Ahead of our open day event, which is being held this Saturday 11th March, you may wish to know a little bit more about our narrowboat brokerage here at Trinity Marinas.
First and foremost, we help people buy and sell canal boats. You can sell your boat through Trinity Marinas with the confidence that it will be thoughtfully represented by our team, and that it will benefit from prominent display in our marina, which is frequented by a steady stream of potential buyers. Narrowboats for sale in our marina are seen by a varied clientele, including those eating and drinking in neighbouring establishments as well as customers of the marina’s car dealerships. We will also prepare a promotional brochure containing photos of your narrowboat, as well as its features and specifications, which we send out and give to potential buyers.
On top of this we routinely generate sales through a number of means; marketing drives, advertisement on our own and other relevant websites, advertisements in the local paper and trade magazines, as well as through contacting our existing database of buyers. We are able to isolate buyers in our database who may be interested in your boat by using a search function which hones in on their required criteria. Once interest is generated, via any of the above means, we book each potential buyer in for a viewing conducted by one of our team members. Rest assured, people are never allowed to wander around your boat unattended!
We also specialise in advising buyers on the most suitable narrowboat for their needs, whether they want to use the boat as a permanent residence, for the occasional staycation or anything in between. First time buyers especially benefit from this service, as we are able to field questions on everything from moorings, boat insurance, finance options, to licensing and other costs associated with a life on the water.
Whether you are looking to buy or sell a boat, or just want to experience one first-hand, stop by our open day this Saturday 11th March. We’ll be here from 10:30am to 3:30pm, and will be more than happy to advise you on anything narrowboat-related.
Have you ever dreamed of owning your own narrowboat, meandering at three miles an hour down the beautiful English and Welsh canal system? Basking in the glorious feeling of adventure whilst relaxing in a way that was lost over fifty years ago? Traversing through countryside that cannot be reached by car or train.
Do you imagine an alternative lifestyle living on a narrowboat, amongst a community of other boaters where people help and support each other and a true community spirit thrives?
Perhaps you have considered owning your own narrowboat for use at weekends and for holidays. Narrowboats and cruising the canal systems certainly provide an escape from the day to day stress of life and help you to unwind away from the entire world as you know it.
People think about narrowboat ownership for a myriad of different reasons. The only constant is that for whatever reason you decide to buy the reality is, it’s even better than you could ever imagine.
Trinity Marina on Coventry Road Hinckley is holding a Narrowboat Brokerage open day Saturday the 11th of March from 10.30 to 3.30pm where you can drop by the marina and ask our team any question about narrowboat ownership. You will also be able to look around an assortment of boats for sale at the marina and tell us of your boating dreams – who knows you might even walk away having commissioned a new build!
So, join us for a glass of wine and boaty chat, if we can’t answer your questionon the day, we will know someone who can. We look forward to seeing you to meet the experts and chat with current owners.
Live the dream, your dream, your way.
Their boat awaits them across the other side of Europe, but now they have to get themselves and their dog Buddy home.
Misty Blue was safely purchased and moored up at Trinity Marinas, awaiting the arrival of her new owners Dave and Liz. Keeping them up to date through every part of the sale, Christine was eagerly awaiting them to take delivery of their keys.
Whilst in Cyprus Dave and Liz had taken in some lodgers. Their cats, and a dog called Buddy. On deciding to leave Cyprus they realised that they would have to leave the cats behind. Liz was heartbroken but she found a lovely home for them with her friend. Buddy the Lab was coming home with them. He was just 6 weeks old when Liz took him in, and she couldn’t bear to part with him. It’s a complicated malarkey bringing a dog back to the UK from, what is classed as a third world country. The paperwork was extensive and vet checks had to be completed before Buddy could leave Cyprus. It was decided that they would drive Buddy back to the UK as flying would probably be too traumatic for him.
Once the vet checks and the visa has been granted, you have 5 days to reach the UK!
Hitching a ride with 2 young men who were travelling back also, Dave and Liz set off on New Years Eve. The weather was horrendous. They drove through Bulgaria in snow. They stopped frequently in below zero temperatures to stretch their legs and allow Buddy to have a walk. This is a dog that has never seen snow before! You can imagine what his little paws thought of that! He was quite excited.
Dave and Liz drove through nine countries in the space of 4 days. Until you actually drive through these countries I don’t think any of us can fully understand what a mammouth trip that was! Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium and France. And they HAD to do it before the deadline was up, otherwise they would have been turned back to Cyprus. All in freezing weather. Liz told me that they covered Buddy up with a blanket to keep him warm in the car as he was shivering.
