Category: Questions & Answers

Feb 06
How much does a narrowboat survey cost?

A narrowboat survey is a professional inspection of a narrowboat, typically carried out before purchasing one. It helps to identify any potential problems with the boat, such as structural damage, engine issues, or electrical problems. This information can be used to negotiate the purchase price or to decide whether to proceed with the purchase at […]

Jan 17
How do you keep warm on a narrowboat?

Staying warm on a narrowboat in winter can be a charming challenge, but with the right tips, you can enjoy a cozy and comfortable night afloat. Here are some ideas to keep the chill at bay: Heating systems: Multi-fuel stove: This classic choice provides warmth and ambiance with coal, wood, or smokeless fuels. Learn proper […]

Dec 04
Do you need a TV Licence on a narrowboat?

Whether or not you need a TV licence on a narrowboat depends on how you use it. If you live on the narrowboat and use any device to watch or record live TV or catch up TV on BBC iPlayer, you need a TV licence. This includes devices such as: Televisions Laptops Tablets Mobile phones […]

Nov 06
Where can you buy ex-hire narrowboats?

Ex-hire and holiday narrowboats can be a great option when buying a canal boat. They are usually extremely well maintained as well as regularly serviced and looked after. So, where can you find and buy these narrowboats? The top tier brokerages don’t always like shout about the holiday boats they are selling on. Narrowboat hire […]

Aug 23
Do you need a licence to drive a narrowboat?

No, you do not need a licence to drive a narrowboat on the canals in England and Wales. However, you do need to have a boat licence, which is issued by the Canal & River Trust. The boat licence is required for all boats, regardless of whether they have a motor or not. It costs […]

Jul 27
How much does a brand new narrowboat cost?

The cost of a new narrowboat can vary depending on the size, features, and build quality. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from £50,000 to £150,000 for a new narrowboat. Here is a breakdown of the average costs of new narrowboats: £50,000 – £70,000: Basic narrowboats with a small amount of space and basic […]

Jul 01
Where can you buy repossessed narrowboats?

As with a house or a car, a narrowboat can unfortunately also be repossessed.  They can be repossessed for a number of reasons, but more often than not it is bankruptcy of a business or person.  With most repossessions the financial organisation taking ownership have no interest in the narrowboat at all and simply want […]

Jun 11
How much does a narrowboat mooring cost?

The cost of a narrowboat mooring can vary depending on a number of factors, including the location, the size of the boat, and the type of mooring. Location: Moorings in popular areas, such as the Cotswolds or the Peak District are likely to be more expensive than moorings in less popular areas.  Inner city moorings […]

May 31
How much does narrowboat insurance cost?

The cost of narrowboat insurance varies depending on a number of factors, including: The value of your narrowboat – more expensive boats will cost more to insure. Your age and driving experience – older boaters with more experience are likely to get cheaper quotes. The length of your policy – short term insurance periods are […]

May 21
Do you need a licence for a narrowboat?

Yes, you need a licence to live on a narrowboat in the UK. The Canal & River Trust (CRT) is the body responsible for licensing boats on the UK’s inland waterways. The type of licence you need will depend on how you use your boat. If you use your boat for your own private use, […]