Kailani Blog

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 »

A Canal and River journey

22 July, 2016

We have been on the Kennet and Avon over the last couple of weeks and other than the countryside and beautiful views we see from the boat there are also some places to visit with a difference. Wootton Rivers is a particularly pretty village made up almost entirely of timber-framed, thatched houses.  The church has… Read more »

London Canal Museum

02 July, 2016

  One of our moorings for the night on the Regents Canal through London is at Battlebridge Basin, home of the London Canal Museum.  We moor next to the entrance to the Museum. The building was constructed in 1863 as an Ice warehouse, hence the link with the canals as the barges used to transport… Read more »

River Conditions

28 May, 2016

What a difference a week makes!! We are on our way to Lechlade on our 2nd trip this year and the flow of the River Thames has reduced dramatically.  It has only been 3 days since we returned to Oxford but the engine revs have dropped, enabling us to have a much more relaxed journey…. Read more »

Springtime River Cruising

07 May, 2016

What a difference a week makes! Last Sunday our guests joined us in Ware, having travelled down from the North of England.  They left the snow, grey skies and cold weather behind them and met us in lovely sunshine. Along our route down the River Lee, the days became warmer and all enjoyed their days… Read more »

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