or, if you already have one, £150 worth of vouchers for accessories or spares. We already have a COBB BBQ, and I must say we use it nearly every day, including Sundays when we always have a roast dinner!

The usual reminder: 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.

Finally, if you have not yet joined [faceboat] 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.

Wishing you all well. Keep Safe, and enjoy your new freedoms.

Happy Reading!


guest editorials

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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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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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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