#2 Length of the boat:
The length of boat you require obviously depends on the number of people who will be using the boat and the period of time that you will spend on it. Basically 30 – 40 feet is ample for a holiday boat, while 50 feet plus is ideal for extended cruising or live aboard.
A further point with regard to length is lock dimensions. There are a number of locks around the country, that restrict access to certain waterways, the lengths are as follows:
Leeds & Liverpool 60 feet (62 feet can just fit through)
Calder & Hebble 57 feet 6 inch
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!
If you need any extras for your boat, you can find all our canal boat accessories on our Chandlery Marine shop.