Preparations underway for Crick Boat Show

MJT Cranes will crane in more than 170 tonnes of boats for Crick Boat Show MJT Cranes will crane in more than 170 tonnes of boats for Crick Boat Show
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MJT Cranes have again been chosen to crane in eight canal boats with a combined weight of 170 tonnes, into Crick Marina, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, as part of preparations for the 19th Crick Boat Show.

The annual event, to be held May 26 – 28, is organised by Waterways World in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and Crick Marina.

It is the UK’s biggest inland waterways festival with almost 300 exhibitors gathering from across the canal world and beyond and more than 26,000 visitors expected to attend. 

“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, we will be transporting and craning 31 canal boats, with a combined weight of around 650 tonnes,” explained Monica Tuckey, of MJT Cranes which specialises in lifting and transporting canal boats. “They range in length from 52ft to 70ft and in weight from 15 tonnes to over 30 tonnes.”

Wide beam

She added: “Fifteen 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, added: “The maximum speed on our canals and rivers is just 4mph, making them the perfect place to relax and slow down, but as our exhibitors travel to the show from all around the country, it’s often impractical to send a boat by water and the wide beam boats can’t fit through the locks on the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal, as it’s a narrow canal.”

The event will be open from 10am till 6pm May 26 and 27 and 10am to 5pm on Monday May 28. 

Evening entertainment, which is included in the price of the same day ticket to the show, runs from 7.30pm to 11.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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