NARROWBOATS LTD PIONEER 9FT X 60FT SLIMLINE WIDEBEAM FROM £79,950 EXCL VAT
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.
A Tardis-like boat which seems bigger inside than out.