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May 2020 issue

On the May 2020 cover ... A colourful boating scene near Upwell on the Well Creek navigation of the Middle Level.

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Continuous-Cruising Hybrid

Boat Review

Braidbar Boats' latest is a 61ft hybrid narrowboat built for permanent residential cruising

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The Offside Rule

Volunteering

The hardy volunteers tackling overgrown vegetation

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French Connection

Hire-boat Holiday

From the Canal du Rhône à Sète, running parallel with the Mediterranean coast, to the vineyard surrounds of the Canal du Midi, Jane Cumberlidge recalls a wonderful autumn cruise

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WW Guide to Cruising the Middle Level

Exploring the Ouse-Nene Link and the numerous drains and dykes of the remote Fenland waterways

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Barnsley Aqueduct Burst

History

Historic postcards that capture the scene of a serious breach on the Barnsley Canal in 1911

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Troubled Waters: Saving the Calder & Hebble

Profile: Calder & Hebble

A waterway that has endured more difficulties than most – and at the society that fought to keep it open in the face of declining traffic

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How much does it cost to live on a boat?

Liveaboard Life

To answer this common question, residential boater Tony Jones and his partner Vickie kept a year’s spending diary – and they were surprised with the results

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Boat Antiques: Canal Literature

Canal Collectables

Collecting waterways engravings, maps and books

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Tying the Knot

Boating Advice

Struggling to remember which way the rabbit goes round the tree? Does your stern dolly end up looking like a plate of spaghetti? Here’s a WW refresher on the only three knots you’ll ever need to tie up

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Aqueducts of the Waterways

Waterways Architecture

The evolution of naviagable aqueducts around the network

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Hell and High Water

Looking Back

We take a look at some of the headline-hitting floods that have inundated our inland waterways over the last 200 years

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The Burning Issue

Boat-owner's Advice

What new legislation relating to multi-fuel stoves and what is burned in them means for boaters

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Last Word

The Future of Canal Boat History

An uncertain future for canal history 

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