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Are you looking for a new adventure on the water? Do you want to buy a boat that suits your budget and style? If so, you don’t want to miss our Brokerage Open Days over the Easter Weekend (29th - 31st March)!

For three days only, you can visit all of our 13 boats for sale at our marina. Whether you are looking for a cozy cruiser, a spacious liveaboard, or something in between, we have the perfect boat for you.

These days are being completely dedicated to our boats for sale, so you can take your time to explore them and ask our team any questions.

If you are not looking for a used narrowboat, don’t worry. We also have our on-site boat builders, Knights Narrowboats, who will be more than happy to help you discuss your dream narrowboat requirements. They can design and build a custom-made boat that meets your needs and preferences. They also have a stock boat for sale and currently in build which will be available in Spring, giving you the chance to own a brand new narrowboat just in time for Summer! Knights Narrowboats available to view by appointment only.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join us at our Brokerage Open Days and find your dream boat. We look forward to seeing you soon!





We are offering a fixed brokerage commission rate in 3 easy to understand bands.

£0 - £80k | £2,450
£80k - £120k | £3,450
£120k + | £4,450

This innovative commission structure offers you a guaranteed fixed price, whilst maintaining our high level of service. This, alongside our proven brokerage process, makes selling your boat easier than ever at our award-winning marina.

Get in touch with us today to book your valuation by calling 01270 525040.

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    Cruise Moor Scheme

    Marinas join forces to launch new visitor mooring scheme

    Five independent family run marinas are joining forces in 2024 to offer inland waterway boaters the opportunity to enjoy a new discounted visitor mooring scheme – Cruise Moor.

    The Cruise Moor scheme which will be launched in February at Boatlife in Birmingham sees Aqueduct Marina, Droitwich Spa Marina, Dunchurch Pools Marina, Overwater Marina and White Mills Marina collaborate to provide moorers with the unique opportunity of staying on each of the marinas on a visitor mooring for up to two weeks with a fabulous 20% discount.

    It is hoped the new initiative will not only encourage more boaters to explore the UKs waterways network but enable them to enjoy the facilities and personal service offered by the ‘fabulous five’ independent marinas.

    Boaters can find out how to qualify for a Cruise Moor card from one of the participating marinas and then plan their cruising season in the knowledge that they can enjoy the facilities of another independent marina with a 20% reduction in visitor mooring fees.

    Spokesperson for Cruise Moor, Robert Parton of Aqueduct Marina said: “All of the five marinas involved in Cruise Moor share the same aspirations of encouraging boaters to get out and about and explore the miles and miles of the beautiful waterways network.  As family-run marinas we work incredibly hard to be the best in the business and go the extra mile to provide excellent customer service. It is a terrific scheme and a wonderful opportunity for us all to showcase our marinas to each other’s moorers, we are all looking forward to watch it develop over the coming months.”

    Credit: Debbie Skinner, White Mills Marina

    Aqueduct Marina Tour – Come with us to take a tour around our award-winning narrowboat marina


    Let us show you around our wonderful narrowboat marina and show you how we can help you and your narrowboat.

    We are here to help you find a new home for your narrowboat in the best location on the inland waterways map!

    We are located on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal giving you the perfect base to cruise to the likes of the Cheshire Ring, Four Counties Ring, Llangollen Canal, Chester or The Anderton Boat Lift.

    Our Chief Operation Officer, Phil, is here to show you and talk through all of our marina facilities and services – we are a narrowboat marina that can cover almost everything!

    If you are looking for a new base for your narrowboat in a fantastic new cruising location for the up and coming season, please get in touch on 01270 525040

    5 Gold Anchor Marina – What does it really mean?

    As proud holders of a 5 Gold Anchor Marina accreditation, we’re thrilled to share the “ins and out” of what this prestigious distinction means for you, our cherished customers.

    Picture it as the narrowboat equivalent of a gold-starred luxury resort—your gateway to an exceptional narrow boating experience.

    So, let us explain exactly what our 5 Gold Anchor status means and show you what makes our marina a shining beacon in the waterways.

    The Gold Anchor Standard:

    The 5 Gold Anchor accreditation is more than just a shiny emblem; it’s a mark of excellence in the marine world and we are proud to say we have held this accreditation for X years.

