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FEATURE BOAT -TAKE FIVE 59ft 3in x 12ft 1in wide beam cruiser narrowboat for sale with 1 berth: freestanding single bed (space for double); shower, 2 wc's; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 230V fridge, 230V freezer, washer/dryer; 1.8kW inverter, 3.5kW engine driven generator. Take Five offers spacious accommodation for liveaboard or long term cruising use. Based on a shell by TS Fabrications and a fit-out by Cheshire Boats, Take Five is fitted with a powerful Beta 5-cylinder 62hp diesel engine (only 54 hours on the clock) and a hydraulic bow thruster. Still offering all the comforts that a narrowboat would give, just in a bigger area, she is fitted with a shower room and a separate toilet compartment, both housing washbasins and toilets. With a little thought it may be possible to fit a second bedroom utilising some of the second toilet and saloon space. It is fair to say that Take Five would benefit from a little TLC and this is reflected in the price. Built in 2005. Selling due to a change in family circumstances.
L & L Canal, Lancs - £77,000 Take Five photos and drawings

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EMPTY WALLET 65ft 2in cruiser narrowboat for sale with 6 berths: 2 permanent singles (can make double), double on Pullman dinette, double on sofa bed; 2 showers, 2 pump-out wc's; 230V coal effect fire, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking with 2 grill/ovens, microwave, 12V fridge, 12V/230V freezer, washer/dryer; 3kW inverter, 3.5kW engine driven generator. Where do you start in trying to sum up this rather splendid craft? Designed and built for the first owner to a very high standard and finished with sumptuous furnishings, all custom-made with the finest fabrics. No extravagance has been spared from the kingsize double bed (instead of the two single berths) to the ‘kingsize’ 95kgf bow thruster and 50hp Nanni diesel engine. The dinette is extendable to seat six people. Windows are double glazed, and there’s even a dressing room and an underfloor wine store! Shell by R&D Fabrications with a fit-out by Woodworks. Built in 2005.
Crick area - £78,250 Empty Wallet photos and drawing

THUNDERBOLT 59ft 11in trad narrowboat for sale with 5 berths: permanent double, double on dinette, single on chair bed; shower over bath, pump-out wc; 2 solid fuel stoves, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, combination microwave & grill, 12V fridge, compact washing machine, tumble dryer; 3kW inverter, 3.5kW engine driven generator, solar panel. Designed & used as a cruising liveaboard boat, Thunderbolt has an array of features on many a wish list for comfortable living. The ever popular Beta 43 engine includes a hospital silencer to help keep it quiet, with a high performance Axiom propeller and bow thruster for those tight manoeuvres. Well maintained, including a professional re-paint in July 2015, there’s room inside this trad for a separate dinette, full-cabin-width bathroom and 4ft 6in bed. So, why is she for sale - well the owner is moving away from the canal and river system, making narrowboat ownership impractical. Boat built by CNM Boatbuilding and fitted out by Northwich Boat Company in 2007.
Crick area - £71,950 Thunderbolt photos and drawing

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XCARET 61ft 7in trad narrowboat for sale with 6 berths: permanent double crossbed, double on Pullman dinette, 2 singles on chair beds; shower, cassette wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, microwave, 12V fridge; 2kW inverter. Built & fitted out by the renowned Steve Hudson, distinguishable through their balance of attractive steelwork & authentic narrowboat building, Xcaret features a distinctive Josher styled bow, recessed panels, replica rivets, graceful lines and all round meticulous attention to detail. Coupled with a bespoke interior, where you will find expertly crafted joinery, plumbing & electrical installation, rigorously cared for in Xcaret’s case, and hence still in excellent condition. Xcaret has a Beta 43 diesel engine along with a bow thruster and was built in 2007. Selling to buy a boat with traditional engine room.
Crick area - £71,950 Xcaret photos and drawing

HETTY 70ft 1in trad narrowboat with Boatman's cabin for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, cross double in Boatman's cabin bed box or single lengthways; shower, cassette wc; 2 solid fuel stoves, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 230V fridge; 3kW inverter. Hetty was partially fitted out by her shell builders, Colecraft Engineering, prior to the remainder of the work being carried out by her present owner to the stage that she is at today. Full length boats provide superb spacious accommodation and Hetty is no exception with the large, at over 17ft saloon, ready for you to stamp it with your own identity, be it freestanding or more built in furniture, with options for extra berths, dining facilities or comfortable seating. The separate engine room houses a rugged JD3 diesel engine, giving the look of a traditional unit but the benefits of a modern engine and is aided by a bow thruster. Boat built 2007. Selling due to a change in circumstances.
Crick area - £68,000 Hetty photos and drawing

