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Boat tests

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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Boat Test: Spica, a real star

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spica is one of the brightest stars in the night sky – an apt name for a superbly equipped and beautifully built modern version of a Northwich ‘Star Class’ boat

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The Boat Test: Research Project

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Some people tend to rush into having their boat built (and who can blame them) but the smart thing is to spend time on research and preparation – and to give some thought to your future boating

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The Boat Test: Sheffield Steel

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

We’ve reviewed plenty ofTyler-Wilson boats over the years – but never one quite like this. The firm is one of the biggest and best known shell builders, supplying steelwork to many of the top boat-fitters, but they also fit-out a few boats each year, and this is the first time we’ve looked at one where they’re responsible for the inside as well. In fact, this boat shows off everything they can do. They designed the shape of the shell, based on old working barges, built the steelwork, came up with the internal layout, fitted it out and painted the outside. What’s more, this boat easily meets the taxman’s requirements to be zero rated for VAT if it’s bought as a liveaboard. That means it’s firmly in the residential market as well as appealing to leisure boaters.

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