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Hardstand in Surrey or Hampshire

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Hi we are new to the forum

we are looking to fitout a 65 foot narrowboat sailaway local to  Surrey or Hampshire.

Yes I know your all saying “Don’t do it!”

Have we picked our builder No!

We thought it would be best to find a hard stand with crane first if you have any suggestions that would be great.

cheers

Lucy & Pete

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Welcome to the forum. Not been there for years. But there used to be, possibly still is, a hire boat company on the Basingstoke Canal at Odiham. If I remember correctly, there was a great deal of land concerned. Someone may know more.

persibally I wouldn't venture into sailaway and fitting out. Can't be bothered! 

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You are unfortunately looking in two of the most expensive counties in the UK. 

You may be better looking for farm / industrial land away from the water with good access for the sort of wagon that would be needed to shift the finished boat. 

And remember to add enough to the estimated costs to cover inflation over the far-more-than-you-expected time to complete.   

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1 hour ago, twbm said:

You are unfortunately looking in two of the most expensive counties in the UK. 

You may be better looking for farm / industrial land away from the water with good access for the sort of wagon that would be needed to shift the finished boat

And remember to add enough to the estimated costs to cover inflation over the far-more-than-you-expected time to complete.   

Surrey and Hampshire are not well endowed with canals or navigable rivers. Not only that, but - in general terms - the majority of boats are light in weight so any yard - if it had a crane  wouldn't be able to lift your boat anyway! That makes the above suggestion the most practicable.

There are a couple of marinas on the Thames that could accommodate you, but they will be expensive, though there will be savings in crane and lorry hire. At least it's worth contacting them to see whether they are prepared to take you on and for how much. That way you may be pleased to find out how much cheaper your final solution is.

One thing to bear in mind is that if your fit-out in a yard, there are usually folks around to fix the bits that you can't or even to offer advice. Suggestions are:-

Better Boating at Reading (they are more NB friendly)

Shepperton Marina 

A possibility is Bray marina. They are more used to dealing with larger yachts, but the onsite engineers are NB friendly. Their advantage is that they have a large area that's full of cruisers in the winter, but empty in the boating season.

I won't post phone numbers, all three have web sites / known to Google.   

 

 

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A crane may not be a problem if, the place you find will allow a mobile crane access to lift and move the boat at either end of the project.

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