They made it the french port of Calais just in time. If they had been 5 minutes over they would not have been allowed across the channel.
Buddy and his mum and dad are now safely in England, Buddy here sat on his sofa on his lovely new floating home, Misty Blue.
Little does he know his adventure is just beginning!
Now Liz, Dave and Buddy are safely back in the UK and ready to take on the canals of the UK. Dave feels so happy that he can be part of the community of boaters at Trinity Marinas, everyone keen to help and lend a hand. The staff at Trinity and the boaters all make boating a wonderful experience for novices and experienced boaters combined.
As we move into February and Christmas seems such a long time ago, most of us are now turning our attention to this years summer holiday. With the news full of Brexit uncertainty, falling exchange rates and terror attacks hitting beach resorts and cities in Europe, the Staycation is very much now an option for a lot of us. In fact, according to ABTA, in 2016, 71% of British holidaymakers stayed in the UK which was up from 64% the previous year.
With this in mind the purchase of a holiday home is now looked upon as better investment than leaving the money in the bank as interest rates are so low. This is great news for the towns and villages along our coastline as people search for the perfect spot to holiday year in and year out, giving them great views, gourmet pub dining, fantastic walks and all amenities on hand.
However, with coastal property prices stretching budgets that little bit too far, more and more of us are looking towards Britains Inland Waterways. With over 2,000 miles to explore, that include, across England and Wales 1,569 locks, 53 tunnels and 3112 bridges navigate and admire.
Life on the UK’s waterways is slow paced, tranquil and allows you to explore the UK and see it from a whole new perspective. What better way to unwind than a slow cruise through the canals of middle England on a hazy summers day, morning up at a canal side pub for a pie and pint (or two), then a snooze on deck as the rolling fields pass by into the evening.
You will be surprised how easily accessible the canal boaters life is, with Trinity Marinas right on our doorstep. The Marina staff will be happy to advise on all aspects of boating life, from buying a Narrowboat, moorings and cruising to living aboard and maintenance.
Sources: Canal and riverboat trust
There is often confusion around the names given to the types of boats we see on the waterways around Trinity Marinas. Is it canal boat? Narrowboat? Barge? Well, none are wrong; it is simply personal choice which term you use.
Technically, a barge is slightly different to a canal boat and narrowboat, as it is wider, but we hear them all! We also like to hear all the wonderful personal names that are given to boats.
If you have chosen to live your life on the water, you want your boat to have a name that is personal to you and that can make it your home. If you have a new boat built for you, then you can choose a name at the time of building so it can be added on by a signwriter.
But what if you buy a pre-loved boat that already has a name?
You may like the name it is, and choose to keep it. Or you may want to make it personal to you. Some say it is unlucky to change the name of a boat whilst it is in the water, so if you are superstitious, you could change the name whilst the boat is having any repairs done, as this will likely mean it will be out of the water.
It is believed that this superstition came from a time when it was required to rename wooden ships. This involved the old name being removed by planing the timber and the new one burnt in. Over time, this weakened the timbers and the boat was susceptible to sinking in a storm.
If you are not superstitious, it is fairly easy to change the name of your boat and some people even have a renaming ceremony. We’d love to hear your stories if this is something you have done!
To change the name of your boat, you need to inform British Waterways and give them the boat’s current name, registration number and the new name you want for your boat.
You also need to inform your insurance company quoting your policy number.
The name you choose for your boat may not be unique. As British Waterways knows boats by their number rather than their name, there is no requirement to choose one that doesn’t exist already. The five most common names for canal boats are:
Some more unusual ones that we have heard of are:
- May Contain Nuts
- My Newt
- Sally Slap Cabbage
- Wider Wake
- She got the house
We’d love to hear if you have an unusual name for your boat!
The Hunt for a Narrowboat
The decision made, Dave and Liz needed to find themselves a boat! But they’re living in Cyprus. How do you find the right Narrowboat in the UK, when there are so many Marinas to look at?
Liz and Dave headed for the UK to start their search for a Narrowboat. Their family lived nearby and coming from Leicester originally they began their search. They had viewed a few Marinas on their travels but none captured their hearts like Trinity.
They were passing by and saw the signpost for the Marina. They had seen it advertised during their search but had never actually been in.
As they drove down the driveway and looked over the marina for the first time Liz just said
“This is it. This is where we are going to moor our boat.”
