Welcome. About our Narrowboat Chrissie.

Or, browse our cruises year by year on the links below.


Chrissie, as of 31st June 2022, is sold. If you would like to view the sales details they’re here.
Chrissie is a bespoke 60 foot traditional (‘Trad”) style narrowboat, built and fully fitted out by Stoke Boats in 2015-16.
Trad means that the cabin extends fully to the stern, similar to the original working boat style.
Semi-trads have an open topped rear cabin, normally with seating.
Cruiser stern boats have a totally open stern deck where many occupants can stand.
We commissioned this bespoke boat after spending many months looking for the “right” secondhand boat, but the right boat couldn’t be found.
Late in 2015 when Mike at Stoke Boats said he had an over-winter build spot we took the plunge and booked it.
Stoke Boats
Stoke Boats have been building boats for decades and Chrissie was to be No.297 so they should know what they’re doing by now. They build the shell from scratch and do all the fit-out work.
Our last boat was also a Stoke Boat, secondhand to us in 2014, built in 1997 called Eliza Jane.
But she was only 42 feet long and as we needed a long term cruising boat with washing machine, raised dinette etc which can only be fitted into a longer boat.
EJ had served us well for two years.
After the launch.
Chrissie was ready for the 2016 Crick Boat Show near Northampton and we agreed to take to the show as their show boat. 
For the three days of the late May Bank Holiday we showed over 300 people over the boat.
It must have gone down well because Stoke Boats took an order at the show and several more followed shortly afterwards.
Special thanks to Russell and to welders Bob and Mat.
Out on our own.
The rest of the 2016 season is covered in “Chrissie 2016”
Full spec below.

Chrissie specifications and description

Chrissie is a high spec bespoke 60 foot traditional (Trad) style narrowboat, built and fully fitted out by the highly respected boat builders at Stoke Boats in 2016. She is build number 297. Boat Safety Certificate to 28/06/2024.
60 foot trad design, 15mm base plate (normally 10mm) 6mm hull sides 4mm cabin. 4 Recessed panels.
Midnight Blue cabin and roof, with anti-slip. Satin Black Top Plank below Gunnels, Alfa Red hand rails and stern band with cream top band. Hull protection is Epoxy Two Pack, and 4 anodes.
Beta Marine 43hp keel cooled 4 cylinder diesel engine, based on Kabuto engines. Full sound insulation and hospital silencer.
PRM 150D2 gearbox, self lubricated (water) stern tube. 18×12 proppeler.
24v electrics, 12v for lighting etc.
5Kw Victron 230 volt inverter, 480Ah leisure AGM batteries. 150A Bosch Alternator with Mastervolt Alpha Pro II manager.
24v Vetus 75Kg poweful Bow Thruster.
Spray foam insulation throughout with a full 30mm under floor insulation.
Stainless Steel water (?) and waste (300lt) tanks.
Webasto diesel Eco 50 CH/HW boiler
Morso multifuel stove.
Wifi router.

With our canal history leading back to the early 60s, hiring holiday narrowboats and owning 2 previous boats, we knew what we wanted as a perfect long term cruising/liveaboard boat. 

Chrissie is a light and airy spacious boat throughout.
Stern deck, lockable diesel filler, 178lt tank. 2 seats with varnished hardwood tops, excellent access to weed hatch, 2 steel doors and “easy-slide” hatch lead into the fully instrumented steerer’s cabin with cubby holes, tools cupboard, inverter cupboard, 230V socket with USB ports, 12v cigar lighter type socket, steps down are removable for full access to engine compartment.
Door to
2 large opening port holes, under gunnel LED lights, double wardrobe, (hanging and shelves), plus single wardrobe with shelves, both with full LED lighting, pull-out 5 ft+ bed (lengthways) on gas struts for easy access to the ample storage space below for 2 folding bikes and life jackets etc. Wide over-bed cupboard with 2 reading lamps under. Double 230v socket with USB ports. Full height airing cupboard, large 33×16″ insulated HW cylinder/calorifier with immersion heater again with LED lighting, and room for upright vacuum cleaner etc.
Door to
Off corridor bathroom
Giving complete privacy from the rest of the boat, and allowing full through access whilst in use (unlike a walkthrough bathhroom). Inset porcelain corner basin and swan neck mixer taps, and cupboard under. 4 foot bath and shower over, with Bristan mixer and 4 fold shower screen. Pump-out loo to holding tank. Wall cupboard and extractor fan.
Bath wall has a unique colour map of the canal system printed on “warm-wall” foam board.
Door to
Galley kitchen
Midway on the starboard side into the galley is an impressive 2 door Houdini hatch with an additional perspex screen. Along with an integral 2 step wooden ladder below. 
230v domestic fridge under a full size Belling oven with eye level grill over. Top store cupboard houses a Wifi 4/5G router with external aerial.
Corian type work surfaces, under-mount bowl-and-a-half Zirco stainless steel sinks, swan neck mixer taps. Inset 4 burner gas hob.
Plenty of cupboards, drawers, plinth drawers and a plate rack all with brushed brass shell handles and knobs. Deep corner cupboard with swing out rack.
Double unit doors housing a full size 230v automatic washing machine.
Opening pidgeon loft with 4 small port holes. The galley has 2 Double sockets one with USB ports. Under unit led lights.
Open plan Galley, dining and saloon
Raised Pullman 4 seater Dinette allowing full views both sides, with my own design of “swing-back” seat on saloon side, which enables there to be 2 extra seats in the saloon area when guests are aboard. Making seating in the saloon for at least 5 adults. Large deep draw, plinth drawer, and further storage under seats. Pullman table also makes up a double bed. Double 230V socket and USB ports.
With a 3 seater click-clack sofa bed, offering generous storage under.  Wall mounted JVC 24″ TV/DVD player on swivel bracket. 200x1200mm Plinth radiator. Multi fuel Morso stove. Clarion CZ505E  DAB/FM/bluetooth stereo radio/CD/USB with 4 speakers throughout the boat and a remote free-view box cabinet. LED wall lights and ceiling lights; double 230v socket with USB ports and a 12v cigar lighter type socket. Wide drawer under pullman for storage also acts as a foot rest when “swing-back” seat is in use.
The interior decor is Jill’s fabulous design, vertical T&G boards under Gunnel, plywood to walls, T&G to ceiling, painted with light Farrow & Ball colour shades. Fitted carpet in saloon, hall and bedroom. Cushionflooring in the galley and bathroom.
Twin hardwood doors out to bow well deck and cratch. Double aerial socket. Plenty of seating incorporating 3 storage lockers, one also giving deep access to the bow thruster and it’s 24v battery bank. 
Over the cratch is a waterproof zipped cover with clear side sections and an Oak glazed cratch board giving good views forwards. 
The bow deck has storage for 2 x 15Kg gas bottles. Bubble gas tester fitted.

Cabin windows (8 off) by Wesley Windows are all “hopper style” which give good ventilation. Bathroom and galley windows have dropdown louvre blinds, the rest have curtains on brass rods.
Aluminium rescue ladder doubles as a gang plank.
Barge pole and boat hook. Extra fenders and bank spacer wheels etc.
TV reception is via a compact Omnimax aerial mounted on a telescopic pole requiring no signal alignment.

Chrissie is ready to go, we are currently cruising in the Midlands area and she could be delivered for you.
Meticulously maintained.

Our cruising seasons so far can be viewed by the links below.