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EMPRESS No 1 70ft 4in trad narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, double or single in Boatman's cabin; shower over bath, pump-out wc; solid fuel stove fore and solid fuel range aft, gas central heating; gas cooking, 230V fridge, washer; 3kW inverter. Empress No1 was designed and built as a FMC josher replica. With a Boatman's back cabin and midships engine room containing the Ruston Hornsby 2VSH diesel engine she is sure to attract some admiring glances. Couple that with the brass portholes, dog box, replica towing mast, triangular forward cabin and bow cabin and you have all the makings of your own traditional boat. Boat built by Stuart Hodges and fitted out by Blisworth Tunnel Boats in 2012. Selling as have bought another boat.
Crick area
- £67,000
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CANDLELIGHT 60ft 1in trad narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double crossbed, double on Pullman dinette; shower, pump-out wc; diesel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, microwave, 12V fridge, 230V freezer, washer/dryer; 1.6kW inverter, 3.5kW engine driven generator, solar panels. For many years Kingsground Narrowboats wooed the boat buying public by their attention to detail with their sumptuous interiors, always basing their boats on shells from well respected builders, with this one provided by G&J Reeves. Designed for long term cruising by the first owners, she has been planned with all the on board equipment needed and a generous amount of storage. Candlelight has a Beta BV1903 diesel engine and a bow thruster. Built in 2002 and being sold due to bereavement.
Crick area - £66,950 Candlelight photos and drawing

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ANONY MOUSE 50ft 3in cruiser narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, single in saloon, single on Pullman dinette; bath with shower over, cassette wc; compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, microwave, 12V fridge/freezer, washing machine; 2kW inverter. A virtually brand new boat built in the early part of 2017 and commissioned by the owner to enjoy cruising the canals and rivers extensively. Unfortunately illness in the family has meant that can no longer happen and the boat is therefore available for another to enjoy. Light and airy cabins in a REVERSE LAYOUT with bedroom forward and galley to the stern. Forward the well deck is covered with a cratch area which unusually is equipped with a double glazed tilt & turn window to the front. Astern there is a large sociable cruiser deck, ideal for boating with friends or relaxing when your days cruising is done. Of special note must be the large array of solar panels, ideal for extended stays in out of the way places by reducing the need for running the engine. Shell by Andicraft with a Calcutt Boats fit-out. Anony Mouse is fitted with a Canaline 38 diesel engine.
Crick area - £59,950 Anony Mouse photos and drawing

OUR LADY RICHMOND 59ft 10in trad narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent crossbed double, double across bench seats (or 2 singles); bath with shower over, cassette wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 12V fridge, twin-tub washing machine; 1.6kW inverter. Alexander Boatbuilders have been building steelwork for prestigious boat fitters and discerning private owners for many years, with owner Jim Sparkes having over 35 years experience under his belt. The fit-out is by Roger Fincher in a spacious design making her equally suitable for long term cruising/liveaboard use. If entertaining guests there is comfortable seating for up to eight in the saloon and adjacent dinette. When the boat is not in use, batteries are kept topped-up by the solar panels. Our Lady Richmond was built in 2010 and is fitted with an Isuzu 42 diesel engine. Selling to pursue other ventures.
Crick area - £59,950 Our Lady Richmond photos and drawing

CLANCY J67ft 1in tug style narrowboat for sale with 3 berths: permanent double, cross single in Boatman's cabin bed box; shower, Thetford cassette wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating, solid fuel range in Boatman's cabin; gas cooking, microwave, 12V fridge, washer; 2.7kW diesel generator. This Northwich Trader complete with false rivets and large tug deck has a distinctive look that sets her apart, she is sure to turn heads. A rare single cylinder hand start Gardner 1L2 diesel engine in its own engine room powers her along and the traditional Boatman’s cabin adds to that true authentic feel. The engine is un-encumbered by alternators thus dedicating the total engine power to propulsion, leaving the battery charging to the onboard 230V chargers that are powered by shoreline or generator. Forward of the engine room is a modern design with all that you may need. With a built in diesel generator, well equipped galley, spacious saloon, shower room and fixed double bed this is an ideal liveaboard or extended cruising boat and would be great for entertaining guests. Boat built by Barry Hawkins in 2004. Owners moving to Canada.
Crick area - £59,000 Clancy J photos and drawing

