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Leeds & Liverpool split into three after emergencies threaten all-winter stoppages.

The Canal & River Trust was counting the increasing cost of supporting the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, after a breach near Blackburn and an emergency…
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Canals cool cities, confirm researchers

Scientists from the University of Manchester have published a report that proves the presence of canals in cities can cool their neighbourhoods during heatwaves by…
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Obituary: John Coombes 

Many boaters breaking down near Banbury on the Oxford Canal will have counted their blessings that the resident engineer in those parts was John Coombes.…
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Cam Conservancy contracts out maintenance

The Conservators of the River Cam have contracted out maintenance of the river to a private company, which they say will make it more efficient…
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Powering Up

Stuart James, managing director of DC Battery Technologies, examines the pros and cons of the latest innovations in boat batteries

The battery industry is moving apace, with technology being pushed to new limits to meet the demands of the electric vehicle revolution. For boat-owners today who want to make the best of their battery bank, there are two stand-out options: lead carbon and lithium iron phosphate. These do, however, both come with their own lists of benefits and drawbacks. …
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New two-pack blacking from SML
New two-pack blacking from SML

Ballastic Epoxy is an interesting new hull blacking from SML Paints. It's a two-pack coating that promises to remove the…
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Arctic Blue Flamme – a new kind of diesel heater
Arctic Blue Flamme – a new kind of diesel heater

A European liveaboard sailor, tired of the limitations of existing heaters, has developed a brand-new type of drip-feed diesel heater.…
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Push barge
Push barge

Several narrowboat roving traders have commissioned miniature butties to store and tow their stock, to use them as workshops or…
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New battery chargers from Mastervolt
New battery chargers from Mastervolt

Mastervolt has extended its ChargeMaster battery charger range with four new models that look suited to smaller inland boats where…
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