Are you locked in this winter?

Are you locked in this winter?

Experienced boaters reading this may already be prepared, but for the few who are new to the narrow boat life, you may be interested to learn that during the winter is the prime time for locks to undergo repairs and other works.

This means that throughout the colder months many locks will be closed for a variety of periods, which means that cruising activity will be reduced. If you choose to moor in an area surrounded by locks, you will be very much restricted with your movement on the canals, however for those of you that have chosen to moor with us at Trinity Marina you will not experience too much of an issue. We are based on the Ashby canal, which provides you with an astounding 22 miles (35km) of unlocked cruising.

For those of you that do not plan to be moored with us, we have provided a full list of winter closures* for the East Midlands and surrounding areas, in date order:

07/11/2016 – 14/11/2016
Bridge 34 , Branston Road Bridge (Towpath is also closed)
Construction of a new bridge which is part of the Branston Lock development near
Burton on Trent.

07/11/2016 – 16/12/2016
Lock 39, Aylestone Mill Lock
Replacing the top and bottom gates. Brickwork repairs in the lock chamber.

05/12/2016 – 20/01/2017
Bridge 42A , Railway (Towpath is also closed)
Replacing a 4 lane railway bridge.

04/01/2017 – 26/02/2017
Lock 17, Junction Lock (Towpath is also closed)
Gate leakage repairs, Brick and masonry repairs in and around the lock chamber.

09/01/2017 – 20/01/2017
Lock 18, Kibworth Top Lock
Lock 19, Gas Pipe Lock
To refit the top gates at Kibworth Top Lock, and to repair the lock chamber at Gas Pipe Lock.

09/01/2017 – 19/02/2017
Lock 5, Swarkestone Lock (Towpath is also closed)
Gate and paddles repair.

09/01/2017 – 26/02/2017
Lock 2, Sharlow Lock
Lock 3, Aston Lock (Towpath is also closed)

16/01/2017 – 24/02/2017
Park Farm Culvert (Towpath is also closed)
Reconstruction of the culvert across the canal line.

23/01/2017 – 10/03/2017
Locks 12 & 13, Glascote Top and Bottom Locks (Towpath is also closed)
Lock leakage repairs on Lock 12. Replacement of top and bottom gates at Lock 13 aswell as brickwork repairs to the lock chamber.

23/01/2017 – 03/02/2017
Lock 22, Cranes Lock
To refit the top gates.

30/01/2017 – 10/02/2017
Minworth Embankment (Towpath is also closed)
To carry out investigation works in preparation for future repairs.
06/02/2017 – 17/02/2017
Lock 27, Turnover Lock
To refit the top and bottom lock gates.

13/02/2017 – 17/02/2017
Lock 3, Coventry Canal
Gate reline works, Silt removal and fence installation.

20/02/2017 – 03/03/2017
Lock 28, Tythorne Lock
Replacement of the bottom gates.

Remember to take these closures into consideration these coming months and plan your journeys accordingly.

*The winter closure information was taken from the Canal and River Trusts website www.canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Have You Considered Life on a Narrowboat?

Have You Considered Life on a Narrowboat?

Have you ever considered taking the leap from your bricks and mortar to living on the water? Of course, living on a boat has its pros and cons, so this month we thought we’d take a look at the positive reasons to live on a narrowboat.

COST OF LIVING
If you have bought your boat, then your ongoing costs are fairly low. There will be mooring costs at marinas and you still have gas, electricity and water bills, but compared to those you pay in a house, they are generally much lower.

SIMPLE LIVING
Living on a boat gives you a simpler and less stressful life. There is less space to fill with possessions that are not needed and you have more time to take pleasure in reading, cooking, walking and generally enjoying life.

LESS CLUTTER
Following on from the point above, because your new home will be significantly smaller, there is less space for all those possessions that we keep, even though we don’t really need them. You learn that ‘things’ are not important.

ENJOYING NATURE
You will live closer to nature and learn to appreciate its beauty. Sunrises and sunsets are just outside and are beautiful every single day. The stars twinkling in the sky at night are an incredible, mesmerising sight and so much clearer away from towns and cities. And an abundance of wildlife will be right outside your door daily.

