Find Out More About Canal Boating
We've put together this page with great tips on boating on the UK Canals before your holiday aboard NB Maddison.
There are Video Tutorials, Downloadable books and Smartphone Apps to help you get the most out of your canal holiday.
THE BOATERS HANDBOOK VIDEO
This is an excellent video put together by Canal River Trust.
Provides excellent instruction on boat handling, operating locks and bridges, rules of the road and general canal etiquette.
It's a condition of booking our boat that you watch this video. We suggest you watch this a least twice. It's packed with good advice and guidance to help you be a more confident skipper & crew.
Confidence and control over the boat means a more relaxed enjoyable trip and everyone stays safe.
Well worth watching even if you have boating experience!
BOATING THROUGH LOCKS
BOATING THROUGH TUNNELS
Special Tunnel Safety Tips
OUT ON THE WATER
CASTING OFF, UNDER WAY & MOORING UP >>>>>
Going Aground In Shallow Water
Slowing Down And Stopping
BOATING UNDER MOVABLE BRIDGES >>>>>
Swing And Lift Bridges
Manual Swing Bridges
Manual Lift Bridges
BOOKS TO DOWNLOAD
The Boaters Handbook - This is a downloadable PDF copy. Again it has been put together by Canal & River Trust as a guide to safely navigating canals & boat handling. Ideal for learning that little bit more about boating. Download it to your smart phone for quick reference whilst aboard. Download The Boaters Handbook PDF
ROUTE PLANNING & NAVIGATION
Canal River Trust - Provide some excellent resources to assist in planning a route and avoiding any hold-ups due to stoppages.
Canal Planner - Is very useful site that allows you to select a start point and destination. It will then tell you how long it will take to cover the distance dependant on your preferred daily cruising hours.
Water Explorer - A website that helps plan and record your journey along the inland waterways. For the more tech-savy amongst you, it also has downloadable software that you can link up to GPS to track your progress and much more.
Open Canal Map - Android & IOS. We've not had time to use this as yet so would be interested to hear your views. Open Canal Map comes in three flavours: Google Maps overlay, Android app and iPhone/iPad app. The Android and iPhone apps are built using Mapbox. This means they can offer a more intuitive interface while boating. The Google Maps version allows you to search for shops and travel directions from within the Google Maps App – available for Android and iPhone.