Used boats are those that are not ‘new’, probably pre-owned, normally for sale from private ownership. In most cases these boats are sold without any V.A.T. content – the tax having been paid when the boat was first built and handed to its original owner. In the case of a boat being offered for sale by a commercial organisation, such as a hire fleet, these boats are sold including v.a.t. and the tax is paid to the HMRC by the vendor following completion of the sale – the tax being a percentage of the sale price.
The following are brief explanations of the terminology commonly used throughout our website to describe the differing styles of boat on offer.
Cruiser – A cruiser style narrowboat which has a large open cockpit at the stern, below which is the engine.
Trad – This is a narrowboat where the enclosed cabin extends almost to the extreme stern, leaving only a small deck from which the steerer controls the boat.
Semi Trad – A narrowboat where the cabin sides extend almost to the extreme stern, but the roof ends forward to the engine compartment, thus leaving an enclosed cockpit.
Wide beam – Boats with a beam (width) of more than 6’10”. These can have a ‘cruiser’ or a ‘trad’ stern.
We recommend all used boats are subjected to an out of water survey prior to purchase. Also, bear in mind that the descriptions of some boats are based on information provided by the vendor. We cannot in these cases guarantee that all facts are correct although we do our best to ensure accuracy.