Originally Posted by DaisyMcDuff
I'm pretty new to boats, so apologies if any of these questions are stupid. Any advice much appreciated.
We're looking for a liveaboard boat, we live in Edinburgh in Scotland
. The local liveaboard moorings are all on the canal and the interesting looking places to explore are all on the coast. We're therefore ideally looking for a boat that can handle both.
Is this an unrealistic demand from one boat?
The canal has a max beam of 12', draft
3'6" and airdraft 8'9". Main options that fit that seem to be broads cruisers (I assume not very seaworthy), some GRP cruisers, e.g Princess 32, or dutch steel
cruisers (pedro, de groot, gelder).
Is there some kind of list of things to look for which allows you to judge if a boat is intended to be sea going? We're talking island hopping in nice weather
, with training/more experienced people on board rather than anything more ambitious.
Any help/advice would be great. Thanks : )
Howdy and Ahoy Daisy! Welcome aboard CF too!
My first thought is that you should definitely view the wonderful free video series on YouTube on the channel called "Keep Turning Left." In that series, the author, video host Dylan Winter, goes around the coast of England
and Scotland while on a multiple year long circumnavigation
of the UK. He does so in small boats as the Westerly Centaur (26 feet) and often he would motor
up canals and explore by dinghy
some of the shallows and canals. I thoroughly enjoy his videos.
Here is some information on the Westerly Centaur (26feet LOA)bilge keels, which has a 3 foot draft)
Here is a link to the playlist Dylan, the producer, made to get you started in the series, which is now in the 8th year of production. The concept
is simple: he uses a few small sailboats (26-28 feet long) to do a circumnavigation
around the UK. His narrative style and his nice videography make his videos very pleasant and he shows what can be enjoyed with a small budget
and an open mind. Be aware, there are 500+ videos in his series, and the link below is just what he created as a "Start" playlist for the series.
While his series is aboard sailboats, and you want a power boat
, I think you will likely learn and enjoy watching his series.
Second thought is I would want a boat with a tabernacle mast
, if it has one, that can be easily lowered for going under the bridges.
There are many boats designed for the UK waters that are never seen here in the USA, and vice versa. Sailors in the USA (a large portion of the members of this forum) will not be familiar with most of the boats seen in the UK. Perhaps some UK based members will help you with specifics. I have looked at hundreds of boats located in the UK, but only online, and most would not fit your requirements.
Third thought: you did say "liveaboard boat" so the Centaur and others may not be very comfortable for living aboard
by a couple. That depends on the people.
Fourth, I was focused on sail boats. I have seen many power boats in the Netherlands
which are optimized for shallow water
cruising and canals. I would move towards a power boat
for liveaboard in a canal.
Here is something that may help you:
There is a vast amount of information here and many helpful members who have extensive experience.
My Favorite CF Forum Tip: Use the Google Custom Search Function
I know that most people who are new to this forum might try the ordinary search function of the forum when they have a question in mind. Unfortunately that always yielded few results for me when I tried that when I first joined this forum. In contrast, a standard Google
search outside of the forum can produce a bewildering list of links too. It was only later that I learned to quickly and easily find great links to archived or previous threads on a topic.
I only use the Google Custom Search field on this forum when searching this forum, and I find all the answers I need here too using that.
I find it superior to an ordinary search using the standard "search" field and usually get the answers I want very quickly. So, it is my "number one tip" to newer forum members.
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Here is a link to a search I just did for term "canal boat" in CF.