from the editor’s desk

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Winter Edition of CanalsOnline Magazine! To escape, inwardly at least, from the restrictions imposed by Covid 19, we have gone International. We have an article on Boating in France, and also an article from Germany which looks at the Caravanboat. This is a luxurious caravan cum boat which gives you the freedom to travel by road or by water. But we also go back in time to the 1970s when the UK had its own caravan boat. It was called the Caraboat, and there are still a few around to get us excited.

There are plenty of new articles and features for you to read. If you are in need of a touch of humour, I can highly recommend the articles by Devid Scowcrovich - he's sure to raise a smile or an eyebrow... We also continue with the 'How to Wire a Narrowboat' series of articles, which have attracted a great deal of positive attention and feedback.

Of course we also have a new Free Prize Draw for you. This season the prize, sponsored by Miracle Leisure, is a lightweight rescue ladder which doubles as a gangplank. Having fallen in the cut myself and subsequently found it very difficult to get out, I shall be putting one of these on my wish list! It is simple to enter this prize draw, so why not have a go?

Please don't forget that our canal & river guides are always under development. So if you spot anything that should be added (or indeed taken away...) do let me know - you could always join us as an Active Cruiser!

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 may we all look forward to better times.

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
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.
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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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