We're having a bit of a think about a family
adventure to explore the canal
systems in the UK and Europe
. I've had a bit of a look around, but can't seem to find much info here on CF , but surely someone's done this sort of trip.
From what I can make out the English
canals are mostly shallower and narrower than those on the other side of the channel. Is this correct?
So we're trying to find what sort of boat
would have the dimensions and short run sea going qualities to handle both areas.
Sail is preferred, but I guess having a mast
lying all over the boat
all trip would be boring. ( some yachts I've seen have tabernacle system. Hmm). So a motor
style for fuel
economy, may be more suitable.
I'm thinking we'd need something at least 30 ft or more to avoid living on top of each other, but of course the budget
is limited. Maybe £15-20,000?
A little about us. My wife is from over that way, and has very fond memories of canal
trips in her youth. We have 2 kids
, 9 and 5 years old. We sail a bit on the east coast
, coastal hops and such. I'm a professional skipper
with a fair bit of experience in all sorts of boats. Anyone with some tips?
Many thanks in advance.