Kailani Blog

2020 Season

31 August, 2020

  Following the Government’s announcement relaxing Lockdown Regulations, we formed a new Schedule for 2020 which was to begin on 13 July. Having retuned to the boat in the Marina a week before, when we had planned to do some jobs, we left the Marina on 11 July feeling excited but apprehensive as to how… Read more »

Uncertain times

11 May, 2020

In these uncertain times, we hope you are all keeping well and following the rules. We are at home in Lincolnshire keeping ourselves busy by doing jobs in and around the house which normally do not get done as we are on the boat. Gordon has been busy knocking down a shed and moving a… Read more »

Over the winter

02 February, 2020

  Our 2019 season ended with a seasonally colourful trip up the Grand Union Canal to Napton. Since then, the boat has been on its winter mooring at Wigrams Turn Marina. Despite this, we still have work to do. During the winter period we always have a list of jobs to be done and things… Read more »

Autumn on the Grand Union Canal

31 October, 2019

To conclude our 2019 season, we spent around a month cruising north up the Grand Union Canal from Brentford to end at our winter base at Napton on the Hill. It has been wonderful seeing the ever-changing colours of the trees and plants in autumn. The leaves turning through orange and always make a lovely… Read more »

Ropes and Knots

01 September, 2019

Ropes are one of man’s oldest inventions and today they come in an array of materials and methods of construction.  Natural fibre ropes made of sisal, manila, hemp, coir and cotton have largely given way to man-made fibre for use on the waterways.  Sisal, manila and coir are more often found made up as fenders… Read more »


29 May, 2019

A lock is a device for raising and lowering a boat, ship or other craft between stretches of water which has different levels on canals and rivers, effectively making the river navigable.. There are many different types of locks but all have the same principle of use. Locks on canals and rivers in UK are… Read more »

2019 Season begins

11 April, 2019

We are looking forward to our 2019 season which started about two weeks ago.  Departing our winter mooring at Wigrams Turn Marina on 26 March, we headed up to Warwick. The two of us “practised” doing locks – 25 of them – before arriving at the Saltisford Canal Centre in Warwick. Our first guests of… Read more »

2020 Routes now available

02 February, 2019

We are pleased to announce Kailani’s 2020 Cruising Routes are now available and can be seen on our website. The year starts on the Grand Union Canal travelling down to the London area. Experience the Braunston and Blisworth tunnels, visit the Stoke Bruerne Museum, visit Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 code breakers – or… Read more »

The Camino de Santiago or The Way of St James

30 November, 2018

Actually, there isn’t a single Camino, there are a dozen Camino routes, all ending in Santiago de Compostela in the north east of Spain. Those starting in Paris or Seville are about 1000 km, whilst the Camino Aragones is just a short step at 160 km. The most popular is the Camino Francés at 800km… Read more »

Water Levels

06 October, 2018

2018 has been the warmest, driest year on record and some of the waterways have struggled with keeping water levels sufficiently high enough to allow cruising. A 55 mile stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was closed at the end of July between Wigan in Greater Manchester and Gargrave, North Yorkshire.  It was intended… Read more »

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