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This article Clicking on Canals No 58 is the copyright of Jim Shead - The fifty-eighth of a regular series of articles on waterways on the internet. First published in Waterways World November 2005.



by Jim Shead

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Channelglaze Ltd www.channelglaze.com, a company well known for designing, manufacturing and supplying a wide range of aluminium windows for boats, now has a website covering their various products giving some technical advice on fitting and answering frequently asked questions. Other companies supplying boat equipment are Isuzu Engines www.isuzuengines.co.uk, part of Isuzu Motors Limited of Japan, who have has specialised in producing automotive and industrial engines since 1936. Their web pages include marine engines used for canal boats and show examples of their use by companies well known on the cut. Another firm in the same field is Marine Engine Services Ltd www.marineengine.co.uk suppliers of diesel engines, spares and a large range of accessories for collection or by mail order worldwide.

For those looking for new boats we have sites covering one boat builder and three boat fitters. The boat builder is Sagar Marine Ltd www.sagar-marine.com the Dutch barge specialists, based at Brighouse on the Calder & Hebble Canal, who will construct complete craft from the steel work and fitting out to the last lick of paint. Harveys Boat Builders www.harveysboatbuilders.com are boat fitters based in Tamworth.

Another boat fitting site is Grosvenor Marsh Narrowboats www.grosvenormarshnarrowboats.co.uk who now fit out narrowboats but have worked on ocean racing yachts. Riverview Narrow Boats www.riverview-narrowboats.com are also boat fitters, who are members of the Canal Boat Builders Association based in Kegworth, using shells from Alexander Boat Builders, Isuzu engines, and all equipped, supplied and fitted as quality assured and CE marked.

A site also concerned with building new boats is Martin Glover Boat Designs www.martingloverboatdesigns.co.uk . If you are in the process of buying a new boat, or re-fitting out an existing boat, they can help you design the interior of your boat and when you have approved the design an A1-size drawing is produced as a working drawing for the customer or their boat fitter.

Grand Waterway Voyages www.gwvboats.co.uk is a narrowboat hire company with a "fleet of luxury narrowboats" located at Swan Lane Wharf on the Coventry Canal. Countryside Cruising Holidays www.countrysidecruising.co.uk have the 70 foot, 8 -10 berth narrowboat Lazy Days, which is based on the Caldon Canal.

Michelle Martin www.michellemartin.co.uk has a site promoting hand painted greetings cards, canal ware and original art produced aboard Willowmoor Art Workshop, a 50ft narrowboat travelling around the Midlands canal network.

The Boat Inn www.boatinn.co.uk is an independent free house opposite the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire. This famous boating pub was featured in the early canal film Painted Boats. The thatched canalside bars occupy the oldest part of the building and retain their original stone floors and open fires. Additional new bars and a restaurant have considerably expanded the pub in recent years and provide a venue for various events listed on the site. More history of the area can be found on Blisworth Images www.blisworth.org.uk/images/ is a collection of old photographs of scenes in and around Blisworth, Northamptonshire, dating from as far back as 1880.

Rotherham & Sheffield Canal Association www.rasca.org.uk aims "to promote an interest in canals and boats in general, and provide inexpensive moorings in order to encourage future growth and development of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation".

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The Friends of the Cromford Canal www.cromfordcanal.org.uk is an organisation whose aim is to see the restoration of the historic Cromford Canal for the benefit of the general public. They also want to see the navigation connected to the national inland waterway system. Their site explores the canal in words and pictures showing the canal as it was and how it is now. There are also pages giving a chronology of the area, an illustrated report on Butterley Tunnel and facts and figures about the canal.

Like most waterway society websites they have a diary of meetings and events, a contacts page, a page about the latest AGM and the all important membership form. This is a content rich site with more pages than can be described here and with new pages being added all the time.

The whole site reflects the society's aims to conserve, use, maintain, and develop the canal, its buildings, towing path, structures and craft as well as its environment for appropriate commercial and recreational purposes and to preserve its valuable historical heritage.

If you would like to suggest a favourite web site which you think WW readers should know about please mail me at click@jim-shead.com.

Grosvenor Marsh Narrowboat.

Martin Glover Boat Designs.

Grand Waterway Voyages.

Michelle Martin.

Please note: the above links were correct when this article was published in the November 2005 issue of Waterways World but for up to date links please see my links page.


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