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From training to glamping and moorings – Willow Wren Training changes direction 

Steve and Izzie Vaughan, who ran the successful Willow Wren narrowboat training company, closed that side of the business in May 2022, and have changed its direction into canalside tourist ‘glamping’ (posh camping) pods and moorings.  The training side was always successful, but “we wanted to position ourselves for semi-retirement”, Steve says.  Willow Wren Training was founded at Rugby Wharf in 1994, and the Vaughans took over the business in 2010. In 2013 they acquired the old, derelict and overgrown Charles Nelson Cement Works, and have worked ceaselessly to restore…
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TMT Marine - an eco-alternative to Burmese teak

Teak from Burma (Myanmar) has acquired a reputation for the highest quality in boat fitouts. Unfortunately it’s also gained one for being unsustainable, with serious…
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Le Tonkinois Marine No.1 varnish

Le Tonkinois marine-quality natural varnish has been a quiet but familiar fixture of the UK inland waterways for over 20 years, due to its very…
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Promarine Finance launch Buyer's Guide

It's a step-by-step process that starts out a little basic (e.g. “What type of boat should I buy”) but quickly focuses on more useful questions.…
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Houdini remote-opening barge roof hatches

Window maker Houdini has designed a new but very traditional-looking double-glazed roof hatch for liveaboard barges, offering a number of neat innovations. The most striking…
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Hempel Multicoat

Every boater with a steel hull ought to carry at least a small can of primer to touch up minor dings and scrapes on the…
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Hose repair kit

A handy emergency kit for boatyards, boat clubs, mobile engineers and self-sufficient boaters is this professional cooling hose repair kit (part number 33200) from Connect…
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Cadal Craft low-drag narrowboat hull

The growing trend toward electric boats has focused minds on creating low drag to cut down on the energy required to move a narrowboat through…
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Water Freedom

Launched at the 2021 Crick Boat Show, Water Freedom has made quite an impact with liveaboard boats by liberating them from the need to hunt…
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Ecoworks Toilet Cleaner & Black Tank Degrader

Toilet & Black Tank Degrader is a new liquid gel designed to control odours and blockage problems in pumpout tanks, drain lines and waste pipes.…
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New primer from International could reduce repainting costs 

Paint brand International has launched two new boat paints: One UP, a primer that could reduce the expense of repainting, and Toplac Plus, a replacement…
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