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Learn Knots

Knots will be essential to travelling on barges and waterways.
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Canal Etiquette

There are many unspoken rules to life on the water. Learn them here.
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Safety Information

Safety is paramount. Although peaceful, it can also be dangerous.
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Navigation

Learn vital navigation, such as how to manage a Lock and many more.

Canalboat History

Learn about the rich history of canal waterways and more about this fascinating way of life. 
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Houseboat Building

Learn how to make your own floating home, a houseboat. A great way to travel and see the world. 
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Narrowboat Decorating Tips

Tips on how to decorate your house boat. These can be quite difficult to decorate given their awkward size. 
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LEARN TO BUILD

Understand houseboat floor plans, as well as how to build different variations of houseboat building and more. This is an incredibly exciting world where we all learn. 

CANAL NEWS

Learn from us while we go through the journey of building a houseboat together. It's fun!
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July 1, 2020
Do you want to build a boat?

Do you want to build a boat? If the answer is yes then this blog is for you. And why not? People have been fascinated with boat building, especially building their own boats, since the dawn of time. Probably one of the first fights Adam and Eve had was because he wanted to build a boat. […]

July 1, 2020
Dreaming of a Houseboat

Recently, I caught the bug to live on a houseboat. Actually, I’ve been having houseboat dreams since I was 18. When I was going to junior college, back in the 60’s, I used to drive right past the place that manufactured the “Surfside–6” houseboats. I would often stop (like every day) and observe through the […]

July 1, 2020
Solar Powered boats are Here

Recently I came upon some great new videos. The first one is a boat in England. Its called the Bauhaus Barge and it’s a “solar-powered houseboat. It doesn’t run like the wind, but it is powered by the sun! This barge is the very latest when it comes to solar powered boats. It doesn’t even have gas or other energy onboard. […]

July 1, 2020
Electric Boat

Electric Boat History Moritz Jacobi 1838 Professor Moritz Jacobi developed a 24’ electric boat for the Czar of Russia and carried 14 passengers down the Neva river at a speed of 3 mph. Born in Potsdam, Prussia, the German physicist and University lecturer was instrumental in the development of electroplating and electrotyping. Anthony Reckenzaun 1882 First electric boat record […]

July 1, 2020
Building The Recurring Dream

Some of us only dream, but when Than Monk, an artist and builder, had a dream he got busy. He started building a houseboat and what a houseboat it turned out to be. Named “the Recurring Dream” he launched the 24′ long and 8′ wide houseboat in August of 2013. And it’s been turning heads ever since. Its […]

July 1, 2020
The Narrowboat, a tiny floating house

In Britain, over the centuries, canals were built to join rivers and lakes and make it possible to cheaply move goods from one place to another. Although some canals were larger, the standard width evolved to just about 7ft. So, in order to travel these narrow waterways, “Narrowboats” evolved to fit the canals. These became […]

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