#8 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

#8 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

We’ve picked our top 10 great things to do this year in our wonderful county with our Leicestershire bucket list.  This is the eighth in our instalment of 10 great things to do in Leicestershire, to inspire you to spend a canal boat holiday in the Midlands this year.  Take a look at our first recommendation to take a walk up Old John or perhaps you would like to check out Twycross Zoo?  Spend a memorable day out with a trip on a steam train along the Battlefield Line If you enjoy historical sites, then visit Bosworth Battlefield, and take in a bit of cultural learning at the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

For a quieter day out with the family, we suggested a trip to the New Walk Museum in Leicester.  And in our last update, for a much noisier day out, we suggested a trip to Mallory Park Motor Circuit.  This week’s suggestion is just as noisy and energetic!

#8 of 10 great things to do in Leicestershire

Number 8 on our list is: A visit to Twin Lakes

A little further out is Leicester’s very own theme park Twin Lakes.  Twin Lakes is situated near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire and promises to be an ‘All action! All Weather! Theme Park!’ which sets the tone for a fun filled energetic day out!   There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained for a full day out with so much to do that you wouldn’t be able to pack it all into one day!

Twin Lakes is an all weather destination, which is perfect for the more inclement weathers we get in the UK from time to time. There’s just as much to do indoors as there is outdoors, and the venue is constantly improving the park and adding new rides and attractions so there is something new to discover on each return trip.

This is an absolute must do on a Leicestershire bucket list for families of all ages. For more information visit their website here. https://www.twinlakespark.co.uk/

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now

How to sell your narrowboat quickly with Trinity Marinas on the Ashby Canal

How to sell your narrowboat quickly with Trinity Marinas on the Ashby Canal

How to sell your narrowboat quickly

At Trinity Marinas we are based in Hinckley on the Ashby Canal and so offer the perfect venue for attracting buyers if you are wondering how to sell your narrowboat quickly.

When selling a narrowboat you have two options. You can sell privately or you can sell via a narrowboat brokerage such as the one we run at the Marina.

How to sell your narrowboat via a brokerage

At Trinity Marinas we live and breathe narrowboating and life on the canals! Choosing to sell your boat through us is by far the most hassle free option you can take.

Selling your boat via a brokerage removes the need for you to be on the end of a phone to answer sales enquiries; the brokerage will take this over for you. It also frees you up of the responsibility of meeting prospective buyers. At Trinity Marinas, we will moor your narrow boat at our marina in Hinckley where it can attract the attention of passing prospective buyers and we can also make appointments to suit buyers, that might not always suit your own diary. Being on the Ashby Canal system, we see thousands of passers by, especially in peak season. So you can be assured that where there is a quality sales lead, we will grab it!

Our experience in selling boats is also an advantage. We are always keen to get the very best price that we can for you. We have a proven sales record, and have even sold narrowboats after just a couple of hours moored on the Marina!

Selling your narrowboat privately

Of course you can also choose to sell your narrowboat privately. This might seem the best option to you as narrowboat brokerages will charge you a commission much like an estate agent will do when they market your house.

The commission will start to prove itself cost effective once you are faced with paying for marketing your boat for yourself. You will have to pay for advertising, either in narrowboat magazines or on digital websites dedicated to this kind of selling.

There are a number of intangible benefits of choosing to sell via a brokerage too such as the effect of passing trade that mooring your boat on a marina can have when selling your boat. This won’t mean necessarily that you won’t be able to sell your boat, but it could take you quite some time.

Talk to Trinity Marinas about selling your narrowboat

Trinity Marinas is a premier inland narrowboat sales & brokerage and canal boat marina. Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.

To arrange a free consultation or for further information please telephone us on 01455 896820 or complete the online-form.

#7 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

#7 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

We’ve picked our top 10 great things to do in Leicestershire in 2018.  This is the seventh in our instalment of 10 great things to do in Leicestershire, to inspire you to spend a canal boat holiday in the Midlands this year.  Take a look at our first recommendation to take a walk up Old John or perhaps you would like to check out Twycross Zoo?  Spend memorable day out with a trip on a steam train along the Battlefield Line If you enjoy historical sites, then visit Bosworth Battlefield, and take in a bit of cultural learning at the King Richard III Visitor Centre. Or for a quieter day out with the family, we suggested a trip to the New Walk Museum in Leicester.

