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Canal Boat - - The Boat Test - LENGTH: BEAM: SHELL: FIT-OUT: EN­GINE: BOW THRUSTER: CHERILTON NAR­ROW­BOATS

So here we have a boat based on a shell by a re­spected builder, with a bright mod­ern fit-out, and with all the gad­getry you could need. Set­ting a £100,000 tar­get for a boat like this would al­ready seem am­bi­tious, but to beat that tar­get by al­most £10,000 is re­mark­able.

So how did Steve and Julia man­age it? One big sav­ing was their choice of boat-fit­ter. Cherilton Nar­row­boats is a small busi­ness, small enough, in fact, not to need to be reg­is­tered for VAT. By pay­ing just for the fit-out work, the cou­ple saved sev­eral thou­sand pounds (although even if they’d had to pay the VAT, they’d have still been just un­der the £100,000 mark).

A ma­jor fac­tor in keep­ing the costs down, though, was that Steve did a lot of the leg­work him­self, re­search­ing items and find­ing the best deals; vis­it­ing the Crick Boat Show and mak­ing the most of spe­cial prices of­fered by many man­u­fac­tur­ers there.

But per­haps the big­gest tri­umph is not that the boat cost just £ 90,000, it’s that it 58ft 6ft 10in Cole­craft cole­craft­boats.co.uk

Semi-trad

Stan­dard 2+2 looks as though it cost a lot more. Af­ter all, this is a be­spoke boat, not an off-the-peg one.

It’s proof that shop­ping around and care­ful bud­get­ing re­ally can make a dif­fer­ence to your build costs. Oak Beta 43 Tel: 01452 723492 be­ta­ma­rine.co.uk Vic­tron 3kW Mul­ti­plus vic­tonen­ergy.com Ve­tus ve­tus.com Unit 3, Shard­low Ma­rina Shard­low Der­byshire DE72 2GL

07967 635665 cher­il­ton­nar­row­boats.co.uk

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