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Tue Sep 12, 2017 at 7:41pm

Are you looking for a narrowboat?

Then you need to visit Whilton marina. We have a large selection of used narrow boats for sale from in all price ranges. This means we should have a boat in our marina to match your budget.  

Not only do we hold a large variety of boats for sale here in Northamptonshire, our sister company Venetian marina in Cheshire also has a selection of narrow boats for sale. So if we don't have what you are looking for maybe our other marina will.   

Let us help take the stress out of finding a new narrowboat by providing you with the best service around. Buying and selling narrowboats is basically what we do best and our experienced staff are available 7 days a week to assist you.

We can hold your hand all the way through the buying process and give you the best advice to ensure you buy the right boat.  

When it comes to buying a narrowboat there are many considerations you need to be aware of.

So let's look at some of these now and discuss these points before you buy;

What style boat best suits your needs?

There are basically three stern types you can choose from. The traditional, the semi traditional and the cruiser.

No stern type is better than the others, it's all about personal choice when choosing which style. If you are wanting more interior space then the traditional style may best suit your needs better, as they tend to have larger interiors. If you want a larger social area when cruising for friends and family to gather, then the cruiser stern will be the better boat for you.

Stepping aboard all the different stern types will help you get feel of the boat and work out which one is going to be best for your needs. This is something we strongly encourage at our marina, you will be able to experience all the different sterns from the stock we have. You can hop on and off each boat as many times as you like, comparing each one at your leisure.

Where will you moor your narrowboat?

Don't over look finding a mooring, this should be sorted out at the beginning of the buying process so that you have somewhere to take your boat after it's purchase. 

Extensive mooring advice from the Canal and River Trust can be found here

How much time will you spend aboard?

Again it's important to consider how much time you will be spending on your boat. If you intend to spend long periods of time or even live aboard full time, then you need to factor in how much space you have for possessions and your family.

Should I have a survey?

YES! It's that simple, but we will explain why you should. The survey is for the buyers benefit, it will highlight any potential problems, you can then negotiate with the seller to see if they are prepared to pay for the repairs or lower the asking price. More about surveys can be found here

What finance options are available?

There are marine mortgages available from 3000 plus and 70% of the boats value. Many people also approach their bank for personal loans for smaller amounts.

How much do you want to spend?

Sort out your budget before you start looking. It's so easy to get carried away when you arrive at the marina and see all the boats on offer. Remember there are ongoing costs such as mooring fees, insurance, repairs and maintenance etc, so don't leave yourself short. 


We also offer a seek and find service. If you leave your email address and your boat requirements with us, we will do our upmost to find a boat to match your needs. Register for our narrowboat finder service here. If you register on our website you will receive regular updates on boats that match your requirements from both of our marinas.     

We believe we can fulfill your dreams and sell you the narrow boat you have been dreaming of, so come and see us today!