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LAST YEAR, An­drew Crook from Brayzel Boats brought a part-fin­ished nar­row­boat in­tended for peo­ple who want to do some of the fit­ting out them­selves. This year he brought the same sort of idea, but on a very dif­fer­ent sort of boat. This Dutch Barge-style craft is 45ft long by 10ft wide, and has a shell by Cauldon Boats.

The boat is part fit­ted out, with a gal­ley at the stern, a shower room with ev­ery­thing you need in­clud­ing a Thet­ford cas­sette loo, and a bed in the for­ward cabin. It means most of the com­pli­cated stuff is done for you. The space is huge, even though the di­men­sions are nowhere near the big­gest at the show.

A Beta 43 en­gine has been fit­ted, and there are four 110Ah batteries. But there’s no in­verter ex­cept as an op­tional ex­tra, and no cen­tral heat­ing as stan­dard.

This is a clever idea, be­cause we’ve all heard of boats bought as sail­aways that never get fin­ished be­cause the own­ers hadn’t quite re­alised what was in­volved.

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