Hosted by Waterways World magazine Technical Editor, Mark Langley

Seminars are 45 minutes long and include a Q&A session at the end.

Boat Buying: starting out right  

Buying your first boat can be daunting, but to help you, in this Seminar we explore:

  • choosing the right boat for you
  • different types and styles of inland boat
  • what to look for when buying new or used.

We help you navigate some of the common pitfalls when buying boats, especially on used craft.

Designing a Boat  

If you are lucky enough to be designing a new boat - or refitting an older boat, this seminar will give you:

  • some top tips for interior and exterior design
  • things to avoid
  • a look at best practice tips.

Electricity Afloat  

Having reliable electrical power on a boat is essential. In this Seminar we:

  • take a look through common electrical systems
  • look at both DC and mains power
  • show how you can design or adapt a system to give you best performance
  • show how to ensure safety aboard.

Green Boating  

How can we make inland boating more sustainable, with a much lower impact on the environment? This Seminar will look at

  • some of the ways we can adapt how we use existing boats
  • battery and propulsion technology
  • what the future might hold for inland boat design.

Living Afloat  

Having a boat as a home has never been more popular, but is it always plain sailing? In this Seminar we:

  • look at what you need to consider if you think a life afloat is for you
  • pose questions you will need to answer
  • give you further sources of information.

Boat Maintenance  

Keeping a boat well-maintained is essential, for comfort aboard, reliability, value and above all, safety. We look at three key areas:

  • The boat itself; the hull and superstructure needs regular care and attention. But there are many choices to be made. What works best for you?
  • The engine and services need to function well, but not everything is obvious. Simple checks can keep problems at bay and minor alterations can make life a lot easier.
  • Upgrades and other top tips to keep the rest of your boat in good order- and important safety considerations that you should always have in mind.

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It has a great location on a 21-mile lock-free pound, ideal for relaxed weekends afloat, yet handy for all major cruising routes.


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