Wednesday 19 January 2011

Our priority list - a moving target 19/1/11

We have been re-visiting our priority list.  Added some, removed some.

Our updated preferences are :
Length between 55-60ft.
Semi trad stern (or trad if we found the right boat).
Washing machine or space to put one.
Spay foam insulation.
Solid fuel stove and a central heating system or scope for these to be fitted.
Good ventilation - opening windows/port holes and preferably a side hatch.
Pullman dinette or at least somewhere to eat meals or write/type/sew.
Decent size water tank.
Cross bed if possible.

With movement on the canals again there's a couple of new (used) boats coming on the market.
Here is our pick of the week from ABNB Narrowboat Brokerage. Click here to take a look.

Length: 58ft 5in  
Builder: STS Boats 
Fitter-out: Kendall Narrowboats  
Year registered: 2006  
Style: Semi-trad  
Safety Certificate: July 2014
Engine: Isuzu 42 diesel  
Bowthruster: None  
Plating: 10/6/5/4 
Last blacked: March 2010
Fit-out materials: Oak faced ply with oak mdf & sapele hardwood trims, carpet to floors except for vinyl in galley 
Insulation: Spray foam
Headroom: 6ft 4in 
Berths: 2+0  
Berth sizes: 6ft 2in x 4ft 7in permanent cross double (there is room to change it to a lengthways double)
Mains Power: Landline; Sterling 3000W pure sine inverter
Cabin heating: Webasto diesel c/heating > rads; s/f stove  
Water Heating: C/heating + engine > calorifier  
Water tank: 160galls stainless steel
Cooker: Free-standing cooker with 4 burners, microwave 700W  
Fridge: 12V 4cu ft; 2cu ft 230v freezer  
Washer/dryer: Indesit automatic washer/dryer  
WC: Thetford Swivel seat Cassette  
Shower: quadrant shower
Other: Space to extend half pullman dinette to have both seats. Aft cockpit pram cover, foul weather cover for forward cockpit
Location: Llangollen Canal, Shropshire
Price: £59,950


Peter Berry said...

Hi Elly and Mick. It is coming across your blog that inspired me to start one of my own experiences of narrowboat ownership. Take a look at I intend to log experiences of ownership and our travels, it may be of interest.

Elly and Mick said...

Hi Peter,
Thanks for the comment. I'll add you to my reading list! I decided to start the blog because I could find so little about the planning process. Everyone seemed to start a blog once they started cruising.
We'll look forward to reading of your travels.