Length: 71ft 6in
Length: 71ft 6in
Boat type: Historic narrowboat
Back on the market due to the previous purchasers’ property deal falling through, Dover is an historic converted large Woolwich narrowboat, and something of a one-off. She started life as part of the Grand Union Canal Co’s fleet in 1937, but in 2005 became a TV star in a series broadcast on ITV about creating a narrow boat fitted out in a modern style with a difference.
Different it certainly is: the exterior retains its original working craft look with a boatman’s cabin and engine room at the stern, and the rest under canvas. However, beneath that canvas is an interior lined out in oak with extensive glazing. The cleverly installed canvas rolls up in sections to allow masses of light in wherever you want it. Light into the interior can also be controlled by the pleated blinds fitted internally. Starting at the bow end, there is a long well deck area with bench seating either side, and double doors at one end leading down into the cabin interior. The saloon comes first, with a sofa bed and a multi fuel stove in one corner. There is also central heating installed throughout the main cabin areas. Open to the saloon is an L-shaped dinette area, which also makes a guest double berth. The galley follows, also open plan to the dinette and saloon area, in which there is a stylish and highly efficient Aga-style range, fired by diesel. This not only provides the cooking but also the central heating and hot water. Next is the walkthrough bathroom area, with a central walkway and a wet room area to one side, wc and wash basin to the other. Finally the main cabins ends with bedroom in which there is a good sized cross double berth. Separate from the main cabin and accessed through doors at the stern end is the traditional boatman’s cabin and the engine room, in which the Russell Newbery vintage twin cylinder diesel resides.