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Tuesday 27 May

Today's news from the web

  • Landlord of Boat Inn dies northamptonchron.co.uk

    The landlord of a popular canalside pub in Stoke Bruerne has died at the age of 83. ...

  • Photo competition for K&A getreading.co.uk

    British Waterways has teamed up with 24Seven to launch a fantastic photo competition to create a calendar to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Kennet & Avon Canal. ...

  • Canal yobs are risking their lives iccheshireonline.icnetwork.co.uk

    Youngsters hanging around Saltersford Locks in Barnton and Hunters Locks in Northwich are putting their lives at risk, police have warned. ...

  • Floating Festival Calls At Congleton And Rode Heath thisischeshire.co.uk

    As ONE of the highlights of Cheshire's Year of Gardens 08, the Floating Garden Festival aims to promote Cheshire's beautiful canal network. ...

  • Bid for new 30-berth marina buckinghamtoday.co.uk

    A FARM owner is hoping for permission to build a 30-berth canal marina along the banks of the Grand Union Canal near Cosgrove. ...

  • New marina berths are snapped up burtonmail.co.uk

    Boaters are snapping up berths at a multi-million pound marina being built in South Derbyshire. ...

  • Arsonists Destroy Jetty thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Arsonists destroyed a 25-foot canal jetty in Brighouse. ...


Monday 26 May

Crick show cancelled

Due to high winds, the Crick boat show has been cancelled today and the site evacuated. More later.

Richard Fairhurst  | 12.00pm | 1 comment


Thursday 22 May

Today's news from the web

  • Leamington Spa to spruce up its canalside kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk

    The Grand Union Canal is at the heart of plans to redevelop Leamington....

  • BW destroys boats in licence crackdown waterscape.com

    British Waterways (BW) has launched a campaign in the East Midlands to tackle boat licence evasion with a warning to unlicensed boaters that they will not be tolerated. ...

  • BW London tackling vandalism on the towpath waterscape.com

    British Waterways and Islington Council's Graffiti Response Team are joining forces to clean up graffiti on the towpath of the Regent's Canal and are using some unlikely substances to help them tackle the vandalism on the waterways. ...


Wednesday 21 May

Today's news from the web

  • Council invests in Forth & Clyde cumbernauld-news.co.uk

    A MAJOR enhancement programme for the Forth & Clyde Canal, building on the investment made over the past few years, is to receive backing from North Lanarkshire Council. ...

  • Award For Canalside Watering Hole thelancasterandmorecambecitizen.co.uk

    A CANAL-side pub in Lancaster has been handed a gong by the Campaign for Real Ale. ...

  • Shipshape for show northamptonchron.co.uk

    Thousands of boating enthusiasts are expected to descend on Northamptonshire this Bank Holiday weekend for the Crick Boat Show. ...

  • BW's 2008 National Wildlife Survey is launched waterscape.com

    British Waterways is calling upon the general public to help them protect the rich array of wildlife on Britain’s canals and rivers by taking part in its Wildlife Survey, which records biodiversity on the waterways....


Tuesday 20 May

Today's news from the web


Monday 19 May

Sea Otter - more details

Paul Hobson, managing director of recently failed boatbuilders Sea Otter, has provided some background to the company's collapse in a newly issued press release.

He attributes the blame to the company's sole distributor, Walton Marine, cancelling their regular order - but also hints that competition from foreign-built boats may be a factor.

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Sea Otter Workboats Ltd has gone into 'controlled liquidation' with immediate effect.

Walton Marine cancelled all future orders on the 31st March 2008, and under the instructions of our accountant, we have spent the last month trying to generate sales (at open weekends and 'special offers'). Unfortunately, this hasn't generated any sales which means we are unable to trade forward. If we were to do so then this would be seen as fraudulent trading and none of us at Sea Otter want to jeopardise our reputation and the reputation of the product by defrauding the general public.

All but one customer sale has been completed and delivered. The only boat still in build will be completed and delivered to the customer before the end of May.

Sea Otter's use of marine grade aluminium alloy is a great example of manufacturing innovation from a small family run business. No other narrowboat, especially cheaply built imported products, provides such a good investment as a Sea Otter.

Walton Marine will continue to support owners and boats still under warranty and are able to offer a full statutory warranty on all new and ex-display boats available while stocks last. Sea Otter owners have always benefited from very high resale values and we anticipate that with limited supply, values will continue to hold up very well.

We will continue to offer boat movements, servicing and facelifts, as this was a separately-run company and we have use of the facility and own the vehicle and trailer.

Paul Hobson

Richard Fairhurst  | 9.59am | 1 comment


Today's news from the web

  • Germany invests to enlarge its canals earthtimes.org

    Germany is to widen and dredge the Kiel Canal, a key access route to the Baltic Sea, so it can handle ships up to 280 metres long, Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee announced Monday...

  • Manchester Ship Canal cuts lorry movements roadtransport.com

    A company that has reopened a freight transport link on Manchester's Ship Canal to move goods off the roads says it could eventually save 15,000 lorry movements a year...


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