I’ve bought another boat!! Not a traditional steel narrowboat this time but something very cheap and cheerful, just to bob about in at weekends and on short trips.
I was delighted to be invited to spend a day aboard a wonderfully quirky canal and river cruiser boat by Samantha Rigley whose adventures I follow on Instagram. Join us, in this video!
An alternative to the tradition steel narrowboat, fibreglass (GRP) cruisers are long-established on British canals and rivers. Often cheaper to buy, both new and used, but with drawbacks such as a more fragile construction and less suitability for living aboard, especially in winter, they are a popular choice particularly on rivers. In this video, I speak to a chap who bought a Viking 26 and absolutely loves it.
After three-plus years on my boat, did I choose the right one for me and if not, why not? These are the thoughts I’ve been having on that subject, prompted by an email from a viewer (thanks Chris Begbie!)
I take a walk around the marina and point out some different types of narrowboat styles and features for the benefit of viewers either in other countries which don’t have narrowboats, or those in this country who might be looking to buy.
Not content with my “patch it and hope” painting of the rusty spots along the gunwales of my canal boat as seen in the last episode, I decided to try to do it properly. This did not entirely come to fruition, as I explain in this video.