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EMMA JOHN 57ft 0in semi-trad narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, double on L-shape dinette; shower, cassette wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, microwave, 12V fridge, portable washing machine; 2.5kW inverter. Aspirational build, fitout and specification from this Fenland’s professional builder, Keith Wood Narrowboats, including a shell with neatly formed bow, wide side door and capacious semi-trad deck complete with a fold-down canopy. Suitable for two plus occasional guests, the internal layout includes a walk-in utility storage cabin wrapped around the curved steps, that enable easy access from the aft deck. The fitout majors on sumptuously finished solid sapele furniture, and oak linings of which most are solid tongue and groove. The full width shower room includes a larger than average shower cubicle, which is complemented by the long extending width bed and 6ft 4in headroom. Fitted with a Beta 43 diesel engine aided by a bow thruster. Built in 2004 and being sold due to insufficient use.
Crick area - £56,950 Emma John photos and drawing

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KOOKABURRA56ft 10in trad narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, double on Pullman dinette; shower over bath, Thetford cassette wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 12V fridge, 12V freezer, washer dryer; 2.5kW inverter. A build from two well known and respected builders on the network, Kookaburra is recognisable by her distinctive G&J Reeves trademark bow. A new Beta 43 diesel engine and gearbox was fitted in 2014 and has very low cruising hours on it, couple that with an electric bow thruster and she is ready to cruise. An ideal boat for extended cruising or living afloat due to the spacious saloon and dinette seating/eating area, add to that a large inverter and 3.5kW engine driven generator and you are set to go. Fitted out in rich maple with solid wood cappings in the usual well designed Kingsground style offering ample storage and space. Boat built 1998. Selling due to change in family circumstances.
Crick area - £52,000 Kookaburra photos and drawing

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DAYDREAMER 57ft 2in cruiser narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, double on L-shape dinette; shower, cassette wc; compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, microwave, 12V/230V/gas fridge; 1.5kW inverter. Jade Fabrications may not be a name which springs to mind, but in Daydreamer they certainly built a shell which maximises the internal space, one clever feature is the way they have recessed the engine compartment under the aft bulkhead. The first owner then went on to fit her out creating larger than normal individual cabins to a standard which would put many professional so called builders to shame. Even the choice of internal fit-out materials, i.e. ash panels, all adds to the exceptionally light and airy feel. On board four berths are provided in a REVERSE LAYOUT style with doors separating the two sleeping compartments either side of the shower room. Boat built in 2002 and fitted with a Kubota V1902 diesel engine and bow thruster. Selling due to insufficient time to enjoy the boat.
Crick area - £52,000 Daydreamer photos and drawing

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SLOE ROAMIN 59ft 2in trad narrowboat for sale with 6 berths: permanent double crossbed, double on Pullman dinette, 2 single chair beds; shower, Thetford cassette wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 12V fridge/freezer, washer; 3kW inverter, 3.5kW engine driven generator. The current owners of Sloe Roamin have enjoyed cruising on her since 2016 and she boasts new batteries purchased during their ownership. The design of the steel shell differs from the norm with the curvy bow, recessed aft panels, and tubular handrails along the length of the boat which provide the added feeling of security when walking along the gunwale. Boat built 2003 by John White and fitted with a Beta 43 diesel engine. Selling to afford a lifestyle change.
Crick area - £49,950 Sloe Roamin photos and drawings

BLUEBELL 50ft 2in cruiser narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: double on bench seat, double on L-shape seat; shower, pump-out wc; compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 12V fridge; 1.5kW inverter. The ever popular Midland Canal Centre fit-out is versatile providing sleeping accommodation in either the central or forward cabins both with make-up cosy doubles. By day they provide seating or eating space for plenty of crew; the central saloon next to the galley in this REVERSE LAYOUT is handy for keeping the steerer company whilst making a cuppa! Designed, at just over 50ft in length, as a boat for leisure cruising, she boasts very low engine hours on the Barrus Shire engine. Well maintained throughout, including recent blacking, Bluebell comes with sufficient inventory to turn-the-key and cruise. Boat built 2005. Selling to have a new boat built.
Crick area - £48,000 Bluebell photos and drawing

