Masterclasses 2024

Following the success of the Masterclass Theatre since 2022, there is be a new selection of presentations by exhibitors in 2024. Come to a Masterclass to learn from the experts...

Masterclasses take place in our Masterclass Theatre marquee and each is about 30 minutes long. Below you will find information about the Masterclasses taking place at the 2024 Show.

For 2024, we also have two Special Talks taking place in our Masterclass Theatre.

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The Low Impact Narrowboat

ePropulsionePropulsion - Simon Boyde

The design of your boat hull, propulsion and other systems on board can deeply impact energy consumption on board, both while moored and underway. We can, through better design choices, reduce the impact our boats have on the canals and rivers on which we cruise. This brief talk introduces these ideas and how you can reduce the impact on the environment your next boat will make.

Blacking Boats Single Pack and Two Pack

Kings Lock and HempelHempel Paints

A lively discussion on the correct application of one pack bitumen free (Pro Blacking) that's both resistant to UV & DIESEL and also stays black. We will also cover the correct application for two pack (Hempadur) and aftercare.

Waterways For All - Is that Possible?

accessiblewaterwaysAccessible Waterways Association - Tracey Clarke

To introduce the Accessible Waterways Association. A new organisation that has been set up to inform, represent, and assist people who live with disabilities, impairments, or any other accessibility issues, and who want to enjoy the Inland Waterways and their surrounding environments in the same way everyone else does. This may be as a boater (either living aboard or holidaying), hire-boat owner, angler, cyclist, gongoozler, walker/wheeler on the towpaths, or a volunteer or staff member of any of the many waterways authorities. This is open to all who care about the accessibility of our beloved canals and rivers.

Electrical Systems for the Unique Challenges of 'Loooong' Canal Boats

autonnicAutonnic Research Ltd - Chris Shelton

Join Autonnic's masterclass, seeking to help canal boaters to examine some of the common issues faced with the architecture of electrics aboard the 'long' boats found on the UK inland waterways. Let's think about the structure of gathering, storing and transmission of electrical power in a different way!

Explaining Boat PV Solar Systems and their Benefits

runbythesunRun By The Sun Ltd - Simon Butt

An introduction to boat PV solar systems including:

  • Getting to know the different solar module types, and how to choose the right ones
  • Choosing the correct solar charge controller to suit/li>
  • Other system components and wiring options/li>
  • What can the solar system be expected to do? What is the benefit to me?/li>

Solving The Water Challenge

WaterFreedom.pngWater Freedom – John Howard

Water remains the biggest challenge for most boaters. Water points are infrequent, regularly inoperative, and there's often a queue. Most boaters live in what could be described as a state of water poverty, taking only very short, infrequent showers and washing dishes in the absolute minimum of water. Thinking about the irony of being 'water poor' despite being surrounded by it, in 2015, Water Freedom's founder, John Howard, set out to solve the water problem and developed the first version of a product that’s now regularly described as ‘life changing’ by hundreds of boaters across the UK and beyond. John will talk about the journey, the development challenges, and what’s now possible.

The Electric / Diesel Electric Boat Systems

kingslock_vetus360.jpgSteve Wedgewood of Kings Lock Chandlery

A complete insight into the world of electric boating, from the design stage to ownership. Steve's aim is to stimulate the thought process and give real world feedback, based on first hand experiences.

Compliance for Sailawaysepropulsion-logo.jpg

Bas Edmonds of HPi Verification Ltd

"I am fitting out a sailaway boat, do I need UKCA marking using the Recreational Craft Regulations?"; "I have heard that there is a '5 year rule'. Does this apply to me?"; "What is Post Construction Assessment?"; "If I have a Boat Safety Certificate, do I still need a UKCA mark?" If you have ever asked any of these questions, then this is the Masterclass for you. HPi Verification Services Ltd are a UK-approved body and the experts in boat compliance - come along and hear the facts.

Paint Technology

marineware360.jpgMarineware Ltd – Simon Crawford

Paint technology: past, present and the future for inland waterways. Including owner and professional options. 

Electrifying Waterways:  I-20 Motor Installation on a 60ft Canal Boat

epropulsion-logo.jpgSteve Bruce of ePropulsion UK

Join Steve Bruce, Managing Director of ePropulsion UK, at the Crick Boat Show for an insightful presentation on a groundbreaking project. Steve will delve into a recent installation of the innovative I-20 motor, powered by twin G102 batteries, on a 60ft canal boat. This session will cover the customer’s decision to transition to electric propulsion, highlighting the benefits of cleaner, quieter cruising. Discover why ePropulsion was the chosen provider for this eco-friendly solution, and explore the future of electric boating with us. Don’t miss this engaging exploration of sustainable marine technology!

Internet on Inland Waterway Boats

wifionboard360.jpgWifionboard – David Walker

Being connected onboard is no longer a luxury. With home working, TV streaming or just booking a table it is essential to modern life whether we like it
or not! Being able to get high speeds to access these services is key and sharing marina WiFi just doesn’t give full service Internet all day long.
In this Masterclass we discuss ways to get internet on an inland waterways boat - whether Wifi, Mobile or Starlink. sets first-party and third-party cookies so we can monitor and improve the effectiveness of our website. You can control this using your browser settings.