5 Tips to Keep a Narrowboat Cool in Summer

Anyone that has spent any time on a narrowboat will know they can get cold in winter, but more often than not they can get too hot in Summer.  With the hot weather season approaching it will start to heat-up.  Here are some tips on how to keep a narrowboat cool in summer:

  • Moor in a shady spot. If possible, moor your narrowboat in a shady spot, such as under a tree or near a building. This will help to keep the boat cooler during the day, but beware of birds in the trees pooping on your roof.
  • Close the curtains and blinds. Close all curtains and blinds on windows that are in direct sunlight. This will help to keep the sun out of the cabin and prevent the boat from heating up during the day.
  • Open the windows and doors. Once the sun has gone down, open the windows and doors to let in the cooler air. This will help to ventilate the boat and keep it cool overnight.
  • Use fans. Fans can help to circulate the air and keep the boat cool. You can use electric fans or battery-operated fans.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. I popular one with the “boaties”.  It’s important to stay hydrated when it’s hot outside. Drink plenty of water in the day and when the sun goes down in the evening it is highly recommended to find a canal-side pub for further refreshment.

By following these tips, you can keep your narrowboat cool and comfortable even in the hottest weather.


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