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Atalanta Sold

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Atalanta is now sold and we are without boats again.  Been an interesting journey over the past few years but we have stopped boating for now.

Hopefully we’ll get back to it again one day.

Atalanta For Sale

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Small Woolwich Butty Atalanta for sale £25k

Having moved off the boats we are now selling Atalanta. We orginally bought the butty so we had more living space and used mainly as my office for 3 years. Since moving back into a house and selling Daniel Oakley we have decided to sell Atalanta.

Atalanta is fitted as a live aboard with an extended traditional rear cabin, a spacious shower/wet room, fitted kitchen with space for fridge and cooker, large living space with two bed chairs and a large foward cabin. The interior has traditional decor throughout with scumble and painted panels, original stands decorate the main cabin.  The rear cabins is wood and the hold cabin wood under canvas. See photos below.

We have done a lot of work over the past 5 years including fitting a new elm (Rex Wain) and cabin rails, new canvas on rear cabin roof, new rear cants (wood) and front cants (in steel).  The original wooden bottom was replaced with steel about 1989 and is in excellent condition as is all the orignal riveted hull (last blacked 2012).  There is a a new boat safety certificate done in 2014.

Enquiries please email

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Daniel Oakley sold

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

We have now exchanged contracts for Daniel Oakley. So it is sold and will be handed over in the near future to the new owners who we hope will have as much pleasure as we  have had over the past 7 years.

For sale

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Daniel Oakley is now for sale with ABNB. See

It has taken us  a year to really get to the stage where we are really  ready to sell. Had a few things to do on the, blacked the water tank, repaired the cratch cover and replaced the seat in front deck. The hull is sound, paint work excellent, the fit out as good as when first done (matured) and there are many refinements that make this a special boat you just can’t buy new.

I look forward to meeting Daniel Oakley’s new owner soon.

New web site#Banbury Pets

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

It is very sad to be selling Daniel Oakley, but when the boat moves on we will have to archive the web site. With this in mind we have launched a new web site for the Pet Care in Banbury business, with the hope it will move up the search ratings before we have to close the Daniel Oakley site. You can either click on the RBC Pet Care Services page on the right, which should take you to a picture of the site and go and have a look or go directly to Do let me know what you think. Thanks

Daniel Oakley for Sale

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

We are selling Daniel Oakley, see further details and pictures. Since purchasing Atalanta (Small Woolwich Butty) and moving back to the land (in April 2012) so Karen can build up the dog business, we have decided to sell our home and lifestyle of the past 7 years. It is with much regret as Daniel Oakley has been a lovely boat and home, as you will see from the blog postings we have had many adventures around the canal system in that time. 

Daniel Oakley is still going strong and has continued to be well looked after. The hull was good when we blacked it last year. The Gardner 2L2 engine is 80 years old this year, has been regularly serviced (every 150-200 hrs) and maintained as required, Danny Williamson did a fine job in restoration. There are a new stove, water pump, calorifer, Eberspacher and battery charger all fitted within the last 2 years. I’ve also been painting the places you never see like under the back counter as well as those you can.

We hope the next owner will have as much pleasure as we have had from owning Daniel Oakley.



Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Crufts Gold Team Photo

Crufts Gold Team Photo

Kennel Club Gold team photo taken on the last day at Crufts 2012. All the dogs did really well when demonstrating the different obedience exercises and Charlie finally won the “send to bed” race in the last display. We had an amazing but exhausting time, and made lots of new friends.

Crufts Gold Team

Friday, January 20th, 2012

After a grueling selection day in Birmingham with around 60 other handlers and their dogs,  Charlie and I have made it into the Kennel Club Gold Demonstration team for Crufts 2012. Together with 8 other handlers and their dogs, we will be going through the Good Citizenship Gold test exercises and performing a bit of a routine to music. Our team will be appearing on the Thursday and Sunday so please come along and say Hi.

A Dog walking Space is available

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

A space has now become available in the daily group dog walk. If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact Karen on 07966 847153 or see the  RBC Pet Care Services page.

Hinton Show

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

A quick reminder to all you dog owners living in Oxfordshire that the Hinton show is on this Sunday.This is a fun dog show, with a horse show to raise money for the Katherine House Hospice
At Gaydons Farm, Hinton Crossroads
Nr Brackley, NN13 5NF
by kind permission of Chris Loggin
On Sunday 28th August 2011
10.30 am Registration, 11 am Start