QThere is 40ft narrowboat I am thinking of buying, but unlike most other boats, it says that it has a ‘displacement hull’. What am I letting myself in for? What are the differences? Would this type of hull cost more to maintain? The advert also says ‘Steelwork plating: 10mm, 6mm, 4mm’.
TORTUGA GUY, from the CB website
ATONY REPLIES... All narrowboats are displacement hulls; ie, not designed to climb out of the water and skim along like fast cruisers. I think the word ‘displacement’ is just window dressing. I suspect this is an old boat. Take care: it is easy to buy a hull so badly rust-pitted it might sink. Although it will cost several hundred pounds, get a hull survey before you buy.