SOLD Alfie is a very individual 50ft semi traditional narrowboat, which was built in 2005 by JP Boats. The external of the boat has been sprayed by a graffiti artist giving the boat a highly distinctive appearance. The well deck is covered by a vinyl cratch cover which has clear inserts in the deck board and there is also seating/storage in the well deck. The main entrance to the boat is from this area into the saloon. The saloon is heated by a Bubble diesel fired stove and there is freestanding seating and furniture. Side doors on both the port and starboard side provide additional light and ventilation. The galley is a walk through with units on each side, and is well equipped with a gas 4-ring hob, oven and grill, a microwave and a washing machine.
SOLD January 2015 survey by Trevor Whitling available. Tilly Mint is a 47ft cruiser stern narrowboat, launched in June, 2004. The steelwork is by John White, whose shells were widely used by many boat fitters in the 1990s and 2000s. The fit out is by Triton Boat Fitters, who also produced a good number of finished craft over the years. Tilly Mint is reverse lay out design, which means that the permanent double berth is at the fore end of the boat, immediately inside a set of double doors that lead out on to the bow well deck. The well deck is protected by a cratch cover with zipped panels.
Whirlwind is a 48ft traditional tug style narrowboat, launched in 2006. It is the last narrowboat built by Peter Nicholls, who has a long history in canal boat building and was always regarded as one of the finest builders and fitters of luxury leisure narrow boats. Whirlwind is tug style and has a hull that lies low in the water giving it a sleek appearance as it glides along the canal. As with all Peter Nicholls boats, the hull has good length swims which make it a delight to handle compared to many lesser quality craft. Internally the boat has a number of Nicholls’ trademarks: in the fore end saloon is a take on a boatman’s cabin with a drop down table, only twice the width of a traditional one, together with a drop down double cross bed for occasional guests.
Wanderer is a 60ft x 11ft widebeam in pristine condition. It is not yet two years old and is equipped to the highest of standards, including an upgrade to a 70hp engine, a 3kW inverter charger unit and a built in 5kW diesel generator. Wanderer is a reverse lay out with the saloon entered down steps fitted with mood LED lighting from the spacious cruiser stern deck. This is a substantial living space with plenty of room for freestanding furniture and a dining table if desired. At the far end, dividing the galley from the saloon, is a granite breakfast bar while the galley itself is fitted with plenty of cupboard and drawer space, and with integrated dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washing machine. The flooring, as with the shower room beyond, is laid with Amtico tiles.
Chalice is a 50ft traditional narrowboat which was built in 1995 by Mike Haywood and fitted out by Les Wilson. Chalice has an open well deck, with the main entrance to the boat via the well deck leading into the saloon. Here there is fixed bench seating and a solid fuel stove. The galley is next and has units on both sides of the boat. It is equipped with a 4-ring gas hob, an eye level gas oven and grill and an Electrolux gas fridge. Next to the galley is a dinette area, with bench seating and a demountable table.
November is a 70ft semi traditional stern Narrowboat which was built in 2007 by Narrowcraft.
November has a well deck with a glazed wooden deck board and is covered by an acrylic cratch cover. The saloon is entered from the well deck and has freestanding seating. A multi fuel stove stands on a hearth in the corner by the cabin doors, and there is also an ‘L’ shaped dinette which converts to an additional double berth. An open plan ‘U’ shaped galley follows, equipped with a 4-ring gas hob, oven and grill, a microwave and a 12v fridge. There is a side hatch on the starboard side and on the same side is a cupboard unit and a wine rack.
SOLD Kishti is a 50ft x 10ft 6in widebeam with steelwork by Horsley Quenet Engineering and fitted out by the first owner in 2003. The present (second) owners acquired the boat in 2010 and have lived aboard and used it to cruise the northern waterways and the East Midlands. Kishti has a well deck from which double doors lead you into the spacious saloon with its impressive pot bellied multi fule stove. This is a very comfortable space with leather upholstered freestanding furniture in the shape of a suite comprising a 3-seater sofa and an armchair.
UNDER OFFER Eastby is well maintained cruiser stern narrowboat ideal for high days and holidays. At 45ft it is an easy to handle craft and can anywhere on the canal and river system in England and Wales. Originally part of the Pennine Cruisers hire fleet based at Skipton on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Yorkshire, since then a good number of improvements have been made, for example, the addition of a cratch cover over the well deck at the bow and a pram hood cover to provide additional dry storage space at the stern. The steelwork is by South West Durham Steelcraft, who in the days before they ceased operating in 2006 produced over 500 boats, and were known for the ruggedness and good quality of their fabrication.
Ganny is a 60ft traditional narrowboat which was built in 1996 by Les Allen. Les Allen’s Oldbury yard was a part of the BCN back in the days of the working boats, and building continued there until 1997. The craft that were created there are distinctive and always highly sought after. They simply look right, because they are right. Ganny has a well deck covered by a cratch cover and a glazed wooden deck board. The main entrance to the boat is from the well deck into the saloon, which has freestanding seating and is heated by a solid fuel stove with a back boiler. The galley has units on both the port and starboard side. Fitted with laminate work surfaces, the galley is equipped with a Vanette gas 4-ring hob, oven and grill. There is also a 12v fridge.
