What defines a Widebeam Barge?
Widebeams have emerged as a relatively recent concept but have quickly become a familiar sight on waterways in the UK and the European continent. These boats draw inspiration from Narrowboats in terms of their sturdy steel construction, but they have the distinct property of being wider. This increased width allows Widebeams to offer significantly more interior space and often features more contemporary designs.

With all that extra space Widebeams are an attractive choice for individuals seeking a comfortable home but also want extensive cruising. However, it is important to note that their broader dimensions prevent them from navigating all the canals within the Narrowboat network.

How is a Widebeam Barge different from a Narrowboat?
Narrowboats and Widebeam Barges share many similarities, mainly because they are both crafted by the same boat builders who take the simple design of a Narrowboat and expand its width.

While Narrowboats typically adhere to a standard width of 6 feet 10 inches, Widebeam Barges can measure between 10 and 12 feet wide. Narrowboats have the versatility to cruise throughout the waterways in the UK, whereas Widebeam Barges are restricted from navigating smaller canals due to their size.

But that may not be so much of a problem if you wanted to use a Widebeam Barge as a home that comes with the option of weekend cruising. There are still plenty of other beautiful, and sizeable, Widebeam Barges cruising all over the UK or to travel on the continental waterways in France, Belgium, The Netherlands or go even further eastwards to Germany or Poland.

DOEVE Brokers and Valuers is your dedicated barge broker for Widebeam Narrow Barges. For further information about the sale of your Widebeam Barge or if you wish to purchase a Widebeam Barge, please contact us.

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