Kailani Blog

The Regents Canal, London

04 January, 2016

Over Christmas we were in the company of some people who had seen one of the TV programmes featuring the Regents Canal.  They were telling others about the “hidden canal” through London.  After a while we joined the conversation, partly to correct something they were saying and also to agree that the Regents Canal certainly… Read more »

The London Ring

14 October, 2015

Our London Ring trips have been very popular in 2015 and at the moment we are still the only Hotel Boat licensed to do the tidal stretch of the Thames between Limehouse and Brentford. There are 2 optional starting points for this trip – Little Venice and Kingston, the latter taking us a few miles… Read more »

Wildlife on the Canals and Rivers

03 September, 2015

As we cruise along the Canals and Rivers of Southern England we see a large variety of birds, trees, wild flowers and insects.  For avid bird watchers it is a great way to watch nature at its best as we travel along. We have been so lucky this year with the amount of Kingfishers we… Read more »

A Taster on board Kailani

18 August, 2015

After a good night’s rest, the new day starts just before 8am with a cup of tea in bed. It’s not obligatory, but most guests take it! At 8.30am breakfast is served, comprising fruit juices, choice of cereals, dried fruits, yoghurts, cooked English breakfast (bacon, egg, sausage, tomato, baked beans and mushrooms or a variation… Read more »

Kennet and Avon part 2

05 August, 2015

After Newbury the character of the Kennet & Avon Canal remains rural with plenty of nature around us.  Since we covered this route last year there have been improvements to the dense reeds growing along the canal. In places the reeds narrow the canal to about 12 ft, but this is a considerate improvement.  We… Read more »

Kennet and Avon Part 1

20 July, 2015

Once boaters venture off the River Thames and onto the Kennet and Avon Canal, prepare for work!  It reminds us how much we like the Thames as we are immediately back to manually-operated locks. The Kennet & Avon is a very popular route for guests, who enjoy the close proximity of nature.  Our guests almost… Read more »

The River Thames to Lechlade – and back

04 July, 2015

The 26 miles from Oxford to Lechlade has to be one of the most diverse stretches of waterway we travel.  In places the river is 50+ metres wide, in others it is closer to 15 metres.  The Environment Agency (EA) has clearly been working on vegetation, as in some places you can see around a… Read more »

Tidal Thames through London

08 June, 2015

An experience for our guests they said they would never forget. Did we make it?  YES we did!! We left Limehouse and headed up stream toward Tower Bridge, what a sight!  The waves splashed against the side of the boat, it got a little rough in places but was well worth the buffeting around, and… Read more »

Preparing for our 1st London Passage

24 May, 2015

This week we have had many of the emotions one can have. Firstly, we have had  work done on the boat to upgrade to a Category C boat, the standard required for the PLA (Port of London Authority), which enables us to travel on the Tidal River through central London. On Tuesday we arrived in… Read more »

IWA Cavalcade at Little Venice

14 May, 2015

Over the bank holiday weekend we attended the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) Cavalcade at Little Venice for 3 days. We had some friends helping us – Gill and Spence Pritchard – and it was just as well as we showed nearly 3000 people through the boat over the weekend.  A big thank you to them… Read more »

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