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Who are the best wide beam boat builders?

Asked by: Tony Spruce  | 7.54am, Saturday 19 October

WW says:

We are unable to give specific advice about who build the best widebeam boats. "best" also does mean different things to different people. Only by viewing boats from a boatbuilder, both new and second-hand, plus chatting to owners if you can, can give you an idea of whether that boatbuilder is the one for you.
Spend time looking at different boat builders and you will soon find out about the depth of quality versus the amount of money you want to invest.
Follow the advice given the WW Annual and the Inland Boat Owners Book when looking for a boat, either new or pre-owned.

Mark Langley  | 8.39AM, Monday 21 October

It also depends on the type of wide beam boat wanted; there are plenty of boatbuilders that can produce a relatively simple wide beam narrowboat. A decent barge type boat with sea going capability however is a more specialist task.

Rupert Smedley  | 1.37PM, Monday 21 October

Rupert makes a very good point- if you want a boat to be coastal capable, then choose a builder who has experience of producing boats to category C (coastal) or B (offshore) rather than just D (inland)- and preferably that they have proved their boats at sea! Some Category C inland boats are horrendous to handle in any seaway... but chatting to owners is very helpful!

Mark Langley  | 2.58PM, Monday 21 October

Readers say:

I want a wide beam boat to live on about 55ft x 10ft I do not want to go to sea. I think I my have found a builder now, Thanks for your help.

Tony Spruce  | 3.42PM, Monday 21 October

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