Costs Of Running A Narrowboat – Buyers tips #9

Costs Of Running A Narrowboat – Buyers tips #9

In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat stylea brief guide to hull constructionheating and water systems on narrowboats, electrics on narrowboatsnarrowboat surveys and documentation for narrowboat owners.  In this 8th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss the costs of running a narrowboat.

#9 How much does it cost to keep a narrowboat on the water?

 

When committing to the purchase of a canal boat, the cost of buying the boat itself is the most siginificant cost, but it is also important to consider what the costs of running a narrowboat will be yearly thereafter to help you decide if your budget can cover it.

So the following is a rough guide to your regular outgoings as a result of being a narrow boat owner.

Fixed approx costs:

  • British Waterways licence dep. on boat size £700
  • Boat Safety Certificate every four years £150
  • Insurance approx fully comprehensive £220
  • Mooring per annum in a marina approx 55ft £2,500
  • Mooring canal side approx dep. on location £,1200

Running costs:

  • Diesel heating costs approximately 70p per litre
  • Diesel propulsion is approximately £1.18 per litre
  • Pump out £10 to £15 dep. on location

    A 40 gal tank =180 litres  and an engine runs on roughly 1.5 litres per hour for a maximum of 120 hours on a full tank.

Maintenance:

  • Annual spring engine service by an engineer £70 to £150
  • Blacking every two to three years approx £7.00 per ft

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.

 

Required Documentation For Narrowboat Owners – Buyers Tips #8

Required Documentation For Narrowboat Owners – Buyers Tips #8

In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat stylea brief guide to hull constructionheating and water systems on narrowboats, electrics on narrowboats and narrowboat surveys In this 8th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss required documentation for narrowboat owners.

#8 What Documentation Do Narrowboat Owners Need?

The following documentation is essential for a boat owner – invariably called one of these names:

  • British Waterway Safety Certificate (BWSC)
  • Certificate of Compliance (C of C)
  • Boat Safety Scheme Certificate (BSS)
  • Boat Safety Certificate (BSC)

In basic terms, the British Waterway Safety Certificate (BWSC) is an MOT for a boat and covers the safety aspects like gas and electrical installations, but not the hull or engine condition. This certificate lasts for 4 years and a re-inspection is in the region of £75-£150. Every boat needs to have a valid certificate and if the boat fails, you have 6 months to rectify these problems.

Before you can take to the waters on the British canal system you will also need a licence from the Canal and River Trust and the cost of your licence depends on the length of your boat.

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).These are generally the same item, but the BWSC is the updated version of the Certificate of Compliance.

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.

Trinity Marina Christmas Opening Hours

Trinity Marina Christmas Opening Hours

If you are thinking of heading out on the canal system this Christmas, we thought you might find it handy to know the Trinity Marina Christmas Opening Hours!

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from the staff at Trinity Marina!

With Christmas coming up we thought we’d get organised and let you know our opening hours for the holiday period.

  • 24th, 25th and 26th December – closed
  • Wednesday 28th December – open 10am – 12pm
  • Thursday 29th December – closed
  • Friday and Saturday 30th and 31st December – open 10am – 12pm
  • 31st December and 1st January – closed
  • 2nd January – back to normal hours!

Get in touch with us

If you would like more information about any of our services and facilities at the Marina, please don’t hesitate to contact us by telephone on 01455 896820 or via our contact form on the website.

The staff here at Trinity Marinas would like to wish all of our customers, old and new, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

Narrowboat Surveys and Surveyors – Buyers tips #7

Narrowboat Surveys and Surveyors – Buyers tips #7

In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat stylea brief guide to hull constructionheating and water systems on narrowboats and electrics on narrowboats In this 7th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss narrowboat surveys and surveyors.

#7 Tips on Narrowboat Surveys and Surveyors When Buying A New Boat

Just as with any major purchase like a house or a car, buying a narrowboat is an important purchase and so it is recommended that you get an independent qualified marine surveyor to inspect your potential vessel before committing to the purchase.

