News & Events

Find out what's happening on the inland waterways. From interesting or relevant snippets of news, to all the organised events which take place throughout the year. Find out about festivals, boat rallies, historic boat gatherings, floating markets and Canal Open Days. A regularly updated guide.

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waternav rcr waternav update

WaterNav is the UK’s only free mapping and route planning tool that works offline – giving peace of mind to thousands of boaters who have been reliant on an internet connection, via wifi or mobile data, to arrange and track journeys across the inland waterway network. River Canal Rescue (RCR) is committed to making the app completely FREE for its lifetime.
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Angel Cnanal Boat Community Trust angel II of Islington

Angel Community Canal Boat Trust recently provided free trips for an especially deserving group. After hearing of their work in raising funds to supply trauma kits to send to their countrymen on the front line, they were proud to be joined by the 1st London Plast, a Ukrainian scout group.
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Alison Saunders, Waterways Chaplain waterways chaplaincy

Alison Saunders, wife of Mike, vicar of Hungerford, has been appointed Senior Waterways Chaplain of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Waterways chaplains work across the nation’s inland waterways to support boaters in need, helping to resolve a wide range of issues from access to benefits and healthcare to being a listening ear and companion to the lonely and anxious.
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aqueduct marina and bilgeaway aqueduct marina builds green credentials with bilgeaway

Aqueduct Marina, based on the Shropshire Union Canal near Nantwich, is encouraging customers to install River Canal Rescue’s Bilgeaway filter on their narrowboats. The Marina, a fervent advocate of environmentally-friendly solutions, now stocks Bilgeaway in its chandlery and is promoting the filter to its users.
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peek polish rustins limited acquires peek polish

Rustins Limited are delighted to announce they acquired Peek Polish in March 2022 and are excited to have Peek as part of their group of brands. They describe it as a high quality multi surface premium polish with eye catching packaging that would stand out on any shelf. Robert Peek states that Rustins are the right people to carry the Peek products forward.
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Rochdale sunken narrowboat in lock river canal rescue 2021 call-out figures

River Canal Rescue reports it responded to 171 major incidents in 2021; emergency situations either involving submerged, partially sunken or grounded craft, plus salvage work. The figure is 25% lower than the 231 incidents RCR reported in 2020, this is primarily due to a reduction in boat use until lockdown restrictions eased in June 2021.
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steamboat rally guildford steamboat rally returns

Steamboat Rally returns to Guildford, and with up to 18 steamboats of all ages & sizes already registered, the ‘Puffing a-Wey’ event promises to be truly atmospheric. One of the delights of steam boating is that it is still reasonably accessible and if not built by the owner, a 16’ open launch might cost between £5 and £8000 depending on condition.
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black prince holidays new narrowboat design for black prince

Black Prince Holidays are to launch a new design of narrowboat following two summers of record bookings. The new layout features a larger kitchen area with more worktop space, multiple USB sockets and wireless charging pads, plus black-out blinds and bespoke mattresses for comfortable nights.
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electric car charging at Aqueduct Marina aqueduct marina install ev charging points

Aqueduct Marina install 4 electric car charging points which can be used by anyone visiting their boat or simply enjoying a coffee or meal in the marina’s café. The move is made as part of Aqueduct’s aim to become more environmentally friendly.
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sunken boat attended by RCR perils of cheap boat insurance

River Canal Rescue is warning boat owners about the perils of buying third-party insurance on price alone after finding some insurers will not pay out if a boat sinks. They estimate around four out of 10 sunken boat claims are being rejected due to a lack of definition in the policy small print, misleading wording referring to ‘wreck removal’ rather than ‘salvage ’, exclusions for salvage cover and salvage costs being rejected unless the peril is covered.
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