After meeting with Christine they were even more eager to moor here. Christine made them feel “so welcome” and “so at home”. Her knowledge gave them confidence that they had absolutely made the right decision. She spoke to them at length about their plans and listened carefully, understanding what they wanted from their Narrowboat.
Moorings booked, they had still to find their Narrowboat.
They went back to Cyprus more determined than ever to find their boat. They had a lot of packing and planning to do as it was their intention to come back to the UK for the start of 2017.
Christine kept in touch, letting them know of any boats that might be suitable for them. Then in December, Dave had come back to view 6 boats. They were up and down the country so he had a lot of driving to do! On his way to Whilton Marina he called in to Trinity.
Ever welcoming Christine had just the boat to show him. Misty Blue. Dave was completely captivated by her. He stepped on board and instantly knew she was the boat for them! No haggling. No quibbling. He paid the deposit for her there and then!
He called Liz, who simply said “as long as she’s at Trinity”.
The Moorings are booked, the Narrowboat is purchased, now all the couple had to do was transport themselves and their Labrador – Buddy, across 9 countries……the story continues..
An epic journey to Misty Blue
17 years ago Dave and Liz bought themselves a holiday home in Cyprus. For the last 7 years they have lived there full time, lapping up the sun! The view from their home was a 360 degree vision of sheer beauty. Situated in the mountains their view showed the ocean in one direction, and mountains in the other. Why oh why did they choose to leave all of that behind? Why a Narrowboat? Why Trinity Marinas?
When they bought their house in the mountains of Turkish Cyprus, Dave and Liz were in their element. A ruined property they spent years renovating and decorating until they had created a fantastic home for themselves, and a holiday home for their family back home in England. Dave was perfectly happy tending to his garden and Liz enjoyed walks with her dog and with their neighbours. Not being able to speak the language was a bit of an obstacle since there weren’t many English speaking people in that part of the island. Dave went for lessons! He learnt how to speak Turkish so that he could easily converse with the villagers!
Life was great for a while but they were starting to get itchy feet and a yearning for home…..
In June 2016, Dave and Liz came to the massive decision to leave Cyprus and come back to the UK. There were many factors that induced that decision, one of them being the unrest in Syria.
“You have all this beauty surrounding you, but you are very well aware that Syria is only 40 miles away” – Dave
Dave and Liz had lived in some lovely places all over the world but it was also very apparent to them that they hadn’t seen much of the United Kingdom. Life in the services had taken them to many places, but the UK beckoned.
It had always been a dream of Dave’s to live aboard a Narrowboat and see the UK’s many wonderful views from the canals.
“My dream was to go somewhere warm for my retirement, now its time to live Dave’s dream” – Liz
And so the decision is made in June 2016. Now the hunt for a Narrowboat was on…….
It’s a new year, and you may be starting to plan a holiday in your narrowboat or a travelling route for those of you who do not moor full time. So, we have compiled a list of the top places to visit in your narrowboat this year.
- The Avon Ring
The Avon Ring is a circuit of 109 miles and 131 locks. There are plenty of places to visit along this route but be sure to stop and visit the birthplace of the playwright William Shakespeare (Stratford-Upon-Avon). You can moor opposite the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon and visit local cultural areas such as such as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Shakespeare’s house.
Cruise the majestic River Severn to Worcester, then ascend the Tardebigge Flight, which is the longest flight of locks in Britain on the Worcester & Birmingham canal. The Tardebigge Flight comprises of 30 locks, raises the canal 67 metres.
- Llangollen Canal
The Llangollen Canal crosses the border between England and Wales. The waterway links Llangollen in Denbighshire, North Wales, with Hurleston in South Cheshire, via the town of Ellesmere, Shropshire. The canal stretches 90 miles and has a total of 21 locks.
Along this route is the ‘stream in the sky’, The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. It is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee. The aqueduct is 307m in length and soars 38m above the River Dee.
- Oxford Canal
The 78 mile long Oxford Canal links Oxford with Coventry in the centre of England and is considered to be one of the most scenic canals in Britain. It connects with the River Thames at Oxford and to the Coventry Canal in Bedworth.
This region offers a look into the past with traditional villages and pubs boasting architecture that dates back to the 18th century.
- River Erne
This river is located in the North/West of Ireland, and is the second-longest river in Ulster. The river is 80 miles long and flows through Lough Gowna, Lough Oughter and Upper and Lower Lough Erne, to the sea at Ballyshannon. It is difficult to distinguish the river as it winds its way through interconnected loughs. Lough Erne is a maze of more than 150 islands and sheltered bays where you may be the only boat moored, making it a great place to visit if you like your privacy.
