Kailani Blog

Lock Keeper of the Year Award

30 September, 2017

All the Hotel Boats who are Members of the British Marine Inland Boating get together twice a year to discuss various matters and one item is nominations for Lock Keeper of the Year Award.  These can be anyone either on the canals or rivers of the Inland waterways, in full time work for the Canal… Read more »

Swan Upping on the River Thames

04 August, 2017

The Thames tradition of the Swan Upping Census this year (2017) began on Monday 17th July and takes 5 days to complete. The ceremony always takes place the third week of July. It began way back in the 12th Century. The colourful ceremony is carried out by London’s Dyers and Vintners City Livery Companies with… Read more »

The Beauty of the Grand union Canal

11 May, 2017

The beauty of the Grand Union Canal never ceases to delight.  It is a pleasure every Springtime when we travel down towards London, seeing not only the familiar sights but also catching a glimpse of something new. Then in October when we return to our winter mooring near Napton, we see a different canal and… Read more »

River Lea (or Lee)

02 March, 2017

The 42 mile long River Lea has its source in Leagrave near Luton in the Chiltern Hills.  It meanders south and south east to London where it joins the River Thames at Bow Creek or Limehouse.  The river valley creates a chain of marsh ground, much of which has been used for gravel and mineral… Read more »

Lots of Locks

24 January, 2017

We are often asked about how locks are operated – even “What are the locks for?” In simple terms, a lock enables boats to move along a river or canal when the area is not flat, a little like steps.  Sometimes you will just get 1 lock on its own or you could get a… Read more »

Spring Breaks

16 November, 2016

“It’s not about where we start or finish, it’s about the journey” Our 2016 season came to an end 3 weeks ago and we are now enjoying some down time.  Even so, every day we find ourselves doing work on the business.  A couple of days ago we had an enquiry from a lady who… Read more »

Unscheduled Stoppage

11 October, 2016

“I don’t wear tights on a Thursday” said Craig. “You will have to use a pair of to your own!” It was a lovely bright afternoon – sunny but a bit breezy, and everyone on board was enjoying the sights from the River Thames.  We had already passed the Tower of London and gone under… Read more »


04 September, 2016

  This year, for the first time, Kailani has included Bristol in its itinerary, cruising the River Avon from Bath to Bristol and return.  The Avon is a beautiful river and the scenery along the way is lovely. As a port, Bristol was dominant along the coast of the Severn Estuary. The port and the… Read more »

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