There are three types of survey that can be performed on a narrowboat – a full survey, a hull survey and an internal survey. A hull survey will only inspect the hull looking for the quality of the hull build and the steel thickness and for a list of items such as hull collision damage and plate thickness in vulnerable areas. A full survey will also inspect a list of items such as the engine, gas, electric and water systems, ventilation, windows and hatches. An internal survey will only concern the boat safety items.  For full surveys and hull surveys the boat will need to be hauled out of the water for inspection.

The cost of narrowboat surveys varies according to different surveyors and the type of survey you are looking for, and only qualified marine surveyors can carry out a survey on a narrowboat. On average the cost is between £500-900 for the surveyor and £150 for the haul out.  It is also worth bearing in mind that surveyors will sometimes charge travel costs on top of the survey, so please do check this out when speaking to potential surveyors.

For an official list of surveyors please contact British Waterways on 01923 226 422 or we can provide a list of local surveyors.

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.

Guide to Electrics on Narrowboats – Buyers Tips #6

Guide to Electrics on Narrowboats – Buyers Tips #6

In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat stylea brief guide to hull construction and heating and water systems on narrowboats.   In this 6th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss electrics on narrowboats.

 

#6 What Are Your Options To The Types Of Electrics On Narrowboats?

Nearly all boats will have a 12 Volt system installed and for some boat owners a 12 volt system on your narrowboat may be sufficient.  However due to the wattage of appliances you might wish to run on board on your narrowboat or canal boat you need to judge if your electric power system can support them.  If 12 volts proves insufficient, you may opt to have a 240 Volt system on board.   With 240 volts you have a number of options, Inverter, Landline or Generator.

a) Landline: A landline connection is simply where you plug in whilst moored at a marina, when an electric supply is provided.  You can then run all electrical devices whilst moored up.

b) Inverter: This is a device that converts your 12 Volt battery supply to a 240 Volt supply for domestic use,  this electricity is then fed into your boat through a transfer switch.  An average price of an on board inverter system could be anywhere in the region of £100 to £4000 and cost is largely dependent on size.  Generally speaking it is best to run light-draw electrical items from an inverter rather than, say an electrical kettle or heater.

c) Generator: Either a petrol, gas or diesel generator will give you a 240 Volt supply. Prices vary considerably with a petrol generator costing in the region of £400-1200, while a diesel one will cost around £1,500 to £4,000.  These types of systems are a reliable means of providing high voltage electric supply in your boat when you are off-grid, though always observe safety common sense when storing fuels on board or refuelling highly volatile fuels such as petrol.

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.

Heating Your Boat and Generating Hot Water – Buyer’s Tips #5

Heating Your Boat and Generating Hot Water – Buyer’s Tips #5

In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat style, a brief guide to hull construction.   In this 5th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss heating your boat and generating hot water.

#5 Staying Comfortable On Board: Heating Your Boat and Generating Hot water

When it comes to heating your boat to make your time aboard a comfortable home from home experience, you have three main choices:

a) Solid fuel stove (eg. Squirrel)
b) Gas central heating (eg. Alde)
c) Diesel fired heating (eg. Eberspacher)

The type of heating you have is down to personal preference. Many people prefer the solid fuel stove’s authenticity and dry heat – especially for narrowboat owners who enjoy a more traditional style canal boat. On the negative side for solid fuel is the time spent preparing and lighting the fire and the need for storage for fuel on board.  If burning coal, the smell is another consideration to take into account,most especially if you are moored for long periods near to lots of neighbours!

Gas and diesel central heating systems are a neater solution and are great for day to day use.  A gas or diesel fuelled system will provide almost instant heat and are a neater way of carrying fuel where space might otherwise be at a premium.  Hot water will be provided either from a heating unit, eg. Paloma or from your central heating system.

