The real cost of boating

Published: Saturday, 15 April 2017

DURING 2012 we published the following article based on the actual cost of operating a 54ft narrowboat under the then British Waterways, to acquaint would-be buyers with the actual cost per year of owning and operating a narrowboat:

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£1 million to clear the rubbish

Published: Friday, 14 April 2017

THE Canal & River Trust state that it is costing £1 million annually to clear-up after litter-happy Britons, that leave their litter both in and around the waterways.

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Boat builder bucking the trend

Published: Friday, 14 April 2017

THOUGH the boat building industry is still in the doldrums, with many of those hit by the downturn in boating still out of business, one boat builder is bucking the trend and even expanding.

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Tested to use excavators

Published: Friday, 14 April 2017

Volunteer excavator operators of the Wey & Arun Canal Trust have been tested on the practice and theory for the safe use of those over 10 tonnes.

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TV licensing reminder for boat owners

Published: Thursday, 13 April 2017

WE HAVE been contacted by the BBC to remind the increasing number of boaters living on the waterways, that they ensure they are correctly licensed to watch television.

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Better for the birds

Published: Thursday, 13 April 2017

SO MANY birds were being slaughtered by the power wires running along the Stainforth & Keadby Canal that Canal & River Trust has worked with Northern Powergrid, the company to install special ‘flight diverters’.

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Canalside pub destroyed

Published: Thursday, 13 April 2017

THE Grill & Grain by the side of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Chorley has been destroyed in a fire that swept through the building.

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Raise funds by pulling a boat

Published: Thursday, 13 April 2017

THE Friends of Dawn Rose have a novel and exciting way to raise funds for your organisation or your favourite charity. Your team can pull a 70ft long, hand-built, wooden narrowboat—the Dawn Rose— along the Chesterfield Canal.

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RCR to speak at Flood Expo 2017

Published: Thursday, 13 April 2017

RIVER Canal Rescue (RCR) is speaking at this year’s Flood Expo—the world’s biggest flood prevention exhibition and conference—explaining how boat salvage and recovery keeps the UK inland waterways clear, manages flood risks and supports the environment.

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New season—new closures!

Published: Wednesday, 12 April 2017

HERE we go again, the start of a new season and the closures have started already!

It's the poor Oxford that fails just in time for Easter at Broadmoor Lock (24) near Cropredy, Keith Gudgin tells us.  No definite reason reason given by Canal & River Trust, just that it is 'maintenance'. Update: Re-openes this afternoon, Thursday.