PEGGY MAY 40ft 11in inspection launch for sale with 4 berths: double on aft cabin seats, double on Pullman dinette; shower, cassette wc; diesel warm air heating; gas cooking; 0.15kW stand alone inverter. Would you like to own something a little different and stand out from the crowd? Peter Nicholls’ well-established inspection launch design combines cruising practicality with elegant lines that will sit comfortably on the Thames or on the most remote narrow canal. Inspection launches were designed to convey canal company directors around their empires in style. Peggy May manages to combine that elegance with all the comfort and practicality of a modern narrowboat. As with the original inspection launches, steering is by the wheel forward in the spacious well deck, which leaves room for outdoor seating or al fresco eating. In keeping with the launch design, all on board fixtures and fittings are heavy duty, almost chunky in design, with the fit-out probably by the first owner, in a quality of workmanship that would put many so called professional boat fitters to shame. Powered by a Kubota 2-cylinder diesel engine and built in 1984. Being sold due to bereavement.
Crick area - £24,950 Peggy May photos and drawing

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SILVER SWIFT 47ft 10in cruiser narrowboat for sale with 2 berths: double on extending bench seat; shower, pump-out wc; solid fuel stove, 230V oil filled radiator; gas cooking, 230V fridge; landline. Originally built and used as a hire boat Silver Swift has been completely internally re-fitted by her current owner, this has created an open plan, minimalistic REVERSE LAYOUT boat that now needs the finishing touches by a new owner. Featuring new uPVC double glazed windows not often seen on narrowboats these create a nice bright inside that is complimented by the fresh external gloss paintwork. The large cruiser deck and fitted cover add another area for use after the days cruising that can easily be completed with the trusty Isuzu diesel engine to push you along. There is ample space for you to fit an inverter of your choice should you choose to do so although, you may just want to get back to basics and leave the modern world behind for a time. Shell built in 1996 by Harborough Marine. Selling to move ashore.
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Crick area - £33,000 Silver Swift photos and drawing

BLUE MISCHIEF 60ft 0in semi-trad narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, double on Pullman dinette; shower, pump-out wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, microwave, washing machine, 230V fridge; 3kW inverter. Blue Mischief had the accolade of being voted ‘Boat of the Show’ at the NEC Boat Show in 2007. The semi-trad deck is great for sociable cruising and as the seats are fitted with custom-made cushions, it is an ideal spot to sit and watch the world drift by. There is also the added benefit of a cover over the well deck with hinged cratch board. In the cabin the fit-out is in attractive light oak and is enhanced by granite worktops in both the galley and shower room. Ample power for canal and river use is provided by the Isuzu 42 diesel engine. Built and fitted out by Liverpool Boat Co in 2007. Selling due to insufficient time to enjoy the boat.
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G U Canal, Northants - £61,950 Blue Mischief photos and drawing

FORGET ME NOT 52ft 8in semi-trad narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: double on sofa bed, short double on Pullman dinette; shower, cassette wc; compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 12V fridge; 0.35 inverter. Forget Me Not would make a great starter boat for those handy at DIY and wanting to put their own stamp on an almost complete fit-out. The layout, with the galley being situated in the rear of the cabin is great for the cups of tea whilst cruising, with ample storage and worktop space. The well and semi-trad decks allow plenty of opportunities to relax and socialise. There is mains power available either via a direct shoreline connection (great when available) or a small inverter, which could be upgraded to an inverter/charger if required. The fit-out (completed so far) would benefit from further work, such as trimming, varnishing or painting and has scope for additional fixed or loose furniture in the spacious saloon. Forget Me Not, based on a shell by R&D Fabrications and having a Nanni 4.200 diesel engine was built in 2001. Selling due to a lack of use.
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Crick area - £33,000 Forget Me Not photos and drawing

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L'ESCARGOT 44ft 0in cruiser narrowboat for sale with 2 berths: permanent double; shower, cassette wc; compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 12V fridge, twin-tub washing machine; 1.6kW inverter, solar panel. A substantially built cruiser, manufactured in China under factory conditions, using predominately European manufactured equipment and marketed by a British company. The specification features a 12mm thick baseplate, whilst worktops and shower room floor are of granite, and a large in-floor shower tray offers luxurious showering. Hard wearing bamboo timber (a responsibly sourced hardwood) is used throughout the fit-out, which provides an attractive and durable finish. The popular Barrus Shire diesel engine, with low engine hours recorded, is well matched for a boat of this length and all your power needs are catered for via a Victron inverter/charger. Boat built in 2007 by East West Marine. Selling due to lack of use.
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K & A Canal, Berks - £43,000 L'Escargot photos and drawing

