Narrowboats and Widebeams, custom built to your specification. Quality from start to finish.
New to canal boating?
Don’t worry if you’ve never been on a canal boat before, you don’t need a licence, the basic skills are easy to pick up and there is no test to pass. On handover day, we not only explain all the technical details about your new boat but also take you for a cruise/training on your own boat, so you get to fully understand the operation before you take her away. For the novice, we’d also recommend doing a RYA training course ( www.trboathandling.com ), or maybe just a refresher if you are experienced.
Can you help with finance?
Many owners choose to buy their boat using extended finance or marine mortgages. We work closely with a number of leading providers of marine finance and would be happy to help guide and assist you towards finalising your purchase ( www.royscotlarch.co.uk ).
How do I get a waterways licence?
Before you launch your boat, you need to buy a waterways licence (or registration). This allows you to cruise around and to keep your boat on the waterways. This is a simple process and we will be happy to assist with your application to the appropriate waterways authority.
Do I need to insure my new boat?
It is compulsory to have boat insurance and you require it before you can apply for your waterways licence. We work closely with a number of leading providers of marine insurance and would be happy to help guide and assist you. Alternatively you can find specialist marine insurers using the directory at www.waterscape.com , adverts in the waterway press.
Can you offer me a mooring?
Yes, we can offer you a non-residential mooring at Evesham Marina. The marina is situated on the River Avon on the upper side of Evesham lock and offers full facilities. If you are looking for residential moorings, although we do not offer those at Evesham Marina, there are hundreds of mooring sites across Britain – from fully serviced marinas to simple spots on the towpath and we are happy to assist you in finding a mooring in your preferred area.
What warranty do I get with my new boat?
There is a full one-year warranty on the boat and all its mechanical parts, as well as warranties covering all the domestic and other equipment on board, but bear in mind that engine servicing must be completed within the schedule set down by the engine manufacturer. Looking after your Heritage Boat should therefore be no more complicated than looking after your car.
Does size matter?
If you are looking to cruise the whole connected system on a narrowboat, then yes. To be strictly correct the maximum length is 40ft, if you wish to cruise the last few hundred yards of the Little Ouse River to the town of Brandon in Norfolk. Excluding that small glitch those in the know, generally believe that 59ft is possible for whole system. The same cannot be said for a wide beam boat. Whilst you do gain that extra living space it does restrict your ability to go where you want. It basically means you have to plan your route and maybe take the long route round. So if you’re happy with these restrictions then you are looking at approximately 60% of the system.
Will you look after me once I get my boat?
Yes, we believe the aftersales service is just as important as the sale itself. So before you get the keys to your new boat, we put it through our thorough pre-delivery inspection process. However, should you experience any problems with your boat we have experienced mobile engineers who provide support across the country, as well as expert help just a phone call away.
What are the average costs of owning a boat?
Whether your boat is for long weekends to get away from the rat race or for living aboard, it can be a wonderful way of life, free to move and change the view from the window whenever you want. So how much does it really cost? Apart from maintenance costs, which depend on usage, there are three main costs to consider when you buy a boat for use in the UK. Based on our standard 58ft narrowboat expect to pay approximately £3000p.a for moorings, boat licence approximately £700 and full comprehensive insurance cover approximately £400. Peace, satisfaction and a smile…priceless!
Will my boat hold its value?
Residual values for quality canal boats are generally high, but Heritage Boats have a particularly good reputation for holding their value more strongly and reliably than others. There is always a healthy demand and a strong market for a well looked after, ‘used’ Heritage Boat, which is where your good judgement and wise choice will repay you.
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