In this series of buyer’s tips we help you understand narrowboat buying tips when it comes to hull construction.   In our previous articles we helped you figure out what length of narrowboat is best and we also talked about choosing a narrowboat style.  So what your boat is constructed from is your next biggest consideration so read on for some narrowboat buyer’s tips on hulls.

#3 Steel plate hulls on narrowboats and other build materials

If you are new to buying a narrowboat, what your potential new vessel is constructed from is a key discovery you need to make.   Steel plate figures you will see a lot of if you are looking for a narrowboat for sale, will be for example, 10/6/4mm and relate to 10mm bottom plate, 6mm hull sides and 4mm cabin build.

  • Nowadays the standard specification for steel plate hulls on narrowboats is 10/6/4 but steel thickness of 8/6/4mm and 6/5/3mm – if well looked after – will provide you with many years of service, so they should not be ruled out.  For insurance purposes the minimum hull thickness must be 4mm.
  • Wood and GRP (glass reinforce plastic) are also used on boats, mainly for the cabin. These are more commonly seen on older boats and are not as desirable as all steel, but provide a cheaper option.

If you are looking to buy a second hand narrowboat and you have seen one for sale, then it is recommended that you carry out a hull survey to check the condition of the hull and its steel plating.

Trinity Marinas is a premier inland narrowboat sales & brokerage and canal boat marina located in the Heart of England on the beautiful Ashby Canal in Hinckley, Leicestershire within easy reach from the the main M1 motorway, and just off the A5 (Watling Street).

If you are thinking about owning a narrowboat or are interested in canal boat life, then visit us at the marina and find out more about choosing the right narrowboat to suit your needs, or give us a call on 01455 896 820.

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