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Looking for a narrow boat for me and my little dog polo

Right were to start? Right yer go's who do I go about looking for my narrow boat and how do I bye my boat

Asked by: Peter  | 11.50am, Monday 26 September

WW says:

Before you start, what experience have you had of boating? If it is little or none, you should hire a boat and see how you get on before you spend a large sum of money on a boat and then find it is not what you were expecting. Provided you still want to proceed, get yourself a copy of the Inland Boatowner's Book published by WW and available from this website. This will give you advice on all aspects of owning a boat including how to buy one.
Two particular pieces of advice I would give are, first, take your time and don't rush into a purchase before you have considered all the options. Second, if the boat is a second-hand one, make sure you get it professionally surveyed. The boat should have a Boat Safety Certificate but this is like the MOT test for cars and does not tell you about the thickness of the hull or the state of the engine. A marine surveyor will thoroughly examine the boat and produce a report which tells you all you need to know so that you can decide whether to buy or not. It may not be cheap but it is a lot cheaper than finding you have lots of expensive problems to sort out before you can use the boat.

Graham Booth  | 2.03PM, Monday 26 September

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