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Does an 11ft-wide boat need a marina?

Can I ask, why do narrow boat owners insist on telling us we will need a marina if we buy a 11ft x 58ft please? They seem hell bent on putting us off and scaring us into getting a 60ft narrow boat but partner does not like the closed in feeling of them.

Asked by: Robert Cowling   | 12.17pm, Saturday 29 April

WW says:

The answer very much depends on where you want to keep the boat. Many waterways are only technically widebeam and cruising one in a widebeam can be challenging- for their instance the eastern part of the Trent and Mersey Canal. Rivers, and the north eastern waterways are ideally suited to widebeams- however if you are continuously cruising you might want to check with how practical it is- or if you are looking at an online mooring, then check that broadbeam craft are accepted. Continuos cruising in a widebeam might be difficult and if you are going to be based on CRT waterways you may want to check with the area office.

Mark Langley  | 8.47PM, Saturday 29 April

There is also a licencing review going on at the moment which might affect your decision as to whether to go for a wide beam boat.
Marinas often charge more for wide beam boats as they occupy more water space, ecpecially where they effectively take 2 mooring slots.

Rupert Smedley  | 9.31AM, Tuesday 2 May

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