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Princess Lily - 50ft x 10ft 1940 Dutch barge £79,950

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Princess Lily is a Dutch motor barge dating from the 1940s, and completely refitted in 2011 including a new engine. Like many Dutch vessels, the lines and the steelwork are superbly built. This boat apparently started life as a bunkering barge, delivering oil and fuel to ports from the Netherlands to Belgium and Northern France. The current layout makes a very comfortable home, with the wheelhouse proving the living room space, with steps down at either end leading to an office/utility room aft, and forward to the galley, then the wet room and finally in the bow a good sized bedroom.

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Spuyten Duyvel - 60ft Norton Canes trad £89,950

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Spuyten Duyvel is an immaculately maintained 60ft traditional narrowboat, built to the highest standards by Norton Canes Boatbuilders and fitted-out by Valley Cruises Boatbuilding. The probable built cost today would be touching £190,000, according to Norton Canes Boatbuilders, and they should know! In 2012 the hull and superstructure were gritblasted to bare metal by Norton Canes boatbuilders and 2-pack epoxy paints were applied to the hull and superstructure. Spuyten Duyvel has a Josher inspired bow and graceful lines, the well deck is open and there are three storage lockers that double as seating. The saloon is entered from the well deck and there are two sets of doors; external steel doors for added security and wooden glazed doors. The saloon has a fixed sofa, which has recently been re-upholstered, and which doubles up as an additional 5ft wide cross-boat bed.

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Dormouse - 62ft 2011 Dave Thomas/Rose Narowboats trad - £97,950

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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.

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The Miller's Daughter - 2011 57ft cruiser stern £62,950

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SOLD The Miller’s Daughter is a 57ft cruiser stern narrowboat which was built in 2011 by Orchard Marine on a Collingwood shell. Fitted out in ash in a modern light, airy style, The Miller’s Daughter has a well deck with a glazed wooden deck board with a cratch cover. The saloon is entered from the well deck where there is free standing seating and a Morso Squirrel multi fuel stove, and there is also an ‘L’ shaped dinette which converts to an additional double berth. There is a ‘U’ shaped galley with granite work tops which is equipped with a 4 burner gas hob, oven and grill, a microwave and a 12v fridge. There is a side door on the starboard side and on this side of the galley is a cupboard unit and a wine rack.

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Shirley Anne - 2009 widebeam luxury barge £120,000 (2)

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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.

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November - 2007 70ft Narrowcraft semitrad £64,950

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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.

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Tebay - 52ft historic narrowboat £49,950

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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. 

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Denmark - 1992 40ft Stoke on Trent tug £34,950

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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.

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Heartbeat - 60ft 1992 Mike Cull trad with Lister HR2 - £32,500

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REDUCED Heartbeat is a 60ft Traditional Narrowboat, which was built in 1992 by Mike Cull.  Heartbeat has a long 6ft well deck which has a glazed wooden deck board and is covered by a vinyl cratch cover with clear inserts. The main cabin entrance is from the well deck into the saloon through hardwood double doors. The saloon has free standing seating and a fold out table, the area is heated by an Aarrow Becton solid fuel stove. The galley is ‘U’ shaped and has a freestanding 4-ring gas hob, oven and grill. There is also a 12v Shoreline fridge (new 2012) and port side doors which open outwards from the galley.

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Sub Calibre - 62ft 2003 Jonathan Wilson semi trad £55,950

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UNDER OFFER Sub Calibre is a semi traditional narrowboat built in 2003 by Leigh Narrowboats on a Jonathan Wilson shell. The quality of Wilson shells is well known on the inland waterways while the fit out has good attention to detail and storage coupled with solid,  good quality joinery. Sub Calibre 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 Morso Squirrel multi fuel stove stands on a corner hearth, and there is also a Pullman dinette which converts to an additional double berth. Side doors open out on the port side of the dinette area.

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Isadora - 1992 30ft tug in fine fettle £23,995

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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.

