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Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:28pm

Post Subject: Buying a new narrowboat

We are recently retired and will be visiting our first boat show at Crick in May. Our intention is to buy a new 57' cruiser stern narrowboat after spending 19 years renting boats for our annual holidays. We have a library of books etc on the subject matter but as we live on the Isle of Man our research into boatbuilders is limited. Will Canal Boat magazine have anybody available at Crick who can offer us advice?


Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:51am

Post Subject: Buying a new narrowboat

I can not speak for the editor but from my experience at many shows the stand is manned by the office staff with the editorial members busy reporting on the show. Until this year I ran free mini-courses for boaters but the organisers seem not want me this year so I will just be there one day as an ordinary boater. Much depends upon what sort of advice you want. There will be some boat builders there so you can talk to them and inspect their products but in the present financial climate you would be wise to look beyond the boat building skills. You may be better served by joining the Canal World internet forum and asking about your potential builders there because the contributors may not be so conscious about the legal implications of giving opinions. For technical questions with non-contentious answers ask here or if you suspect the answer may be consciouses email me direct on Tony Brooks

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