In this series of buyer’s tips we help you in choosing a narrowboat that is perfect for your needs. In our first article we talked about choosing a narrowboat style.  In our second article in the series we help you figure out what length of narrowboat is best to help you buy the boat of your dreams.

#2 What length of narrowboat is best to suit my needs?

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.  You will find that a 30 – 40 foot boat provides ample space for a holiday boat that you use mainly for short periods in the year.  If you are looking at a narrowboat length of 50 feet plus then this size of boat is ideal for extended cruising or live aboard if you are looking for a lifestyle change.

A further point to bear in mind is where you intend taking your boat on the UK canal systems.  You shoudl pay attention to length of boat in relation to 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

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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