About us

We only use reputable UK based boat fabricators with whom we have fostered long term relationships and who provide a range of shells across the price range. We will manage the boat fabrication specification on your behalf so you get exactly the look you are after, for example a narrowboat cruiser, traditional or semi-traditional and we fit either Barrus Shires or Beta Marine engines, but if you have a preference for another engine manufacturer then we can recommend and fit to your requirements.

Our lead time for completing a narrowboat from commencement of fabrication through to handover is approximately eighteen weeks but this depends upon the simplicity or complexity of your desired specification. All fabrication and build instructions are formalised through a boat building contract that is supplied by the British Marine Federation, funding is through stage payments and we can arrange delivery by road or canal anywhere in the country for a competitive price. For more details on pricing please see Pricing and Boats for Sale

We pride ourselves on producing a quality narrowboat at a competitive price for you to enjoy for the rest of your life. We provide all the relevant certification, which includes a four year Boat Safety Certificate and full RCD (Recreational Craft Directive) .

With the average price of a ten year old narrowboat of a suitable size to live aboard coming in at over £45,000, it makes perfect sense for Live the Dream Narrowboats to create your perfect new narrowboat for an average of £1,315 per foot including VAT.

Depreciation on new narrowboats is unhurried and with the price of our new boats being less than half the price of the average UK house, this means that if you are looking for your first home living aboard, you can buy without the worry of large mortgage repayments.