River Canal Rescue has announced dates for its 2017 boat & engine maintenance and electrics courses. Run monthly from February to November they cover; diesel engines, transmissions, boat plumbing, boat electrics, lay-up and refit procedures.

Boat & engine maintenance course dates are: 11-12 February, 11-12 March, 8-9 April, 6-7 May, 3-4 June, 15-16 July, 12-13 August, 23-34 September and 4-5 November.

Electrics course dates are: 25-26 February, 29-30 April, 10-11 June, 29-30 July, 7-8 October and 25-26 November.

Held at River Canal Rescue’s Baswich head office (by bridge 101 on the Staffordshire & Worcester canal), the courses offer a combination of theory with practical demonstrations and participation and are ideal for owners keen to learn more about basic boat engine maintenance and electrics.

A two-day weekend boat & engine maintenance course costs £120 and is run by RCR engineers Jay Forman, Kerry Horton and Dave Bull on a rotational basis. The boat electrics course is £150 and run by electrical specialist Howard Williams.

In addition, RCR runs one-to-one follow-up sessions for customers attending courses and trainers can present to groups anywhere in the country. Members’ gift vouchers can be redeemed against any products or services, including courses.

To find out more visit http://www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk/rcr-courses/ email enquiries@rivercanalrescue.co.uk  or call 01785 785680.



River Canal Rescue (RCR) has taken over Eureauwebs inland waterway navigation products and rebranded them as WaterNav.

The Thames is one of the river covered by the the waterway software system and e-canal apps

Compatible with all Windows desktops, laptops and netbooks, plus iphones, ipads and android smartphones, WaterNav apps cover eight regions.

The WaterNav PC product covers the whole of Great Britain in one application and includes a route planning function.

Once downloaded, access to the maps is not dependent on a permanent internet connection, enabling users to plan and track routes and using GPS, pinpoint their exact locations and distance from over 60,000 points of interest.

These include; mooring locations, navigation points, potential hazards (e.g. weirs), bridges and locks, pump-outs, diesel and gas supplies, boatyards, Internet access points, pubs, restaurants, places to eat and drink, doctors, dentists, vets, shops, launderettes, bus stops and train stations, B & Bs, hotels, campsites and tourist attractions.

All can be filtered by waterway, town, place name or postcode and points of interest; the latter contain visitor information and contact details which are regularly updated.

A trip-tracking function on the apps allows boaters to record distance and travel times, a log-book facility automatically enters the date, time and location and users can then add their own narrative and photos.

RCR has been using a customized version of the waterway software to locate and respond to stricken boaters for eight years, and the team was so impressed with its functionality and future possibilities, they negotiated with Eureauweb to buy the software and app part of the business.

Managing director, Stephanie Horton, comments: The software and apps have the largest waterway-focused database in the UK, but this is only the start – we are planning to modify the existing notification functions so people can feedback any changes, report their own boat problems and notify RCR and the Canal & River Trust of any damage such as canal breaches or accidents.”

WaterNav is available from RCR’s website www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk
Windows Desktop, laptop and netbook UK-wide software is
£49 and the apps are £5.99 per region.










A pre-authorisation agreement between River Canal Rescue and the Canal & River Trust was put to the test recently when three rescues were undertaken in record time and locks cleared within 24 hours of the vessels coming to grief.

On the Grand Union at Watford, one rescue team attended 46 foot narrowboat ‘ Mitch’ after holes in the hull caused it to start taking on water whilst on tow, quick action by the engineers averted the vessel sinking.

Later that day a report came in that the front of 60 foot narrowboat ’Griffin’ had got caught on the cill and sunk in Lock 62 on the Grand Union Canal (See pictures left).  A separate team were deployed and secured the boat and prepared the site, but due to failing light they opted to return the following morning. By 12 noon the next day the boat was refloated and lock cleared.

As the team were heading home, another callout on the Kennet & Avon at Bridge 105, Cadley lock; a hire boat had been caught in the lock and completely sunk. The team were diverted and on site within hours of the sinking, and three hours later the boat was refloated and lock cleared.

Three rescues in less than 24hrs with little disruption to other waterways users - all completed with minimal delay and health & safety requirements being met.

Pre-authorisation enables RCR to get straight to rescues without having to complete paperwork for each job or wait for approval from CRT.

Managing director, Stephanie Horton, comments: “We can work on the inland waterways quickly, efficiently and safely, keeping the waterways open and minimising disruption to other boaters and damage to vessels when they mishap.”

To find out more about River Canal Rescue visit www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk   or call 01785 785680.