In the early transitional days of the waterways network moving from commercial to leisure use, builders and designers responded to the need for more social deck space by developing the cruiser stern.
A common sight around the network & especially popular with hire fleet operators for their holiday
customers, the cruiser stern canal boat provides a pleasant deck area for seating for all the family.
The engine is accessed through deck boards and makes routine checks & maintenance a far more pleasant experience than on those traditional stern boats that have the engine partially concealed under the counter deck. Extenal space is gained at the expense of internal cabin area so this is a trade worth considering when you are choosing what will be best for you. Often the stern is enclosed by a safety rail which can be surrounded by a canvas skirt or covered with a hood or dodger for added security & comfort.