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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Honeysuckle is a collaboration between the owner, Brayzel Boats who built it, and Daisy Boats who’ll be hiring it out for UK canal holidays

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Boats
Friday, January 29, 2021

Relative newcomers to the scene - Oakums Narrowboats - are making waves with precision-machining, daring colours & an eye for detail...

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Boats

Having led the construction and UK delivery of four hybrid tankers from the Far East, former Royal Fleet Auxiliary crewman shows how experience can be invaluable

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Boat tests

The pursuit of perfection is the driving force behind Norton Canes Boatbuilders so the latest creation was bound to tick all the boxes for its new owners

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Feature

With the current clamour for alternative power and eco-friendly approach to boatbuilding, Shine stands out as a perfect example of creative thinking

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Boats
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

After saving for 15 years and visiting eight boatyards, Sue and Alan Shrimpton were always going to create a winner... and the crowds at Crick agreed

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Feature

When Australian couple Karen and Jonathan Warren took a hire boat holiday on the Mon and Brec, little did they know that the UK would become their new home

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Feature
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Propelled an electric motor powered by a huge array of solar panels, this style-packed 70-footer shows how technology is marching on

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Boat tests

Is it electric, ask towpath walkers as a soundproofed Beta provides a beautifully peaceful power plant on this 60ft semi-trad

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Feature

Boating Leisure Services are back in the winners’ enclosure with an elegant craft full of future-proofed features

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Feature

Seasoned boaters Audrey and Mick Rogers know what they like so the only destination to head for was one of the country’s top builders

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Feature
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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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Boat tests
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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Thursday, March 8, 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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Boat tests
Wednesday, February 7, 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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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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

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Boat tests
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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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Friday, February 10, 2017

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

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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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Friday, January 13, 2017

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

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Boat tests
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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Monday, December 5, 2016

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 tests
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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Choice
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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Choice
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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Choice
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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Choice
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 tests
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 tests
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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Boat tests
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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Feature
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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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mirabilis means amazing, wondrous or remarkable, which pretty much sums up Abbi and Graham Roper’s new life on board their boat.

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Boat tests

With hydraulic drive and well thought-through design and style, it’s little wonder this boat was runner up at Crick

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Boat tests
Thursday, September 10, 2015

If you’re planning to buy a new boat there’s a lot to think about so, to help you decide what you might like, we’ve checked them out from big to small, wide to narrow – and there are some terrific new ideas

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Feature

Keenly priced ‘standard’ boats don’t have to be basic, and as Alyssa Rose shows you you can pack a whole lot more into a family 57-footer with a bit of compromise and some well thought out ideas and design.

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Buying

When choosing who is going to build your new narrowboat it goes almost without saying that doing plenty of research is essential. The usual advice is to look at lots of boats and visit several builders before making up your mind.

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Promotional feature
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Winning the title of Favourite Boat at the Crick Show is an achievement; winning it twice in three years is something of a fairytale.

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Boat tests
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

As anyone who has had a boat built for them knows, there are hundreds of choices to be made in the process.

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Boat tests
Monday, May 28, 2012

Otherton DB Narrowboat

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Boat tests
Friday, May 18, 2012

Otherton DB Narrowboat

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Boat tests
Friday, May 18, 2012

Stoke-on-Trent Boat Building 66ft

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Boat tests
Friday, May 18, 2012

Darren Aldridge 67ft

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Boat tests
Friday, May 18, 2012

Curtis Hudson 60ft

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Paul Simpson 58ft

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Boat tests
Friday, May 18, 2012

Aqualine Manhatten 60ft

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Simpsons Boats 50ft

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Boat tests
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

GSA Atlanta 24

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