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Hannah Ruth – 46ft 2005 MCC semi trad £44,950

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Hannah Ruth is a 46ft semi traditional narrowboat, which was purchased from the Midland Canal Centre in 2005. The boat was supplied as a partly fitted craft, with the finishing touches being added by the current owners, who have conducted a skilled job and maintained the boat in excellent condition both in and out. Hannah Ruth has a well deck with a glazed wooden deck board and is covered by a zipped cratch cover with clear plastic inserts. The saloon is entered from the well deck and has freestanding seating and furniture. There is a fold down table and the area is heated by a Stovax ‘Brunel’ solid fuel stove. The galley is ‘U’ shaped and has a 4-ring gas hob, oven and grill. A Morco water heater is located in the galley and provides the boat with hot water. There is also a 12v Hinari fridge. Starboard side doors open into the galley.

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Sirius - 1996 57ft Reeves in fine fettle £49,950

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SOLD Sirius is a 57ft traditional narrowboat which was built in 1997 by G&J Reeves and fitted out by the first owner. The boat has had recent alterations such as a new galley, stove and utility area fitted by Welton Fields Narrowboats in 2010. The boat also had a full exterior repaint at Stowe Hill Workshop in 2012. Sirius  has a long well deck with a wooden deck board covered by a cratch cover. The saloon is entered from the well deck and has space for free standing seating and is heated by a Morso Squirrel multi fuel stove. There is a ‘U’ shaped galley which is equipped with a 4-ring gas hob, oven and grill and a 240v fridge.

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Beatrice - 46ft R&D/Merlin trad 1996 £37,950

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SOLD September 2014 hull survey by Trevor Whitling transferrable to new owner available. Beatrice has been so well maintained it is almost impossible to believe that it is 15 years old. The exterior paintwork is in pristine condition, and the interior woodwork by Merlin (in their day one of the Premier league of narrowboat fitters) is a joy to behold. At 45ft 9in this makes an ideal high craft for high days and holidays and is well equipped for that purpose. There is a double sofa bed in the saloon and a further permanent double berth at the aft end of the boat. A Villager multi fuel stove set at the back end of the saloon provides ample heat in colder weather although there is also gas fired central heating installed throughout which powers fin rads running the length of the boat.

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Labess - 52ft 2008 cruiser stern reverse layout £44,950

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UNDER OFFER Labess is a reverse layout cruiser stern narrowboat, which was built in 2008 by Hixon Hulls. She has great headroom at 6’ 6” and is in excellent condition both outside and in. Labess has a well deck with a glazed wooden cratch board and is protected from the elements by a vinyl cratch cover. The bedroom is entered from the forward well deck and has a fixed double bed and a full height wardrobe. The bathroom is off a port side corridor and is equipped with a Thetford cassette toilet, a basin set into a corner vanity unit and a shower with a square tray with a tiled surround and shower curtain. Between the bathroom and the saloon is a utility cupboard with a folding door.

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Princess Rhianne - 65ft semi trad residential narrowboat with lovely mooring £74,950

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Princess Rhianne is a 65ft semi-traditional narrowboat which was built in 2006 by Liverpool boats and the fit out was completed by Jeremiah Boats. Included in the sale is a beautiful 70ft rural mooring on the Ashby Canal for an annual charge of around £1500. The mooring has a patio area, with the garden furniture and two sheds included. It is also fully serviced with both electricity and water. The main entrance to the boat is via the semi trad area, which is covered by a canvas pram hood cover which has clear inserts. An Isuzu 42 with PRM 150 gearbox is located under the deck in the semi trad area. The bedroom is entered from the stern deck by starboard side steps and has a large double cross bed, a sink and two full height wardrobes.

