A Boatyard, a barge and a baby.

#Project365  wk4  I day of photos a week.

This Sunday we have been at the boat club, yes more boat photo’s, but this boat is being renovated to become a new home for a family. It is a ‘wide beam’  Barge which is 10ft wide compared to the usual 7ft of a Narrowboat.


It doesn’t matter how old a Barge is, as long as the steel hull is sound it can be renovated into something beautiful, but this will be a long hard job.


The work is being done in the ‘Dry dock’  the boats are sailed in, the dock barrier is lowered, the canal is held back and the dock is drained.



This labour of love will become a home for the family working on it, glass roof panels will bring in lots of light and with a baby on the way the addition of double side doors will be essential for getting the pram on!

I look forward to seeing it finished and will update this post with a final photo.

A family home with a difference, would you live on a canal boat?




  1. Stacey Guilliatt
    February 10, 2015 / 22:03

    They look really great but I don’t think i could live on one – a boating holiday is more than enough for me! #project365

  2. Ninjacat
    February 1, 2015 / 16:00

    oooh I love canal boats, I d like to holiday on one

    • Nortonmum
      February 1, 2015 / 17:17

      Come out with us in the summer Claire, x

  3. Rachel
    January 29, 2015 / 21:12

    I love the look of barges they always remind me of Rosie & Jim. I would love to go on one. Not live on one though.

  4. Spidermummy
    January 27, 2015 / 20:04

    Wow that’s a big undertaking isn’t it! There are canals near here and we often walk along looking at all the boats, some of them look really kitted out and cosy and I think it must be a great life….. in the summer!!!

    • Nortonmum
      January 27, 2015 / 21:17

      They can be cosy but yes, definitely more of a summer thing.

  5. Shell Louise
    January 26, 2015 / 16:45

    They do look lovely but I don’t think I could live on one.

  6. January 26, 2015 / 11:39

    What wonderful photos! Very interesting to see x

  7. Melody
    January 25, 2015 / 23:12

    Wow! That sound like a very interesting project. I’ve seen some too and they are beautiful. xx

    • Nortonmum
      January 26, 2015 / 00:11

      I would live on a wide one, they can be fab. x

  8. jenny paulin
    January 25, 2015 / 21:19

    what a fun project to take on – i have seen those barge homes and they look lovely
    thanks for linking up to project 365

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