News article created on 24 May 2018

170 tonnes of canal boats to be craned for Crick

Eight canal boats, weighing up to 30 tonnes each, have been craned into Crick Marina ready for the 19th Crick Boat Show.

Boat Craning by Phil Pickin Boat Craning by Phil Pickin

On Wednesday 23 May, MJT Cranes moved eight canal boats with a combined weight of 170 tonnes, into Crick Marina. 

The Crick Boat Show (26-28 May) is the UK’s biggest inland waterways festival. With almost 300 exhibitors gathering from across the canal world and beyond we are expecting over 26,000 visitors. 

Monica Tuckey, of MJT Cranes said: "Helping with the preparations for Crick Boat Show is always one of the busiest times of the year for us and over the course of the show build-up week. The canal boats range in length from 52ft to 70ft and in weight from 15 tonnes to over 30 tonnes. 15 of the boats to be craned are wide beam boats, so they are 12ft wide, while narrowboats are just seven feet wide. Then after the show is finished, we take them all back again."

Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World and Show Director, says: "We are looking forward to welcoming people to our 2018 Crick Boat Show, a fantastic family day out alongside the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire.

Preparing for the masses

"We are currently on site building the show ahead of gates opening to the public at 10am on Saturday 26 May, and one of the most dramatic sights is when these huge canal boats that have arrived by road are winched up high into the air and placed back down onto the marina waters or onto the land in the show’s land based marina."

Matthew Symonds, strategy & engagement manager for boating for the Canal & River Trust, adds: "We believe that spending time by water makes us all healthier and happier. A 58-mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal passes through Northamptonshire and we look forward to welcoming people to the show to find out more about enjoying the canals in their area."

Family fun and free activities

Crick Boat Show offers a great day out for all the family with dozens of boats to look round, free boat trips, live music, children’s activities, a real ale marquee, and a large variety of food and drink stalls.  All children aged 16 and under receive free entry to the show.