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Boat purchase

I am looking to purchase a narrowboat and am going to look at one which is almost complete. Dialogue with the builder, Evolution Boats, indicates that we would have the option to make some alterations and bespoke finishes however I am unsure about, if we decided to go ahead with a purchase, what would be reasonable in terms of deposit as a show of good faith and final payments whilst safeguarding my finances.
I have purchased a narrowboat before through a broker, but this was only after a couple 'experiences' with perhaps questionable private vendors. I am aware of (but have no experience in) purchasing a bespoke boat and the basics of a British Marine Federation contract but this does not seem to apply in this situation. Can you please advise how to make a safe purchase.
Many thanks

Asked by: Andy Hunter  | Tuesday 7 September, 9.25pm | 1 answer


if i buy a 55/65ft narrow boat,to be lived on, roughly how much would it cost to have central heating fitted, and which system would work best.i will be on a marina with 230 hook up

Asked by: henchy3rd  | Friday 3 September, 9.35pm | 1 answer

New Magazine

Hi im trying to find your new magazine?,that was supposed to be out on sale from the 27th Auguest. It is called The Barge Guide,Boating and living afloat. I already asked at my local whsmith and i didn't find it in the free program from the weekend show till we got home.
Thankyou for your time.

Asked by: sally jones  | Wednesday 1 September, 7.51pm | 3 answers


ive never been on the cut before(only at the crick boat show)and for only about 10min or so)thing is ive seen and i like a 70ft ex working narrowboat that ive seen on the web,,my question is!! how limited am i to cruise and how far can i go on the canal network with a 70fter? i know the size resricts where i can go but by how much? I will be traveling on my own until my kids help out but until then im on my own should i be lookin for something smaller.. IS a70fter a bit big for a novice? or should i say """" it and go for it and see what happens and enjoy??

Asked by: Mark  | Thursday 26 August, 12.47am | 4 answers


Is there anybody that will actually design a widebeam canalboat given a rough layout that one can then take to possible builders. Preferably at a reasonable price!!.

Asked by: PAUL BROWNETT  | Saturday 21 August, 11.05pm | 3 answers

new engine

Is it to soon to put a new canalline engine plus in my new build or would it be wise to go for an established engine like beta

Asked by: riverbank3  | Friday 20 August, 9.23pm | 1 answer

paint job??

what does it cost to repaint and blacken(sides AND bottom) a 60ft narrow boat? diy or pro inc extras but please be kind as on a sort of budget

Asked by: Mark  | Monday 16 August, 10.10pm | 3 answers

Is it worth replacing the wooden top of my narrow boat with a steel one and if so could you recommend anybody?

I currently own a 59ft narrowboat built in 1984 by the Uxbridge Boat Centre with a steel hull and a wood and fibreglass top. The wood and fibre glass has significantly deteriorated and I am looking at replacing it with a steel top. I have virtually no experience of narrow boat building and was hoping someone could advise me on best course of action.
I have recently had the boat surveyed and it does require some overplating (the report states that "potentially the immersed hull side plating and counterplate should be overplated as it is anticipated that the internal surfaces of this plating will be significantly corroded" but this could only be fully determined with a full internal inspection which could not be carried out. Also the top of the starboard swim plating needs overplating otherwise the rest of the hull seems in reasonable condition).
Is it worth putting a steel top on this hull? And if so could anybody make any recommendations. The boat is currently on the Kennet and Avon but is heading toward London although I would happily head up to the Midlands if a reasonably priced steel fabricator was recommended.
Thanks in advance for any replies.

Asked by: gareth939  | Monday 16 August, 5.45pm | 3 answers

m & m boat builders

This is my boat maker, there is a little brass plaque in the sturn. Does anyone have any info please on this builder, Also is there anyone with a boat made by them.Anita

Asked by: ANITA  | Sunday 15 August, 1.47pm | 2 answers

Electric hook up

Does a 240v electric land line in a marina charge the boats batteries or is it just for 240v power though the inverter?

Asked by: Neil Page  | Saturday 14 August, 3.34pm | 3 answers

Mersey Crossings

Is anybody organising another Narrowboat cross the mersey trip

Asked by: Knock  | Thursday 12 August, 10.16am | no answers yet - add one

model narrowboats

Hi,Have you ever done an artical on model narrowboats. I have made a GRP 9ft 1/8 scale R/C semi-trad narrowboat,which is now registered with british waterways.could be a first.Made for doing boat rallies and shows,plus a love of narrowboats.

