Seminars at Crick Boat Show Friday 20 to Sunday 22 August 2021

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 - Saturday 10:30 to 13:00

How can we make inland boating more sustainable, with a much lower impact on the environment? This full-morning Seminar will bring together Canal & River Trust, The Inland Waterways Association and equipement manufacturers and suppliers to look at

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

This Seminar will end with a Panel discussion and Q&A.

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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Waterways World

Waterways World is the biggest selling and longest-established inland waterways magazine.

Every month, we explore the waterway system, test the latest boats and equipment, and look into the history and heritage of our canals – and our news coverage is unrivalled.

Canal & River Trust

In an increasingly fast-paced and crowded world, the Canal & River Trust’s historic canals and rivers provide a local haven for people and nature.

We're the charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales

Crick Marina

Since opening in 1996, Crick Marina has become one of the most sought-after marinas in the country.

Crick Marina 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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