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My winter mooring this year is very close to the Tring Reservoirs, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an incredibly beautiful area for boating, walking, angling and cycling. It’s also a major feature of the southern Grand Union Canal, and therefore covered by our narrowboat brokerage. We have a selection of narrowboats for sale on the Grand Union and work closely with Cowroast Marina, among others. However, the water levels across the Tring summit are currently being kept at a lower operating level than usual to allow seepage losses to be minimised. The ground in the Tring cutting has always been wet, and so was not sealed when the canal was first built. The recent dry spell allowed the ground to dry out, the water table dropped and so the canal water began to leak out. The Friends of Tring Reservoirs website reported that an “emergency fish rescue operation took place over the weekend from Friday 20th January in the 'Reservoir Pound' locks 39-40, following a larger than expected fall in water levels in the canal.” Following recent consultations with local boating and trade representatives British Waterways have now reviewed the existing restrictions currently in place on the Tring summit. The navigation between Lock 46 (Cowroast) and Lock 39 (Startops) is to remain closed until Monday 26th March to allow the local reservoir levels to recover before the main boating season. But from Monday 26th March the navigation will be reopened, although only between 10.00am and 3.00pm. BW reports that navigation down the centre of the canal will then be possible for normally draughted boats. There will also be two specific opening periods to enable boats to cross the summit during restricted hours on specified days during March. The major reason for these openings in March is to get boats to Cowroast and Bulbourne for the two boatyards on the summit, and for us to get boats that we have sold to the right side of the summit for their new owners. There was a proposal at the last meeting with BW that the locks would also close for an hour at lunch to allow enough to gather to run pairs up and down the locks alternately and thus use the water efficiently. The Aylesbury arm remains closed for dredging but will be opened about one weekend per month to allow locally based boats to move around on the arm. Boatshed Grand Union are holding regular meetings with BW to review the situation We hope that these restrictions will conserve the water in these stunning reservoirs so that we can continue with our used narrowboat sales and enjoy canal boat cruising in the Spring and Summer this year. You may also like Phil’s previous article on theTring Summit Closure
There are almost 35,000 canal boats on Britain’s inland waterways*, but it’s quite difficult to estimate how many of those are floating homes. I was recently interviewed by a journalist who seemed to want to find out what ‘type’ of people are living within the boating community. The truth is that we are just as diverse as the community living ashore. Live-aboard boaters include middle-aged divorcees, retired couples, young professionals, people on low incomes, people ‘down on their luck’ and canal heritage enthusiasts. It can include people seeking an alternative lifestyle, or people seeking a cheaper lifestyle. Some boaters are foreign tourists discovering England and some people are able to choose a nomadic lifestyle because they work from home.
It may be a 2009 North Pacific 39 Pilothouse Trawler for sale, but her sparkling condition could lead you to believe it is a 2012 model!
H.R.H. Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T. hosts Royal Southern Yacht Club 175th. Anniversary Luncheon at Buckingham PalaceThursday, 23 February 2012
In formal recognition of the Royal Southern Yacht Club's 175th. Anniversary being celebrated this year, a private luncheon was hosted on Tuesday the 21st February for 150 members of the Hamble-based Club at the invitation of its Patron, H.R.H. Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T. In an interesting and happy coincidence, Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns for 175 years.
When you are choosing your galley equipment, we have several choices of cookers that you can choose from depending upon the type of cruising you are going to do.
When you are finalising your interior upholstery, we have a wide selection of fabrics to choose from to personalise your new Helmsman Trawler.
The Cummins QSB Series....
Following my earlier blog about How to Sell a Boat on the Inland Waterways I thought I’d share a bit more about who we are at Boatshed Grand Union.
If you’re looking for your Spring ride to get you out on the water, then the forthcoming BoatBid.com online auction could be just the place to bag yourself an unbelievable bargain.
Check out these quality boats in the next BoatBid.com boat auction. The Auction starts in less than 9 days from today.
The British Marine Federation’s South West region brought together over 60 key representatives from industry, marine and local businesses at its Conference and AGM, held at South Devon College, in Paignton on 10th February. The event was sponsored by Hayes Parsons, Bartons Solicitors, and Boatshed Dartmouth.
We would like to announce that as addition to our main service, yacht brokerage, now we are offering charter booking service for more than 100 charter fleets with 2000 yachts in total.
Boatshed Dartmouth are pleased to offer for sale a boat that is large enough for extremely comfortable live aboard accommodation or even as a business operating perhaps as a Bed & Breakfast business. At 68’ arranged on two decks this ex charter vessel offers flexibility and comfort and the ability to separate guest accommodation from owners if required. A comfortable day saloon forward of the wheelhouse provides panoramic views out and on the deck below, accessed via a staircase aft of the wheelhouse, a large owners suite (partially fitted out). Aft of the wheelhouse on the main deck is a large main saloon and dining area and below, four well arranged cabins all with natural light as well.
So, voting has now opened for boat owners to elect four boaters to represent licence holders on the Canal and River Trust’s National Council. The council will consist of 35 members but only four of these will be boaters! Voting is open until noon on 9th March and ballot packs are currently being sent out to voters. However, BW does not consider Boatshed Grand Union brokerage to be a waterways business; they simply consider a waterways business to be a company that has a British Waterways trading licence; so we will not be eligible to vote.
Sve zainteresirane koji žele saznati više o nama i našim uslugama, vlasnike plovila i predstavnike nautičkih tvrtki pozivamo na prezentaciju „Boatshed Croatia-posredovanje pri prodaji/kupnji rabljenih plovila i mogućnosti za suradnju sa nautičkim tvrtkama i agentima“ koja će se održati u sklopu 21. Zagrebačkog sajma nautike u subotu 25. veljače u dvorani izlagača.
Don’t forget the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) drop-in sessions start this week for the East Region. Find out what marine plans are being drafted for the future East Inshore and East Offshore areas and what it means for coastal communities.
BoatshedPlymouth.com International Yacht and Boat Brokers is very pleased to offer for sale this lovely Hardy Seawings 355 Motor Cruiser Click here for details on an exclusive brokerage basis.
Who says there is a recession?
The 2012 Seattle Boat Show is over...... you didn’t make it this year..... and now you feel you missed the boat.....not so!!