DENBY 50ft 6in trad narrowboat for sale with 5 berths: permanent double, double across forward dinette, single on centre dinette; bath with shower over, pump-out wc; solid fuel stove, gas central heating; gas cooking, 12V fridge; landline only. Denby has only had two owners, both of which have looked after her well. How do we know this? Well we sold the boat to the current owner in 2001 and she is almost in the same condition as when we sold her! The biggest change is the outside colour scheme, which was professionally repainted, with the roof now showing signs of needing some attention. Denby has room to sleep 5, and suited for holidays & weekends away, as has been the use for both owners resulting in low engine hours for the age of boat on her BMC 1.5 engine. The shell was built by John White, with a special bow that he only built twice, giving a pleasing shape that should help Denby glide through the water and was fitted out by North West Narrowboats in 1994. Owner is retiring from boating.
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S & W Canal, W Mids - £39,750 Denby photos and drawing

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TAY70ft 5in trad with Boatman's cabin and 2 berths: traditional crossbed double; portable cassette wc in engine room; new solid fuel range required for heating and cooking. There aren't many boats like Tay, with an all-wooden hull. Originally built in 1938, by Fellows, Morton & Clayton (rebuilt by Malcolm Webster), in Uxbridge, for Thos Clayton Ltd to carry tar. The distinctive fleet were known as 'tar boats' and Tay was number 90. The tar was carried in the hold, consisting of two tanks that were accessed by hatches to the deck. After commercial use, she transferred into private ownership, with the present owner from 1975. A piece of history to be cherished. Boat built 1938 she is powered by a Bukh 2G105M diesel engine.
T & M Canal, Cheshire - £34,000 Tay photos and drawings

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DOWN THE HATCH 70ft 2in x 13ft 6in (reported) wide beam cruiser narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, 2 permanent singles; 2 showers, 2 pump-out wc's; compact diesel central heating; electric cooking, 230V American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer; twin 3kW inverters, 14kW cocooned diesel generator. Have you ever dreamt of earning your living whilst cruising in luxury? Down the Hatch was designed by her present owners to carry two paying guests, and they are now prepared to pass on their business to a new owner. Down the Hatch however is not only suitable for this use as she would make an ideal family boat. If you are used to narrowboat dimensions then on stepping aboard you will find the interior cabin space capacious. There is great scope to add sofas, dining tables or any other freestanding furniture that your heart may desire in this REVERSE LAYOUT, GAS FREE boat. Built and fitted out by Burscough Boats in 2016, Down the Hatch has a turbo charged 114hp Vetus diesel engine and bow thruster. Selling to buy a narrowboat.
Cruising G Union Canal - £148,000
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TAKE FIVE 59ft 3in x 12ft 1in wide beam cruiser narrowboat for sale with 1 berth: freestanding single bed (space for double); shower, 2 wc's; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 230V fridge, 230V freezer, washer/dryer; 1.8kW inverter, 3.5kW engine driven generator. Take Five offers spacious accommodation for liveaboard or long term cruising use. Based on a shell by TS Fabrications and a fit-out by Cheshire Boats, Take Five is fitted with a powerful Beta 5-cylinder 62hp diesel engine (only 54 hours on the clock) and a hydraulic bow thruster. Still offering all the comforts that a narrowboat would give, just in a bigger area, she is fitted with a shower room and a separate toilet compartment, both housing washbasins and toilets. With a little thought it may be possible to fit a second bedroom utilising some of the second toilet and saloon space. It is fair to say that Take Five would benefit from a little TLC and this is reflected in the price. Built in 2005. Selling due to a change in family circumstances.
L & L Canal, Lancs - £77,000 Take Five photos and drawing

COLLINGWOOD WIDE57ft 4in x 12ft wide beam cruiser narrowboat for sale with Canaline 52 diesel engine and bow thruster, part-completed ready for onward fit-out. Already fitted with a water tank, and the painted cabin is weathertight. Due to a change in the law in 2017, the boat is fully CE marked, including Builder’s Plate and Watercraft Identification Number (WIN), meaning a BSS Certificate is not needed until 2021. This recent change has not been fully explored, but one interpretation is that if now fitted-out by the first owner then this would be outside the scope of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and so the boat would not require further CE marking if sold. The spray-foamed interior provides a large blank canvas, for a REVERSE LAYOUT design to be fitted, with the possibility to use many items of off-the-shelf furniture. Due to the craft size, there is the possibility to purchase without VAT added and the price listed is one without VAT. Due to the craft location, any purchaser would have to cover the cost of craning and transport, unless wishing to stay solely on the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal, a stretch of only about 21 miles. Boat built by Collingwood 2017.
Crick area - £50,645 Ex VAT Collingwood Wide photos and drawing