- The South Pennine Ring
The South Pennine Ring crosses the Pennines between Manchester and Huddersfield, it is roughly 69 miles long and has 197 locks. It covers parts of five canals, and includes passage through the longest canal tunnel in Britain. You will find an unrelenting ascent up the Huddersfield Narrow, which stops climbing at an altitude of 645ft, making it the highest canal in Britain.
If you’re an experienced narrowboater and like a challenge, this route could be the pinnacle of your achievement.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading this list and it has sparked some ideas about travelling in your narrowboat this year.
Friendly helpful staff and second to none service!
Our staff are all extremely knowledgeable in their field. You will always be greeted with a smile and someone is always available to chat to you about all things Narrowboat!.
The staff here at Trinity Marinas would like to wish all of their customers, old new or potential, A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Trinity Marinas has a restaurant and hotel on site.
Whitbread owns the lovely Mariners restaurant and pub. It has a lovely deck over looking the canal where you can enjoy anything from a cup of coffee to a 3 course meal.
Next door there is a Premier Inn hotel. If there’s no room on your Narrowboat for all of your family and friends then this is the ideal stop over for them while they visit 🙂
24 Hour petrol station & Shop on site.
Just a two minute wander from the moorings is the 24 hour petrol station and shop.
Rain or shine there is an onsite shop and Chandlery.
Our fully stocked onsite shop can provide you with everything from daily provisions such as Milk to Gas bottles and mooring ropes.
Drop in and say Hi, there is always a friendly welcome.
Trinity is just a 15 minute walk away from the brand new Crescent Development in Hinckley.
Just a gentle stroll will take you to the new cinema complex. Also the enormous new Sainsbury’s and plenty of bars and restaurants! If you would prefer to drive there is ample parking at Sainsbury’s.
It’s a common misconception that it’s extremely cold living on a narrow boat in the Winter, when the reality is that you can live aboard very comfortably even when there is ice, snow and arctic winds to deal with, if you’re prepared.
There are three options when it comes to heating and these can be used separately or together.
Multi-fuel stoves are still the most popular option, using coal or wood. It works through dry heat and the fire will draw in the condensation from the boat.
Diesel-fired central heating works the same as a domestic boiler found in a house. Simple to use and compatible with a timer, it will heat the radiators and provide hot water.
Gas central heating will also allow you to heat your radiators and will provide hot water, running from your bottle. However, it is not compatible with a timer.
Remember to keep a good stock of fuel such as coal, gas or wood to make sure that you don’t run out when the weather is at its worst. It’s also a good idea to fill up on diesel to ensure you have enough fuel.
Taps can freeze during winter, meaning this will disrupt the supply, so don’t leave filling up until last minute. If you’re not a fan of drinking water from the tank, then you can stock up on bottled water.
You never know when bad weather might keep you from getting out. To be prepared for this situation, it is best to keep a good supply of food and drink on board.
It is a good idea to moor somewhere that is in familiar territory to you and has provisions available. Here at Trinity Marinas we have a Brewers Fayre restaurant, a Premier Inn Hotel, a petrol forecourt, showers, toilets, water and Elsan.
When mooring, you can protect the hull by hanging planks of wood alongside the boat to prevent ice slabs bumping into your hull. If you do find yourself in a situation where the canal/marina has frozen, then we advise you to NOT break the ice if it is thick (anything over half an inch is classed as thick). Breaking the ice by trying to cruise through it will put a great strain on your engine and it will also damage the hull scrapping away the blacking.
Icy surfaces are a potential danger, so extra care needs to be taken when outside. Be extra cautious when walking on the towpath, using the locks and getting on and off your boat.
If you are using the water pipes on the towpath or at a marina make sure you completely turn off the tap, and take care not to spill any water which will create an icy puddle.
If you’re going to face the elements you need to be dressed appropriately. A good pair of shoes with decent grip is a necessity, as is waterproof clothing and a warm coat. If you plan on working the locks, you’ll also want some gloves to protect your hands from the cold.
If you follow these steps to make sure that you’re prepared for Winter, then you should experience minimal issues these coming months.
Trinity boasts, a Hair salon & Boutique, and a Restaurant on site.
The Marina pub is onsite and serves meals all day long. Or just pop in for a coffee 🙂
Kerry Arnold is the name of the on site hairdressing salon and boutique. More details here: