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QSome 30-plus years ago there was a com­pany try­ing to build GRP nar­row­boats. What be­came of them?

BVM.MDM, via the CB web­site

ATONY REPLIES: Wilder­ness boats still make small trail­able GRP nar­row­boats. Fi­bre­line Boats (which I think be­gan with some gov­ern­ment fund­ing in Wales) built a few of around 45 to 55ft in the 1990s but they did not seem to catch on. Way back in the 1960s Mor­gan Giles built fully GRP nar­row­boats that are dis­tinc­tive by their moulded en­gine cov­ers right on the stern. There have been sev­eral mak­ers of GRP nar­row­beam cruis­ers such as Vik­ing, High­line and At­lanta. Vik­ing and At­lanta cruis­ers are still be­ing built.

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