Masterclasses 2024

Following the great success of the Masterclass Theatre in 2022 and 2023, there will be a new selection of presentations by exhibitors in 2024. Come to a Masterclass to learn from the experts...


Masterclasses take place in our Masterclass Theatre marquee and each is about 30 minutes long. Below you will find information about the Masterclasses that took place at our 2023 Show. 

See 2023 Masterclass Timetable »


The Low Impact Narrowboat

cadal_craft360.jpgCadal Craft Ltd – Simon Boyde

Cadal Craft offers innovative new designs for hull, systems and interior to reduce carbon footprint, lower environmental impact and increase energy efficiency. The hull is designed specifically for electric/hybrid propulsion, lowers energy consumption, improves steerage and stability and reduces canal bank and bottom erosion. New integrated heat pump (for heating and cooling) technology on board makes efficient use of waste heat and solar power. Other benefits include additional usable space onboard, reduced risk from frozen pipes and reduced energy costs. Founder Simon Boyde, from a professional marine background, explains these innovations, based on our eight years of research, and how you or your business can benefit.

The Challenges of Maintaining a 200-year-old Waterway


John Ward (head of project delivery) and Dean Davies (head of direct services) – Canal & River Trust

John and Dean will share their experiences to give an insight into how Canal & River Trust construction projects are prioritised, designed, and delivered in the canal environment where even the simplest of repairs can pose difficulties with design, logistics, heritage, and temporary works.

Between them, John and Dean, spend almost £80m a year on repairing the historic structures and waterway networks for which the Trust are responsible. Whether it be replacing a lock gate, repairing a culvert, rebuilding one of the iconic canal arch bridges, or a major project like a reservoir embankment, there are many challenges their teams face in completing that work.


Building your Electric / Hybrid Boat

kingslock_vetus360.jpgSteve Wedgewood of Kings Lock Chandlery

Everything you need to know about the Vetus system for full electric propulsion or a diesel-electric hybrid system, depending on application. We can supply the complete system from the propeller to the battary cable. Steve will look at the primary differences between parallel and series systems. At the end of the session there will be a opportunity to ask questions about a project you may have.


Paint Technology

marineware360.jpgMarineware Ltd – Simon Crawford

Paint technology: past, present and the future for inland waterways. Including owner and professional options. 

Webasto Air Conditioning and Heating

Webasto360.jpgSteve Wedgewood of Kings Lock Chandlery

A proper discussion of the options available with air conditioning on new builds and after market installations. Steve will also cover heating and reverse cycle possibilities including ThermoTop and TT Evo operations. This subject will lead to a look at the bio level now in fuel, and the design changes you could make to help the longevity of the fuel, given its limited shelf life.

Mobile Broadband Onboard

wifionboard360.jpgWifionboard – David Walker

Being connected onboard is no longer a luxury. With home working, TV streaming or just booking a table it is essential to modern life whether we like it 
or not! Being able to get high speeds to access these services is key and sharing marina WiFi just doesn’t give full service Internet all day long.
Using the Mobile broadband, with 4G+ and 5G gives high speed and a cost effective solutions, for all types of users.


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