Know It's Purpose
you intend to use your new narrow boat and how often, will help you decide what
style and length will best suit your needs, leading you to find the perfect
boats suit everyone’s tastes, budgets and dreams. So by thinking about how you
are going to use it i.e. for leisure purposes or for living aboard as a permanent
home, this will determine the boats that will be right for you.
Think About Space
Space is one
of the key elements to finding the right boat, if you intend to live aboard
then it's vital that you have the right about of space and storage for
everyone on board. If you are just going to use it for short cruises during the
year it's not as important to concentrate on the space issue.
boat that is 50 foot plus will be large enough to live on as a home and it should
provide enough storage. Boats that are around 30 – 40 feet are perfect for just
cruising around in.
have settled for the length of boat that best suits your needs, then consider
the internal layout. Do you want open plan living or would your prefer separate
areas for dining, sleeping and seating. This is all personal choice and only
you will know which you prefer. It is a good idea to look at lots of different
interior layouts to see which you feel more comfortable in.
Choose A Stern
There are 3
different types of sterns the traditional, semi traditional and cruiser. If you
don’t know much about sterns then here is a brief description of each stern;
traditional or the trad stern narrow boat is ideal for live aboard purposes,
typified by short back deck of 2 -3 feet in length, giving more room inside for
Semi-Traditional narrow boat is commonly referred to as 'Semi-trad' and is a
modern version of the traditional style narrow boat.
has been designed to give the largest open space on the deck for outdoor cruising.
The deck is usually 2 metres or more long, giving lots of space for socialising.
have seen all three styles you will be able to decide which is right for you.
Have a Budget
you have will affect the condition and the size of vessel you will be able to
You should consider
the actual boats purchase cost and then the ongoing running costs to maintain the boat.
It may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning that the larger the boat the
higher the costs for things like moorings, blacking, licenses, heating costs
and day to day running.
Where To Look
Narrowboat Brokers such as ourselves are
a great place to look at all the different types of boats available.
Having a good selection of boats for sale in one location allows you to see direct comparisons,
saving you time and money by not having to travel up and down the country to
lots of different venues.
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