#2 Length of the boat:
The length of boat you require obviously depends on the number of people who will be using the boat and the period of time that you will spend on it. Basically 30 – 40 feet is ample for a holiday boat, while 50 feet plus is ideal for extended cruising or live aboard.
A further point with regard to length is lock dimensions. There are a number of locks around the country, that restrict access to certain waterways, the lengths are as follows:
Leeds & Liverpool 60 feet (62 feet can just fit through)
Calder & Hebble 57 feet 6 inch