The UK's canal and waterways network are used by narrowboats, river cruisers, walkers, cyclists, nature lovers, canal boat holiday makers, tourists and tranquillity seekers alike. This website aims to act as a light-hearted yet informative resource for anyone who cruise the canal network as well as people who are thinking of buying or hiring a narrowboat or river cruiser who would like an insight in to this relatively little known jewel in Britains crown.
As well as acting as an insight in to cruising our waterways we also aim to build a web based community where you can contribute your stories, advice, photography and more via our facebook group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/canalboater/). We also have an official Facebook page where we will share interesting stuff from around the canal at: https://www.facebook.com/canalboater
Below the following canal photographs you will find a more detailed view of what this site has to offer from canal boating resources through to our own small shop where you can buy custom painted Buckby Cans and other traditional canalware by artist Paul Massey.
Please be aware that this canal and narrowboat website is very new (autumn 2014) and will build over time so please bear with us while we get it all up and running. You can help by joining our facebook group (button at bottom of every page) or by contributing your stories, photographs etc. by contacting us by clicking here
Beautiful Digital Watercolours From Your Own Photographs
Painting a Buckby Can
A light-hearted video diary of Paul Massey painting a Buckby Can in a traditional canal art style. If you would like Paul to create a bespoke canal art Buckby Can for your boat then get in touch by clicking here.
Making a Cratch Board and Cover
Making your own cratch is an excellent way of extending your weatherproof usable space on your narrowboat. Paul and Lee Massey take us through their epic build they took on with absolutely no prior experience!
Painting Daisies on the Hatch
The hatch aboard Hannah the Narrowboat was looking quite sorry for itself with the first layer of marine ply coming away so it was time for an overhaul. After stripping away the rotten wood, sanding and filling Paul decided to paint it a nice bright red. It looked a bit plain so he decided a few daisies may liven it up a little!
Hit the 'Features' button to find out about life on the cut (canal), canal boating experiences and contributors views about the waterways. If anything really important comes up regarding law changes or big news stories you will find them all here! If you have something to contribute then send it in by clicking here.
If you love the canal and river network you will love the gallery section where you can find our own photographs and videos of life on the water as well (hopefully) other peoples contributions. If you have some stunning pictures to contribute then send it in by clicking here.
As the website builds we hope to bring you the best resources around the web for all your narrowboating and canal related needs.
Head to our 'Learn' section for video tutorials, step-by-step guides and more stuff related to life on the British waterways.
This section is constantly under development so may change from day to day! Here we will be offering canal related goods such as bespoke painted canal art, handy gadgets and more. Much of the canal art will be painted by artist Paul Massey who has been in the graphic design industry for over 20 years.
Just below this text you will see a Facebook logo - hit it to join the canal boater community and chat, share and air your own views on canal life! We also have a blog that we update frequently so why not check that out too?
A bespoke Buckby Can
Here is our bespoke Buckby Can painted by Paul Massey for Hannah the Narrowboat.