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DOXIE 65ft 2in x 12ft 0in wide beam cruiser narrowboat for sale with 2 berths: space for king size bed; shower, cassette wc; solid fuel stove, combination diesel boiler; diesel range cooker, microwave, 230V fridge, 230V freezer, washer, dishwasher; landline. Doxie is based on a spray foamed sailaway from Collingwood Boats with the present owner completing the fit-out in a modern, contemporary, REVERSE LAYOUT style, ideal for full time residential use and the study is a perfect space for working from. On this GAS FREE boat, cooking is by a diesel fired range, which when in use also gives a gentle heat to the cabin. Doxie is presently moored on a desirable inexpensive, riverside residential mooring, which could be passed on to you subject to the land owners approval. This mooring benefits from metered electricity, elsan disposal, water points, telephone and broadband internet connection. Presently there are finishing touches to the boat to be carried out prior to sale. Boat built in 2015 and fitted with a Canaline 52 diesel engine. Owners moving to Spain.
River Nene, Northants - £110,000 Doxie photos and drawing

OASIS57ft 0in x 10ft 0in wide beam trad narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, double on sofa bed; quadrant shower, macerator pump out wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 230V fridge & freezer, washer; 2.5kW inverter, 3.5kW engine driven generator. Beta 50 diesel engine and bow thruster. Jonathan Wilson built Oasis as a spacious & comfortable boat with all the advances necessary for modern living/cruising on the canal. Complementing Wilsons fine steelwork is a Fettlers Wharf Marine fitout which remains in great condition & displays an emphasis for solid & attractive oak joinery, with oak panelled cabin & hull sides throughout the cabin length. Being a widebeam, she holds obvious advantages for liveaboard purposes; spacious cabins, including a bedroom with permanent queen sized double bed, & an aft cabin that serves as both engine & utility room. Boat built 2007. Selling to hang up their windlasses.
Calder & Hebble, Yorks - £75,000 Oasis photo & drawing

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MESSIAH 55ft 5in semi-trad narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, double on Pullman dinette; shower over bath, cassette wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 12V fridge; 1.6kW inverter. Why would you want to restrict the areas that you can cruise? It is generally accepted that 57ft is the maximum length for some waterways, so at 55ft 5in and with a draught of approximately 1ft 11in, Messiah is an ideal boat for relaxed travelling around the whole inland system, offering the versatility for liveaboard or leisure use. Both the semi-trad & well decks have seat lockers offering valuable extra storage space and outdoor seating. Perfect for two, but with forward and aft wardrobe storage makes Messiah equally suitable for four. The open plan galley/saloon is ready for comfortable furniture of your choice, be it leather armchairs or a sofa bed which could increase the accommodation to six. Based on a shell by Price Fallows & Co and fitted out by Midway Boats, Messiah has an Isuzu diesel engine and bow thruster. Boat built on 2007. Owners moving ashore.
Ashby Canal, Leics - £56,750 Messiah photos and drawing

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Wednesday 17th January

PENKENNA 50ft 3in cruiser narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, double on L-shape dinette; shower over bath, cassette wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 12V fridge; 1.8kW inverter. In a world of spiralling prices, you might think it impossible to find a 50ft narrowboat based on a Colecraft shell on which to start an enjoyable time afloat but Penkenna might just prove you wrong and fit the bill. Penkenna features a well thought out layout, with a spacious full width bathroom amidships, ideal when visitors come to stay but closed to each side when not in use thus allowing an uninterrupted view from bow to stern whilst cruising. The forward cratch covered well deck and the cruiser deck with demountable folding pram-type canopy (both covers new in 2015) extend the open plan accommodation and provide the ideal place to kick off muddy boots. When away from a home mooring a solar panel is fitted to reduce the need to run the engine to recharge the batteries. Boat built and fitted out by Kate Boats in 1994. Selling due to a lack of use.
Oxford Canal, Oxon - £39,950 Penkenna photos and drawing

YAVAS YAVAS 69ft 10n trad narrowboat for sale with 5 berths: permanent double, single bunk bed, double on sofa bed; shower, pump-out wc, cassette wc carried; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 230V fridge, 230V freezer, washing machine; 3kW inverter, 4kW diesel generator. With steelwork featuring fine lines by David Thomas and original interior joinery by Merlin Narrowboats with well crafted modifications over the years by Barry Hawkins and previous owners, you know that this boat is going to be from the top drawer of narrowboat building. Designed as a live aboard or long term cruising boat the full length offers extensive accommodation as proven by the current owners. Yavas Yavas is perfectly suited for a small family with the opportunity to invite two guests to stay. The massive 600Ah battery bank kept topped up by the large array of solar panels. The powerful 48hp Barrus diesel engine provides propulsion and the bow thruster aids manœuvring. Boat built in 1999. Selling to move ashore.
Ashby Canal, Warks - £68,000 Yavas Yavas photos and drawing

