We're having a brand new narrowboat built!

The existing Hargreaves Narrowboat was acquired by The Trust over 26 years ago and even before then it was being used for similar purposes by The Bernard Sunley Trust going back to 1976!  You can find out more about the history of The Hargreaves Narrowboat in our History Archives pages.

The Hargreaves Narrowboat is in constant daily use from April to October and demand for trips from our local community outweighs trip availability.  Considering her age, condition and the need to maintain her available for daily use, a brand new, custom built narrowboat has been commissioned.

New narrowboats are obviously costly and funding of the build has been made possible by grants received from various national organisations along with an award from The National Lottery Community Fund.

The build on the new narrowboat commenced late in 2020 with an anticipated completion date of the first quarter of 2021.  The steelwork is nearing completion at Alexander Boats and will be transported during January 2021 to Ortomarine for painting and fitting out.  Scroll down for some pictures of the build kindly supplied by our builders.

Our new 64ft narrowboat is going to be pretty unique and right up to date with eco-friendly technology which removes the need for any carbon emitting fuels (no diesel or gas onboard).  Because our boat is in daily use we wanted to contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gases and so we have gone all electric.  You can read more on the specification of our new boat further down this page.  Furthermore, the onboard state of the art electronics systems will provide the ability to monitor all aspects of the narrowboat, from the basics of boat speed and fresh water levels to information on most effective propeller RPM to maximise available power.

We have thought carefully about our passengers comfort too with the design. Many passengers are elderly and infirm and access to a narrowboat is never easy.  The clever design incorporates a hydraulic passenger lift inside the rear cabin, disabled access WC, extra large windows to allow viewing whilst seated, fully fitted galley, level floor from cabin to covered bow (front) outdoor viewing area and many more features.

We are currently planning for the brand new Hargreaves Narrowboat to be fully operational by April 2021 when we can once again hopefully begin to provide day trips for the local community on the Coventry, Ashby and Oxford Canals.


Build Gallery

We will add pictures of the build of our brand new boat as we get them. Keep coming back for regular updates!

Hull Build - Alexander Boats

Transfer for fit out

Fit Out Begins- Ortomarine

Battery install

The build continues...

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Below are a few detailed specifications of the new Hargreaves Narrowboat.

Length: 19.50m (64’) 
Beam: 2.10m (6’10”) 
Steel Spec: 10/6/5/5mm 275 JR A Grade
Water Draft: Approx. 610mm (24”)
Air Draft: Approx 1,600mm (5’3”)
Cabin Head Height: Approx 6’2” at Centre

Built to conform to the Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53/EU design category D, which is considered to be designed for use on inland waterways with a wind force up to and including 4, and significant wave heights up to and including 0.3m with occasional waves of 0.5m maximum height.

48V Lynch Motors “Swordfish 16” Double Marine Drive System
Motor: 2 x Lem 200‐D135 (8kW, 180A Full Load Current each)
Battery Bank: 24 x Ritar DC2‐1000C 2v Lead Carbon Batteries providing a bank capacity of 1000Ah at 48v providing range of 10 hours
Transmission: 3 blade right‐hand bronze propeller with stainless steel prop shaft
Bow Thruster: Vetus Brushless

Battery Charging:
12 x 160W Aluminium backed semi‐flexible solar panels (for 48V battery charging) wired in series and parallel to give a maximum working voltage of 80.8V total Watts of 1920W, 23.7A

Heating and Lighting:
230V clay core electric storage radiators with thermostatic control
Low voltage LED downlighters throughout

Powerlift Electro‐hydraulic scissor lift at rear of cabin, 350kg rated load with platform size 1600x800mm, lift time 32 seconds
Rear stairs as alternative to lift access when lift not required