RCR ANNOUNCE BOAT COURSES
River Canal Rescue has announced dates for its 2017 boat & engine maintenance and electrics courses. Run monthly from February to November they cover; diesel engines, transmissions, boat plumbing, boat electrics, lay-up and refit procedures.
Boat & engine maintenance course dates are: 11-12 February, 11-12 March, 8-9 April, 6-7 May, 3-4 June, 15-16 July, 12-13 August, 23-34 September and 4-5 November.
Electrics course dates are: 25-26 February, 29-30 April, 10-11 June, 29-30 July, 7-8 October and 25-26 November.
Held at River Canal Rescue’s Baswich head office (by bridge 101 on the Staffordshire & Worcester canal), the courses offer a combination of theory with practical demonstrations and participation and are ideal for owners keen to learn more about basic boat engine maintenance and electrics.
A two-day weekend boat & engine maintenance course costs £120 and is run by RCR engineers Jay Forman, Kerry Horton and Dave Bull on a rotational basis. The boat electrics course is £150 and run by electrical specialist Howard Williams.
In addition, RCR runs one-to-one follow-up sessions for customers attending courses and trainers can present to groups anywhere in the country. Members’ gift vouchers can be redeemed against any products or services, including courses.
To find out more visit http://www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk/rcr-courses/ email email@example.com or call 01785 785680.
RCR TAKE OVER INLAND WATERWAY APPS
River Canal Rescue (RCR) has taken over Eureauweb’s inland waterway navigation products and rebranded them as WaterNav.
The Thames is one of the river covered by the the waterway software system and e-canal apps
Compatible with all Windows desktops, laptops and netbooks, plus iphones, ipads and android smartphones, WaterNav apps cover eight regions.
The WaterNav PC product covers the whole of Great Britain in one application and includes a route planning function.
Once downloaded, access to the maps is not dependent on a permanent internet connection, enabling users to plan and track routes and using GPS, pinpoint their exact locations and distance from over 60,000 points of interest.
These include; mooring locations, navigation points, potential hazards (e.g. weirs), bridges and locks, pump-outs, diesel and gas supplies, boatyards, Internet access points, pubs, restaurants, places to eat and drink, doctors, dentists, vets, shops, launderettes, bus stops and train stations, B & Bs, hotels, campsites and tourist attractions.
All can be filtered by waterway, town, place name or postcode and points of interest; the latter contain visitor information and contact details which are regularly updated.
A trip-tracking function on the apps allows boaters to record distance and travel times, a log-book facility automatically enters the date, time and location and users can then add their own narrative and photos.
RCR has been using a customized version of the waterway software to locate and respond to stricken boaters for eight years, and the team was so impressed with its functionality and future possibilities, they negotiated with Eureauweb to buy the software and app part of the business.
Managing director, Stephanie Horton, comments: “The software and apps have the largest waterway-focused database in the UK, but this is only the start – we are planning to modify the existing notification functions so people can feedback any changes, report their own boat problems and notify RCR and the Canal & River Trust of any damage such as canal breaches or accidents.”
WaterNav is available from RCR’s website www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk
Windows Desktop, laptop and netbook UK-wide software is
£49 and the apps are £5.99 per region.