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narrow boat setting off

At first, the Inland Waterways can seem a bit daunting, especially when people are using words you don’t understand! However, we’re here to break down some of the most popular words that are used and explain what they mean. Glossary Abreast – Alongside, side by side. Adrift –  Anything broken away from moorings or fastenings. […]

Guide to hiring your narrowboat

Hiring out your boat may sound like a great way of earning some extra income. But before you start, there are some steps you need to take. The Canal & River trust has a fair trading policy which aims to encourage commercial enterprise on our waterways. Providing you follow the rules there should be no […]

Man cruising a narrowboat towards a tunnel

Spring is now officially here, so now you can finally get your boat Summer ready! The time has come to de-winterise your narrowboat and get ready to go cruising around the inland waterways again. With over three thousand miles of canals and rivers in Britain, we’re sure you want to get out there and start […]

canal boat blacking

Does your canal boat blacking need a touch-up? Perhaps you’re a new boat owner and you’re not sure what you need to do? Then take a look at our guide to hull boat blacking to find out! Blacking your hull is something that is necessary as it is a way of maintaining the condition of […]

boat storage ideas

If you own a narrowboat we are sure you are aware of the limitation of space. We have compiled a top 10 list of storage ideas to help you make the most out of your space! Clever storage ideas are a must to really maximise your space. You will need to really look and think […]

Christmas on the waterways

Are you going to be spending the Christmas on the waterways? Then you need to be prepared and remember that it will be a little bit different from a traditional Christmas spent inside a house. Obviously, there will be limited space and so having a large number of people won’t really be possible. You could […]

winter-proof your boat

Now really is the time to winter-proof your boat. If you find it all a little daunting and are not sure where to start, then you’re in luck! This post will help assist you in making sure you give your boat all the TLC needed before giving your boat a rest. Check your hull When checking your […]