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48ft Peter Nichols tug - 2006

50ft Peter Nichols tug built 2006

Whirlwind is the last narrowboat built by the legendary Peter Nichols. Given the quality of Peter Nichols' work, both steel and joinery, this 2006 stylish tug is a bargain at £39,950

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57ft SM Hudson - 2014 barely used

57ft S M Hudson narrowboat 2014

Malakarti is one of the last Hudson boats to be built. Launched in 2014, a change of plan has meant the boat has been barely used. £140,000 new, now a snip at £99,950.

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Barges & Narrow Boats for Sale - New and Used

At Rugby Boats, Northamptonshire, we have been the UK’s leading canal boat brokerage for many years now, due to our wide-ranging selection of boats and exceptional customer service. We sell a large selection of barges, canal boats, tugs and narrow boats for sale, all maintained and kept in fantastic condition.

Canal Boat Broker in Midlands, UK

Our Stowe Hill base on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire offers a selection of narrow boats for sale, and we also broker other canal boats, widebeam boats and barges from their home moorings all over the UK, and all across Europe.

On this website you will find plenty of information about buying and selling a canal boat. Simply click on the menu buttons above and choose from drop down selection. In helping you to sell or buy a narrow boat or other type of canal boat, Rugby Boats takes pride in offering the best service.

Rugby Boats quality of marketing delivers descriptive videos with commentary (we are the only canal boat brokerage that provides a complete video service of all our canal and narrow boats for sale), extensive high quality photographs, clear layout plans of each boat and a downloadable full colour brochure. Coupled with a team of friendly staff who are all experienced boaters, we aim to provide both the buyer and the seller with a stress-free experience throughout the process.

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Buying a boat?

At Rugby Boat Sales we always have a selection of narrow boats for sale, and other types of canal boats and barges too. We select our stock of boats with care, rather than operating a pile 'em high philosophy. We have a reputation for first class service and knowledgeable advice borne from years of narrow boat and barge ownership.

Selling a boat?

We take great pride on being the UK’s leading canal boat brokerage. Read what our customers have to say. Our main outlet is at Stowe Hill on the Grand Union Canal near Weedon in Northamptonshire, although we also have partnership arrangements with several other boatyards and marinas as well. We also specialise in the sale of boats from the owners' own moorings both in the UK and in Europe.

Rugby Boats overview

Browse through our selection of narrow boats for sale, canal boats for sale, Dutch barges for sale, ex-hire boats for sale and other craft. Each boat has a full colour brochure and selection of photographs all available on line, or by email or post. Remember, our web site is updated at least once a week. Unravel the mysteries of boating with our guide to boat styles, barge types, lock sizes, heating, electrics, boat wcs, finance, insurance & boat surveys.


We wanted to say thank you for the professional handling of the sale of our boat. As you know, we were recommended to Rugby Boats and can only say that we have been very happy with the service you have provided. Jeff Thomas & Diana Harrison, nb Matilda Blue (seller)