    Awarded by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), this standard is a testament to our commitment to providing first-class facilities and services.

    The evaluation process is meticulous, covering six key areas that ensure our marina is a safe, enjoyable, and reliable haven for all boaters.

    Berths and Facilities:

    Our marina undergoes rigorous assessment to guarantee that berths are well-maintained and equipped with the necessary facilities. From secure mooring options to pristine washrooms, we’ve got you covered.

    Customer Services:

    Friendly and efficient customer service is at the heart of what we do. The 5 Gold Anchor Standard evaluates our team’s responsiveness, knowledge, and willingness to go the extra mile for our customers.

    Quality of Services:

    From fuel stations to boat repairs, every service is inspected to ensure it meets or exceeds industry standards. Your narrowboat is definitely in capable hands when it comes to our certified offerings.

    Environmental Responsibility:

    We take pride in our commitment to the environment. The audit process ensures that our marina adheres to environmentally sustainable practices, minimizing our ecological footprint in the beautiful waterways we call home.

    Operational Management:

    Efficient operations are vital for a smooth cruising experience. The 5 Gold Anchor Standard evaluates our management practices, ensuring that everything, from safety protocols to emergency procedures, is the best that it can possibly be.

    Community Engagement:

    A marina is not just a collection of boats; it’s a community. We actively engage with our boating community to foster a sense of camaraderie and support, making your marina experience not only enjoyable but also enriching.

    Your Ticket to Premium Boating:

    Now that we’ve unravelled the criteria, you might wonder, “What’s in it for me?”. Here’s why our 5 Gold Anchor accreditation matters for you:

    Peace of Mind:

    Rest easy knowing that your narrowboat is moored in a marina that has passed stringent assessments. Your safety and the security of your boat are our top priorities.

    Outstanding Facilities:

    Enjoy our fantastic facilities, from secure berths to well-maintained amenities. We’ve invested in creating an environment that enhances your boating experience.

    Exceptional Customer Service:

    Our team is dedicated to making your stay memorable. Whether you need assistance or simply want a friendly chat about the latest boating adventures, we’re here for you.

    Environmentally Responsible Boating:

    By choosing a 5 Gold Anchor Marina, you’re aligning yourself with a community that values and actively contributes to preserving the natural beauty of our waterways.

    Community Connection:

    Join a community of like-minded boaters who share your passion. From organized events to impromptu waterside gatherings, you’ll find a sense of belonging that goes beyond the water.

    In conclusion, our 5 Gold Anchor accreditation is not just a title; it’s a promise.

    A promise of excellence, dedication, and a commitment to providing you with an unparalleled narrow boating experience.

    So, cruise to us with confidence, knowing that you’ve chosen a marina that has earned its stripes in the world of inland waterways luxury. Welcome aboard, and let the journey begin!

    A buyer’s market for boats on brokerage

    Robert Parton, MD of Aqueduct Marina and president-elect of British Marine, talks to Phil Picken about the current state of the country’s inland waterways brokerage market, as well as its future. 

    The brokerage market has changed since the heady days at the end of 2022 when, in my view, the Covid bubble reached its peak.

    Since that time, we have been hit with a combination of inflation and rising interest rates, affecting a buyer’s ability to spend.

    As a result, many types of boats have started dropping in value. This began in the spring and the market did not improve for sellers over the summer.

    We are seeing the normal number of boats coming to the market, but the buyers seem to be staying away; as a result, there are plenty of boats listed for sale. So my advice would be that if you are thinking of buying, now could be a good time.

    Higher value boats and non-standard layouts at over £100k are the hardest to find buyers for; shorter boats and standard clean 58ft layouts around £60k still have a market.

    We’ve also found that new boat sales have almost stopped completely and good quality, nearly new high-value boats have also stopped selling. This is a complete reversal from the summer of 2022. It is these sellers who have a very tough choice to make, between holding out and hoping the market returns or reducing to a level that will tempt these types of buyers.

    In summary, with new boats now available on much shorter lead times, I believe new bespoke boats will remain at their higher current price, as there is no point in a boat builder starting a build unless they can cover the costs. But nearly new boats built in the last two years coming to the market for the first time as used boats will, I believe, need to see a much greater depreciation.

