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Narrow boat for sale with Shire Cruisers

Narrow boat for sale 'dayboat'

Dayboat - cruiser style narrow boat project

22’ 0" long by 6’8” wide by 18” draught (approx.)

This boat is believed to have been built by Springer Engineering, around 1973. The hull and superstructure are steel.

This is a project boat with potential to give great fun as a day boat. Its trailer means that the boat can be readily transported to all waterways, and its shallow draft would allow it to be used for exploring unfrequented sections (subject to any appropriate servicing or modification). The boat has been out of the water for many years. The hull has been substantially over-plated. Further inspection and some additional welding are recommended, before the boat is fitted out. The cabin could with advantage be extended into the aft cockpit. A survey is available for inspection. No warranty is given, and the buyer is strongly advised to obtain his/her own survey.

CRT number not known. No Boat Safety Certificate. Not licensed. Annual charge £624.84, or from £35.59 for a week.

On hard standing at

Littleborough - see below for viewing arrangements.


Flat bottomed (centre section) with a shallow chine leading to near-vertical hull sides. Original plate thickness around 1/8", with light framing. The boat was built at around 16' and the stern was later extended by 4', in approx. 2.2mm steel. A framework extends another approx. 2' at the stern, above water level. The hull below water has substantially been over-plated in approx. 3mm steel (excluding the newer stern section). Some of the over-plating is within the hull. There are 2 portholes, and 2 aluminium-framed windows, plus large cutouts for side windows which were not fitted. Rubber bow fender. 4 lifting eyes, which should be removed before the boat is taken through narrow locks.


Yanmar YSR12G single-cylinder water-cooled diesel with gearbox, 3:1 reduction, rated at 10 HP at 3000 RPM, 9 HP at 2600 RPM, 8 HP at 2200 RPM. Fitted with electric start and alternator. The engine has not run for some years, and its condition is unknown, but it appears to be complete. The installation is unconventional. Sterngear is fitted, with stern tube, short stainless steel shaft and three-bladed propeller (supplied loose). Separate gear and throttle controls, with wheel and cable steering, are at a steering position in the aft cockpit (rudder blade missing). Two tubes appear to be intended to convey water to the propeller, which is somewhat protected by the transom. The engine installation needs alteration to comply with the Boat Safety Scheme: in particular, a suitable fixed fuel tank must be fitted (including appropriate pipes and valves), the exhaust should be re-routed and lagged, a drip tray should be fitted, a battery should be correctly fitted, and standard safety equipment should be provided. We also recommend strengthening the engine bearers and fitting a suitable filter to the cooling water intake.

Fit-out materials

The interior has been stripped out.


None fitted.


Aft deck
(6’ 0”)Cruiser style with aluminium deck plates at various levels, incomplete.

Aluminium stable door leads down to:

(10' 9") Stripped out. The floor bearers indicate that the floor would not extend the full width of the boat, so that furniture would be built to accommodate the sloping chines.

Fore deck
(4’ 0”) over space for water tank (not present).

Equipment supplied with the boat

Trailer, four-wheeled - no plate or test.


A hull survey was carried out in 2014 by Richard Fee. The boat has not been in the water since this time. Prospective buyers are encouraged to read this informative document, on the clear understanding that they cannot rely on it, because the report was personal to the then owner, and the survey was made over six years ago. Prospective buyers are encouraged to make their own inspection and engage their own surveyor.


This boat is not in our yard at Sowerby Bridge, but on private land at littleborough. Viewing by arrangement only..


£4,500 (no VAT). The boat is sold as a project and as seen, without warranty.

No representation is given as to the condition, suitability or roadworthiness of the trailer.

In this case we are acting as Brokers only. The Vendor is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his/her own expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.


Narrow boat for sale 'Dayboat' exterior


Narrow boat for sale 'Dayboat' exterior


Narrow boat for sale 'Dayboat' exterior


Narrow boat for sale 'Dayboat' galley

Cabin looking forward

Narrow boat for sale 'Dayboat' Aft bedroom looking back

Cabin looking back

Narrow boat for sale 'Dayboat' bathroom