Saturday, January 14, 2006

Introduction to Herbie

Neil and Kath have placed a deposit on Herbie, a 50ft semi trad narrowboat! Herbie is just over 4 years old and in terrific condition thanks to his/her? previous owners who have not only kept the boat neat and tidy, but have skillfully built in lots of extra features such as masses of built in storage, and secondary double glazing (only plastic, but effective). The engine a BMC1.8 diesel is spotless and very smooth running, having been regularly maintained.

We particularly wanted a boat that could accommodate friends as well as ourselves, and Herbie can comfortably sleep four adults, and there is room for us all on the rear deck when we're cruising. Herbie has too many features to list them all here, but lets just say she has plenty of mod cons and leave you to look at some of the photos.

These photos show the boat as it has been lived on by the previous owners, so when we move on don't expect it to look so "chintzy".

At present Herbie is on the river Lee in Hertfordshire which is where we'll take over. We'll probably hang around there for a few weeks as it's a nice area, then we'll move to our proposed permanent base at Iver on the Slough arm of the Grand Union Canal. Our first significant trip will of course be to bring the boat "home" which involves going down the Lee to London, across the Regents Canal and the Paddington arm of the Grand Union, and a short hop up to Iver. About 20 hours cruising we're told.

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