GETTING THE RIGHT BOAT
QI am looking for a used 38-42ft narrowboat and came across a Hallmark boat (with Vetus engine of unknown hp) built in 2000, but the brokerage had no idea of the baseplate thickness and rest of the hull specifications. It was priced at £23,500 and needed a bit of work cosmetically. Any thoughts?
TORTUGA GUY, via the CB website
ATONY REPLIES: I recall Hallmark as a budget boat-fitter, and an internet search confirms this and suggests that their hulls were made by Floating Homes to something like 6/4/3 (6mm baseplate, 4mm hull sides, 3mm cabin sides and roof). I cannot confirm this, but if true the boat seems overpriced. Remember, you might get more for your money by buying an older boat from a higherspec hull builder than a more modern boat by a budget builder.