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Enid - 70ft RW Davis Northwich Trader 2006 - £84,950

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SOLD Now you see it, now you don't! We already had customers looking for just such a boat so it sold within a few days of arriving here at Stowe Hill, before we had even got round to putting the details together for the website. Sorry if you're disappointed. Watch this space or register with Rugby Boats by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your requirements

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Quantum Leap - 58ft 2009 semitrad £69,950

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SOLD REVERSE LAYOUT Quantum Leap is a 58ft “go-anywhere” semi-traditional narrowboat which was built in 2009 by the award winning Barnowl Narrowboats. Quantum Leap offers the popular reverse layout style arrangement with the main entrance into the boat at the aft end, via the semi traditional cockpit area. Within the cockpit area there is a storage locker on the starboard side and a gas locker which contains 2 x 13kg gas bottles on the port side. Both double as bench seating. This open space is protected against the elements by a pram hood cover. The engine, a Beta 43hp 4-cylinder diesel engine coupled to a PRM 150 gearbox is located under the floor. The galley is entered down steps from this area, where there are units on either side and a side hatch by the sink.

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Far Away - 50ft Colecraft/Mitchell Narrowboats 2011 trad £54,950

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UNDER OFFER Far Away is a 50ft traditional narrowboat which was built by Colecraft and fitted out by Mitchell Narrowboats in 2010. At the Crick Show 2014 it was displayed as an example of Bob Mitchell’s boat fitting skills, and attracted a great deal of attention for the stunning quality of the interior woodwork and joinery. Externally the boat is painted to a high standard and the Colecraft steelwork and hull design deserves its reputation as one of the best producers of volume hulls on the waterways for the past 4 decades. Far Away has a well deck with side locker storage that doubles as seating, and there is a glazed wooden cratch board with the area is covered by a vinyl cratch cover with clear zipped insert panels.

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Calabash - 2011 70ft Fernwood luxury trad £99,950

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SOLD Calabash is an immaculate 70ft traditional narrowboat, built in 2011 by Fernwood Craft  using an Alexander Boatbuilders shell. Calabash has a long open well deck with seating which doubles as storage. Stable doors from the well deck lead into the saloon which has L-shaped seating with leather upholstery, cupboard units on both sides of the saloon and a TV that pops up from the starboard side cupboard at the flick of a switch. The saloon is heated by a Lockgate Refleks diesel fired stove. The open plan galley has units on both the sides. Also on both sides there are sidedoors which have secondary timber framed glazing allowing light in but not the weather. The galley has an electric hob and oven, a 240v fridge and separate freezer, a dishwasher and a washer/dryer.  All these items are from the posh appliance company, CDA. Clever use of storage has been made in the galley.

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Fantine - 57ft 2003 Les Wilson trad £43,950

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UNDER OFFER Fantine is a 57ft traditional narrow boat that was built in 2003 by Les Wilson. Les Wilson shells have fine lines and quality steelwork and have pleasing josher style look to them. The fit out by the first owner (there have been two) is to a good standard and gives the boat a cosy cottage feel, with extensive use of Parana pine that has mellowed to a warm hue over time. Fantine  has an open well deck from which the saloon is entered. The saloon has free standing upholstered swivel chairs and is heated by a Coalbrookdale multi fuel stove which has a back boiler feeding the central heating system. There is an open L-shaped galley which also has a dining table and chairs on the starboard side.

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Beresford - 57ft 2006 Semi trad £44,950

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SOLD Beresford is a 57 ft. semi traditional narrow boat, which was built in 2006 with steelwork by Ken Martin Boatbuilders of Uttoxeter and fitted out by Peter Robertson. Beresford has an open well deck and a semi traditional stern which has a locker which doubles as seating. The saloon is entered from the well deck, the saloon has freestanding seating and furniture and the area is heated by a Morso Squirrel solid fuel stove, the galley has ‘L’shaped units on both sides, with opening side hatches on the port side, the galley is equipped with a Country Leisure gas 4-ring hob, oven and grill and a 12v Lec fridge. The bathroom is located off a portside corridor and has a shower in a tiled unit with a curtain, a basin set into a corner unit and a Thetford Cassette toilet. The bedroom is located at the stern of the boat and has a fixed double bed, steps lead up to the semi traditional deck, under the floors is an Isuzu 35 engine, which has a PRM gearbox.