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To say thank you to all our loyal moorers, we would like to offer you a free pre-season boat check...

We know the last few months have been tough as everyone has been separated from what they love the most; for some that will be friends and family and others it may be their narrowboat?

Whatever it maybe we would like to offer all of our moorers a free pre-season health check for their boat, this is to assist you in getting back to boating as soon as possible.

Aqueducts free pre-season boat check will include the following:


A visual inspected and emptying via bilge pump*
*(Subject to no contamination being present).

Stern Gland

Assessed for drips and wear of the gland packing.


We will run up your engine to get things lubricated internally and clear the damp.
The engine oil level will be checked along with both coolant level & mixture.


Each battery is disconnected and tested individually; our battery testing equipment uses the specification of your battery to review and score its health on a scale of 1 to 100.

At the end of the health check each boat will receive a report card, listing results for the checks undertaken; if we feel anything is required this will be listed for review or we will call you on the day should action be more urgent.

Does your boat need a little more than our free pre-season boat check?

As an engineer will already be attending to your boat, we can also offer the following additional services, some of which will be discounted;

Diesel bug testing

Bacterial culturing is used to test if diesel bug is in your fuel system; we can now grow diesel bug in a test tube with a sample your fuel should it be contaminated!

Standard engine service

£120.00 Approx* (1hr labour + parts) Normally £180.00 Approx
Reduced in price by one hour’s labour; our standard engine service includes fuel filter, engine oil and filter replacement along with more technical checks.
*Gearbox oil, non-standard instillations and traditional engine services can also be undertaken; for more info ask a member of the team.

Traditional stern gland packing

Traditional stern gland packing can be replaced whilst we are undertaking the free checks; if you think this need’s completing or if we advise you it looks due; you can simply add this to the visit.

Boat cleaning

We are also glad to confirm that our interior cleaners are back to work and available Monday – Saturday from next week; should you wish to have the interior of your boat cleaned before you visit for the first time after lockdown this can now be booked. Just so that you know… Our interior cleaners have changed their practices to ensure they can work in a Covid-Secure manner changing the cleaning products they use to those with virus fighting ingredients. The boat cleaning price has maintained its original standard cost of £36.00

To book any cleaning services please call or email our office on;
01270 525 040


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Excellence in Customer Service

We are thrilled to announce that we won South Cheshire Chamber’s Excellence in Customer Service Award presented by Jones Sheridan at the Award Ceremony on Friday 25th November at Crewe Hall.
We completed an application, attended an interview and gave the judges a thorough tour of the site after which we were short-listed as one of three finalists alongside Barebones Marketing and Construction Links.

Jones Sheridan said, ‘It was a tough competition but we selected Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina as the winner because they are a community driven business who are welcoming, friendly and really value the importance of customer service.’

Robert Parton, Director said, “We were absolutely delighted with the result which acknowledges the hard work of all staff.” Bernie McCrae, Aqueduct Marina’s Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator added, “As a business we really pride ourselves on looking after our customers and hope that this award will help people to recognise the quality of our services, whilst improving our reputation and brand image”.

The evening was attended by over 200 VIPs, entrepreneurs and civic dignitaries. Awards were given in ten categories: Contribution to the Community, Apprentice of the Year, Health and Wellbeing, Excellence in Customer Service, Exporter of the Year, Employer of the Year, Young Business Person of the Year, Start-up Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year. Four staff members, Bernie McCrae, Sarah Rayner, Accountant, Julie Beedham, Receptionist and Holly Critchley, Galley Café Manager, represented Aqueduct Marina.

Jason Pickford, Head of Advice at Jones Sheridan, further stated, “Aqueduct Marina is always looking to make improvements from customer feedback and interacts very well with customers through its website, Facebook, Twitter and Trip Adviser accounts as well as providing regular events and entertainment for customers. Over the past year Aqueduct Marina has increased its online engagement utilising social media, Survey Monkey and other platforms to create interaction with customers. It takes an interest in feedback and provides on-going platforms for customer comments. It further interacts with customers through its company newsletter and looks forward to improving its service with the introduction of a fresh website in the New Year.” Aqueduct Marina’s next event is the New Year’s Eve Party on Saturday 31st December, starting at 8.30pm

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