#7 of 10 great things to do in Leicestershire

Number 7 on our list is: Visit Mallory Park for motorsports

If you like speed then look no further than the iconic Mallory Park Circuit, a motor sport venue in the heart of the countryside in Leicestershire.  From car track days to motorcycling, and cycling to triathlon, Mallory Park has it all.  Situated around a lake it boasts a lovely location which makes it a great place to be, even if you aren’t a confirmed petrol-head. Whether you are wanting to try out for your own motorsport license or watch the experts make it look easy, at Mallory Park you will find there is always plenty to do.

So if you are looking for great things to do in Leicestershire in 2018, pay Mallory Park a visit. Find out more about the events calendar and the activities on offer on the Mallory Park website here: https://www.malloryparkcircuit.com/

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now.

#6 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

#6 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

We’ve picked our top 10 great things to do when you visit Leicestershire in 2018.  This is the sixth in our instalment of 10 things to do in Leicestershire, to inspire you to spend a canal boat holiday in the Midlands.  Take a look at our first recommendation to take a walk up Old John or perhaps you would like to check out Twycross Zoo?  Spend memorable day out with a trip on a steam train along the Battlefield Line If you enjoy historical sites, then visit Bosworth Battlefield, and take in a bit of cultural learning at the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

#6 of 10 great things to do in Leicestershire

Number 6 on our list is: New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

If you’ve not seen the dinosaurs of The New Walk Museum yet then add it to your bucket list!  New Walk Museum and Art Gallery originated in 1849 when the Literary and Philosophical Society formally presented to the town its various collections, which have grown and developed over the last 160 years into one of the premier museums in the region.

So if you plan to visit Leicestershire in 2018, make sure to add a trip to New Walk Museum and Art Gallery to your itinerary.  More information can be found here on their website: https://www.leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums-and-galleries/museums-and-historic-venues/new-walk-museum-and-art-gallery/

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now.

#5 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

#5 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

We’ve picked our top 10 great things to do when you visit Leicestershire this year.  This is the fifth in our instalment of 10 things to do in Leicestershire, to inspire you to spend a canal boat break away in the Midlands this year.  Take a look at our first recommendation to take a walk up Old John; we suggested also that you visit Bosworth Battlefield, or perhaps you would like to check out Twycross Zoo? Spend memorable day out with a trip on a steam train along the Battlefield Line

#5 of 10 great things to when you visit Leicestershire

Number 5 on our list is: King Richard III Visitor Centre

You’ve visited Bosworth Battlefield and ridden the Battlefield Line, so now its time to visit Leicestershire’s burial site of King Richard III.

In 1485 King Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth. The Grey Friars buried him in their Church. The remains of the church were found underneath a council car park at Greyfriars.  The story is fascinating and the visitor centre well worth the trip.  Located right in the center of Leicester my recommendation would be to park on Highcross and walk up to Greyfriars.

If you’re going by Canal you can moor at Castle Gardens – and what better way to do your visit Leicestershire sight seeing than by canal boat?   You can walk through the gardens and the centre is about 5 minutes from the moorings.  For more information on their website, take a look here

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now.

#4 of 10 great things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

#4 of 10 great things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

We’ve picked our top 10 great things to do in Leicestershire this year. This is the fourth in our instalment of 10 things to do in and around Leicestershire in the heart of the Midlands, to inspire you to spend a canal boat break away in the Midlands this year.  Take a look at our first recommendation to take a walk up Old John; we suggested also that you visit Bosworth Battlefield, or perhaps you would like to check out Twycross Zoo?

#4 of 10 great things to do in Leicestershire

Number 4 on our list is:  Take a steam train along the Battlefield Line

If you’ve not been already, then we say that this is an absolute must for your bucket list and is a great things to do in Leicestershire!

The train line goes from Shackerstone to Shenton going through Market Bosworth, and you take your trip aboard a vintage steam train taking a step back in time to when things were simpler.  The stations are quaint and picturesque and have lots to see and do, including Richard Goldings’ glass making studio. You can often see Richard working here too!  (Shenton Station). Trains run from March to November and if you want to you can try out the controls of the Engine in Footplate Experience!

There are many great things to do in Leicestershire, and this is perfect for happy memory making on your holiday, so make sure to add it to your holiday itinerary!  For more details visit the Battlefield Line website here.

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now.

#3 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

#3 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

We’ve picked our top ten things to do in and around Leicestershire this year. This is the third in our instalment of 10 things to do in Leicestershire, to inspire you to spend a canal boat break away in the Midlands this year.  Take a look at our first recommendation to take a walk up Old John; or perhaps you would like to check out Twycross Zoo?

#3 of 10 things to do in Leicestershire

Number 3 on our list is: Bosworth Battlefield!

