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