UK Canals

Canals across the United Kingdom have started to be reopened after all were closed as part of foot-and-mouth disease containment measures in 2001, which UK canals are closed that you would like to see open? British Waterways (BW) released a list of the first canals approved to come back into service but how many canals are still closed not because of foot and mouth but due to maintenance? The list was announced following risk assessments undertaken during the outbreak of 2001.

The canals reopened only after the procedures identified by the risk assessment are put in place. The measures included putting up signs, disinfectant measures and notification of boaters about the rules governing the re-opening. BW said it may take three to seven days to put the measures in place. The canals re-opened in the first phase included: North West: Macclesfield Canal; Peak Forest; Trent & Mersey (south); Trent & Mersey (north) — part to be re-assessed; Caldon — part needs re-dredging. Scotland: Crinian; Caledonian; Forth & Clyde; Union.

North East: Market Harborough to Trent junction, including River Soar; Fossdyke and Witham Navigation — Torksey to Barton; Yorkshire Ouse — Ripon to Goole; River Trent. London: Slough Arm; River Lee. Midlands: Shropshire Union — Audlem Bottom Lock to Autherly Junction; Trent & Mersey — Colwick Lock to Trentham Lock; Staffs & Worcs — Stourton Junction to Great Haywood Junction; Sturbridge Canal — Stourton Junction to Wordsley; Worcester Birmingham Canal; North Stratford Canal; South Stratford Canal; Grand Union — Camp Hill to Napton Junction. “The closure of canals at this time of year has had a very severe impact on those small businesses and individuals who depend upon the canals for their livelihood,” said John Clarke, chief executive of the British Marine Industries Federation (BMIF). “This crisis has highlighted how important the country’s inland waterways system is to rural tourism.” Do you recall the outbreak and how it affected you and your canal boat?


The UK is home to some of the best Chandlery suppliers in the World. With hundreds of years of maritime experience you can be sure that your boating equipment has been sourced by the best. Such as based in Dartmouth.

One of the few remaining traditional yacht chandleries in the UK, Dartmouth Chandlery hardly needs an introduction, having been run since 1989 by Chris & Lindy Robinson it stocks one of the largest and most comprehensive product ranges of any marine store including chandlery, electronics, safety equipment, ropes and rigging, books, charts, yachting and leisure clothing and footwear.

At Dartmouth Chandlery we back up our extensive product range with some of the best prices in the business. We are able to compliment our prices with one of the most knowledgeable and experienced customer service teams in the trade and we are always on hand to recommend the best available product whatever the budget.

Our clothing and footwear range includes brands such as Chatham Marine, Gill, Henri-Lloyd, Crewsaver, C-Skins, Dubary, Quayside and more. We also stock various brands of lifesaving equipment and carry a wide range of paints and antifoulings from Hempel and International, books and charts, boat maintenance items, Liros ropes, sailing watches and marine tools. We carry a range of iCom, Pacific and Cobra marine radios, Raymarine and Garmin electronics, binoculars and monoculars, blocks, cleats and deck hardware. In short if you want anything for your time on the water we will probably have it in stock.

Set in Dartmouth, less than 100 meters from the banks of the River Dart and open 7 days a week, Dartmouth Chandlery is well worth a visit however you have decided to travel whether by boat, car or steam railway

timelapse video of 156 metre yacht Dilbar

Dilbar was the largest superyacht launch of 2015 and is the fourth largest yacht in the world by length. Lürssen also confirmed that she is the largest by gross tonnage, with a total interior volume of 15,917 gross tonnes. Lürssen also claims two other record-breaking features;
Dilbar’s 180 cubic metre swimming pool is believed to be the largest on any yacht, while her 30,000kw diesel electric power plant is also thought to be a record for a superyacht and gives her a cruising speed of 22.5 knots.

The near 2,000nm delivery voyage comes more than two months after Dilbar’s sea trials began off Bremen. Previous videos had shown her leaving the Bremen facility on May 14 with her new name visible on the transom and superstructure.

South Staffs sisters star at RYA RIB Challenge

Kamila and Aga Czartolomna from Tettenhall powered their way to success at the Honda RYA Youth RIB Challenge Midland Area finals at Burton Sailing Club at the weekend (16 July). 2014 National Champion Kamila, 15, and her two-time Nationals finalist sibling Aga, 11, will now go head to head with the other 12 Area age-group finalists from across the UK at the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship showdown at the Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 25 September.

The competition has two age categories with older sister Kamila in the over 13 years group. Running times for this age group on the day ranged from 1 minute 7 seconds to 1 minute 40 seconds until Kamila posted two perfect rounds of control and precision and a final time of 59 seconds.

Younger sister Aga in the under 13 years category, has progressed well this year with the help of some sisterly competitiveness. Times for this age group ranged from 1 minute 20 seconds to 2 minutes 30 seconds until Aga posted her best time of 1 minute 5 seconds to also qualify for the final in September. Kamila said: “I’m looking forward to heading to Southampton Boat Show for the fifth time. Hopefully I’ll do well at the National final and bring another boat back for my club.” Aga added: “I’m proud to have won the Midlands Area Final and I’m hoping to do well at the National final. I’m very happy also for my big sister Kamila who is the 13-16 Midlands Champion too.” Both girls sail and are trained in powerboat driving at South Staffs SC, on Gailey Reservoir, by the club’s Junior Powerboat coach, Steve Troke, and fellow instructor, Robin Harper. Steve said: “The competition at the event was phenomenal, and it is great to see so many youngsters with such good power boat driving control and skill.

