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wilkins
wilkins

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:59pm

Post Subject: NARROWBOAT VS CRUISER

We are planning to spend a year cruising the UK waterways in a narrowboat. However we have just seen a really nice GRP river cruiser for sale and are wondering what the significant advantages and disadvantages of each type of craft are.

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:53pm

Post Subject: NARROWBOAT VS CRUISER

River cruiser usually implies a beam of more than 7ft so that restricts your cruising area. There is a large chunk of canals in the midlands that connect the main wide beam waterways that will only accept a 7ft beam boat. If the cruiser has a petrol outboard or inboard engine them you may well find that you have to carry fuel from vehicle filling stations over wide areas of the network because only diesel is available waterside. GRP boats are usually far less well thermally insulated than steel narrowboats so that has implications for heating costs and comfort during the colder months. GRP cruisers are usually cheaper and their shallow draft has advantages with being able to moor without having to jump or walk the plank. Most steel narrowboats should be taken out of the water for re-blacking every two to four years where as ideally a GRP one should spend winters ashore to minimise the chances of osmosis. GRP cruisers usually have less accommodation but narrowboats are a bit like living in a corridor. I also think GRP will come off a lot worse if caught between a steel narrowboat and steel or masonry in that it would be easier to punch a hole in GRP that 6mm of steel. Having said all that much depends upon the specifications for the two boats. I would back an ex Broads GRP hire cruiser against an old 4mm Springer narrowboat in the punching holes stakes. Tony Brooks

wilkins
wilkins

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:50pm

Post Subject: NARROWBOAT VS CRUISER

Thank you so much, Tony. Your post was really informative, and has confirmed our decision to go the narrow boat route. Kind regards, Alena and John Wilkins

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