Shirley Anne is a widebeam barge style boat equipped for comfort and ideal for cruising the wider waterways and estuaries, and also as a floating home. The steelwork was commissioned by the owner from J L Pinder & Son, and the owner undertook the fitting out which is to an impressively high professional standard. The owner has fitted out boats for his own pleasure previously, and is about to embark on his next project. Starting from the bow end, wide double doors open from the well deck into a spacious saloon with sofa and chair, fitted carpeting and a number of elegant glass fronted built in cabinets.
Tebay is a former LMS station boat that was built in 1929 by WJ Yarwoods of Northwich. It was acquired by British Waterways and cut down to 35ft, and then it was purchased in 1987 by Kevin Whittle, a Kelvin engine expert who fully rebuilt and installed the current J3 diesel. Kevin took the boat to Tony Gregory of G.M Engineering, boatbuilders based in the Black Country, and had it converted to a 52ft tug style narrow boat. The boat is now on the National Historic Ships Register, No. 2775.
SOLDCock-a-Hoop is a 60ft cruiser stern narrowboat, which was built in 2007 by Aqualine Marine. Aqualine have established themselves in the British market over the past decade with their modern styling and high quality steelwork and joinery. Cock-a-hoop is reverse layout and the main entrance to the boat is from the stern, which is surrounded by taff rails and is covered by a canvas pram hood cover. An Isuzu 42hp engine with a PRM 150 gearbox is located under the cruiser stern deck. Steps lead down from the stern into the galley which has units on both sides, with the starboard side being ‘L shaped’. The galley is equipped with a gas 4-ring hob, oven and grill, a 240v Hotpoint fridge and a washing machine. It boasts granite worktops throughout.
Little Layla is a 45ft traditional narrowboat but with an extra wide rear hatch offering greater outside space. The shell is by Paul Widdowson, a long established builder on our waterways, and fitted out by Witham Narrowboats whose quality of work is immediately evident in the extensive use of solid wood and custom built fitted units. Little Layla was launched in 2007 but it is in immaculate condition and looks like new both in and out. The exterior was professionally repainted by Spiderworks in 2014. The interior layout has been carefully planned and has a saloon at the fore end which has two single width dinettes that convert to two single berths if needed.
Denmark is a head-turning lovely little 40ft traditional tug style narrowboat which was built and fitted out by Stoke-on-Trent Boatbuilding in 1992. Denmark has a long shallow well deck which has a glazed wooden deck board and is covered by a cratch cover. The main entrance is from the cratch area into the galley, which has units on both sides and is equipped with a 12v Fridgidare fridge and a Vanette gas 4-ring hob, oven and grill. The bathroom is located off a starboard side corridor and is a wet room with a basin set into a vanity unit, a tap/showerhead and a porta potti. The floor is a removable panel to reveal the shower tray underneath.
Telesto is a 62ft new build cruiser stern narrowboat with ‘reverse layout’, which was built by Colecraft Engineering and fitted out by Cygnus Narrowboats. The main entrance to the boat is from the cruiser stern, which has a taff rail surround. A Beta 43hp diesel engine is located under the cruiser stern deck and has a PRM gearbox. Steps lead down into the galley, where there are units on either side. A New World gas 4-ring hob, oven and grill, a 12v Shoreline fridge and a Beko washing machine are all installed whilst next to the galley is a Pullman dinette which converts to an additional double berth. In the dinette there are side doors on the starboard side. This is followed by a secondary wash room which has a sink set into a vanity unit and a cassette wc.
Clonard is a 46ft traditional narrowboat, which was built in 1988 by Dennis Cooper under his Canal Transport Services marque. CTS have long been a highly regarded BCN-based builder of quality craft. Clonard has a well deck covered by a canvas cratch cover with clear inserts and a glazed wooden deck board and a fold down table. The layout internally varies from the standard by having a galley at the front, which has units on both sides and is equipped with a Flavel Vanessa gas oven and grill with a 2 ring hob and a 12v Batts Marine fridge.
Isadora is a delightful 30ft tug which was built in 1992 by Mike Haywood. The current owner has had the boat extensively refurbished and both the interior and exterior are in excellent condition. The main entrance to the cabin is from the stern which is fitted with two taff rail seats. The stern cabin doors are traditionally decorated with roses and castles, painted by canal artist, Terence Edgar who runs classes on the skills at Stoke Bruerne. The engine room is entered from the stern, a single cylinder 10hp Sabb is located under the floors, and the engine room is also used for the storage of cruising equipment.
