So, you’ve enjoyed a few hire boat holidays and taken an RYA Helmsman Course; and you now feel ready to take the next step towards owning your own boat. Here are our top three suggestions for getting afloat in 2015.
Fox Narrowboats have spent over 40 years refining their distinctive, yet traditional narrowboat style that is now recognisable by enthusiasts on the waterways who are looking out for a “Foxy” bow. Our company founder, Charlie Fox is considered to be a bit of a waterways pioneer; he was active in the revival of the Fens for boating and worked on quite a few waterways renovations.
Occasionally we have second hand canal boats for sale at our marina. Check out boats for sale page on the website
3) Research It
You’ll need to consider how you’re going to finance the boat purchase and decide on a budget. Make sure you factor in a budget for repairs and improvements as you get to know your boat during the first year of ownership. Make sure you also budget for ongoing licence fees, marina fees and insurance costs.
You can easily research the kind of boat you can afford on a website like Boatshed Grand Union. Covering London and the South East they visit and photograph every boat for sale. Looking at the pictures and specifications on the website you will get a feel for whether you’d prefer a trad or cruiser, widebeam or narrowboat. If you want to bring a boat to the Fens, Boatshed can advise on boat transport, or alternatively you may enjoy a leisurely cruise to the waterway of your choice!
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