NAR­ROW­BOATS LTD PI­O­NEER 9FT X 60FT SLIM­LINE WIDEBEAM FROM £79,950 EXCL VAT

Canal Boat - - Liveaboard - Con­tact: nar­row­boat­sltd.co.uk 01606 47078

A NAR­ROW WIDEBEAM might seem like an odd idea, but as we dis­cov­ered when we tested one last year ( CB, March 2016), that ex­tra cou­ple of feet of width seems to make a much big­ger dif­fer­ence in­side than it does out­side. In­deed, the space in­side feels very gen­er­ous, with a gal­ley at the stern fol­lowed by a size­able sa­loon. A shower room off a cor­ri­dor comes next, with a large cabin at the bow. Here, that ex­tra width means the bed if full-size, and can be walked around eas­ily.

The boat is pow­ered by a Canaline 52 en­gine, there are four 110Ah do­mes­tic batteries and an in­verter for a 240v sup­ply.

Nor­mally a boat of this size wouldn’t qual­ify for zero rat­ing for VAT for live­aboards, but the gun­wales have been nar­rowed so the cal­cu­la­tions are based on the roof be­ing the deck rather than the gun­wales. Nar­row­boats Ltd say this has been ap­proved by HMRC.

Ob­vi­ously a 9ft wide boat can’t pass through nar­row locks, which rules out the Mid­lands, but when you look at a map of the wide wa­ter­ways, you’d still be able to cover a lot of ground. It’s clearly an idea that ap­pealed to vis­i­tors at Crick.

Ver­dict:

A Tardis-like boat which seems big­ger in­side than out.

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