NARROWBOAT (NB) CHRISSIE.
Chrissie is a 60 foot trad style narrowboat, built by Stoke Boats in 2015-16.
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 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.
We had an annoying propeller noise, it’s called a “singing prop” which 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”