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Ashby Canal [Website]
Grass-snakes, tales of crabby swans and monster pike. Canoes and the five-feet paint-job...
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Barnes Brinkcraft [Norfolk]
Barnes Brinkcraft has been owned and run by the Thwaites family for over thirty-five years. During that time we have built up a reputation for providing our customers with the highest standards in Broads cruising, by the day, week or hour.
Contact: Daniel Thwaites, Riverside Road , Wroxham, Norwich. NR12 8UD
Ph. +44 (0)1603 782625 | Fax +44 (0)1603 784072 | e-mail | Visit our website

Loch Shiel Cruises, Glenfinnan [Highlands]
Experience the remote, beautiful and unspoiled 'Heartland of the Highlands'. Accessible only by boat, cruise Scotland's most historically significant natural treasure. A selection of cruises with live commentary by the friendly local crew run from Easter to October. Covered and open seating on deck, bar and light refreshments in the saloon below. STB "Commended" Visitor Attraction.
Contact: Jim Michie, Marnoch, Roshven, Lochailort, Highland Region, Scotland. PH38 4NB
Ph. +44 (0)1967 431706 | e-mail | Visit our website

River Link - Dart Pleasure Craft Ltd. [Devon]
River Link operates the largest fleet of pleasure boats on the famous River Dart, providing circular, wildlife and coastal cruises, with regular sailings to historic Totnes.
Contact: Mike Palmer, 5 Lower Street, Dartmouth. TQ6 9AJ
Ph. +44 (0)1803 834488 | Fax +44 (0)1803 835248 | e-mail | Visit our website


Coniston Launch - Coniston Ferry Services [Cumbria]
Coniston Launch sails traditional passenger launches on Coniston Water, Cumbria.
Contact: Coniston Ferry Services, Castle Buildings, Near Sawrey, Ambleside. LA22 OLF
Ph./Fax +44 (0)15394 36216 | Mob. +44 (0)797 010 8778 | e-mail | Visit our website


12 VoltZ Ltd. [Cumbria]
We design and supply solar and wind power systems for all craft, low voltage appliances and accessories. 12 VoltZ by Name, 12 Volts by Nature.
Contact: Errol Kerrone, 2 Bankside Barn, Crook Road, Staveley, Cumbria. LA8 9NH
Ph./Fax +44 (0)1539 822686 | e-mail | Visit our website

Fit a CABINCARE retractable flyscreen to your front door side door or Houdini and enjoy the comfort of bug free cruising.
Contact: Ned Edwards, Unit 5b, Raleigh Hall Ind. Estate, Eccleshall, Stafford. ST21 5JL
Ph. +44 (0)1785 859252 | Fax +44 (0)1785 859161 | e-mail

Stick on Signs [Glos.]
Self adhesive pre-spaced vinyl boat names or graphics individually designed and produced to customers needs. Large range of colours and styles available.
Contact: Mike or Margaret Hing
Ph. +44 (0)1367 252418 | e-mail | Visit our website

Walton Marine Sales
Boat Sales, Chandlery, Service Center. Agents for Jeanneau Motor Boats, Capriole Cruisers, Renaissance River Cruisers and Sea Otter Canal Boats.
Contact: Mike Cook
Walton Marina, Walton on Thames, Surrey. KT12 1QW
Ph. +44 (0)1932 226267 | Fax +44 (0)1932 240586 | e-mail
Upton Marina, Upton upon Severn, Worcs. WR8 0PB
Ph. +44 (0)1684 593111 | Fax +44 (0)1684 593225 | e-mail
Powles Marina, Wroxham, Norfolk. NR12 8RN
Ph. +44 (0)1603 781178 | Fax +44 (0)1603 781875 | e-mail
Portishead Marina, Portishead, Somerset. BS20 7DF
Ph. +44 (0)1275 840132 | Fax +44 (0)1275 840137 | e-mail
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Industry Narrowboats (Stretton Wharf S.U.C.) [Staffs.]
Since the early 80's we have specialized in the restoration of classic "Josher" narrowboats and authentic copies. Craning/blasting/blacking/repairs/lengthening/modifications to the highest standards.
Contact: Keith H. Ball, Orchard Cottage, Befcote Lane, Gnosall, Staffs. ST20 0EB
Ph./Fax +44 (0)1785 824897 | e-mail