“The emphasis of the Honda RYA Youth RIB programme isn’t on speed and driving fast, it is about swift, efficient and safe manoeuvring.

These are invaluable skills in developing safe, proficient powerboat drivers to support sailing clubs to get people out on the water sailing. “Well done to both Kamila and Aga for their performances today, and indeed their responses to RYA Officials, they were a real credit to South Staffordshire Sailing Club and I am so please for them both to be heading off to Southampton again. “I would like to say a really big thank you to everyone at South Staffordshire Sailing Club for their continued support of the RIB challenge training. I would particularly like to thank coach Robin Harper, we couldn’t have achieved anything like the results we are getting without him and he has worked wonders with Aga this year.”

British Boat Show 2016

The British Boat Show is here again. With hundreds of brands exhibiting at the 2016 Boat Show offering a wide range of boats and marine related products it cant be missed. Are you going? Premier Boating would love to hear your views and stories after the show.

What did you think of the 2016 show and did it live up to your expectations. Buying a boat or going just for the fun? This year mixed in with over 100s of exhibitors and 1000s of boats and brands this really is a festival of boating fun for everyone.

Here are just a few of the attractions on offer at this years show

Watch the Hurricane and Spitfire Air Display
Spitfire & Hurricane

Explore the Marina Powered by KUBE
Southampton Boat Show Marina sponsored by KUBE

NEWS FLASH! British Sailing Team
Aquece Rio Test Event for Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15-22 August 2015. Copyright © Richard Langdon & British Sailing Team

8 great reasons to bring the kids
Kids Corner

The Festival Stage – Fashion Shows & Music
Festival Stage

Climb On Board Tall Ship Artemis
Tall Ship Artemis

Get on The Water and Try A Boat
Try a Boat

Free Dinghy Sailing for 8-16 year olds with Get Afloat
Get Afloat

Take Part In A Guinness World Record
Guinness World Record

Watch the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team
Royal Navy Parachute Team

Watch the Honda RYA Youth RIB Challenge Final
RYA Honda Youth RIB Challenge

The Latest Marine Fashion Shows…!
Fashion Show

Watch the Battle of the Classes
Battle of the Classes

The Royal Navy Stand
Royal Navy Parachute Team

Get the latest boating products at Ocean Hall
Exhibitor Halls

Free Suzuki RIB Experience
Suzuki RIB Experience

Bumper Boats for children aged 3 -13 years
Bumper Boats

Record Breaking Boat ‘Team Britannia’
Team Britannia

PBO Live with Dave Selby
PBO Live with Dave Selby

Wetwheels – Wheelchair accessible

Epoxy Technique Demos

Windy Weymouth and Ensign Envy

Tom Cunliffe offers a variety of maritime and sailing advice on his awesome Vlog. If you’re interested in sailing, things maritime and the salty road to freedom, then pour yourself a glass of the finest and settle down to listen to my occasional chat. I talk about whatever falls off the top of my head.

There’s even the odd rant. I don’t follow a script, so although it might be about yachting and the sea, I’m also likely to include my other passions, such as classic cars or motorbikes. It’s best to subscribe. That’s free and worth doing as you’ll be notified when the next vlog appears. If I’m away cruising, I never know when I’ll get the opportunity to upload it. Jump aboard and enjoy.

English Harbour 29 Offshore

The English Harbour 29 Offshore combines all of the benefits of the EH27 with outstanding seagoing performance. Utilising Volvo’s sublimely smooth and efficient D3 Aquamatic, the English Harbour 29 Offshore provides speeds of up to 24 knots with astonishingly agile handling.

Benefiting from her modified semi-displacement hull form and large bathing platform, the English Harbour 29 is the ideal offshore family cruiser. Her spacious interior, practical detailing and category B certification ensure she is a truly unique boat for weekend or long distance cruising.

High Tides Low Tides

Time stops for no man and that applies to the tides too. Taking into consideration the time of the tides at high and low points should be on every boat owners mind. The BBC has a comprehensive daily feed for tide times supplied by the UK Hydrographic Office. Premier Boating would like to hear your boating stories good and bad that have been effected by the tide.

Bridport (West Bay) Harbour Air Station

Did you know there is an Air Station at Bridport (West Bay) Harbour ? Yes there is an Air Station.

Dive cylinder and kit servicing

Bridport (West Bay) Harbour is 15 miles west of Dorchester at the western end of Chesil Beach. It was important in the 19th Century for shipbuilding and for exporting rope and nets. It is now mainly used by locals but following major improvements to the harbour entrance, fishing vessels and leisure craft are visiting once again.

For further information please contact the Harbour Office on 01308 423222 Mobile: 07870240636 or 07773479598 E-mail: