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Moor Up & Visit The Altrincham Market. Words by Nick Johnson, photo's by Claire Harrison.

The company that run Altrincham Market are keen canal boaters. They’ve had a 70 foot canal boat called Jacob moored at Moore in Warrington (on the Bridgewater canal) for the last 30 years and have ‘circumnavigated’ Britain’s pastoral beauty by canal (and the Thames) twice with their 4 children. 
 
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First-Time Boaters' Long Weekender by @JulesHornbrook

As complete novices, a long weekend aboard Queenie was both daunting and exciting as we arrived for our essential instruction at the Bridgewater Marina. But nerves quickly gave way to confidence and enthusiasm as we yearned to get cracking - such was Hester’s easy-to-understand boating lesson. In…

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Way Upstream by Craig Johnson

The canal network across the UK now plays an underappreciated role in the country's culture.

In the 19th Century, however, the waterways had a vital role in the Industrial Revolution and impacted the wealth and the way-of-life.

But now the…

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Know Your Routes - For Experienced Hirers & Beginners.

A quick look at ideas for routes - all the routes below are based on a cruising time of 5 hours per day over continuous days. Allow more days/nights for the hire time if you want to explore areas away from the boat such as when you are in Liverpool or if you decide to take some days off from the boat…

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The Propeller Will Keep Singing.

When we first went to Stafford to pick up Queenie for the 5 day journey home we soon found out that she had a ‘singing propeller’. This sound sometimes occurs when a combination of propeller diameter, speed (rpm) , trailing edge size, roundness and thickness are just at the right levels to cause a…

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