Why buy through us?
Buying a narrow boat is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so at Venetian Marina, we aim to make your purchase simple.
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Why Buy A Narrowboat from Venetian Marina?

Why buy through us?

Buying a narrow boat is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so at Venetian Marina we aim to make your purchase simple.  

Extensive selection of narrowboats for sale in one place

Venetian Marina has an extensive selection of canal boats for sale at our Cholmondeston base, just outside Nantwich in Cheshire. Our prices range from £9,000 to £90,000. All our canal boats are advertised online on our web site; we also post details of boats for sale on the Venetian Marine Twitter feed, Facebook and Google+ page and on Apollo Duck.  

Open seven days a week

We’re open seven days a week and will give you free, friendly advice on buying your narrow boat. Just browse around to your heart’s content, and just ask if you need any help.  

Expert advice

We can answer all sorts of queries about boat purchases - from price negotiations through to surveys and planning your first trip on the waterways.

As a sister company of Whilton Marina the UK’s biggest narrow boat brokerage, we’ll also offer you expert advice on boat-buying and can help you to really think through the practicalities involved. For example: 
  • New or used narrow boat?
    Depending on your budget and personal preference, you may either want to buy a new canal boat, or something older with a particular character.  
  • How much can you afford?
    Try setting a budget and stick to it. Research the market; tools like our online search will help you view a wide selection of boats for sale and compare what’s on offer.
  • What boat length do you need?
    Longer boats (50+ feet) are better for live-aboards or extended cruising, and things like storage space and hot water will be important.
  • Where will you go?
    If traveling on parts of the canal network with restricted access (like the Kennet and Avon), do check your boat will be suitable.

Two months Free Membership for River Canal Rescue

We are delighted to offer with every boat sold, Two months free membership for River Canal Rescue for added peace of mind in the early months of ownership.

Offer Includes: 2 free call outs* (2 hours engineering time)  Covers engine & propulsion problems only

*parts are chargeable, Excludes free recovery and no crew relay.

New to narrowboating?


We’ve helped lots of people buy their first narrow boat - and in many cases, their second and even third… our customer testimonials are the proof of that.  So don’t worry about asking questions; that’s what we’re here for! 

Browse through our buyers info section near the top left of this page to find out more about buying a narrowboat.        
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