What is your preference and why?
We’ve talked a lot about which type of stern we want when we buy a narrowboat. There seems to be quite definite opinions on the matter from other people we talk to as well.
The first we really though about the different stern types was over a cup of coffee with a couple we met when we hired a boat in 2007. Ann said she had wanted a traditional stern but when they’d gone looking at second hand boats they’d found one perfect in every respect except that it was a semi trad. She was happy with their choice in the end.
The boat we hired had a cruiser stern. To sit and chat to each other, we perched on the little taff rail boards – not very comfortable. Cruiser stern fans say they prefer them because if there are visitors they can put a couple of chairs out there to sit on. So maybe a couple of people could sit in a comfy chair, there wouldn’t be room for more than a couple and anyone else would be perching on the taff rail.
Our preference is a semi trad. There is somewhere to sit for at least a couple of people. We feel we’d rather make a choice that works best for the two of us rather than trying to find a good option for if we have visitors. The visitors will be there maybe 5% of the time and the rest of the time just us. We’ll work around it if we have somebody stay.
We’d probably consider a trad if we found a great boat. There aren’t so many semi trads out there like there are cruisers. We prefer the look of a trad or semi trad compared to a cruiser too.
We spoke to a couple of brokers about this preference when we looked at boats last October. One thing we hadn’t considered was the ease of selling the boat again when we’ve finished with it. It seems a cruiser is easier to sell because they are more popular. The chattiest broker said if we won’t consider a cruiser then we should go for a semi trad. It adds another consideration to the already long list!