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Canal Boat - - Back Cabin -

QHi ev­ery­one, we have re­cently in­her­ited a boat. Un­for­tu­nately, we know ab­so­lutely noth­ing about boats and it is go­ing to need a lot of re­pair work. The prob­lem is we don’t have many de­tails. Can any­one help us with what type of boat this is, make/model etc. be­cause we can’t seem to find any­thing on the boat to iden­tify it. We have tried look­ing up the num­ber on the side but that’s not get­ting us any­where. Any help would be much ap­pre­ci­ated. TRACEY MEL­LOR

ATONY REPLIES: Af­ter look­ing at all sorts of im­ages on Google I have been un­able to get any closer to iden­ti­fy­ing it. The data­base of regis­tra­tions that is usu­ally our first check has no record of that num­ber but the “waves” on the in­dex plate sug­gests it is prob­a­bly pre-1990. How far pre I have no idea but this style of cruiser was very pro­lific in the 70s & 80s and some with sim­i­lar hulls but not the cabin top mould­ing are still be­ing made.

It is not clear from the pho­tos but it looks as if it may have what is known as a cathe­dral or tri­maran style hull.

Over the years the moulds for such boats have changed hands and the new own­ers tend to al­ter them so sim­i­lar boats were made by dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies. If you send the pho­tos to the fo­rum Canal­world.net some­one may recog­nise the boat - or per­haps one of our read­ers recog­nises it?

Un­less you are very keen to get afloat and if the inside is any­thing like the out­side I sus­pect your best bet is to clean it up a bit and then Ebay with a low re­serve - just to get rid of it. I think it will have very lit­tle value as it is, un­less it has a work­ing en­gine.

One project that will need more than a week­end!

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