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October 2023 issue

On the cover of the October issue… Cruising a rural stretch of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire.

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The Size is Right

Boat Review

A 46ft slim wide-beam built for cruising

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Emperor of the Canals

Looking Back

Who knew that the Emperor of Japan is a UK canal enthusiast and expert on the history of cargo-carrying on the River Thames? Andrew Denny reveals all…

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On Patrol with a Boat Licensing Ranger

Around the Waterways

Canal crime fiction author Andy Griffee spends a morning on the canal network’s front line with Steve Broad, one of CRT’s 27-strong army of licensing rangers

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The River Trent

Cruising Guide

One of England’s greatest rivers, the Trent is an exciting challenge for boaters. Steve Elliot guides us through its 90 navigable miles

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Finding Solace on the System

Liveaboard Life

Continuous-cruiser and vlogger Dave Thompson credits the canals with throwing him a lifeline following personal tragedy. Amelia Hamson shares his story

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Traffic on Outlying Waterways

Looking Back

We explore historic images of cargo-carrying on more remote inland routes

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Renting Boats


Renting out your boat while you’re not using it could earn you a useful income – an attractive prospect in these times of high inflation and rising living costs. Tony Jones interviews four people to find out what’s involved

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A Heritage Cruise on The Caldon

Explore: Caldon Canal

Industrial heritage enthusiast Trevor Hebberd takes a much-anticipated trip along the 17-mile T&M arm, and revels in its rich historical surrounds

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The Great Engine Refurbishment Project

Boat-Ownership: Engine Refurbishment

When Tony Jones’s old Leyland BMC 1.5 started pouring smoke, he feared an expensive bill. Thankfully, help was at hand…

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Lock-Keeping Legends

Looking Back

The important role of tending locks is as old as the canals themselves. Tony Jones looks at keepers that have earned special distinction

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Learning as you go

Boating: Training

Keen to gain experience as a prospective solo boater, Lynne Crook signed up to a two-day training course on the Llangollen Canal

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The Ebb and Flow of Life Afloat

Last Word

Dan Hitchens gives a frank account of being a liveaboard boater in London

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