If you are
considering buying a narrow boat then now is a great time to take the plunge.
But before you start looking at
your local marina consider what purpose the boat is going to be used
boat is mainly used for two activities leisure or living aboard. Once you
know how often and how many people will be on board your boat, this will narrow
down the search.
living and storage is the main element when looking for a boat to live on permanently.
Due to the small amount of space available for storage you will soon learn to become
less materialistic, keeping and buying only what really matters to you and what
you really need, which isn’t such a bad thing. I think we are all guilty of
saying “I will put it in the loft we might need it”, but really if it’s going
out of sight it probably isn’t going to be needed and when space is limited it isn’t
possible to hang onto everything.
As for obtaining
more living space, the longer the boat you can afford to buy the better. If you
do intend to cruise you need to consider that some locks can only take a 60
foot boat. So check where you will be based and the locks in that area before
you decide on the length or you may find you will not be able to move very far!
It has to be
said that if you are buying a larger boat then this will have an impact on the
running and maintenance costs going forward for example; moorings, licences
and repairs such as blacking and painting, but that extra
space you will gain will outweigh these costs in the long run.
If you and
your family are going to be living on the boat then privacy is another area you
should think about, everyone should have a space to relax, sleep, do homework
etc. Some interiors have a very open plan layout this may not work well for
families so consider looking at boats that have separate living, sleeping and
The type of
stern you go for is down to personal taste, but the traditional and semi traditional
boats are popular for people living on board due to the small outside areas
leaving the maximum footage of the boat to be used inside.
anything goes! a 30 – 40 foot narrow boat is more than big enough to use for
mini cruising, but if you prefer to have a larger vessel then go for it. Once
you get used to cruising, mooring, turning etc. then the length of the boat
will make no difference, it’s a bit like driving a mini and an estate car the
principles are just the same.
style has to be high on the list when it comes to choosing the stern type.
There is a larger outside space to socialise and relax whilst you cruise the
With spring just
around the corner now is a great time to get down to your local marina and
start looking for the boat of your dreams. We meet many people who dream of
owning a narrow boat but don’t think they can afford it, but we have successfully
matched them with a boat that they can afford to buy and maintain.
is full of quality canal boats for sale; we change our stock regularly so if
something doesn’t grab your attention today it doesn’t mean we can’t get it for
your budget start looking for your new boat today. Start here!