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Buying a canal boat in the UK

By Edited Apr 25, 2015 0 0

Dominic Miles has owned inland waterways craft since 1981 - from a river cruiser, a Dutch barge to narrowboats. He currently is a broker based in the English Midlands at Stowe Hill Wharf, near Weedon in Northamptonshire. This is an introduction to the many aspects of buying and living on or simply cruising a canal boat in Britain.

My floating home

This is Dominic's own boat, Ferret, which he lives on with his partner, Helen. At 70 feet it is as long as canal boats get in the UK if you want to be able to cruise the majority of the waterways. It is narrow in beam (or width if you like) being a maximum of 6ft 10in. That is the maximum width of many of the locks on the English and Welsh canal system. Some peoplehere.

Dominic's boat has some interesting features: where many boats are equipped with a gas cooker, Ferret has a diesel fired range which also runs central heating and provides hot water.
Ferret's galley (kitchen)
Shower room

And then there is the bathroom, which doesn't have a bath, it has a shower. And finally the bedroom:
Ferret's bedroom
This is unusual in that it is below the fore deck and the headroom is limited to about 3ft 6in. Narrowboats with decks like this are known as tug style boats.

Next time Dominic will explore other narrowboat types, and their pros and cons.

Things You Will Need

The only stuff you need is an interest in canal boats and the inland waterways and the ability to read in English.

Tips & Warnings



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