DOWN THE HATCH 70ft 2in x 13ft 6in (reported) wide beam cruiser narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, 2 permanent singles; 2 showers, 2 pump-out wc's; compact diesel central heating; electric cooking, 230V American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer; twin 3kW inverters, 14kW cocooned diesel generator. Have you ever dreamt of earning your living whilst cruising in luxury? Down the Hatch was designed by her present owners to carry two paying guests, and they are now prepared to pass on their business to a new owner. Down the Hatch however is not only suitable for this use as she would make an ideal family boat. If you are used to narrowboat dimensions then on stepping aboard you will find the interior cabin space capacious. There is great scope to add sofas, dining tables or any other freestanding furniture that your heart may desire in this REVERSE LAYOUT, GAS FREE boat. Built and fitted out by Burscough Boats in 2016, Down the Hatch has a turbo charged 114hp Vetus diesel engine and bow thruster. Selling to buy a narrowboat.
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Cruising G Union -
£148,000 Down the Hatch photos and drawing

TAKE FIVE 59ft 3in x 12ft 1in wide beam cruiser narrowboat for sale with 1 berth: freestanding single bed (space for double); shower, 2 wc's; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 230V fridge, 230V freezer, washer/dryer; 1.8kW inverter, 3.5kW engine driven generator. Take Five offers spacious accommodation for liveaboard or long term cruising use. Based on a shell by TS Fabrications and a fit-out by Cheshire Boats, Take Five is fitted with a powerful Beta 5-cylinder 62hp diesel engine (only 54 hours on the clock) and a hydraulic bow thruster. Still offering all the comforts that a narrowboat would give, just in a bigger area, she is fitted with a shower room and a separate toilet compartment, both housing washbasins and toilets. With a little thought it may be possible to fit a second bedroom utilising some of the second toilet and saloon space. It is fair to say that Take Five would benefit from a little TLC and this is reflected in the price. Built in 2005. Selling due to a change in family circumstances.
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L & L Canal, Lancs - £77,000 Take Five photos and drawing

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CLANCY J67ft 1in tug style narrowboat for sale with 3 berths: permanent double, cross single in Boatman's cabin bed box; shower, Thetford cassette wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating, solid fuel range in Boatman's cabin; gas cooking, microwave, 12V fridge, washer; 2.7kW diesel generator. This Northwich Trader complete with false rivets and large tug deck has a distinctive look that sets her apart, she is sure to turn heads. A rare single cylinder hand start Gardner 1L2 diesel engine in its own engine room powers her along and the traditional Boatman’s cabin adds to that true authentic feel. The engine is un-encumbered by alternators thus dedicating the total engine power to propulsion, leaving the battery charging to the onboard 230V chargers that are powered by shoreline or generator. Forward of the engine room is a modern design with all that you may need. With a built in diesel generator, well equipped galley, spacious saloon, shower room and fixed double bed this is an ideal liveaboard or extended cruising boat and would be great for entertaining guests. Boat built by Barry Hawkins in 2004. Owners moving to Canada.
Crick area - £59,000 Clancy J photos and drawing

HETTY 70ft 1in trad narrowboat with Boatman's cabin for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, cross double in Boatman's cabin bed box or single lengthways; shower, cassette wc; 2 solid fuel stoves, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 230V fridge; 3kW inverter. Hetty was partially fitted out by her shell builders, Colecraft Engineering, prior to the remainder of the work being carried out by her present owner to the stage that she is at today. Full length boats provide superb spacious accommodation and Hetty is no exception with the large, at over 17ft saloon, ready for you to stamp it with your own identity, be it freestanding or more built in furniture, with options for extra berths, dining facilities or comfortable seating. The separate engine room houses a rugged JD3 diesel engine, giving the look of a traditional unit but the benefits of a modern engine and is aided by a bow thruster. Boat built 2007. Selling due to a change in circumstances.
Crick area - £68,000 Hetty photos and drawing

