* The Floater online publication has closed *

Written by boaters for boaters, The Floater has for now closed and the website will vanish in January 2019. To preserve her extremely well researched articles and blog posts for the benefit of the waterways historical record, we feel priviliged to repost these articles here on londonboaters.org

Aire and Calder Barges - VIDEO

Support the Yorkshire Ex-Commercial Barge Club

All the craft are privately owned and on the National Historic Ships Register, saving the past for the future, but not getting any help from C&RT. They are trying to impose huge 25% cost increases on us for less than 5% access to the network.

All boaters need to unite and look after the interests of each other no matter what their craft type, we all have a place on the waterways that belong to us already. United we stand, divided we fall.

Giant Hogweed identification and dangers

Ever forage for wood or kindling? Common around waterways, beware that the sap from Giant Hogweed seriously burns you via Phytophotodermatitis, even for many years after initial exposure.

Yes you cannot overstate the danger of GIANT HOGWEED! Watch this super informative video show you just how - Go to 14:40 in the video to learn how to spot the young plants as well as when fully grown.

An Oral History of the Thames Lightermen

Photo of a Thames lighterman at work

"Tales from the Thames" is an oral history project focussing on the Thames Lightermen and Watermen, the people who have operated the boats on the Thames with a history going back hundreds of years.

Things to know when thinking about buying a narrowboat to Continuously Cruise - VIDEO

Jasmin's excellent "Thinking of Buying A Narrowboat To Continuously Cruise? My HUGE list of PROs And CONS" video

Here are links to videos about each topic, and a play list with all these videos and a few bonus.

Example questionnaire

Site admin can now create questionnaires! If you would like to submit a questionnaire for publishing, feel free to comment here or message Site Admin.

Here is an example webform questionnaire, now with conditional fieldsets as featured in Cosmic's original test spec.

London Boaters - past, present and future

London Boaters was set up in 2008 as a means of keeping CCing boaters in touch with each other. The initial idea was pretty much a monthly night in a pub, catching up, drinking and discussing boat stuff or any other old bollocks.

The first Pyrate Regatta took place in August 2009 on the marshes behind Edmonton Ikea but afterwards the monthly meetings kind of dropped off. A sense of ‘job done’? Hangovers? Winter? Who knows.

Interactive map of facilities

Here is a shared map with all water/recycling/pump outs etc and other POIs

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zCk87KX9lZWQ.kSEDGdUn1JSI

London boaters to ‘reclaim the towpath’ amidst fears for safety

Photo of Reclaim the Towpath banner

London boaters are set to ‘reclaim the towpath’ on the east London rivers and canals to promote safety and solidarity, as a survey of London towpath users reveals that just over half have often, or sometimes, avoided the towpath because of fear of crime.

Gas Safety Week 2017

Image for Gas Safety Week 2017

Who said your neighbours’ gas is safe?

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