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Boat tests

A bespoke boat means you can really tailor your design to fit your dreams. And if that means an extended cabin and a gigantic bed, JD Narrowboats are happy to oblige

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April 2018

The Boat Test: Specs appeal

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Why wait years for a bespoke build? Adam braves the last blast of winter to test a top notch spec boat that is ready to go

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May 2018

Relocating to the other end of the country and becoming a liveaboard is a big change – but this bespoke 60ft semi-trad is designed to ease the transition

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March 2018

This boat marks a milestone for Aintree boats. Not only that, the 52ft semi-trad showcases all their craft at a remarkable price

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March 2018

This lovely narrow-boat style widebeam delivers the ultimate retirement bolt-hole for its new owners

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January 2018

What makes a boat truly stand out from the crowd? Sometimes you just need a little finesse

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If we said the batteries on this Braidbar cost £15k (and that’s just for three) you’d probably think it’s a misprint, but it isn’t and there’s a good reason why so much has been spent on them

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If you had a chance to build a boat, then a second and then a third, how would you change things – Val and Graham did just that

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Many of us like to go cruising with our partner, but sometimes in life that’s not always the way things turn out to be

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Take a 360-degree tour of the first private boat from Ortomarine

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Whether or not widebeams are your thing, this ‘planet-saver’ is one of the most technically intriguing boats CB has tested. Adam Porter investigates (pictures by Andy R Annable)

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Canal Boat has something new for you in 2017 – fabulous 360-degree videos inside the boat on test

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Boat Test: Wey Away

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

If 70 is the new 60, it’s just the right age to retire and live aboard – but this boat has wisely been built with ease of use in mind

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Elsie Alice may look fairly standard on the outside, but step inside and there’s a vibrant interior that’s colourfully different from any other we’ve seen

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Boat Test: Rocinante by Finesse

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tyler Wilson has started its own boat-fitting operation and Rocinante is its first boat – so we found out how well shell building has evolved into fit-outs

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Boat Test: Betty

Thursday, October 13, 2016

It’s taken 23 years for this particular dream to become reality and the result is a stunning and most unusual boat

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Boat Test: Silver Melody

Friday, September 16, 2016

Only once has a boat taken the Crick Show title three times in a row, but when you look at what’s gone into Silver Melody, you start to see why it has been three times a winner

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Which Boat: narrowboat or cruiser?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Now we like all boats here at Canal Boat, but reader John Williams is perhaps posing a controversial question about getting more out of your boating

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The Boat Test: Budget Beater

Friday, August 12, 2016

If you think you have to break the bank to get exactly what you want, then think again – all it takes is a bit of thought, time and some legwork.

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Boat Test: Back to Front

Friday, July 15, 2016

Where would you put the galley? Either at the back or in the middle of the boat, probably – but this one has more than a few surprises inside.

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