The inspection launch is growing in popularity.
One of the best-known builders of these craft
Peter Nicholls has gained a reputation for
high-quality narrowboats over the past 24 years.
The inspection launch is modelled on a particular
style of craft that was developed in the canal era.
The modern inspection launch therefore draws
on these principles, but brought up to date to provide today's
The layout of the launch hinges around on
the forward cockpit and the saloon. The cockpit has room for four
The hull form is narrow beam, 6ft 10in wide,
enabling the craft to cruise the whole of the system.
We will begin as usual at the bow. Here
you have a short 3ft bow-locker, this has room for two 4.5kg gas bottles
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