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EMPRESS No 1 70ft 4in trad narrowboat for sale with 4 berths: permanent double, double or single in Boatman's cabin; shower over bath, pump-out wc; solid fuel stove fore and solid fuel range aft, gas central heating; gas cooking, 230V fridge, washer; 3kW inverter. Empress No1 was designed and built as a FMC josher replica. With a Boatman's back cabin and midships engine room containing the Ruston Hornsby 2VSH diesel engine she is sure to attract some admiring glances. Couple that with the brass portholes, dog box, replica towing mast, triangular forward cabin and bow cabin and you have all the makings of your own traditional boat. Boat built by Stuart Hodges and fitted out by Blisworth Tunnel Boats in 2012. Selling as have bought another boat.
Crick area
- £67,000
Empress No 1 photos and drawing

TAY70ft 5in trad with Boatman's cabin and 2 berths: traditional crossbed double; portable cassette wc in engine room; new solid fuel range required for heating and cooking. There aren't many boats like Tay, with an all-wooden hull. Originally built in 1938, by Fellows, Morton & Clayton (rebuilt by Malcolm Webster), in Uxbridge, for Thos Clayton Ltd to carry tar. The distinctive fleet were known as 'tar boats' and Tay was number 90. The tar was carried in the hold, consisting of two tanks that were accessed by hatches to the deck. After commercial use, she transferred into private ownership, with the present owner from 1975. A piece of history to be cherished. Boat built 1938 she is powered by a Bukh 2G105M diesel engine.
T & M Canal, Cheshire - £34,000 Tay photos and drawings

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ISOLDE 50ft 5in semi-trad narrowboat for sale with 3 berths: permanent double, single on bench seat in aft cabin; bath with shower over, pump-out wc; solid fuel stove, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, 12V fridge; 3kW inverter. Isolde is a craft that lays open the entire connected canal and river system, but there are also many other advantages of a boat of this length. Slipping into a mooring space at a honey pot location which has recently been vacated by a longer boat and of course cheaper maintenance and running costs. R&D Fabrications were established in the mid 80’s and were always the popular choice for commercial builders as well as the private market, and to this day the tradition is carried on by ex-employees of the original company. Isolde is powered by a rugged BMC 1.5 diesel engine, known to be one of the most favoured engines for the developing hire boat industry due to their famed reliability, and having been reconditioned in 2014, there should be many years left in her yet. Boat built 1993 with a fit-out by Shepley Bridge Marina. Selling due to bereavement.
K & A Canal, Berks - £34,950 Isolde photos and drawing

JAWAG 49ft 2in trad narrowboat for sale with 3 berths: permanent double, single on bench seat; shower, cassette wc; solid fuel stove, 2 matrix heaters; electric cooking, 12V fridge; landline, solar panel. Built & fitted out by the present owner’s step-father, a man who clearly knew the narrowboat he wanted to build & what’s more had the competence to achieve it. 50ft Jawag contains many unique elements within her design, perhaps most notably she features hydraulic wheel steering available from both the usual aft position but also from the fore end of the cabin where one can enjoy the luxury of a full set of controls inside the cabin. An ex-military man, Jawag’s electrical installation is tidily housed, labelled & documented. The aft end of the cabin contains a dedicated engine room, neatly organised & houses a Perkins diesel engine. Jawag is fitted with a bow thruster and was built in 2001. Owner no longer using the boat.
Oxford Canal, Oxon - £29,950 Jawag photos and drawing

TRINITY 43ft 2in trad narrowboat with Boatman's cabin and 5 berths: double on Pullman dinette, double on U-shape seating, single in Boatman's cabin bed box or child's single in Boatman's cabin; shower tray in wet room, cassette wc; 2 solid fuel stoves, compact diesel central heating; gas cooking, microwave, 230V fridge; 2.5kW inverter. How is it possible to get so much in a boat of this length? Versatile sleeping arrangements for up to five adults with a choice of eating at the Pullman dinette (remember that this could be left up as a permanent double bed) or at the forward table in the saloon, with meals on the go taken at the drop-down table in the Boatman’s cabin. All in all the accommodation has been carefully planned. Trinity has all the benefits associated with a traditional Boatman’s cabin which include a separate bedroom for a guest or a child, lots of storage space and there is nothing better on a cold or damp day than standing at the helm with the doors closed behind you enjoying the warmth from the stove by your feet. Trinity was built and fitted out by Stoke-on-Trent Boat Builders in 1998. She has a Beta BD1005 diesel engine. Selling due to change of circumstances.
K & A Canal, Berks - £36,950 Trinity photos and drawing

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