Ok, so we don’t actually have a ‘club’ for this, but we do arrange discreet meetings between lonely vessels and suitable skippers. As Valentine’s Day approaches this weekend, we’d love to see these three rare and unusual boats matched up with their perfect partners.

Narrowboat 70ft Butty Boat

This ex-hotel boat (pictured) has just come out of a long term relationship (with a trad motor boat), and still has much of the traditional charm that has enchanted so many of her hotel boat guests over the years.

She has a traditional boatmans cabin, a double berth, heads compartment, a large catering galley and a generously sized saloon.

This butty could add extra space to an existing boat or be used as a standalone liveaboard.

Narrowboat 30ft Trad Stern Tug project

This lovely little tug has a rare Lister engine complete with full hydraulic drive, giving extra room in the cabin. She needs a fit-out to complete, but with a little inventiveness this could become an ideal weekend boat for the family. The tug front could be converted to a second cabin.

This boat needs a full fit-out, so she is a blank canvas for the right owner, and could be made into a delightful weekend retreat.

Barge Wide Beam Rare Leeds & Liverpool Short Boat "The Arthur"

"The Arthur" is a well classified historic boat.

The first river class short boat to be built, she was bought by the Blackburn company and was renamed after the owners son.

She was then sold and sailed to France by John Liley, editor of the then Motor Boat and Yachting magazine, who wrote the book France The Quiet Way.

She was owned by Richard Branson in the 70's and was moored in Camden.

If you are looking for an interesting end of project which would be well worth the input, this may be the lady for you.

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