Set in the heart of England near Sutton Cheney, a picturesque village in gentle rolling countryside, this location is one of the best days out in Leicestershire.  Everyone has heard of the ‘Battle of Bosworth’, and if you haven’t or your memory of the history of this great battle is a little blurry, then you should definitely make time to take a trip to this location.

The Battle of Bosworth took place on Monday 22 August in 1485.   It is where Richard III went into battle against Henry Tudor, losing both the crown and his life and marking a turning point in English history.   This venue is not just a field however…  In addition to the heritage centre and shop, the Battlefield boasts some great activities that go on all year around.   Great for children and adults but steeped in history this isn’t a place you would want to miss off your bucket list!

 

Find out more on the Bosworth Battlefield website:  http://www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk/

 

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now.

 

#2 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

#2 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

We’ve picked our top ten things to do in Leicestershire and the surrounding areas this year. This is the second in our instalment of 10 things to do, to inspire you to spend a break away in the Midlands this year.  Take a look at our first recommendation to take a walk up Old John.

#2 of 10 things to do in Leicestershire

Number 2 on our list is: Twycross Zoo!

Have you been to Twycross and seen the monkeys? If you’re moored with Trinity Marinas then you are only a 20 minute drive away from the wide range of primates based there which makes a fabulous day out for young and old alike.  Twycross houses around 500 animals including many endangered species and is open 364 days of the year, so you will never be turned away at locked gates (unless you turn up on Christmas Day of course!).  Go and visit the Amur Leopard (the world’s rarest cat), find out more about individual species in the daily talks at the zoo, and go and see my own favourites – the Meerkats!

Almost everyone has heard of Twycross Zoo, and many would agree that this has a firm place in a top ten things to do in Leicestershire list.  So join the crowds and see what all the fuss is about! Get directions to the Zoo here, and details of admission prices and any special events: https://twycrosszoo.org/visit-us/find-us/ 

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now.

 

#1 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

#1 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

Well here we are into the New Year, and most of us are thinking about our summer holiday.  Or maybe we are ruminating on our New Year’s resolutions!  What about all those things you’ve always wanted to do but not got around to yet?  We’ve picked our top ten things to do in and around Leicestershire this year. This is the first in our instalment of 10 things to do, to inspire you to spend a break away in the Midlands this year.

#1 of 10 things to do in Leicestershire

Number 1 on our list is: Walk up to Old John. 

We suggest that you walk up Old John to Old John Tower, one of Leicestershire’s most famous landmarks. Old John is the name of the highest hill in Leicestershire on the edge of the Charnwood Forest and on top is an old folly – Old John Tower!

Situated in Bradgate Park it’s only a 20-30 min drive from Trinity Marinas so makes a perfect day trip from the marina if you are staying on the Ashby Canal for a few nights.

The hill on which Old John stands has the most amazing views of Leicestershire and is well worth the walk. It is 690 ft above sea level and is Leicestershire’s 2nd highest point.  The highest point in Leicestershire is Bardon Hill, which is an old volcano. As you wander through the park you’ll see lots of wildlife including the parks deer population.  A day out here makes a perfect picnicking spot for the whole family to enjoy.

Read more about this location on the Old John page on the Bradgate Park website: http://www.bradgatepark.org/about-us/old-john/

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now.

 

Costs Of Running A Narrowboat – Buyers tips #9

Costs Of Running A Narrowboat – Buyers tips #9

In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat stylea brief guide to hull constructionheating and water systems on narrowboats, electrics on narrowboatsnarrowboat surveys and documentation for narrowboat owners.  In this 8th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss the costs of running a narrowboat.

#9 How much does it cost to keep a narrowboat on the water?

 

When committing to the purchase of a canal boat, the cost of buying the boat itself is the most siginificant cost, but it is also important to consider what the costs of running a narrowboat will be yearly thereafter to help you decide if your budget can cover it.

So the following is a rough guide to your regular outgoings as a result of being a narrow boat owner.

Fixed approx costs:

  • British Waterways licence dep. on boat size £700
  • Boat Safety Certificate every four years £150
  • Insurance approx fully comprehensive £220
  • Mooring per annum in a marina approx 55ft £2,500
  • Mooring canal side approx dep. on location £,1200

Running costs:

  • Diesel heating costs approximately 70p per litre
  • Diesel propulsion is approximately £1.18 per litre
  • Pump out £10 to £15 dep. on location

    A 40 gal tank =180 litres  and an engine runs on roughly 1.5 litres per hour for a maximum of 120 hours on a full tank.

