Made to mea­sure

Canal Boat - - Letters -

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.

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