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tracing first boat

I would like to see if my one and only boat (owned for about 4 years around 1990) is still afloat. Is there any way I can do this?

Asked by: justrichard  | 7.17pm, Saturday 14 January


WW says:

Alas, there is no definitive way of finding out if you previous boat is still afloat.
A quick search through Jim Shead's boat listing http://www.jim-shead.com/waterways/boats.php although this is only updated annually, and doesn't claim to cover every boat on the inland waterways.
For instance, the boat might now only be registered on waterways that the list doesn't cover, or be ashore for work (and so not currently registered).
Otherwise, I am afraid there is very little you can do to find that out.
Best of luck!

Mark Langley  | 11.48AM, Monday 16 January

The index number rather than the name is the most important piece of information for tracing a boat. Subsequent owners are quite likely to have changed the name. A difficult search unless it is particularly distinctive in some way so that people will remember the boat.

Rupert Smedley  | 9.26AM, Friday 20 January

Interestingly, if a boat is out of the water for a few years and not licensed, BW will often issue a new index number (I had this with one boat). That can be slightly confusing, to say the least!
Best luck though!

Mark Langley  | 12.43PM, Friday 20 January

If you have any idea of the original Grand Union name, or any details of where it was converted, it might be possible to find out more through the Historic Narrow Boat Owners Club.

Rupert Smedley  | 3.50PM, Thursday 26 January

I have been in contact with the HNBOC archivist who has found a record of your boat, but no recent sightings. He has asked if you have a photo especially showing the bows, to aid tracing the subsequent history of your boat.
Please contact me through the email address: rupert.smedley@waterwaysworld.com

Rupert Smedley  | 2.57PM, Friday 27 January


Readers say:

Thanks Rupert and Mark. It's obvious now you mention it that the index number would be the way to go (but not obvious until it's pointed out!) The boat was quite distinctive being an old coversion: the rear end of a small woolwich - steel hull and rather rotten top. A bit of a wreck really but we loved it!! (well, I did, not sure wife was quite so enthusiastic!!)If anyone remembers Billabong (38ft) in the Leighton Buzzard area though sold to someone at Lee in london, let me know. Thanks

justrichard  | 10.23AM, Friday 20 January

thanks. I have a feeling it has long been cut up for scrape, or is sitting rotting on the bottom of the canal somewhere. Now I come to think of it, it had a composite hull, the bottom of which at last survey was showing sign of quite bad wear on the outer edges of the timbers.

justrichard  | 7.02PM, Friday 20 January

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