Enter our free prize draw: A free prize draw which runs in each edition of the magazine. Prizes are donated or sponsored by customers, and have consisted of TVs, Wndlasses, Fuel Guards,
News & Events: News that is pertinent to the waterways communities, plus lists of events happening on or near to the waterways with links to websites where you can get all the details...
Canal wanderer: Dawn Smallwood, ardent canal walker, takes us on her walks of various canals, talking about their history, sights, places of interest and essential watering holes. Dawn does a lot of walking for charity too.
Charging batteries: Advice for everyone on the correct way to charge leisure batteries so that they last longer.
Cookery chat: David & Sandra Biddle talk about food and offer recipes in each edition of the magazine.
Dawncraft Chronicles: Simon Woollen takes us through a plethora of ingenious solutions to problems with his Dawncraft cruiser.
Inter tidal zone: Bob Sanders looks at the waterways with a different perspective. A canoist and campervan enthusiast, he looks at things of interest to everyone, and finds ways of getting all the different factions to connect.
Old no. 38: Called this because Dave Robertson lives close to Bridge 38 on the Staffs & Worcester Canal. Dave writes with great humour on many different topics. He is also a children's author amongst other things!
Our waterways chaplain: Mark Rudall is a chaplain on the Wey navigation. He is also a steamboat enthusiast and is interested in many aspects of boating and boating life past and present.
Royal birds: Stephane Province looks at Swans and at their connection with the Royal Family - a connection which begain as far back as the 12th century...
Self-sufficiency: Daniel Price writes about his life as a liveaboard, determined to be self-sufficient in as many ways as he can...
Tales from the old cut: Kerry Dainty has always lived on boats, and spends her time between boats and libraries. She is fascinated by the history of the UK waterways and gives us very well researched articles.
Yorkshire waterways museum: Jan & Gordon McGeachie lament the forced closure of the Yorkshire Waterways Museum and look back on events within and around the museum in happier days.
Archive: Previous articles which have been published in CanalsOnline Magazine and deserve to remain accessible to readers.
Waterway books: A selection of books which are in some way connected to the waterways. There is a featured author each season, and a closer look at new writers as they become known to us.
Roving canal traders: The Roving Canal Traders page features the association plus a unique feature on an individual roving trader each season.
Bowthrusters you can trust: A look at various types of bowthruster, the advantages in having one fitted, and the best one to buy...
Clear blue loo: Wessex Chemicals introduce a new product which works as well on toilet cleaning as the traditional 'blue' but which does not stain toilet seat or flooring.
Co Alarm Testing: Vitally important advice for all boaters. GasSafe UK introduce a product which fully tests the integrity of Carbon Monoxide alarms.
Diesel bug a laymans guide: Another vitally important article, as diesel bug can affect fuel in any boat, causing long term damage if not retified. Written by Fuel Guard.
Electric boats the way forward: What happens in the world of small leisure craft will probably happen in the world of canal boating before too long...
Musings from the boat painter: A look to the future of paint stripping. The use of lasers will remove your old paint quickly and almost effortlessly to bare metal - but as yet the price of buying lasers will be too prohibitive for most boatyards or individual boat painters. Something to look forward too, though!
TV on board: Cello TV introduce us to their newest range of saltellite, solar powered, 12v TVs. You won't believe what is out there.
What is a galvanic isolator?: "When 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 and results in rapid loss of anodes and increased pitting and deterioration of hulls, propellers, shafts, outdrives etc. We can protect against this problem by installing a galvanic isolator."
Winterising your boat: Everything you need to know about preparing your boat for the winter months, courtesy of River Canal Rescue.
Your post sorted: CanalPost offer the solution to all those who live on boats and no longer have a viable land address.
Features Archives Previously published articles by customers and business owners, covering a wealth of topics to advise, inform or entertain.
cook anything! anywhere! Apr 25, 2019: The wonderful Cobb Cooker - the hassle free barbecue which allows you to have fun while your food is cooking itself. Easy to use in any situation, highly economical, and easy to clean afterwards.
how safe is your boat? Apr 25, 2019: Ultra Secure offer up advice on keeping your boat safe. The company runs through advice on mooring safely and shows us a variety of deterrents available on the market today.
lasting powers of 'attorney' Apr 25, 2019: Legal advice which no-one can do without, in this instance given freely by a legal team who deal specifically with boaters.
pigs to plastics Apr 25, 2019: The amazing story of Goodwin Plastics, which came into existence because of a pig farmer who made plastic feeding troughs for pigs and horses. They make plastic tanks of all shapes, sizes and for all purposes today!
protection matters Apr 25, 2019: A gentle piece of advice from Assist Insurance who then take us through the various types of cover that are available for leisure craft. Something that no boat owner should be without, but we aren't always aware of the options available to us.
Boat sales: Thinking of buying a narrowboat, widebeam, barge, cruiser or project boat? Canal boats come in all shapes and sizes and as with any purchase, the more research you do, the more likely you are to make the right decision. Waterway magazines, boat shows and marinas are all good sources of information. Then there are boaters - you will find that most boaters are only too happy to offer advice and information and there is nothing like getting it straight from the horse's mouth.
Chandlers: suppliers of equipment and accessories for narrowboats and other canal boats. Chandlers on the inland waterways tend to specialize in stocking equipment and accessories for canal boats including narrowboats, widebeams and dutch barges. There are also some who deal more exclusively with cruising boats (GRPs) and sailing boats. Most can be found in marinas along the canal system, but there are some which stand alone, and others which offer an online service only.
Appliances: cookers, fridges, hobs, microwaves and washing machines
Av Technology: An amazing range of products, from 12 v TVs to aerials and satellite dishes. We have also included internet dongles and navigation aids.
