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Wiltshire canal boats experience series of break-ins

Canal boat owners in Wiltshire have been urged to introduce additional security measures after the area has experienced a raft of break-ins over the last seven days. Valuable items from two boats in Bradford on Avon were stolen on Monday (March 11th) night, with another theft in neighbouring Trowbridge also reported between 8am and 6pm on the same day. Police … More

World’s best ‘boatels’ revealed

Many people are interested in staying on a boat but without actually travelling across the seas. This has meant that boatels (a boat that has been transformed into a hotel) have become very popular. CNN have put together a list of the five best boatels in the world. The first boatel is the 1907 Yankee Ferry in New York. This … More

Man rescued from trapped boat

Firefighters have rescued a man whose boat became trapped on a weir in Rickmansworth. Crews from Rickmansworth and Watford were called to Batchworth Lock to deal with the incident, reports the Watford Observer. The man became stuck as his boat had become trapped in fast-flowing water and he had to be rescued from the vessel by firefighters. Two specially-equipped swimmers … More

Fundraising event helps contribute to canal barge restoration fund

More money has been contributed to a fund needed to restore a 1934 canal boat back to its original glory. The barge called Bramble resides in Stourport but cannot be sailed because she is only a shell at present, the Kidderminster Shuttle reports. Staff at the local Brantano shoe store recently held a ladies' night and raised £51, meaning the … More

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Canal boat destroyed in fire

The importance of investing in boat insurance may have been highlighted by a blaze on a canal near Caldwell Lock. Fire crews were called to the scene at around 00:30 GMT after a member of the public alerted the emergency services, the Kidderminster Shuttle reports. The individual is said to have seen a canal boat engulfed in flames from nearby … More

Thieves cause £5k worth of damage at Scottish loch

The importance of investing in boat insurance may have been highlighted by an incident in Perthshire that saw thousands of pounds worth of damage to canal boats. Vandals left a trail of destruction estimated at £5,000 after ripping 15 high-powered batteries from vessels at Butterstone Loch, the Perthshire Advertiser reports. The devices were charging at the time of the incident, … More