Kailani Blog

Updated Routes

21 March, 2014

We have made some changes to the final routes of the 2014 season. We leave the Thames on 12 September, entering the Grand Union at Brentford. The journey up the Hanwell flight takes us to a long level stretch, and our next lock will be at Camden, 27 miles away. Turning at Bulls Bridge onto… Read more »

Wildlife on England’s Rivers and Canals

14 March, 2014

On our journey along the Rivers and Canals we come across some abundant wildlife.  For those who are avid bird watchers or just want to relax and enjoy the wildlife a boating holiday could be just what you are looking for. As well as the many swans with their signets mainly on the River Thames… Read more »

Special Occasion Cruises

07 March, 2014

For that special occasion, maybe a Birthday, Anniversary, Engagement, Retirement or even a Honeymoon, Hotel Boat Kailani could be just what you are looking for. We recently accepted our first booking for a honeymoon.  The happy couple is very much looking forward to the peace, privacy and complete relaxation on board the boat. Of course,… Read more »

Canal Cruising continued

28 February, 2014

From the beginning of June we head south down the Grand Union Canal from Linslade, dropping off and picking up new guests at Berkhamsted and travelling down to Uxbridge. We pass through open countryside and usually get some help with the volunteer lock keepers as we go up the Marsworth Locks. We have time to… Read more »

Cruising the Kennet and Avon Canal

21 February, 2014

Cruising the Kennet and Avon Canal to Devizes We pass some beautiful scenery whilst travelling along the Kennet and Avon Canal.  This is a very rural and peaceful cruise with many locks. We enter the canal off the River Thames at Reading where there are a variety of new developments, travelling past the Oracle shopping… Read more »

The Kennet & Avon from Devizes to Bath

14 February, 2014

From Devizes we head down the first 6 locks before we reach the Caen Hill flight of 16 locks.. The splendid views of the Avon Valley accompany us as we descend these locks.You will notice large pounds on the right hand size which were designed to hold sufficient water to follow the slope. The whole… Read more »

Boating Holidays

07 February, 2014

The boat will shortly be 12 months old and we have changed and updated different aspects of the cruising and the boat. We now have an all weather canopy at the back of the boat which gives us more space and also in bad weather on the River Thames, Gordon can keep dry. Regrettably the canals do… Read more »

River Cruising and places to visit

30 January, 2014

From the middle of June we are on the River Thames. We start at Kingston upon Thames with our final destination Caversham, Reading.  We have a short cruise up the Thames to Hampton Court Palace where we will moor for the evening, space permitted. The following day you will have the morning to visit the… Read more »

A Taste of Kailani

24 January, 2014

On beginning a cruise on Kailani, guests have a glass of bubbly with crustados while Gordon goes over the Health & Safety on board. Once that is done and you are settled into your cabins,  we set off for a couple of hours cruising before we moor up for the evening.  You can either sit… Read more »

Canal working life

17 January, 2014

Canal working life We were talking with Gordon’s dad about the early days and how he left school and started work at the age of 14 on a farm. How things have changed. Can you imagine children these days starting work at that age? Life on the canals in those days was hard then, working… Read more »

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