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Share Boats / Boats for Hire / Swap Moorings / Narrowboat Hire
« Last post by admin on June 27, 2012, 01:03:27 AM »
There are many many narrowboat hire places I've found on the internet and most don't seem to be that expensive given that all you need to really do to complete your holiday is provision the boat with food as most include fuel, etc.

Below are some that I've found.
Best Waterways - lock magic / Living the Dream! my wishlist
« Last post by admin on June 27, 2012, 12:50:51 AM »
Oh where would I start Regents Canal with a stop off at the Camden Lock and visit to the markets there or ambling or should I say chug chug chugging along the Oxford visiting the ruins of Goodstow Abbey and Oxford Castle to name a couple of stop offs finishing lovely balmy evenings with a glass of white and the good company of my partner and cuddles from my little girl.

What more could you ask of a family friendly holiday option for travelling around the UK.
Home away from home - home comforts in the narrowboat / Heating
« Last post by admin on June 27, 2012, 12:41:20 AM »
The first thing that comes to mind when you see a canal boat is how cold it must get on board during winter - but boats can be quite comfortable as they are fitted with little stoves/fireplaces - many different varieties.

If stoves/fireplaces are managed properly - and there is a knack to it- you can achieve quite a lovely and comfortable ambient temperature and atmosphere in living areas that you wouln't believe there to be snow drifts lying on top of the boat and to the sides of the canal.

As with all fires it can take even many months to learn how to light, maintain and even keep the fire going overnight so as to maintain the heat in the cabin.

I was fortunate enough to have grown up with a wood fire as our main cooking area and also it was what they call combustion - as it also supplied our hot water by means of copper piping ran through the firebox that cold water ran through and heated as it went. This was a great experience and I'm the first person that is given the duty of looking after the fireplace whenever we holiday with one.

Heat = fuel consumption so find the happy medium.  You can have a really hot - almost uncomfortable cabin if you want to go through lots and lots of fuel and keep adding and stoking etc.  Why it can almost be a full time and expensive job with the amount of fuel consumed.  My mum taught me how to use the flue.  The flue controls the amount of oxygen circulating through the firebox. So the next equation is oxygen = fuel = heat.

Pretty much after you get a fire started and going well I engage the flue and cut back the aiflow in the firebox so as to slow the consumption of the fuel. This is where the individual tweaking of each stove is different.  You will get the feel as to when you've used the flue too much and the fire is choking.  I will post more topics on choosing/sorting your timber later.

Stay warm. Lisa
Tips, tricks, repairs and DIY / Pump out or Cassette!
« Last post by admin on June 27, 2012, 12:24:37 AM »
What a horrible topic I know but it is key to the comfort of you and your family for the most basic of facilities.

Most people thing about good cooking facilities and good bedding but leave little thought as to the inner workings and pro's and con's for the humble ablutions of the day.

I've found that using a cassette to be the most reliable and functional system for many reasons.

Ease of emptying - you can just carry the cassette off the boat and empty in any toilet;

No smell - really they are ideal - holding tanks mean smell - these humble little cassette's are sealed and you add to the starting formula a chemcical that aides in the breakdown of the human additives - :) poo

It was just a simple choice for me.  No more being caught with full holding tanks and no pump out facilities or needing to travel some distance to get to pump out faciliites.  Just keep a couple of spare cassettes  ready to go for swap outs / back ups.

I found it most important when keeping the seals functional that as soon as I emptied I'd rinse out, add the small amount of water and chemical necessary for the starting forumla so the unit was sealed and stored on boat in a snap in ready to use state.  Storing them on board 'empty' and not primed (if that is a way of describing it) would only then create smells and definately seal failure.

Happy Cruising.
Which boat are you? / Cruiser Stern
« Last post by admin on June 27, 2012, 12:14:05 AM »
I do like the look of the cruiser stern with enough room to have deck chairs and drinks for those lovelly summer evenings and they usually have the hip height rail that you can perch on when at helm.  It does look comfortable for the helmsman (woman:))  for while being underway.
Newbies and Introductions / Hi from Australia!
« Last post by admin on June 27, 2012, 12:11:11 AM »
I've travelled Europe and UK a couple of times now and have always wondered as to who lived in those beautiful narrowboats.  To my joy I found out that you can hire them and travel the waterways at leisure.  Well - I can't wait is all I can say.  Until then - I will live vicariously through your comments. :)P
General Discussion / Queens Jubilee - river cruise
« Last post by admin on June 27, 2012, 12:08:32 AM »
Wasn't it lovelly to see all those beautiful narrowboats on the river for the Queens' Jubilee.

Just makes me jealous from the other side of the world and I want to set off touring now!

Monster Forum Admin
General Discussion / Welcome to our Canal / Narrowboat Forum!
« Last post by admin on June 27, 2012, 12:06:37 AM »
Welcome to our Canal / Narrowboat Forum!

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