How about a nar­row­boat cruiser?

Canal Boat - - Letters -

I HAVE DREAMED about liv­ing on a boat all my life. It is now cer­tainly go­ing to be­come a re­al­ity, but your ar­ti­cle Which Boat: Nar­row­boat or Cruiser ( CB, Sept) got me think­ing.

I’ve al­ways thought of nar­row­boats as pretty tough work­ing boats, ca­pa­ble of sur­viv­ing con­tact with lock cham­bers and ob­jects be­low the canal sur­face in a way I imag­ine GRP boats can­not. But I don’t have any facts here. But then I turned the whole ques­tion around and asked, “Why can’t a nar­row­boat go fur­ther afield?”

Nar­row­boats have flat bot­toms, not the best shape for choppy waters – but then so do cruise ships.

As­sum­ing that we have sea­cocks in­stalled on all the through-the-hull out­lets, and that doors and win­dows can ac­tu­ally be made wa­ter­tight, then we have a pretty sta­ble boxy shape with the cen­tre of grav­ity well be­low the cen­tre of floata­tion.

In a knock-down sit­u­a­tion, the leisure nar­row­boat, with no mas­sive cargo, will re­cover. I would love to hear some feed­back here.

MAL­COLM PEM­BER­TON, via email

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