Where can I work on a boat and put it in?
QI have bought a boat that I will be bringing to the London area by road. It is a 42ft x 12ft fibreglass one and I plan to live aboard. Can you advise of a boatyard/marina that can offer suitable road access for the transport, crane facilities and hard-standing where I can keep it while I do some initial repairs and a suitable crane or slipway for launching?
ATONY REPLIES: You don’t give an air draft (the height above the water). This is important because many GRP cruisers will not fit under the canal bridges. However the dimensions sound like a ‘Caribbean’ style Broads cruiser so if it is it will have a low enough air draft.
Marinas and road access are fairly easy for the London area although you may well have to pay for a mobile crane. I think the boat will fit the Grand Union Canal, so locations as far away as the South Midlands become possible and then cruise down.
Try Roydon Marina (River Lee), Highline Yachting (Slough Arm), Packet Boat Marina, Denham Marina, or Uxbridge Boat Centre, but do check on the situation of hard-standing space.