Another option is to use the engine cooling system to heat the boat’s interior.  A Calorifier enables you to use the excess hot water from the engine cooling system to form a central heating boiler and provide hot water through the taps.  This sort of system is only really suitable for smaller vessels due to limit in supply though. If you have seen a narrowboat for sale and you need advice on the heating and hot water set up, it is usually best to talk it through with the seller or the broker to decipher the pros and cons of the system on board.

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.

Carbon Monoxide On Boats – the silent killer

Carbon Monoxide On Boats – the silent killer

The boat safety Scheme has reported that over the last 20 years over 24 boaters have died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning on boats.  Over a third of these deaths were linked to solid fuel burners.

With winter well on its way we thought this was a good time to give some tips on keeping you safe from these fumes.

Firstly look for danger signs on your boat:

Routine checking that your boat’s fuel-burning appliances and engines are free from signs of problems and in good condition will help keep you safe.

Any of the following could be signs that CO is filling your boat:

  • Staining, sooty smears, or discolouration on surfaces around an appliance or its flue
  • Appliances that are difficult to light, keep lit or burn weakly
  • Burners with yellow or orange or ‘floppy’ flames that threaten to go out
  • If there’s a CO problem on your boat – get a properly qualified person to find and fix the appliance or engine
    before it is used again.
  • An unfamiliar or burning smell when an LPG or oil appliance is on
  • Smelling or seeing smoke escaping regularly into the cabin when running your wood-burner or coal stove Flue gases from solid fuel stoves can have up to 100 times the concentrations of CO found in gas hob-burners with problems.
  • Smelling engine exhaust fumes regularly inside the cockpit or cabin. If those are petrol engine fumes anyone in the cabin could be in immediate danger.

Secondly you should know the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning
Common symptoms include:

  • Headache and bad temper
  • Feeling sick and dizzy
  • Feeling tired and confused
  • Stomach pains and being sick

For more information visit the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/carbon-monoxidepoisoning
The greater the amount of CO there is in air, or the longer you are breathing in CO, the worse your symptoms may get.

Call into the Trinity Marina shop and get your Carbon Monoxide detector today.  It’s a small price to pay to save a life.

You can download the full information leaflet here:

https://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/media/293205/carbon-monoxide-safety-on-boats-final-dec2016.pdf

Information from https://www.boatsafetyscheme.org, http://cogdem.org.uk/newsite/?page=cohome

 

Guide to Narrowboat Engine Types – Buyer’s Tips #4

Guide to Narrowboat Engine Types – Buyer’s Tips #4

In this guide to narrowboat engine types we will help you to understand the other options you could have in order you can make an informed choice.  

The most common engine type fitted to a narrow boat is the diesel fuelled engine.  In our previous articles we helped you figure out choosing the best narrowboat lengthwe also talked about choosing a narrowboat style, and in the last article we outlined our tips on hull construction.  So the next logical step is understanding the engine options available to you.

#4 Diesel engine types on narrowboats

An obvious consideration when looking at narrowboats for sale is the choice of engine in the boat, where there are three main categories:

a) Air cooled engines (eg. Lister ST2) where heat is released into the air around the narrowboat engine. 
b) Water cooled engines (eg. BMC 1.5) – most engines on narrowboats are water cooled so you will find more of these around than others. These will either be Keel Cooling or Raw Water Cooling systems. 
c) Vintage engine (eg Russell Newbury) – sought after by traditional narrowboat owners, though they can be very pricey and take up a lot of space.

The best type of engine to choose depends on a number of factors, including mechanical knowledge you possess, spare time to be spent tinkering with it and tuning it, and the size of your boat.

If you are looking for simplicity, then consider one of the modern water-cooled diesel engines or the older and slightly louder air cooled diesel engine. Both of these offer ease of use and reliability. The Vintage engine will suit the enthusiast, who likes to tinker with the engine; it is also only suitable for larger boats (40ft +) due to the size of the engine.

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.

 

Narrowboat Buyer’s Tips On Hulls – Buyer’s Tips #3

Narrowboat Buyer’s Tips On Hulls – Buyer’s Tips #3

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.

