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Canal Boat - - Boat Test -

This is a very ac­com­plished boat, as you might ex­pect for a firm car­ry­ing such a well-known name. The fitout is at­trac­tive and good qual­ity, the shell is from a big name builder, and the en­gi­neer­ing is all sound. The boat was priced at £130,000 which is the sort of fig­ure you’d ex­pect to pay for a boat like this right now. It’s per­haps not sur­pris­ing, then, that it was sold shortly af­ter it was fin­ished.

But per­haps what’s even more grat­i­fy­ing than the boat it­self is what it rep­re­sents. It’s a boat which in some ways shows a dif­fer­ent way of do­ing things (it’s taken quite a long time to build, as staff have worked on it in be­tween other jobs). But it’s also a boat which con­tin­ues the Nor­ton Canes name, and con­tin­ues the tra­di­tion of boat build­ing at Glas­cote Basin. It’s good to see the name and the lo­ca­tion con­tinue to thrive — es­pe­cially with the prospect of even more to come in the fu­ture. This boat might just be the start of a fine new era for Nor­ton Canes at Glas­cote Basin.

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