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Car pulling a boat trailer after launching a boat

Many boat owners may fall by the wayside when it comes to boat trailer maintenance. However, being that they are required to getting your boat in and out of the water, possibly on a daily or weekly basis, they are very important and should be looked after. Boat trailers are regularly exposed to water, UV […]

D2 in use on marine boat hull

There are different types of boat varnish on the market and it can be confusing as to which one you should use. Our handy guide will break everything down and help you choose the right varnish for you. Why should I varnish my wood? The short answer is to protect it from being subjected to […]

Green narrowboat cruising down a canal

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 […]

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 narrowboat 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 […]

Narrow boats moored up

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 […]