Made to measure
I am interested in planning a narrowboat, probably about 58ft in length. I am currently looking at two of your published boat tests, which I will use to illustrate my enquiry.
The first is the unnamed 58ft 6in boat fitted out by Blisworth Tunnel Boats on a Tyler Wilson shell, published in your issue of July 2017. The second is the Tingdene Broom 58ft boat, also on a Tyler Wilson shell.
Both boats are semi-trads and the second is a reverse layout, in which I am particularly interested.
Both plans show measurements for the room spaces within the cabin space but neither of them provide measurements for a) length of gas locker b) length of forward welldeck c) length of the semi-trad deck and d) the length of the rear steering deck. These lengths are all important to me as I am interested in having a bowthruster tube with suitable access and I am also planning to site my gas bottles by the rear bulkhead, since I do not intend negotiating a slippery foredeck when changing cylinders, especially in winter conditions. In addition, the length of the semi-trad deck indicates the amount of space available for the engine, gearbox, propshaft, etc.
I want to plan a boat for extended cruising and take a lot of interest in all the boat tests shown in Canal Boat as well as layout details provided by the more comprehensive brokers who provide layout plans and measurements in their documentation. I would have thought that publishing the measurements I have indicated above would not be an arduous task for whoever produces your layout plans.
I therefore submit that if you could include these measurement, then your layout plans would be even more meaningful to your readers. DUNCAN OXLEY
EDITOR REPLIES: We give room lengths because these can by changed by customers far more than exterior measurements. Deck lengths etc are determined far more by boat builders and if you’re planning a boat, you need to speak to a shell builder first to find out what measurements they usually build to.