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sharonmash
sharonmash

Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 12:25pm

Post Subject: Liverpool Hulls

I am looking to buy a second hand (2003) 55 ft narrow boat with a liverpool hull. I have heard some negative comments about buying a boat with a liverpool hull and would like to know the possible downsides?

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 5:01pm

Post Subject: Liverpool Hulls

Dear Sharon, Liverpool boats were a volume boat builder and as such certain members of the boating community put them in the Skoda pigion hole. They are, subject to survey, perfectly adequate boats, built with little finesse and not very well finished off. Many have the roof folded over the cabin side and then welded on the outside. This is just not very aesthetically pleasing but there is nothing wrong with it. The hull is more likely to be 8:6:4 or 8:5:3 mm that the now more usual 10:6:4 but as long as the survey shows no excess wear or pitting its fine. It is, however, important NOT to overpay for the boat. A budget boat is always a budget boat and will never achieve the prices a "better" hull may. Get your surveyor to give you his valuation of the boat and do not pay overmuch more. Tony Brooks.

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