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In the event of something bad happening to your boat, you will want to be sure you are safely covered. Boat insurance isn’t a legal requirement for every boat in the UK. However, there are a few circumstances when you do need to have it. Such as if you are keeping a boat in a […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

If you are new to living on a boat, it can be very confusing as to how and where you can moor up. There are lots of rules to follow and a lot of misconceptions about mooring up. If you don’t follow these rules you could lose your boating licence, be fined and even eventually […]

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 […]

Some may find it very daunting when you need to downsize from a house to a boat. However, it can be easier than you think! Today we are going to share some of our top tips to help you. Start early This is a great way to make sure you don’t make any rash decisions. […]

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 […]

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 […]