Kuranda Marine Ltd. [Derbys.]
Specialists in complete heating, hot water, cooking and electrical systems for all types of boats including narrow boats, wide beam boats, cruisers, yachts and commercial boats.
Contact: Kevin Spratt, Kuranda House, Forge Road, Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Derbyshire. SK23 7HY
Ph. +44 (0)1663 734800 | Fax +44 (0)1663 733343 | e-mail | Visit our website

Stone Boat Building (Chandlery) Co. Ltd. [Staffs.]
Main suppliers of Maine calorifiers retail and trade for 30 years. Stockists of a large selection of inshore and offshore chandlery. Boat building and repairs.
Contact: Kathy Artus, Newcastle Rd., Stone, Staffs. ST15 8JZ
Ph. +44 (0)1785 812688 | Fax +44 (0)1785 811317 | e-mail | Visit our website

Websters Insulation Ltd. [S. Yorks.]
For all your domestic, agricultural, industrial or marine insulation needs, only the warmest places have used Websters Insulation.
Contact: Blake Brumby, Crow Tree Farm, Thorne Levels, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. DN8 5TF
Ph. +44 (0)1405 812682 | Fax +44 (0)1405 817201 | e-mail | Visit our website

Wharf House Narrowboats [Northants.]
We build individually designed, beautiful bespoke narrowboats that blend traditional skills with high technology solutions.
Contact: Phill or Sue Abbott, Wharf House Narrowboats, Braunston Bottom Lock, Dark Lane, Braunston. NN11 7HJ
Ph. +44 (0)1788 899041 | e-mail | Visit our website


Anglo-Welsh Group [Cheshire]
We offer relaxing holidays where one can appreciate the unspoilt countryside, encounter birds and animals in their natural habitat. Take time to enjoy the tranquility with family and friends. Children very welcome.
Contact: Teri, Canal Wharf, Bunbury, Cheshire.
Ph. +44 (0)1829 260957 | Fax +44 (0)1829 261231 | e-mail

Canal Cruising Company Limited [Staffs.]
We are a family run narrow boat holiday firm operating since 1948 offering a chance to taste our english countryside and heritage first hand.
Contact: Karen Wyatt, Crown Street, Stone, Staffs. ST15 8QN
Ph. +44 (0)1785 813982 | Fax +44 (0)1785 819041 | e-mail | Visit our website

College Cruisers [Oxfordshire]
College Cruisers offers a superb fleet of 12 narrowboats from 2 to 8 berths from their base in the centre of Oxford.
Contact: Combe Road, Oxford. OX2 6Bl
Ph. +44 (0)1865 554343 | e-mail | Visit our website

Empress Holidays [Cheshire]
Take Grandad on an adventure holiday. Stunning country views, relaxation, abundant wildlife and friendly pubs. Life is easy on a self-drive narrowboat from the UK's premier location.
Contact: Booking Office, Empress Holiays Ltd., Basin End, Nantwich. CW5 8LA
Ph. (0)1270 624075 | Fax (0)1270 610274 | e-mail | Visit our website

Oxfordshire Narrowboats Ltd [Oxon.]
For a friendly, peaceful holiday, cruise the beautiful rural Oxford Canal / Upper Thames. Top quality, centrally heated 2-12 berth Narrowboats.
Contact: Ann White or Phil Hitchcox, The Wharf, Station Road, Lower Heyford, Oxon. OX6 3PD
Ph./Fax +44 (0)1869 340348 | e-mail | Visit our website

Rushbrooke Narrow Boats [Warks.]
Rushbrooke Narrow Boats established in 1986 by Martin & Debby Rushbrooke - a genuine family-run business offering holidays on their Hotel Narrow Boats.
Contact: Debby Rushbrooke, 9 Glosters Green, Kineton, Warwick. CV35 0LT
Ph. +44 (0)1926 642060 | e-mail | Visit our website

Sally Boats [Avon]
Sally Boats is a family owned business with twelve years experience of providing high quality narrowboat holidays on the Kennet and Avon Canal: a canal that boasts glorious scenery and an abundance of wildlife.
Contact: Chris Yalland, Operations Manager, Sally Boats, Bradford on Avon Marina, Bradford on Avon. BA15 1UD
Ph. +44 (0)1225 864923 | Fax +44 (0)1225 865264 | e-mail | Visit our website

Shire Cruisers [Yorks.]
Explore the Pennine Canals. Short breaks and longer self-drive narrow boat holidays on the Yorkshire canals.
Contact: N Stevens, The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge. HX6 2AG
Ph. +44 (0)1422 832712 | Fax +44 (0)1422 839565 | e-mail | Visit our website