Bracken is a 59ft 6in traditional style narrowboat, launched in 2008. The steelwork is by John Shotbolt of Shotbolt Engineering, whose individual and stylish shells are something of a feature in the fenlands of East Anglia, where they are based. The fit out is by the owner. Bracken is a different layout in that the saloon is at the fore end with the bedroom next, separated by a low bulkhead as the photos and video show. This was because they wished to keep it as open as possible and not feel penned in. It would be relatively simple job to add a full height bulkhead and divide the two areas off if desired. The saloon area is a good size and is designed for freestanding seating. The aft end of the boat is on the reverse layout lines, with the galley liner either side of the cabin, and a split Pullman dinette area beyond, which also converts to two single berths. In the centre cabin is the shower room area which has a cassette toilet and a countertop basin. Designed for longer term cruising, the boat also has a washing machine and a powerful 3kW Victron inverter charger combi unit installed. A 40hp Barrus Shire Yanmar diesel provides the propulsion.
The Window Cleaner is a 58ft traditional narrowboat, which was built in 1992 by Dennis Cooper of Canal Transport Services. CTS were regarded as fabricators of high quality and the boats have excellent traditional lines to them, with long swims making them a joy to handle. The Window Cleaner has a well deck covered by a canvas cratch cover with clear inserts and a glazed wooden deck board. The entrance to the saloon is from the well deck. The saloon has bench seating which converts to a guest double berth. The saloon is heated by a Morso Squirrel multi fuel stove. The galley has units on both the port and starboard side and is equipped with a 4-ring gas hob, oven and grill, a fridge freezer and washing machine.
As you might expect from a craft built by Fernwood, Quisqualis is a stylish top end narrow boat fitted with a host of extras. The shell is by the highly regarded Tyler Wilson team, whose distinctive lines and high quality steelwork is renowned throughout the waterway fraternity. The fit out is typical of Fernwood’s highly detailed and distinctive joinery; no DIY store flat pack units in here, everything is custom built. Coupled with that is a high standard of electrical and appliance installation, a Fernwood speciality, ranging from a generator and powerful inverter, washer/drier, combi oven/microwave through to an electrically operated cross bed, which assembles at the push of a bedside button.
Waimaru is a 58ft traditional style narrowboat built in 2007 by Ben Harp with steelwork by Mike Christian. As you would expect from a shell from the Tyler Wilson stable (Mike Christian is J Wilson’s brother) the boat has elegant lines and quality steelwork. The interior fit out by Ben Harp shows attention to detail, with all the galley and other cupboard and shelving units custom built, mostly using ash. Ash is in fact used for the cabin linings as well, giving the boat a pleasingly light and spacious feel internally. The boat is conventionally laid out, starting with the saloon at the fore end, which is accessed through glazed hard wood doors from the well deck. Solid wood flooring is a feature throughout this boat, and the 14ft saloon offers ample space for free standing chairs or a sofa (the chairs in the photos are not part of the sale). A sofa bed would also double the current sleeping capacity.
REDUCED Mystique is a traditional narrowboat with a very modern take which was built in 2013 by Starline. Mystique has a well deck with lockers that double up as seating. The area is covered by a cratch cover with clear inserts. The saloon is entered from the well deck and has a dinette which is part freestanding and can convert into an L shape settee. There is also space for freestanding seating. A set of side doors in the dinette area provides additional light and views. The galley has units on both sides and has a feature diesel fired Heritage range that runs central heating and provides hot water. There is also a microwave, 240v fridge, separate freezer and a Hoover washing machine. There is a starboard set of side doors in the galley as well.
Nomad Dream is an immaculate 70ft Traditional Stern Narrowboat, which was built in 2005 by Colecraft and fitted out to an extremely high standard by Valley Cruises Boatbuilding. The hull has been designed with higher gunwales than usually seen on a narrowboat; this has been done to maximise the amount of available space inside the boat. The high gunwales and port holes in the cabin give the boat a truly traditional appearance. Nomad Dream has a well deck with a glazed wooden deck board and is covered by cratch cover with glazed inserts. The well deck leads through double wooden doors with glazed upper panels into the saloon, which is heated by a diesel fired Kabola stove and has freestanding seating. There is also a pair of steel doors on the entrance for additional security. In addition the boat is also heated by a Webasto diesel fired central heating system.
Dormouse is one of those "no expense spared" narrowboats that causes you to draw breath when you first walk on board. The woodwork, a combination of cherry, sapele and a painted ceiling, simply oozes with quality craftsmanship. So does the steelwork: Dave Thomas has produced a fine shell the style of which follows the lines of the Grand Union Canal Co's "Small Woolwich" class. Needless to say, the equipment is also of high spec, right down to the isolation transformer which is the ultimate protetction against galvanic corrosion for any craftthat is fitted with mains voltage electrics. Dormouse has a well deck with a canvas cratch cover; there is a glazed wooden deck board. Dropping down a step through the cabin double doors there is a roomy saloon some 15ft in length. Two corner seats built in either side of the doors can convert into a large double berth for overnight guests. The saloon has plenty of shelves for books and a TV, and indeed the whole boat has a substantial amount of storage throughout. The galley follows, open plan to the saloon and is well equipped with a fridge freezer unit, gas cooking and a full size washing machine.