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This article Clicking on Canals No 34 is the copyright of Jim Shead - The thirty-fourth of a regular series of articles on waterways on the internet. First published in Waterways World November 2003.


 

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by Jim Shead


The Widening Web

Thirteen new websites have come to my attention this month starting with Dobson's Boatyard Chandlery www.millarmarine.com the site of Millar Marine a chandler that is well known to Grand Union boaters. They have now re-located to Dobson's Boatyard, The Wharf, Shardlow to continue selling quality products at competitive prices. If you are looking for electrical equipment there are two new sites: Power-store www.power-store.com a one stop electrical shop for your boat, RV, camper, 4x4, van or truck and Moore Power www.moore-power.co.uk supplying sine wave inverters, battery chargers, solar panels, wind chargers, TVs and videos.

It is rare for a month to pass without some new boatbuilding sites appearing and this month is no exception with four joining the web. Classic Narrowboats www.classicnarrowboats.co.uk is based at Wheelton Boatyard on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and offers wide and narrow boats completed to any stage from sailaway to fully fitted. Nimbus Narrowboats Ltd www.nimbusnarrowboats.co.uk is a small company, established in 1990, and based in Thurmaston, Leicestershire, on the banks of the river Soar. This is another company that is a bespoke boat builder providing what the customer requests, as opposed to offering a standardised product. At Stourport Marina in Stourport-on-Severn Exclusive Boats Ltd www.exclusiveboats.co.uk build narrowboats, Dutch barges and wide beam craft from a standard range or custom built. These boats are also available as sailaway, lined sailaway or fully fitted. The final builder is Bluewater Boats Ltd www.bluewaterboats.co.uk based at Harbury, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire offering similar services to the builders already mentioned.

HM Isuzu www.isuzuengines.co.uk is the British arm of Isuzu of Japan who are one of the largest diesel engine manufacturers in the world producing over one million engines each year selling into a wide variety of applications. B K Marine & Vehicle Heating www.boatcentralheating.co.uk are a Napton based company carrying out sales, service and installation of heating systems to Sailing Yachts, Motor Boats, Narrow Boats, House Boats, Barges as well as vehicles, mini buses, coaches, trucks and motorhomes. Alternative heating options are offered by Kuranda www.kuranda.co.uk supplying diesel fired hot water, central heating, cooking and electrical power for marine applications. Elite Furnishings www.elitefurnishings.net manufacturers and suppliers of sofa and chair beds have new web pages that also offer dinette L shape & bow cushions. curtains, pelmets, roller blinds and bed covers, all supplied in over 1000 various high quality fabrics.

Gloucester Docks and the Sharpness Canal www.gloucesterdocks.me.uk highlights the main features of Gloucester Docks and the 16 mile ship canal link to Sharpness and the sea. Brief details are given about the history of what can be seen today, with many comparisons of old and current views. International Canal Monuments List www.icomos.org/studies/canals-toc.htm is a list of "waterways" sites recommended as being of international significance. The list contains major UK sites as well as others around the world. The Docklands Canal Boat Trust http://mysite.freeserve.com/CHALLENGE site has details of their boat M.V.Challenge. This is 70 foot long and 11' 6" wide, steel built in 1985 to cater for persons with special needs.

Site of the Month

It is some time since we last featured a boat club in this spot so now is a good time to look at a site with a very professional appearance. The Steam Boat Association of Great Britain www.steamboat.org.uk was formed in 1971 to promote the enjoyment of steamboats and to represent the interests of steamboat owners. Currently the Association holds regattas and cruises throughout the year, seminars on all aspects of steam launch engineering and regularly provide displays at model engineering exhibitions. Some of the web pages are password protected and only available to members although most of the site is accessible to visitors. There are photographs of past events and of the steam engines that drive the boats as well as the steamboats themselves. Club events take members to many different waters as for example in their visit to Scotland where they are pictured on both Loch Lomond and the Falkirk Wheel. There are also good pages on publications, sales items, a bulletin board and much more. The site navigation and graphics are excellent and download fairly quickly even on a mobile phone connection. The site is a credit not only to the webmaster, Bob Shearer, but to everyone in the club who contributes pictures and information to these lively club web pages.

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

Dobson's Boatyard Chandlery.

Nimbus Narrowboats.

Gloucester Docks.

Please note: the above links were correct when this article was published in the November 2003 issue of Waterways World but for up to date links please see my links page.

  

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