Welcome. About our Narrowboat Chrissie.

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


Chrissie is a 60 foot traditional (‘Trad”) style narrowboat, built 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.

Singing Prop

We had an annoying propeller noise, it’s called a “singing prop”. This can happen to any prop, some do some don’t, ours did so she went back to the yard for the edge of the prop to be dressed further which cured it instantly.
And one or two other jobs that didn’t get finished in time.

Out on our own

The rest of the 2016 season is covered in “Chrissie 2016”

Chrissie specifications

Basic spec is;

60 foot trad design, 15mm base plate (normally 10mm) 6mm hull sides 4mm cabin.

4 Recessed panels,

Beta 43bhp keel cooled diesel engine, based on Kabuto engines.
PRM gearbox, self lubricated (water) stern tube.

24 V electrics, 12 V for lighting etc.
5Kw Victron 240V inverter, 480Ah leisure AGM batteries. 150A Bosch Alternator.

Vetus Bow Thruster, I know, purists will be tutting, but you don’t buy a modern car without power steering do you?

Spray foam insulation with 30mm under floor insulation.

Layout from Stern, steerer’s cabin, steps down to bedroom, pull-out 5’ bed on gas struts for easy access to storage under, enough room for 2 folding bikes and other bits and bobs.
Full height airing cupboard with large HW cylinder and immersion, off corridor bathroom, with corner basin, 4 foot bath and shower over, pump-out loo to holding tank.

Galley kitchen with 230v domestic fridge under Belling oven and grill cooker, inset gas hob, under-mount 1.5 bowl SS sink, Corian type work surfaces.

Raised Pulman 4 seater Dinette 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.

Saloon with Click-clack sofa bed, with oodles of storage under, wall mounted TV with plinth radiator under, multi fuel Morso stove, Clarion stereo radio with 4 speakers and remote free-view box cabinet, wall lights as well as ceiling lights..

The whole interior is Jill’s fabulous design, painted with Farrow and ball with 3 colour shades, carpet in saloon and bedroom, cushion floor in Galley.

Twin hardwood doors out to bow well deck and cratch where there’s plenty of seating incorperating 3 storage lockers, one also giving access to the bow thruster and it’s 24v battery bank.
Over the cratch is a waterproof cover with clear side sections and an Oak glazed cratch board giving good views forwards. 
Bow deck has storage for 2 15Kg gas bottles.

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