Asked by: jonathan Brown  | Wednesday 11 August, 8.00pm | 1 answer

What is the best engine

We bought a 1988 Colecraft Narrow Boat last year with a Lister Petter TS3 engine. Spent £2,500.00 having the engine re-built this spring. It failed in 10hours. What engine would you recommend for this boat? It is 55 foot Cruiser Stern and a lovely boat.

Asked by: Richard Harrison  | Wednesday 11 August, 7.09pm | 4 answers

Buying a computer to use on our narrowboat

When we retire (12/18 months) we hope to spend a few weeks at a time crusing on our narrow boat on the UK waterways. We don't have a computer at home but want to keep in touch with family and friends while away. Can you suggest/recommend a computer (presumably a laptop) which we can use away from our marina and also at home in between cruises. What facilities/equipment would we need in order to run it for say a couple of hours when moored up using the internet? We have an electrical hook up at the marina. Any advice would be appreciated. Many thanks.

Asked by: Maree Jenkins  | Wednesday 11 August, 2.28pm | 2 answers

Generator Soundproofing and Running a Freezer When Away

I suppose this is a supplementary to my previous question... How difficult is it to soundproof a generator - by which I mean soundproofing it from those inside the boat and those in neighbouring boats. Does a generator produce a vibration in the boat itself? If so, how effective are, say, rubber mountings? Is it possible to sound and vibration proof a generator at a reasonable (by which I mean not excessive) cost? How would one do it? The freezer question is 'How much energy would I need to run a fridge freezer while I was away from the boat - i.e. from batteries via an inverter'. I would run the fridge freezer via a separate circuit from any other appliances or electrical load. The fridge freezer would be 230v model with a rated load of 136W and a yearly consumption of 277kWh. If I had a set up of 5 x 110Ah batteries, how long before running flat could these be expected to last with just this load? I would anticipate having a separate battery to start the engine.

Asked by: John Blanning  | Wednesday 11 August, 11.23am | 2 answers

Underfloor Heating and Galley Appliances

I'm intending to order a new narrowboat with the intention of doing some of the fitting out myself. Leaving aside the method of heating the water, is there any reason why it would not be possible to install underfloor central heating in a narrowboat? Also, when installing electrical appliances in the galley, is there any reason why one could not install normal electric domestic appliances, e.g. by Bosch or Miele (I'm thinking dishwasher, oven, hob, possibly washing machine) if one had a reasonable generator installed?

Asked by: John Blanning  | Tuesday 10 August, 11.32pm | 2 answers

Correcting a light list to port!

Our 62'semi trad has always has a slight list to port, made slightly worse by a kitchen refit recently which included granite woktops having a longer run on the port side. Under the cratch floor area there are balance weights welded onto the floor on the starboard side, with space for more. I want to correct the imbalance so the thought occurred to me that it would be easy to put say, sand bags in the area. Is this a sensible solution especially as the BSS inspection is due in 6 months, I don't know if this acceptable? Alternatively should I find a boat yard able to weld some extra weights in to position.

Asked by: Chris Marriott  | Tuesday 10 August, 8.26pm | 1 answer

BDSBC20A-GB battery charger

Your recent article "battery chargers on test" quoted a price for the Black and Decker 20A charger as £56. I cannot find it for less than £120 please can you tell me where to purchase at your quoted price?

Asked by: C J Parker  | Tuesday 10 August, 11.41am | no answers yet - add one


I have recently bought a Creighton 26' GRP Cruiser. I know that she was not stored out of the water last year and suspect the same of the year before. Currently based on the Leeds, Liverpool near Ormskirk, does anyone know where i can store her out of the water this year to dry out and antifoul her ready for next year.

Asked by: John Woolham  | Monday 9 August, 8.57pm | no answers yet - add one

Hybrid propulsion

Hello -we are having a boat built early next year and are considering a hybrid system ( Hybrid Marine)
Other than the info from the makers we don't have any other information or advice. Can we ask for your thoughts/Advice on whether this is worth the additional expense -which we understand is in the region of 5K.
We do understand the evnironmental considerations but not the economical ones.
Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Steve Edis

Asked by: SALLY EDIS  | Tuesday 3 August, 9.37pm | 1 answer

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