How wide is a traditional narrow boat?
All narrowboats are 6 feet 10 inches wide. Generally they are all made entirely of steel, although some older boats have wooden and sometimes even glass reinforced plastic (GRP) cabins. Widebeams are wider than narrowboats and dutch barges are larger still.
What is the difference between a canal boat and a narrow boat?
Canal barges are usually employed to carry cargo and are typically a maximum 70 foot in length. Unlike narrowboats, however, their beam is at least 14 foot 6 inches.
How wide is a narrow beam boat?
Narrowboats are usually 6ft 10″ wide, but widebeamed boats are generally between 10ft to 12ft in width. All that extra space is a major plus, especially for anyone considering living aboard full time who is not worried about cruising every inch of the canal network, then a wide beam is a great choice.