Teddesley Boat Company [Staffs.]
Traditional & Semi traditional narrowboats for hire on the Stafffordshire & Worcester Canal. A unique experience. Novices welcome. Tuition free.
Contact: Linda Millward, Park Gate Lock, Teddesley Road, Penkridge, Staffordshire. ST19 5RH
Ph. +44 (0)1785 714692 | Fax +44 (0)1785 714894 | e-mail | Visit our website

Viking Afloat Narrowboat Holidays [Worcs.]
Self-drive boating holidays on the scenic canals and rivers of rural England and Wales. Informative website with free conventional brochure request service and unique downloading electronic brochure.
Contact: Miss Jo Peaker, Lowesmoor Wharf, Worcester. WR1 2RS
Ph. (0)1905 610660 | e-mail | Visit our website

Wessex Narrowboats [Wilts.]
Narrowboat holidays on the fully restored 87 mile long wonderful Kennet & Avon canal. We also hire dayboats and bikes.
Contact: Steve Vaux, Wessex Wharf, The Slipway, Staverton Waterside, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. BA14 8UP
Ph. +44 (0)1225 769847 | Fax +44 (0)1225 769849 | e-mail | Visit our website

Willow Wren Cruising Holidays
We provide Inland Waterway Holidays for groups or families seeking the fun of canalling combined with the peace of our countryside.
Contact: Andy Newman, Rugby Wharf, Consul Road, Rugby. CV21 1PB
Ph. +44 (0)1788 562183 | Fax +44 (0)1788 540540 | e-mail | Visit our website

The Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd. [Bedfordshire]
We operate luxury self-drive canal boats on the Grand Union at Leighton Buzzard. 2 - 8 berth boats for a 3 day weekend break upto a three week cruise.
Contact: John Griffin, Rothschild Road, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. LU7 7TF
Ph. +44 (0)1525 372355 | Fax +44 (0)1525 852308 | e-mail | Visit our website


Upton Marina [Worcs.]
'Your friends on the River Severn.'
Contact: Steve Arber, East Waterside, Upton upon Severn, Worcs. WR8 0PB
Ph. +44 (0)1684 594287 | Fax +44 (0)1684 593225 | e-mail | Visit our website

Walton Marina [Surrey]
'Your friends on the river.'
Contact: Carol Cook, Walton Bridge, Walton On Thames, Surrey. KT12 1QW
Ph. +44 (0)1932 226266 | Fax +44 (0)1932 240586 | e-mail | Visit our website


Great Ouse Boating Association (GOBA)
GOBA represents boaters on the river Great Ouse, Cam, and associated East Anglian waterways of England. Over 1,500 members have access to 48 hr moorings for a subscription of only GBP10 per annum.
Contact: Membership Secretary, GOBA, PO Box 244, Huntingdon. PE29 6FE England
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Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust [Gloucs.]
The Trust is restoring sections of the derelict canal with the aim of once again linking the two cities. Some restored sections are open to the public.
Contact: Nigel Bailey, 30 Fieldfare, Abbeydale, Gloucester. GL4 4WF
Ph. +44 (0)1452 533835 | e-mail | Visit our website


The Boatshare Company [Cheshire]
Shared ownership specialists offering extended cruising and fixed weeks in luxury semi-trads at the keenest prices around. Managed by retired police officers.
Contact: Graham Sharp, Moss Bridge Cottage, Moss Lane, Sandbach. CW11 3PW
Ph. +44 (0)1270 766742 | e-mail | Visit our website


Ian BURGOYNE - Marine Surveyor [Oxon.]
Established marine surveyor covering UK and continental waterways based in OXFORD. Established 1979. YBDSA Member - formerly President. Wide experience of all types of vessels, construction and materials.
Contact: Ian Burgoyne, PO Box 26, Oxford OX44 7WZ
Ph. +44 (0)7836 292659 | e-mail


Lifejackets UK Limited [Devon]
We offer the widest selection of Lifejackets and Buoyancy Aids in the UK allowing you to enjoy your sport safely, ask if you are not sure what jacket you need.
Contact: Bob Dyer, The Western Hanger, Lawrence Road, Mount Batten, Plymouth. PL9 9SJ
Ph.+44 (0)1752 484639 | Fax 01752 484560 | e-mail | Visit our website

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