Canal boat repAIR – boatyard Services at standard marinas

Many marinas up and down the UK will always look forward to welcoming you, and will be delighted to quote for and carry out any work you need doing on your boat. Being in a marketplace which isn’t particularly that popular and with competition being high, Marina’s are ideally looking to generate sustainable business by providing an excellent service.

Listed below includes some of the typical services they provide;

- Engine and Gearbox Servicing and Repairs for Canal Boats / Motor Boats / Sail Boats

Hull Blacking – A full suited covered dry dock to do underside work to a boat

Boating Fit Out – Fully trained engineers and boat builders who can carry out any works required to a boat from interior design to external works.

Painting / Sign Writing – All carried out on by a specialised boat painter and sign writer (covered dock)

Hiring a canal boat in skipton

Hiring a canal boat throughout the UK can be a fairly easy task if you know what you’re looking for. Fortunately, canal boat companies tend to provide excellent customer service and before you know it you’ll be plodding along miles of  water canals and river ways like a true boat master of the river. One of these places you could really test your skills is Skipton which spots some rather lush green dales at a pace which suits you. You also get to see a variety of wildlife along the way.

So how do you go about hiring a canal boat?

Fortunately the canal boat hiring company will be able to direct you in the right direction when it comes to the size and length of your trip. Most boats come with all the home comforts you expect too, like a fridge and cooker to serve up picnics, comfy seats to admire the scenery from and a proper flushing toilet.

Solo – The Boat that is perfect for older sailors

The Solo is a boat that was designed for middle-end men and women who can get around in a reasonable fashion, but can’t hike out such as the younger generation in toppers and laser classes.

To step back  a bit and provide some historic information on the solo, the national Solo is a classic, one-design, single handed dinghy which still has it’s original design made in boat manufacturing complexes today. It was originally designed by Jack Holt, a well renowned sailor and solo class who came across the idea of the boat design when he was sailing in a less ergonomic type of dinghy called a mirror. Fortunately however, Jack designed the solo in 1956 and to this very day the Solo continues remains a popular dinghy in a variety of sailing events up and down the country and it is continued to be sailed in at many clubs in the UK, Holland and Australia.


If you own a yacht then you’re probably doing ok in terms of the money you hold. Typically the price to purchase a yacht can vary, but the upkeep of allowing you to enjoy them through harsh winters and scorching summers is a cost that all boat owners have to face at some point or another.

Coupled with this cost and depending where you fit within the category of yachts that you own, you may also seek staff to manage and run the boat. Footballers and oil company owners tend to own these types of yachts which requires a substantial cost to keep them running. Typically the butlers that are hired for these scenarios are students who are looking to experience the joys of living outside of the UK and in a Mediterranean climate. They will actively prepare food, bring drinks to the owner and act as a general waiter or waitress to all staff on board. 

Laser sailing boat – perfect for intermediate sailors

Sailing has become a popular option for many outdoor enthusiasts because it allows ones to harness the power of wind to move a boat in a particular direction. The number of models, sizes, colours and additional extra’s drastically varies from sailing boat to sailing boat but the one that we shall reflect on today is the Laser.

The Laser is a single sailed boat, with a pointed hull which can achieve a plane. Generally this type of boat is perfect for intermediate sailors as it is generally the boat most people take step from onto larger yachts. As with all Laser’s you have the option of being able to select a variety of sail sizes, weights and colours, especially when sailors want to differentiate themselves from the crowd.

Most people before they move onto the Laser sailing boat would’ve tried out a topper or even an optimist, two lower-end models which are used in a stepping stone like manner.

Sailing Holidays – Why Bother?

Sailing holidays are becoming more and more popular, and not just for experienced boaters, but for young, amateur groups too.

If you’re sailing around the Greek islands, then waters are bound to be calm, and you do get training before you set sail, in case you do run into problems. If you’re holidaying in the peak season (July to September) then sailing can be a nice way to enjoy the weather without the rush of the people and you get a really nice amount of seclusion and privacy.

That is one of the main reason why sailing has become so popular, and you’re free to explore however you wish, eating a new dish in a new area every day, whilst embracing the sunshine 24 hours a day.

Finding a Mooring

Owning a canal boat give you the chance to explore in a completely different way, but whilst it can be one of the most enjoyable and relaxing forms of boating, it can be a bit of a nuisance at times.

Mooring a huge canal boat is a big problem in many towns, but you can overcome it if you plan out your journey in advance. It’s important to know that some mooring spots are designed specifically for canal boats, but residential vacancies are in short supply, so it is best to find a boat club, pub or restaurant.

You can find short term moorings in marinas, and this is an ideal option if you’re a continuous cruiser, however, you should do your research on marinas first, to avoid disappoint and a wasted journey. Finding permanent mooring is a lot easier than finding a short term spot, but there are options out there and you’ll find them if you do your homework.

A Boat Ride in Bruges

Bruges is one of those mysterious places. There are so many historic buildings, cobble streets and vintage stores, whilst it’s not hard to find peace and quiet, especially when you’re by the riverside.

If you ever get the opportunity to head over to Bruges, then you should make sure you take a boat ride. The rides on this river are only operated by tour guides, and it’s cheap, while you get plenty of nice facts to keep you entertained along the way.

It’s amazing how many homes are situated on the bank of the river, but there are small factories too, as well as hotels and you mustn’t forget your camera, especially when the towers come into view. Bruges may be known as the horse and cart city, but whether it’s warm, frosty or wet, you must enjoy a boat ride.

Splashing out on your Driver Seat

When you’re travelling for long periods of time on your boat, you need to be comfortable, and that’s why it may be beneficial to spend a little bit more on your driver’s seat.

A comfortable seat can make a big difference in terms of having an enjoyable journey, and there are many different shapes and styles to choose between. Testing before you buy is important and a seat you buy form a website may look comfortable yet once you’ve installed it you find that it’s worse than your original seat, and you may struggle to get your money back.

A comfortable seat may cost a considerable amount, especially if it’s made of high quality leather by a leading manufacturer, but it will be worth the cost in the long run so long as it’s comfortable.

Non-slip Deck Covering

A non-slip deck covering can be really important in terms of safety and many boaters opt to install it, especially during the rainy periods. It may not look impressive, but it’s comfy to stand on and you’ll always be guaranteed a good amount of grip when you’re moving around, no matter what pair of shoes you’re wearing.

Non slip deck coverings can also be provided for work surfaces and dashboards so your belongings are not always sliding about, and if you’ve never considered installing it, think again because it’s remarkably cheap and easy to install.

You can decide between different colours, to match the inside and outside of your boat, while you can also choose between different thicknesses and patterns.