Boaters in Britain have the choice of cruising some 3000 miles of open waterways but as with most things boating, it’s not quite a simple as that.
The waterways range from rivers to man-made canals which were originally commercial transportation routes run by competitive entrepreneurs. As a consequence, depth of water, lock sizes and even bridge openings are not all the same size. Your choice of canal boat must take into account where you want to go.
Maybe a permanently moored live-aboard houseboat is a downsizing option you are considering, giving good access to your current employment and family. Perhaps you have the flexibility to travel whilst living aboard or maybe you simply want a get-away-from-it-all weekend retreat which gives you the flexibility to holiday with family & friends. Singles, couples and families all have specific needs and requirements.
With careful consideration and planning, almost anything is possible.
There are four main groups of canal-boat you will encounter on the waterways. Within these main groups are a myriad of shapes, sizes and interior layouts. We’ll try and give you an overview to help in the decision making.