What length of narrowboat is best? See our buyer’s tips #2

What length of narrowboat is best? See our buyer’s tips #2

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.

Narrowboat Winter Moorings and Canal Closures Over Winter

Narrowboat Winter Moorings and Canal Closures Over Winter

Narrowboat Winter Moorings

Trinity Marina host 140 narrowboat berths on high quality pontoons suitable for narrowboats up to 72ft and we are open all year round making Hinckley a great option for narrowboat winter moorings.

Local Winter Canal Route Closures

If you’re thinking of heading out for a cruise this winter then be aware that this is the time of year when the canals are maintained. You may find closures on some routes.

I’ve listed two local closures here on the Coventry Canal but for more information you can click here

The Canal and River Trust list all closures both canal and towpath so you’ll need to check your route before you cruise. Don’t forget that here at Trinity Marinas we have over 40 miles of lock free cruising so uninterrupted cruising during the winter months!

Waterway: Coventry Canal
From Date: 6th November 2017 at 08:00
To Date: 15th December 2017 at 16:00 inclusive

 

Waterway: Coventry Canal
From Date: 6th November 2017 at 08:00
To Date: 17th November 2017 at 16:00 inclusive
At Trinity Marina, there is plenty of secure parking on site close to your narrowboat mooring, making the marina the perfect place for an overwinter base from which to explore.
If you are looking for a summer or winter narrowboat mooring or even a casual mooring for a trip you have planned,  then visit us at the marina and find out more about the tranquil environment at the marina in the Heart of England on the Ashby Canal, or give us a call on 01455 896 820.
Choosing a narrowboat? Take a look at our buyer’s tips #1

Choosing a narrowboat? Take a look at our buyer’s tips #1

In this series of buyer’s tips we help you in choosing a narrowboat that is perfect for your needs. In our first article in the series we help you with choosing from three different styles of narrow boat to acquire the boat that suits your needs. In our next article, another consideration when choosing a narrowboat is what length of narrowboat to choose.

#1 Choose your preferred style of boat or “Stern”

There are three different styles of narrow boats which is the first decision to make when choosing a narrowboat:

  • TRAD     –       Ideal for live aboard, typically recognised by a short back deck of 2-3 feet in length, giving more room inside for comfortable living space for the occupants.
  • CRUISER   –   Cruiser style boats make an ideal holiday boat; they have a back deck of between 4-8 feet in length, providing ample space on the back for several people to stand and socialise.  Great for cruising the canal systems with a group of friends on a sunny summer’s day!
  • SEMI-TRAD  –   The Semi-trad narrowboat style is a good compromise between the above two. These canal boats have all the looks of a Trad with the space of a cruiser for entertaining.

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.

 

Trad
Cruiser
Semi Trad
Visit Birmingham’s German Christmas Market & Stay At Trinity Marina On A Casual Mooring

Visit Birmingham’s German Christmas Market & Stay At Trinity Marina On A Casual Mooring

Ever thought about a casual mooring as accommodation in winter?

Instead of looking around for B&Bs or the expense of a hotel, how about you use your narrowboat as accommodation this winter?  We can offer a casual mooring here at Trinity Marinas for only £10 per night.

It’s that time of year when the leaves start to fall off the trees and the weather starts to turn frosty and yes… we start to think of Christmas.  There is a lot going on in the lead up to Christmas but one of the most famous in the Midlands is the German Christmas Market in Birmingham.  Why not visit?   Once booked in on a casual mooring, you are within easy reach of the market either by train or coach!

There’s live music to enjoy on Victoria Square or pick up some gifts such as handcrafted wooden decorations, leatherwork, toys, jewellery and much more.

The market is open from 10am – 9pm from 16th November  to 24th December and so you will have plenty of time to see the 180 stalls.

