I must admit, sailing the ocean waves in a Grand Banks has always really appealed to me. The thought of going anywhere I like, when I like, has a certain romanticism. No one can deny that. The thought of navigating the oceans and seas of the world would be a challenge and an adventure. Unfortunately though, not one that Nicola wanted to subject Alfie or her to!!
A Grand Banks – “A life on the Ocean Wave, tra la”
So my ropes were shortened and my charts were downsized a little. Inland waterways it would be, but perhaps with a little coastal cruising (Alfie the terrier seems fine with that, but, Dear Reader, perhaps don’t mention it to Nicola yet if you happen to moor next to us!)
Research started in earnest in 2014 trying to find if such a craft existed. We had had a couple of holidays on the Broads, but wanted something a bit bigger than the Broads Cruiser style.
A narrow boat would allow us access to the whole of the UK waterways and with a spirit of adventure and a following wind would get us across the Channel.
Narrow boat – a little on the compact size
However, a dutch barge style of craft seemed absolutely perfect.
But which one? Old or new? Size? shape? Style?