Kailani Blog

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 »

Springtime Canal Holidays

22 April, 2015

What a glorious start to the season!  The weather has been extremely kind to us so far.   Apart from a couple of days at the start of the month when it was very windy, April has been mainly dry and sunny.  Although most mornings have been a bit chilly the afternoons have been spent in… Read more »

Our 2015 Season

09 April, 2015

Our 2015 season has begun and we have had 2 families on board.  The first joined us at Stoke Bruerne where we cruised to Linslade.  Three of them where Italian and one Japanese – all thoroughly enjoyed their time aboard. Our current guests are British and have 2 young children, aged 8 and 4. We… Read more »

River Cruising

02 March, 2015

2015 KAILANI CRUISES IN BRIEF   These descriptions refer to cruises in either direction Kingston round trip (The London Ring PLUS), River Thames, Grand Union and Regents Canals, River Thames.  6 nights, 53 miles, 25 locks A short burst down the Thames to Brentford, then join the Grand Union Canal. Proceed to Little Venice. See… Read more »

Canal & River Holidays – London Area & Kennet & Avon

18 February, 2015

These descriptions refer to cruises in either direction   Little Venice / Hertford, Regents Canal & River Lee. 5 nights, 32 miles, 26 locks The vibrance of London to the peace of Hertfordshire. Maida Vale Tunnel, Regents Park Zoo and Aviary. Battlebridge Basin Canal Museum, busy London suburbs. The scenery becomes rural with opportunities for… Read more »

Canal Boat Holidays start with Kailani

27 January, 2015

2015 KAILANI CRUISES IN BRIEF ON THE GRAND UNION CANAL These descriptions refer to cruises in either direction   Norton Junction / Linslade, Grand Union Canal. 5 nights, 39 miles, 21cks A scenic cruise through the countryside of Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, plus the Blisworth Tunnel, the third longest on the English canal system. Call… Read more »

End of season on Kailani

28 November, 2014

We have now finished cruising for the season and are busy catching up on paperwork and maintenance of Kailani, as well as taking a rest! Last month we had the bottom blacked which is necessary every 2 years.  We had this done at the Dry Dock at Bulbourne.  This is one of the few places… Read more »


07 October, 2014

Having left the River Thames for the season we are now heading back up the Grand Union Canal. It’s like leaving an old friend behind!  The River this year has not been as busy as expected, considering the brilliant weather in the summer of 2013.  Perhaps next year will be busier!  Hopefully the weather next… Read more »

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