 

Getting to Birmingham from Hinckley…

By Train…

You can easily get to the market via train. Hinckley train station is only a 5 minute bus ride away from the Marina. The trains run at 37 minutes past the hour, every hour. It takes approximately 35 minutes to get into Birmingham.  Off peak return tickets are £12.70.

You an also get a bus (the number 48) to Nuneaton Station and the trains run 43 minutes past the hour and 9 minutes past the hour.  Anytime daytime return ticket would cost £10.80.

 

For more information visit  https://www.germanchristmasmarketbirmingham.com/

 

 

 

 

Popular Short Break Routes on the Ashby Canal

Popular Short Break Routes on the Ashby Canal

Spend a short break cruising on the Ashby Canal

You can spend a lovely weekend cruising the Ashby Canal  and feel you have got best value out of your weekend. With over 40 miles of lock-free canal you can cruise through some beautiful villages.  Trinity Marina is in the heart of the Ashby Canal system and makes the perfect start or end point as you explore the canal for a long weekend.

Through Stoke Golding you’ll come to the lovely village of Dadlington. Stop for a break or a meal at the ever popular Dog & Hedgehog pub or carry on cruising for a further hour until you get to Sutton Cheney. Here you’ll find a canal side cafe and a walk up to the Bosworth Battlefield Centre. There’s also a turning point at Sutton Cheney.

At Shenton you will find the steam train and its authentic station along with a glass blowing museum.

2.5 hours later you will find the market town of Market Bosworth. In the Market Square you’ll find a pub, tea shops and there’s even a chocolate shop along with various restaurants including Bosworth Hall. 

Congerstone is 3 hours from Stoke Golding where you’ll find the Horse & Jockey Pub only 800 yards from the canal. Shackerstone village is another turning point and is a further half an hour from Congerstone.  The canals terminus is a further 2 hours cruise up to Snarestone and through the 800 yard tunnel to the final turning point.

If you’re cruising south we have a turning point here at Trinity, Lime kilns pub or the Corner House pub.

If you have time first travel south to Marston Junction. You may wish to cruise south onto the Coventry and North Oxford canals to reach one lock at Hawkesbury Junction. Historic Coventry is only half an hour away. You can visit Coventry Cathedral or the Transport Museum, if you continue south you’ll reach 3 more locks at Hillmorton.

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 of visiting us at the marina and want to know about casual moorings from only £10 per night, give us a call on 01455 896 820.

Trinity Marina’s brokerage service

Trinity Marina’s brokerage service

Ahead of our open day event, which is being held this Saturday 11th March, you may wish to know a little bit more about our narrowboat brokerage here at Trinity Marinas.

First and foremost, we help people buy and sell canal boats. You can sell your boat through Trinity Marinas with the confidence that it will be thoughtfully represented by our team, and that it will benefit from prominent display in our marina, which is frequented by a steady stream of potential buyers. Narrowboats for sale in our marina are seen by a varied clientele, including those eating and drinking in neighbouring establishments as well as customers of the marina’s car dealerships. We will also prepare a promotional brochure containing photos of your narrowboat, as well as its features and specifications, which we send out and give to potential buyers.

On top of this we routinely generate sales through a number of means; marketing drives, advertisement on our own and other relevant websites, advertisements in the local paper and trade magazines, as well as through contacting our existing database of buyers. We are able to isolate buyers in our database who may be interested in your boat by using a search function which hones in on their required criteria. Once interest is generated, via any of the above means, we book each potential buyer in for a viewing conducted by one of our team members. Rest assured, people are never allowed to wander around your boat unattended!

We also specialise in advising buyers on the most suitable narrowboat for their needs, whether they want to use the boat as a permanent residence, for the occasional staycation or anything in between. First time buyers especially benefit from this service, as we are able to field questions on everything from moorings, boat insurance, finance options, to licensing and other costs associated with a life on the water.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a boat, or just want to experience one first-hand, stop by our open day this Saturday 11th March. We’ll be here from 10:30am to 3:30pm, and will be more than happy to advise you on anything narrowboat-related.

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