This was Tony Farrow’s boat, which was for sale with Boatshed Grand Union. It’s a 50ft cruiser stern narrowboat with wheelhouse and has an unusual and very attractive fit-out in cherry, chestnut and sycamore. Tony is a professional carpenter and refurbished the interior himself. He’s pictured here after painting the boat and blacking the hull. The boat is open plan with a separate bedroom cabin at the front.

Our broker Phil described it as, “An unusual looking Springer, with a great new fit out. Recent engine replacement 2008. Replated 2004. She would make a fantastic live-aboard, with plenty of space for very comfortable living. Choice of efficient diesel heating or multifuel stove, with gas water heating makes her very warm and cosy."

I asked Tony, how did he get into narrowboating?

Tony says he has been “hanging around the canals” for 16 or 17 years.

“I first got interested in it through my good friend Nigel as he moved onto a boat. Narwhal was my first beloved boat. What did I enjoy? I think the freedom of pulling pins and moving your entire home as you will was the biggest buzz for me.

My brother and also a good friend Matt advised me to search out the services of Boatshed. They had both heard very good things about it already.

I think Narwhal was for sale for two and a half years in total but only for sale with Boatshed for the last 5 months of that. I found the Boatshed service excellent and the staff extremely polite and efficient."

Do you have any advice for someone thinking of selling their boat?

"I would advise they try Boatshed straight away as I wish I had done."

Despite loving the live-aboard life Tony has since moved to France, hence the decision to sell his boat.

“I would maybe think of a small cruiser here in France but otherwise the licences you need to obtain put me off a bit.”

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