Thursday, 18 February 2016

New Boat: Wily Fox nears completion

Following the successful launch of Lazy Fox in 2015, her sister boat, Wily Fox is almost complete and on schedule for launch in February 2016.

Like her sister boat, Wily Fox is finished to a very high specification, being luxuriously appointed and fitted out with Maple and Cherry woods and American Walnut floors. She also features central heating, a full size domestic oven with four gas rings, a microwave, a full size domestic under-the-counter fridge, 240v electrical system and two showers and toilets, making her ideal for larger families.

We value our customer feedback and many people indicated that the traditional layout of a narrowboat had its drawbacks. Our skilled design team took this into account and Wily Fox has been designed with a reverse layout, meaning that the helmsman is no longer isolated from the rest of the crew.

The bedding arrangements are very flexible with one fixed double cabin, a second fixed cabin that can accommodate either a double bed or two single beds with a third single bunk that can be folded away when not required. This versatile cabin can also be converted to a secondary TV/Games lounge, created by simply revolving one of the single beds to transform into a desk complete with TV. In addition, there is also both a make-up double bed and a make-up single bed in the saloon area.

Lazy Fox had an enormously successful first season, selling out for almost the entire hiring period; we anticipate Wily Fox will follow suit, with bookings selling out fast.

Bookings for Wily Fox start from 11th March 2016.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Sargeant on Parade

Now that he is finished with probing the nation’s politicians, John Sargeant can indulge in larking about, preferably on the barges of Great Britain if his new TV series is anything to go by, says
Sally Saunders

As a certain water rat once said, there is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

It’s a message that the former chief political correspondent of the BBC has taken to heart.

For, after decades strolling along the corridors of power, or standing in the rain outside No 10, he is simply messing about in boats. And trains. And the odd plane. Not for him penning weighty tomes about the state of modern politics or presenting highbrow discussions on Radio 4, like some of his former colleagues.


Friday, 4 September 2015

PEOPLE had fun in the sun on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Devizes to mark the 25th anniversary of the Queen opening the restored Caen Hill flight of locks. Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire Sarah Troughton descended the flight of locks on Friday in a canal boat before stopping at Lock 43 known as the Queen Elizabeth II lock where the original ceremony took place on August 8, 1990.

Ramsay Cudlipp takes to the canal on a Foxhangers holiday

‘IT’S the best method of forced relaxation,’said my new friend Sarah, as our boats gently bumped against each other in the lock. We were three days into our week-long journey along the Kennet and Avon Canal and I knew exactly what she meant. Living on a narrow-boat – and travelling in it – is one of the most tranquil holidays you can experience. Everyone you meet – such as people like Sarah, who we learned had owned a narrow-boat for nine years and spent at least two months of the year exploring the K&A – is unfailingly friendly and helpful, and you’re all operating at a slower pace than normal.