    The more mid-range boats will likely see some more reductions, though the housing market locally to us here in south Cheshire remains strong, so I know am more hopeful these boats will now stabilise in price. We are also seeing more boats that got too old, and anything that is a “project boat” remains a very hard sell.

    Buyer Beware

    The other boats we are seeing more of are boats that are coming to us with very poor paperwork, such a no purchase invoices, hull identification numbers, and incomplete Recreational Craft Directive Information. Often, these are DIY fit-out boats trying to get through on a five-year exemption rule.

    As a broker, it is always clearly stated on our paperwork that it is “Buyer Beware”, but part of our job is to provide some reassurance to boat buyers. This is a very grey area that differing brokerages are taking differing views on, and the inland boat selling sector could do with a more definitive set of guidance.

    We at Aqueduct have now turned away a few boats that the sellers did not want to invest the time and money in to get the paperwork in order, only for the boats to reappear for sale privately or worryingly at another brokerage.

    So if you are looking to buy a boat, now could be a very good moment. But remember, always get an independent pre-purchase survey done for you to check the condition of the boat, and please check the paperwork is in order. And if you are not sure, take independent advice.

    Written by Phil Picken 

    Aqueduct Marina Newsletter – October 2023

    We are excited to share our October Video Newsletter with you!

    You may have seen our previous video newsletter, where we introduced you to some of our staff and showed you around our marina.

    You can watch our latest video now on our YouTube channel by clicking the link below.

    Thank you for being part of our marina community and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

    We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for the future.

    If there is anything in particular you would like to see featured in our newsletter, please email

    Click on the link below to view our October 2023 Newsletter.

    Aqueduct Marina invests in improved dust extraction equipment

    For many businesses, the thought of an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive would provoke a measure of fear and trepidation; however, for the management of Cheshire-based Aqueduct Marina, it turned out to be a positive experience.

    For some time, Robert Parton, MD of Aqueduct Marina, and his management team had been looking at investing in improved extraction for the grit blasting bay, as with the demand for their grit blasting services increasing, it was logical to invest in improving the equipment being used. So, despite the Health and Safety inspection finding the facilities complied with their PPE requirements, which meant the person doing the blasting was protected, there was an environmental concern about the dust leaking out during the operation. As a result, the company brought forward the investment to reduce the possibility of abrasive dust escaping when the bay was in use.

    They called on the services of Hodge Clemco, a company that specialises in the manufacture and supply of abrasive blasting and surface treatment equipment. Hodge Clemco installed a reverse pulse dust collector system that creates a negative pressure within the blast booth and, by removing the airborne dust, allows the operator to maintain visibility within the booth. It also minimises any dust escaping from the blast booth, with the dust being contained in the dust extractor bins to allow safe disposal.

    Liam Davis, Sales and Marketing Manager for Hodge Clemco, said, “Following our initial visit and conversations, we returned to the site with one of our design engineers to carry out a full site survey, which enabled Hodge Clemco to provide a full design layout drawing of the proposed 14,000cfm reverse pulse dust collector system for the approval of Aqueduct Marina. The dust extraction system supplied and installed by Hodge Clemco comprises of the latest fully programmable gamma pulse auto reverse pulse system with differential pressure recognition. It has an auto-clean sequence whilst in operation and an additional cleaning cycle on shutdown, ensuring maximum dust release is achieved from the ultra-efficient nano fibre filters resulting in a prolonged filter life.”

    The result of this work is that Aqueduct staff have reported a marked improvement in visibility whilst working within the bay.

    The installation of the new extraction equipment saw a £60k investment being made to this side of Aqueduct’s business. Robert Parton said, “During the H&S visit, the escaping dust issue was flagged as a potential local authority environmental issue. With the system now installed and in regular use, we have seen a noticeable improvement in conditions both inside and outside the workshop. It is an expensive piece of equipment, but in a world where good staff are hard to find, and lung health is a real focus of the HSE, this is resulting in a healthier, safer working environment for our staff.”

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    Aqueduct’s live music evening proves to be a hit

    A warm evening provided the ideal atmosphere for Aqueduct Marina’s live music evening. Around 60 moorers and caravan site visitors enjoyed an evening of music provided by acoustic duo Alan and Cathy while the audience relaxed with a drink at the Church Minshull marina.

    The event proved to be such a success that more social events are planned with the next being a curry and quiz night. Anyone interested in attending are asked to keep an eye on Aqueduct Marina’s social media pages. Links can be found on

    Aqueduct Marina Newsletter – August 2023

    We are delighted to share with you, our brand-new video newsletter!

    Our newsletter is here to provide you with all the latest information at the marina and give you a glimpse of life behind the scenes here, get to know our staff, and have a giggle along the way!

    If there is anything in particular you would like to see featured in our newsletter, please email

    Click on the link below to view our August 2023 Newsletter.

    Aqueduct Marina’s Boating Event hailed a success!

    Visitors, exhibitors and organisers agreed that despite the somewhat blustery conditions, this year’s Aqueduct Marina Boating Event was a great success. The aim was to provide an event that was a ‘boat show for boaters’, and as a result, around 500 visitors took the opportunity to visit the marina, speak to staff and visit 19 trade stands.

    In addition, over 200 people attended the evening’s entertainment, much of which was provided by Elvis tribute Paul Larcombe and singer Josh Whittall.

    Both exhibitors and marina staff commented on the levels of interest shown by visitors, the majority of whom were genuinely interested in discussing their boats and their boating experiences.

    Robert Parton, Aqueduct Marina’s MD, said, “I am very grateful to the exhibitors who supported us and had a stand at the show, some of whom stayed until late and enjoyed the lively Elvis night as well. Also, well done, Hannah (Aqueduct Marketing), who successfully managed to target the right people and get boaters and aspiring boaters here. I spent most of the day by our brokerage boats and had plenty of excellent conversations with existing and soon-to-be boat owners.”

    Kevin Peart, MD of Aegina added, ”It was good to meet you and your team, we enjoyed the day and had many interesting conversations about solving water supply and making safe drinking water for the canal boat community. We will be back next year”.

    Anyone interested in visiting or exhibiting at next year’s event should keep an eye on the Aqueduct Marina website and social media channels where the next Boating Event, expected to take place in July, will be publicised. Visit

    Selling your narrowboat is as easy as 1 2 3

    The brokerage team at Aqueduct Marina are always looking for ways to make selling your boat easy and hassle-free and are pleased to launch a limited time, fixed fee commission offer ahead of their Boating Event in July.  

    Aqueduct Marina are offering anyone that lists their boat for brokerage between now and their Boating Event on the 15th of July the unique opportunity to know in advance exactly what commission they will be paying.

    This innovative commission structure offers a guaranteed fixed price for Aqueduct’s proven brokerage process with the aim of making selling your boat easier than ever whilst showcasing your boat at this popular boating event. 

    The three pricing bands, based on the value of your boat, offer brokerage commissions of between £2,450 and £4,450.

    Anyone considering selling a boat and want to have their boat displayed at the Aqueduct Boating Event, get in touch today via the Sell Your Boat page or call 01270 525040 to discuss the new commission rates. 

    Exhibiting at Crick Boat Show 2023

    Following on from the success of the offer made at BoatLife, the Aqueduct Marina team in Cheshire are offering some real savings at this year’s Crick Boat Show to help you enjoy your narrowboat in 2023.

    Any narrowboat owner visiting the Aqueduct stand at the Crick Boat Show between the 26th and 29th of May, and holding a full-price admission ticket, should visit the Aqueduct stand V-BW to get their ticket stamped. This can then be exchanged for either a free week’s mooring, worth £154 or one free use of the slipway, worth £160; terms and conditions apply. Come and visit us for all your narrowboat needs, especially if you have any work that needs to be carried out on your boat.

    And if you are thinking of selling your boat, sign up today with Aqueduct’s brokerage for it to be displayed at Crick to give it the best chance of reaching a potential buyers eye.

    Both ticket options will enable boat owners to use Aqueduct Marina as a mid-cruise safe harbour in 2023, as it is within easy reach of the Llangollen, Macclesfield and Caldon canals.

    The Church Minshull marina’s significant savings are something everyone is looking for during these difficult times. So why not plan your boating year and cruising routes to make the most of the marina’s giveaways and join the many boat owners who already moor at Aqueduct and find the marina an ideal place to moor or store their boat, whatever the season.

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