How about a narrowboat cruiser?
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