Bathroom and toilet: Cassette toilets, pump-out toilets and even eco-toilets or composting toilets can be found here, plus suppliers of showers and other bathroom necessities.
Electrics & eco-power: Everything electrical for narrowboats, wide beams, dutch barges and cruisers. Whether you are looking at wiring or rewiring your boat, or need to check out new inverters, alternators, starter motors, or galvanic isolators, you should find a suitable electrical supplier here. We also include in this section alternative power sources such as solar panels and wind turbines.
Engines and propulsion: Do you need a new engine for your narrowboat? Or are you looking for a rebuild, reconditioned engine, or engine parts? From vintage engines to the latest in modern marine diesel engines, or electric engines if you prefer, our list of narrowboat engine suppliers & installers will help you make the right choice. We have also included filters, propellers, bow thrusters and gear boxes for narrowboats, wide-beams and other boats.
Equipment & accessories: Narrowboat Equipment and accessories include everything from traditional canal boat accessories and narrowboat gifts, to essentials such as windlasses, tiller pins, piling hooks and mooring chains. Then those non-essential items that make boating life so much easier or more enjoyable - like dinghies and bicycles, top boxes and washing machines, flagpoles, gangplanks and ladders. Plus some interesting gadgets that you might not have thought of - like floating speakers, mobile solar chargers and many more.
External fittings: Our external fittings category covers everything which might be fitted on to the outside of your narrowboat, widebeam or cruiser. We have included canopy covers, cratch covers, roof boxes, gas boxes, chimneys and chimney cowlings.
Furniture and Furnishings: Mattresses and cushions, furniture upholstery, rugs and carpets, curtains and blinds, soft furnishings for the bedroom, throws and wall-hangings - you'll find everything you need to transform the interior of your narrowboat, wide beam, dutch barge or cruiser right here. Plus bespoke and purpose made furniture for your boat. See here for some great ideas and products. Whether you are looking for sofas or sofa beds, tables and chairs, beds or futons, or simply for some clever space saving ideas, you should find what you need here.
Integral fittings: Integral fittings are all those things which your boat cannot do without - such as fresh water tanks, waste tanks and fuel tanks. Or ballast and bilge pumps. You will also find windows in this section.
Maintenance products: Find the best products for cleaning the inside and outside of your narrowboat, broad beam, cruiser or Dutch Barge. We've listed specialised cleaners, polish, wax & oil for paint, metal, wood - even stoves. Eco friendly products are also available. For oils and lubricants, rust remover, paints and blacking products look no further.
Plumbing and heating: Stoves, fires, log burners, diesel powered fires, central heating - everything to do with heating your narrowboat, wide beam or cruiser is covered here. We also cover pipes and fittings - anything you would need to do your own plumbing...
Safety & security: here we feature products that could help keep you safe and secure on board. from boat security alarms to CO alarm and smoke alarm test kits you are sure to find a product to help keep you safe and ensure peace of mind.
Holidays afloat: If you are looking for a narrow boat holiday you are sure to find the perfect one here. We have found the very best in holiday boat companies for you. Canal boat hire guarantees a unique way of seeing the country. If you have been on narrowboat holidays before you will know the wonders they have to offer. If you are new to canal holidays find your ideal holiday starting point here.
Marinas and Boatyards: Marinas & Boatyards listed alphabetically by name. Find details of boatyard & marina services, marina facilities, narrowboat moorings including residential moorings, and winter storage where applicable. Also moorings for Cruisers, Widebeams and Dutch barges.
Boat builders & fitouts: Find your ideal boat builder here. Plenty of choice and best advice from professional boat builders. Thinking about having your perfect narrowboat, widebeam or dutch barge built? Whether you want a shell, sail-away, partial or complete fit-out, you will find the right company here. Or if you want your boat stretched or re-fitted...
Boat handling & other courses: Find your nearest RYA Training Centre or RYA course. Whether you want Helmsman Training or Crew Training, you will find what you need here. From short courses to longer boating experience holidays, on your own narrowboat or on the trainer's own boat - it's all here for you. Plus you will also find other courses to suit your needs. Whether you want to study boat painting, sign-writing, fender making, boat building, or diesel engine maintenance, you will find the best course for you here.
Boat servicing & repairs: companies and individual tradesmen including carpenters, electricians, gas technicians, central heating engineers, mechanics & plumbers
Examiners and surveyors: Here you will find a good selection of Boat Safety Examiners, plus boat Surveyors and Valuers. Please be aware of all those who specify a particular region for their operations - not many of them offer a nationwide service!
Fuel cleaning: Diesel bug is on the rise due to higher levels of bio elements being introduced through regulation. Our recommended companies below ensure your fuel keeps in tip top condition and protects your engine. Don't be caught out! Prevention is far better (and less costly) than cure and if you need more information about fuel contamination, tank cleaning and keeping your fuel clean, you can be sure you will find it here.
Hull maintenance & repairs: Need your boat blacked? Need to strip your hull down to the metal? Look no further. We have listed several companies who have dry dock facilities and specialise in narrowboat hull sandblasting, re-plating and blacking.
Insurance, legal and finance: Find companies that offer narrowboat insurance, legal services for boaters, or even help you make your dream of owning your own boat become a reality. A range of professional services that will be able to sort you out, whatever your needs.
Postal Services: How do you manage when you live aboard a boat and no longer have the luxury of a permanent address? Here we show you some alternatives to a PO box, marina address or post restante. Whether you need an address for personal use or for your business, you are sure to find something to suit your budget.
Rescue and relocation: Find companies that can move your boat by road, or by water. Find also rescue and recovery services - no matter where you are or what has happened, there is always someone to come to your aid....
Signwriters & painters: traditional sign writers and sign painters, masters of canal art including castles and roses, professional boat painters, and suppliers of vinyl lettering,