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Why do narrowboat passageways always go down the starboard (right hand) side of the boat?

I realised this today after working on a very tightly boxed in Lister engine with all the fuel and oil systems on the opposite side of the boat to where the engine access hatch is:
There seems to be a convention that if you have a corridor or walkway, or a door even, through a narrowboat, if they're not central then the builder seems to always route the walkway down the starboard side of the boat. Is this the case or am I imagining it? And if it's true, what might be the reasons why this is so?
Maybe this is why we like BMC engines, because they end up with all the interesting bits on the near side to the maintainer. ;-)

Asked by: Workboat Pug  | 6.36pm, Friday 11 March

WW says:

It really does differ- my boat has the corridor to port, for example! Many builders do vary it. At Crick show last year, it was a 50/50 mix, where there was a corridor! flicking through hire catalogues from the last 20 years also shows a wide variance- though the central corridor layout has disappeared more!
One reason could be that on some traditional engines, if mounted in a seperate engine room, the exhaust is more likely to exit on the port side of the engine, so to avoid burnt knees, it rises up and away.
Also, some boats have the corridor start to stbd, as the exit door to the aft deck is not best placed directly in front of the steerer, as on a cruiser stern deck, most people steer from port. walking up in front of the helm might be a pain!
BMC engines more lked for their popularity, cheap nature, and economy, as well as being long lived (mine is 20 years old) but it can still be a pain to work on, even with easy access!
However, it is an interesting question-and I am sure other people will have some good suggestions!-

Mark Langley  | 11.50PM, Friday 11 March

Readers say:

They don't. We designed the interior of ours and the corridor begins on the port side, goes through the middle of the galley then switches to starboard though the two sleeping cabins and past the head

Will Chapman  | 6.05AM, Saturday 12 March

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