Maintenance:

  • Annual spring engine service by an engineer £70 to £150
  • Blacking every two to three years approx £7.00 per ft

Trinity Marinas is a premier inland narrowboat sales & brokerage and canal boat marina located in the Heart of England on the beautiful Ashby Canal in Hinckley, Leicestershire within easy reach from the the main M1 motorway, and just off the A5 (Watling Street).

If you are thinking about owning a narrowboat or are interested in canal boat life, then visit us at the marina and find out more about choosing the right narrowboat to suit your needs, or give us a call on 01455 896 820.

 

Required Documentation For Narrowboat Owners – Buyers Tips #8

Required Documentation For Narrowboat Owners – Buyers Tips #8

In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat stylea brief guide to hull constructionheating and water systems on narrowboats, electrics on narrowboats and narrowboat surveys In this 8th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss required documentation for narrowboat owners.

#8 What Documentation Do Narrowboat Owners Need?

The following documentation is essential for a boat owner – invariably called one of these names:

  • British Waterway Safety Certificate (BWSC)
  • Certificate of Compliance (C of C)
  • Boat Safety Scheme Certificate (BSS)
  • Boat Safety Certificate (BSC)

In basic terms, the British Waterway Safety Certificate (BWSC) is an MOT for a boat and covers the safety aspects like gas and electrical installations, but not the hull or engine condition. This certificate lasts for 4 years and a re-inspection is in the region of £75-£150. Every boat needs to have a valid certificate and if the boat fails, you have 6 months to rectify these problems.

Before you can take to the waters on the British canal system you will also need a licence from the Canal and River Trust and the cost of your licence depends on the length of your boat.

Trinity Marinas is a premier inland narrowboat sales & brokerage and canal boat marina located in the Heart of England on the beautiful Ashby Canal in Hinckley, Leicestershire within easy reach from the the main M1 motorway, and just off the A5 (Watling Street).These are generally the same item, but the BWSC is the updated version of the Certificate of Compliance.

If you are thinking about owning a narrowboat or are interested in canal boat life, then visit us at the marina and find out more about choosing the right narrowboat to suit your needs, or give us a call on 01455 896 820.

Trinity Marina Christmas Opening Hours

Trinity Marina Christmas Opening Hours

If you are thinking of heading out on the canal system this Christmas, we thought you might find it handy to know the Trinity Marina Christmas Opening Hours!

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from the staff at Trinity Marina!

With Christmas coming up we thought we’d get organised and let you know our opening hours for the holiday period.

  • 24th, 25th and 26th December – closed
  • Wednesday 28th December – open 10am – 12pm
  • Thursday 29th December – closed
  • Friday and Saturday 30th and 31st December – open 10am – 12pm
  • 31st December and 1st January – closed
  • 2nd January – back to normal hours!

Get in touch with us

If you would like more information about any of our services and facilities at the Marina, please don’t hesitate to contact us by telephone on 01455 896820 or via our contact form on the website.

The staff here at Trinity Marinas would like to wish all of our customers, old and new, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

Narrowboat Surveys and Surveyors – Buyers tips #7

Narrowboat Surveys and Surveyors – Buyers tips #7

In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat stylea brief guide to hull constructionheating and water systems on narrowboats and electrics on narrowboats In this 7th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss narrowboat surveys and surveyors.

#7 Tips on Narrowboat Surveys and Surveyors When Buying A New Boat

Just as with any major purchase like a house or a car, buying a narrowboat is an important purchase and so it is recommended that you get an independent qualified marine surveyor to inspect your potential vessel before committing to the purchase.

There are three types of survey that can be performed on a narrowboat – a full survey, a hull survey and an internal survey. A hull survey will only inspect the hull looking for the quality of the hull build and the steel thickness and for a list of items such as hull collision damage and plate thickness in vulnerable areas. A full survey will also inspect a list of items such as the engine, gas, electric and water systems, ventilation, windows and hatches. An internal survey will only concern the boat safety items.  For full surveys and hull surveys the boat will need to be hauled out of the water for inspection.

The cost of narrowboat surveys varies according to different surveyors and the type of survey you are looking for, and only qualified marine surveyors can carry out a survey on a narrowboat. On average the cost is between £500-900 for the surveyor and £150 for the haul out.  It is also worth bearing in mind that surveyors will sometimes charge travel costs on top of the survey, so please do check this out when speaking to potential surveyors.

For an official list of surveyors please contact British Waterways on 01923 226 422 or we can provide a list of local surveyors.

