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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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Aqueduct Marina debut the stunning Aintree BEETLE at the London Boat Show “Downsize your Boat not your Lifestyle”

To accommodate ‘Offshore boaters’ downsizing, those considering the benefits of standard moorings in Thames Marinas, or cruising all the Inland waterways, ‘Aqueduct Marina’ debut the 25ft to 40ft Aintree BEETLE range.


To accommodate ‘Offshore boaters’ downsizing, those considering the benefits of standard moorings in Thames Marinas, or cruising all the Inland waterways, ‘Aqueduct Marina’ debut the 25ft to 40ft Aintree BEETLE range.


These boats easily trailered throughout the country or indeed in Europe offer an alternative to ‘offshore’ cruising without compromising on lifestyle, reliability, comfort or style.

Featuring the smallest in the ‘Fab 4 Range’, (they are proudly produced in Liverpool) the debut show boat is ideal for weekend and occasional cruising. The full Aintree BEETLE range exclusively brokered by Aqueduct Marina offers 8 variations that would suit those downsizing, owning a substantial boat for the first time or seasoned canal boaters on small to medium moorings.

Young purchasers Hannah Richmond and Simon Nichols bought their Aintree BEETLE to live on after finding their first boat too old and expensive to maintain.

Disheartened that they were unable to find another second-hand boat within their price range they were delighted to come across the Beetle which gave them quality and reassurance for potentially less than some second-hand boats.

“We haven’t seen anything like this for this price range”, said Hannah, “it’s amazing really”.

Hand-crafted in steel and fitted out in Oak trim, to high standards, these stylish boats have high residual value, are cost effective to run and give endless opportunity for cruising throughout the 1500 miles of rivers and inland waterways.

Working as professionals in London the pair were surprised by the amount of space available offering a better lifestyle and more options in the London area. “To have a smaller boat is better because you have more options of where to moor and it’s easier to manoeuvre within the London waterways”.


The Aintree BEETLE range is increasingly popular offering a value for money option without compromise and in partnership with Aqueduct Marina who offer a wide range of moorings and services, the Aintree BEETLE range is becoming a sought-after brand.

Meeting at the same architect firm, with Hannah originally from the North of England and Simon from the South the Aintree BEETLE offers the couple the perfect alternative solution to start their new life together whilst bridging the gap between the two hemispheres.

Nick Beech, Aqueduct Marina’s Brokerage Manager commenting on the Aintree Beetle’s success at this years’ London Boat Show in January said: “The 25ft Aintree Beetle which we were debuting was a great hit with visitors, Aqueduct received a wonderful response from everyone who came to speak with us throughout and 2018 is going to be very busy.”

The ‘Debut Show boat demonstrator’ was sold prior to the show cementing the close relationship between Aqueduct’s Brokerage team and the quality boat builder Aintree Boats Co Ltd.

“My advice to anyone who wants an Aintree Beetle is to get in touch with the team here at Aqueduct Marina quickly as build slots are being booked up fast!”

Jamie Greaves Managing Director at Aintree Boats added: “We look forward to seeing more of these boats venture into the southern market.

“Aqueduct provide a strong and committed team to showcase the Aintree Beetles and we are delighted with their progress so far. We are positive about the year ahead”.

For more details about these Aintree Beetles please visit or call Aqueduct Marina’s Sales Team on 01270 525040.

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