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1st Anniversary of CanalsOnline


A year has passed since CanalsOnline was launched – and, as the Editor states, what a year it has been!


CanalsOnline set out with the belief that the Website could become a major resource tool for everyone on, or connected to, the waterways. A year on, and in many parts of the country CanalsOnline is becoming just that.


Their unique guide to the navigable rivers and canals of England & Wales has already prompted much favourable reaction from visitors to the site. They are constantly being told how useful the waterway pages have been, especially to holiday makers and those visiting places for the first time.


Their Products and Services pages are brimming with relevant companies keen to advertise, and many have already indicated good returns on their investments.


Their Magazine Pages have grown substantially and are jam-packed with useful & relevant information. They have even incorporated some items of entertainment!


Their Competitions have proved very popular, with competition winners walking away with some amazing prizes. They've had fun creating the competitions, and thanks to their sponsors, have made some people very happy!


Their Facebook Group continues to grow with many boaters finding it a useful platform to ask or answer questions relevant to boating life. Floating Traders also find it very useful for keeping in touch with potential customers, informing everyone of their whereabouts, next events, or latest products.


CanalsOnline have worked hard to promote the website over the year. Their stand at the Crick Boat Show proved a roaring success, with many visitors to the stand checking out the website and giving very positive feedback. They have also advertised regularly with Towpath Talk, whose publication can be read live at CanalsOnline.


As live-aboard boaters and continuous cruisers, they are also constantly in touch with people actually on the waterway system. Cards are handed out to everyone they meet or pass, and many people are out on the waterways spreading the word for them. Their reputation continues to grow.


So Happy 1st Anniversary to CanalsOnline, and may the website continue to flourish and satisfy the demands of its visitors.



(Published in Towpath Talk)

For immediate release 01/02/2017.

Win a LockMaster Windlass.

Win a LockMaster Windlass in our latest online competition. The LockMaster Windlass tackles stiff lock paddles that can turn a pleasurable day cruising the beautiful canals of England and Wales, into an exhausting battle. Made entirely in Britain, this ratchet windlass is strong and easy to use.


The handle of this ratchet windlass can be fixed in one of three positions. The straight handle enables you to initially ‘crack’ the lock paddle with ease. Leaving the handle in the extended position, you can gently ‘pump’ the windlass by moving your hand up and down 45 degrees so the ratchet head does the work for you. Alternatively, the handle can slide and click so that it is perpendicular to the lock gate, enabling clockwise or anti-clockwise winding assisted by the ratchet head.


It was designed with love and care by a marine engineer especially for other boat owners. LockMaster’s reliable, rugged design has unlocked the enjoyment of the canal system for thousands of people.


To enter this competition simply go to






For immediate release 05/11/2016

Contact: Linda Hollington
Telelphone: 07826 118 195.


Can you write a Christmas Canal song?


Ever fancied writing a song that could get recorded and make you an overnight sensation? If you fancy yourself as a budding lyricist here's your chance to shine.

We are looking for your creativity in writing a Christmas Canal song with inspiration drawn from your experiences of winter life on the cut or anything festive in tone. You don't even need to be a composer of music. Simply think of a well known Christmas tune – a carol, a Christmas smash hit, something seasonally comical or any other Christmas tune that springs to mind and wrap your own lyrics around that tune.

Think of something jolly, think of something sad or just a wintry canal poem which will fit to the well known seasonal tune of your choice.

Could you write such classics as 'Love on the locks (ain't no surprise)', 'Sittin' on the lockside today', 'You ain't nothin' but a boat dog', 'The long and winding rope'. 

Top compositions will have the chance to have their song recorded by a professional singer and with the wind in your sails your song maybe featured on YouTube and social media. 

If you think you have what it takes to make it in the wintry world of canal ditties start writing now and send your composition in today. You never know, people could be singing your song for years to come.

Write your song and submit it today with a chance to win prizes and possibility of fame. For details of how to submit your Christmas Canal Song simply go to



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