INDEPENDENCE
Living on your own boat, gives you independence and freedom from the monotony of town/city life where you are used to sitting in traffic, going on the school run, working 9-5. You can still work and live on a boat, but you have the freedom to live how you want to around that. You can travel in your home, whenever you want. You are in control.

If you’d like any information about boating, either for living or hiring, please contact us.

The travels of Together Forever

The travels of Together Forever

We’re following the travels of Together Forever this summer… We recently recieved an email to update us on her travels:

We’re having an amazing journey been on the River Avon, River Severn, Staffs & Worcs, Shroppie, Middlewich Arm, Trent & Mersey (Heartbreak Hill!) & at present the Macclesfield going onto the Peak Forest ☺️ & once we’ve done that will be making our way back home via the T&M through the Harecastle tunnel (help 🙈!) then the Coventry. Should hopefully be back on the Ashby earlier than expected, so will definitely be coming home soon ☺️

Canal Etiquette

Canal Etiquette

Whether you are considering leaving dry ground to live on a narrowboat, or are planning a relaxing holiday on the water, there are a few things to consider. They are not necessarily rules that you must abide by, but etiquette that will benefit yourself and others on the canals.

Once you know the basics, you will have a better experience of Britain’s beautiful canal system and enjoy your day, week or however long you choose to live on the water!


Speed


The canal is a calm environment, best enjoyed at a gentle pace. The speed limit is 4mph, so you should not be travelling faster than anyone walking alongside the canal! If you have chosen to be on a narrowboat, you are obviously looking for a relaxing time, so there is no need to try to travel any faster. Just enjoy the scenery as you move along. And it is courteous to reduce your speed as you pass other boats. You don’t want any bumps!


Locks


Most locks can fit two boats side by side, unless you are on a narrow canal. Because of the time and amount of water is takes to pass through a lock, it is good etiquette to check if there is another boat that can share the lock at the same time. It is surely also common sense that if another boat approaches the lock as you are leaving it, don’t shut the gate in its face!


Mooring


When it comes to mooring, again it’s just down to common sense. It sounds obvious, but don’t tie your ropes to fences on the other side of the towpath or you’ll trip people up! Always use the mooring pins that are provided with the boat, even if you are just stopping for a short while. The best places to moor the boat are marinas, as they are set up for that very purpose and are well equipped for all your needs. Just check the marinas rules, as they all differ slightly, and you and everyone will remain happy on the canals!

Trinity Friends’ Special Offers

Trinity Friends’ Special Offers

Dear and valued friends of Trinity Marinas,

As part of our 15 year anniversary, we would like to reconnect with all our past moorers and brokerage customers. So firstly “HELLO” and we hope you are well.
These special offers are especially for you guys who have supported us and given us your custom in the past 15 years.
So here they are;

• 1 months mooring if you sign up for a 12 month contract.
• £100 cash if you recommend someone who signs a 12 month mooring contract.
• We will sell your boat for just 4% commission. (We have sold 5 boats in the last month so are in need of boats to sell).
• Free one month’s mooring plus a £25 voucher if you buy your next boat from Trinity we have some beauties in at the moment.

Please help us celebrate our first 15 years of which you have been a part. We would love to hear from you soon.
Kindest Regards and Best Wishes
Sharon Woodward Managing Director
Christine Dallas Director of Operations and Broker

A boaters tale (part 2)

A boaters tale (part 2)

Frank and Daphne had often passed through and moored here at Trinity. They’d got to know many a kind a face, in particular they remember Christine Dallas and Sharon Woodward. Frank remembers watching Sharons own Father come out of the office at Trinity Motors and start helping dig out the Marina himself! Frank and Daphne watched the Marina grow from a towpath to a 140 birth Marina. They had always felt at home here and were always greeted with a cup of tea and a cake.
The staff here at Trinity had always made Frank, Daphne and Beneva at home. They were welcomed warmly and never felt like they were just another moorer.
Franks story is typical of a moorers experience here.
So what of Beneva now? Sadly Daphne passed away on board her beloved Beneva 2 years ago in her husbands arms. The loss has proved too great for Frank to continue living aboard so he made the decision to sell her.

He sadly made his last journey to Hinckley Marina where, he knew she would be looked after by his friends here. Christine Dallas took delivery of her at 4pm in the evening and by 5.30pm she had been sold! Beneva is now back up on the Lancaster Canal where she will be no doubt loved by her new owners as much as Frank and Daphne did for 19 years.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better life if I’d written it down and asked for it”- Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson

A boaters tale (part 1)

A boaters tale (part 1)

Frank and Daphne married in 1958. Both keen campers they shared many camping and caravanning holidays all across the UK. They loved the outdoors and the people they met.
When Frank retired they made the decision to buy a narrowboat. They wanted desperately to try the boating life and so they decided to test the water.
Their boat was built in Devizes. She was beautifully fitted out and had everything Frank and Daphne could need. Beneva was launched. Named after Daphne’s parents, Ely Benjamin and Eva Whitehouse, she was ready for what turned out to be 19 years of blissful boating adventures for Frank and Daphne.

Fast forward 4 years. By this time Beneva had travelled the canals from Liverpool to Leeds, Merseyside to Nottingham. Frank and Daphne lived on the towpath. Not needing long term moorings as they were never stood still for long enough, they moored up at Hinckley.

Enjoy Your Summer on the Canal

Enjoy Your Summer on the Canal

“Imagine being able to take your house and park it in some of the most inspiring and beautiful parts of England and Wales – this is what life on a boat holiday is like.” (Canal & River Trust)
The summer is upon us, and fingers crossed, the weather will be gloriously dry and sunny for the next couple of months (but it is Britain so let’s not get too carried away!). And what could be a better time to get out and explore the many waterways of the country on a canal boat?
For many people thinking about planning ways to explore the great outdoors, they might naturally think about walking, or cycling across beautiful countryside. But the canal system enables you to see some of the most beautiful scenery from the convenience of a home on water.
A canal boat allows you to relax and enjoy tranquil stretches of water, whilst travelling from one marina to the next, experiencing wonderful views on your journey.
A boating holiday is perfect for the summer months, and some love it so much that they choose to purchase a canal boat so they can choose to enjoy life on the calm, tranquil water whenever they please.
If the thought of waking up to a different view out of the window every morning sounds appealing, then feel free to contact us.

Special Offer

Special Offer

As a special offer we are offering £100 cash to anyone who introduces a friend to a 12 month contract through June and July. That’s £100 cash!

Brokerage Open Day

Brokerage Open Day

Our next open day is the 11th June. 11am to 3pm!
Come along and meet our brokerage expert Christine Dallas.

Whether you are looking to buy or to sell your boat this event is well worth a visit. Come along, have a free cup of Tea or Coffee and chat about your options to our expert.

Floating Lounge

Floating Lounge

Our floating lounge is now open! Come and have an ice cold drink from our Marina shop and then put your feet up in the sun on our floating lounge! Its a beautiful time of year. Even the Swans have brought their babies to meet us!

Floating Lounge

Floating Lounge

Exciting news….the floating lounge which we launched last year is being recommissioned for Spring and Summer.

Following its success last summer we have decided to go for it again! Come down and have a light lunch which you can purchase from our Chandlery Or just while away and hour or two over and Tea, Coffee and a cake which are available for only £1.50.

The Floating Lounge is also available for private hire.

Vacancy!

Vacancy!

We currently have a rare vacancy for much sought after linear moorings. From £80 per month. Call 01455 896820 for more information.

New look Website

New look Website

With all the exciting new developments going on in Hinckley recently, such as the multi million pound Crescent retail and cinema park, we at Trinity Marina decided it was time for an upgrade. Here it is! Our all new look website.

We hope you enjoy having a look around. We have made it lighter and easier to navigate. Also don’t forget our Chandlery is now online right here

We have loads of new and exciting ventures coming up! Keep popping back to keep in touch with us!

Brokerage Open Days

Brokerage Open Days

WE HAVE OUR FIRST BROKERAGE OPEN  DAY ON SATURDAY 5TH MARCH 11AM TO 3PM.  ALL WELCOME!!  ALL BOATS AVAILABLE TO VIEW.  FREE TEA AND COFFEE. COME AND MEET OUR EXPERIENCED TEAM WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO BUY A BOAT OR SELL YOUR BOAT.

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