A popular choice for potential new boat owners is to commission the build of what we call a Sailaway. This typically means that the boat is largely un-finished with the purpose of the new owner either fitting it out themselves, or moving it to a third party of their choice to have fitted out.

A sailaway can be finished to any degree of completion. For example, you can have the cabin completely insulated and lined with wood complete with electrical wiring ready for appliance installation, or you can go further and ask us to design and install the kitchen as well. Or we could simply leave the inside a blank canvas. As a minimum, your boat will be safe and sound to ‘sail away’.

Below are the specs for a typical 50ft cruiser stern sailaway narrow boat

  • Length: 15.24m

  • Base Plate Framing: 100 x 75 x 8mm. (nominal 635mm centres)

  • Hull Sides: 6mm

  • Cabin Sides: 5mm

  • Roof: 4mm (with 75mm curvature)

  • Knees & Stringers: 60 x 60 x 8mm (Nominal 635mm centers)

  • Cabin Roof Bearers: 25 x 25 x 2.5mm box section (Nominal 300mm centers)

  • Rubbing Strakes: 50 x 13mm. Convex-four at bow, three at stern including two full length.

Integral, Main tank: Nominal capacity 225 litres pressure tested with vent and flame guard fitted.

Integral, below self draining well deck. Minimum capacity 850 litres.

Forward locker of a size to contain three 13kg cylinders (not supplied) with retainers.

The weed hatch is a quick release type.

50mm dia. stock with tapered top, single bolt fitting. Balanced blade. 38mm dia. Swans neck.

These are fabricated in steel.

Bow tee stud, two stern dollies. Welded steel cants to bow. Traditional style handrail. Window apertures cut and stern gear supplied to customers specification.

The hull will be given two coats of Bitumen based paint up to the top rubbing strake. All other surfaces will be primed.

Beta 43 and PRM 120 Gearbox (alternative power units can be supplied if requested). The installation package will include:- keel cooling, coupling, flexible mounts, 80 amp alternator supplying a starter battery, control panel with hour meter, key switch and engine default warning lights.

A stern tube lubricator and bilge pump would also be fitted. As would a single lever engine control.

We can build to any stage or design of sailaway and can offer a wide variety of options to our customers. We would be pleased to discuss your requirements with you and turn your dreams into a practical narrowboat that will give many years of service.

Example Sailaway Layout

All boats are supplied with documentation in accordance with the European Pleasure Craft Directive and UK Boat Safety Scheme requirements.

The layout below shows a sailaway complete with galley / kitchen units and bathroom ‘room’ fitted.