Trinity Marinas is a premier inland narrowboat sales & brokerage and canal boat marina located in the Heart of England on the beautiful Ashby Canal in Hinckley, Leicestershire within easy reach from the the main M1 motorway, and just off the A5 (Watling Street).

If you are thinking about owning a narrowboat or are interested in canal boat life, then visit us at the marina and find out more about choosing the right narrowboat to suit your needs, or give us a call on 01455 896 820.

Guide to Electrics on Narrowboats – Buyers Tips #6

Guide to Electrics on Narrowboats – Buyers Tips #6

In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat stylea brief guide to hull construction and heating and water systems on narrowboats.   In this 6th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss electrics on narrowboats.

 

#6 What Are Your Options To The Types Of Electrics On Narrowboats?

Nearly all boats will have a 12 Volt system installed and for some boat owners a 12 volt system on your narrowboat may be sufficient.  However due to the wattage of appliances you might wish to run on board on your narrowboat or canal boat you need to judge if your electric power system can support them.  If 12 volts proves insufficient, you may opt to have a 240 Volt system on board.   With 240 volts you have a number of options, Inverter, Landline or Generator.

a) Landline: A landline connection is simply where you plug in whilst moored at a marina, when an electric supply is provided.  You can then run all electrical devices whilst moored up.

b) Inverter: This is a device that converts your 12 Volt battery supply to a 240 Volt supply for domestic use,  this electricity is then fed into your boat through a transfer switch.  An average price of an on board inverter system could be anywhere in the region of £100 to £4000 and cost is largely dependent on size.  Generally speaking it is best to run light-draw electrical items from an inverter rather than, say an electrical kettle or heater.

c) Generator: Either a petrol, gas or diesel generator will give you a 240 Volt supply. Prices vary considerably with a petrol generator costing in the region of £400-1200, while a diesel one will cost around £1,500 to £4,000.  These types of systems are a reliable means of providing high voltage electric supply in your boat when you are off-grid, though always observe safety common sense when storing fuels on board or refuelling highly volatile fuels such as petrol.

Trinity Marinas is a premier inland narrowboat sales & brokerage and canal boat marina located in the Heart of England on the beautiful Ashby Canal in Hinckley, Leicestershire within easy reach from the the main M1 motorway, and just off the A5 (Watling Street).

If you are thinking about owning a narrowboat or are interested in canal boat life, then visit us at the marina and find out more about choosing the right narrowboat to suit your needs, or give us a call on 01455 896 820.

Heating Your Boat and Generating Hot Water – Buyer’s Tips #5

Heating Your Boat and Generating Hot Water – Buyer’s Tips #5

In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat style, a brief guide to hull construction.   In this 5th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss heating your boat and generating hot water.

#5 Staying Comfortable On Board: Heating Your Boat and Generating Hot water

When it comes to heating your boat to make your time aboard a comfortable home from home experience, you have three main choices:

a) Solid fuel stove (eg. Squirrel)
b) Gas central heating (eg. Alde)
c) Diesel fired heating (eg. Eberspacher)

The type of heating you have is down to personal preference. Many people prefer the solid fuel stove’s authenticity and dry heat – especially for narrowboat owners who enjoy a more traditional style canal boat. On the negative side for solid fuel is the time spent preparing and lighting the fire and the need for storage for fuel on board.  If burning coal, the smell is another consideration to take into account,most especially if you are moored for long periods near to lots of neighbours!

Gas and diesel central heating systems are a neater solution and are great for day to day use.  A gas or diesel fuelled system will provide almost instant heat and are a neater way of carrying fuel where space might otherwise be at a premium.  Hot water will be provided either from a heating unit, eg. Paloma or from your central heating system.

Another option is to use the engine cooling system to heat the boat’s interior.  A Calorifier enables you to use the excess hot water from the engine cooling system to form a central heating boiler and provide hot water through the taps.  This sort of system is only really suitable for smaller vessels due to limit in supply though. If you have seen a narrowboat for sale and you need advice on the heating and hot water set up, it is usually best to talk it through with the seller or the broker to decipher the pros and cons of the system on board.

Trinity Marinas is a premier inland narrowboat sales & brokerage and canal boat marina located in the Heart of England on the beautiful Ashby Canal in Hinckley, Leicestershire within easy reach from the the main M1 motorway, and just off the A5 (Watling Street).

If you are thinking about owning a narrowboat or are interested in canal boat life, then visit us at the marina and find out more about choosing the right narrowboat to suit your needs, or give us a call on 01455 896 820.