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NEWS & VIEWS

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Below are some of our experiences, information bulletins, happy moments, funny stories and more. Narrowboats are our passion and we want to share them with you.

 

 

Keep Net-1 Dawn-0

I had a call out during the torrential rain today to remove a fishermans keep net from the propeller of Dawn (one of the Accessible Boats) Luckily it only took 10 minutes so the guests could get underway and enjoy the re

What's in the Weed Hatch?

It is amazing what you find wrapped around a narrowboat propeller, so far this year we have had 2 crayfish nets, a ladies top, a jumper, a hoodie, some rope and today we found this nice combo of plastic bags, fishing line and rope.

Tripadvisor

Thank you everyone who has taken the time to write a review on Tripadvisor. Small businesses like ours rely heavily on word of mouth and providing a service that people want.

Back on line again!

After what seems a huge downtime, we are finally able to rely on our telecoms again. The culprit was a tree which had stretched our phone line to the point where it was almost useless. From now on we hope to post regularly about events at the boatyard.

Magna Carta Weekend Approaches

We are all excited about the celebrations over this weekend. The boat rally at Colt Wharf is now expecting 20 visiting boats all decorated up with bunting. We have our birds of prey display and a jam and chutney stall on site.

Improving our picnic area

After painting our garden furniture, installing an artistic medicinal herb feature and new planting, we thought it would be a good idea to place a gazebo at one end of the garden for those not so nice days.

Bluebells at Mytchett

I had to go out to one of our boats the other day and walking back along the towpath near Mytchett bridge I cam across a group of bluebells which lined the towpath just before Mytchett Lake, spring is really underway and summer not far!

New Narrowboat Livery and Names

Holly is the first of our boats which has been painted in new colours - Union Canal Green and Crimson. She also has new logos on the sides and her name on the bow sides. The photo was taken last weekend at Crookham Wharf where a family had a joint 70th Birthday trip.

Electric boat for hire

We had our first trip on the new electric boat we put together over the winter. It is capable of holding up to 5 people and can cruise silently along the canal. If you fancy a picnic at Odiham Castle, why not give it a try. The price is £25 per hour.

Easter Monday Boating

Wow! we had fantastic weather for the Easter Monday bank holiday and it brought out over a hundred people who enjoyed messing about in rowboats, kayaks and canoes on the Basingstoke Canal. Our new Kiosk is in full swing now serving teas & coffee, cakes, biscuits etc. etc.