a fresh water warning - March 17, 2020Elliott 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 water users what to look out for.
overwater marina celebrates 10th anniversary - March 12, 2020Overwater, 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 are planning a big giveaway of gifts to moorers.
can you live on the cut and still own a car? - February 21, 2020The DVLA have recently 'reinterpreted' their long-standing criteria that define the nature of an address to which a driving licence or V5C may be registered and are now insisting that this must be the actual, residential, address of the driver or keeper!
castles and roses - January 20, 2020Phil 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 castles and roses...
your post, sorted - January 4, 2020Thousands of narrow boats, barges, cruisers and houseboats populate our rivers and canals... without a letterbox between them! Whether you live on a 40 foot working ex-colliery barge, or have retired to your sleek new build; are constantly cruising or permanently moored, spend any time on the cut and you'll learn that life is a pain without a postal address...
battery management systems - January 1, 2020Twenty-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 ADVERC Battery Management System.
what is a galvanic isolator? - December 4, 2019When 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 power mains lead. This creates a pathway for small electrical currents to flow from one boat to another. Unfortunately this pathway leads to increased corrosion of the underwater metals...
talking anodes - December 4, 2019Talking 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 why do we need them? What follows is an attempt to answer all of these questions.
coping with rising and falling water levels - December 3, 2019River 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 positioned boats at risk of capsize across the country; one of which was passed onto the emergency services to recover, due to the boat being inaccessible and the owner at risk if he remained on board.
musings from the boat painter’s workshop - December 3, 2019It 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 paint brush. Rather like Mr Miyagi’s instruction of “wax on, wax off”, we spend many hours moving a paint brush from the bottom to the top of a 1 metre cabin side.
gailey wharf training centre - December 3, 2019As 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 from the water's edge and of course, on boats as part of their job.
bow thrusters you can trust - December 2, 2019This (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, the best of both worlds!
clear blue loo, brought to you - December 2, 2019Established 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.
boat maintenance tips - December 2, 2019In 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 lock cill tips to help boaters enjoy stress-free cruising in 2020.