Boat type: Trad
Robin is a 43ft traditional narrowboat with a surprising amount of internal space thanks to the clever and careful planning of the original builder, Castle Narrowboats. The present owner has mad a number of alterations, most notable the conversion of the back cabin into a replica boatman’s cabin, complete with drop down bed. It is topped off with a replica solid fuel range, actually a dummy made of wood but highly convincing nonetheless!
The boat saloon is at the front, entered from the well deck down two shallow steps, and is of a very comfortable size – more than 15ft in length. Twin bench seats are opposite each other with a demountable table that can be placed there on Desmo legs, and this also forms a guest double berth if required. Beyond that there are two upholstered swivelling chairs, a chest of drawers, a semi-circular drop down table under the gunnel, and a solid fuel stove. The galley is compact but fully equipped for cooking, with a 12v fridge installed under the work top. A walk through bathroom follows, with a shower tray on one side and a basin the other. There is also a porta potti. Finally there is the back cabin, which has traditional drop down cross bed, or the bench seat can be used as a single berth, and beneath the steps that lead up to the aft deck is the Lister 3 cylinder diesel engine, which has less than 900 hours recorded.
This is a perfect boat for weekends and holidays, or perhaps for a single person looking for a cosy comfortable live aboard vessel.