Guv’nor is an immaculately maintained traditional Narrowboat that was built in 2003 by Norton Canes Boatbuilders and fitted out by Valley Cruises.

Lying: Glascote Basin, Coventry Canal

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Guv’nor is a highly traditional boat that is powered by a much sought-after Gardner 2L2. Guv’nor is highly specified and a traditionalists dream. Guv’nor is a boat that needs to be viewed to appreciate the sheer quality.

Overall Length:           55’0”

Beam:                          6’10”

Plating:                        10 / 6 / 5

Well Deck:                    4’10”

Guv’nor has deck with locker seating / storage that is covered by a cratch cover and has a traditionally decorated wooden deck board. There is a locker in the front bulkhead that gives additional storage and access to the bow thruster.

Saloon:                        11’10”

Steps lead down from the well deck through double doors into the saloon of Guv’nor, the doors are lined with wood. The saloon has units’ starboard side and the furniture is freestanding. The saloon is heated by a Morso Squirrel solid fuel stove with a tiled hearth surround. There is a Houdini hatch in the saloon which lets lots of light into the area.

Galley:                         6’7”

The galley has units on both the port and starboard side. The work surfaces are solid granite. The galley is equipped with a 4-ring hob, oven and grill and a fridge/freezer. There is also a washing machine in the galley. The galley has port side hatches with steps leading into the galley.

Bathroom:                    6’0”

The bathroom is a walk-through bathroom, the shower is a 800mm quadrant tiled shower unit with sliding doors, the basin is a ceramic corner basin that is set into a vanity unit and the toilet is a Sani Marine Macerator pump out toilet. There is also a full height wardrobe in the bathroom.

Engine Room:              6’8”

The engine room houses a beautifully restored Gardner 2L2, which was restored in 2010 by Tony Redshaw. The engine has a Traditional push pull controls and a PRM gearbox.

Back Cabin                   9’1”

The back cabin is the boats main sleeping accommodation and there is a 4ft double cross bed which gives an unusually generous amount of leg room for a cross bed. The back cabin is a full traditional arrangement and is traditionally decorated with graining and Phil Speight’s Roses and Castles. The back cabin is heated by an Epping solid fuel range.

Head Room:                 6’4”

Draught:                       2’3”




  • Grit blasted and 2-pack epoxy blacked from new and reapplied in 2019
  • 4 x magnesium anodes
  • Full re-paint in 2016 by Rob Bryan
  • Engine serviced at regular intervals


 Heating and Water


  • Celmar food-grade polypropylene water tank
  • Eberspacher 5kW Diesel central heating system
  • Eberspacher, immersion heater and engine feed twin coil calorifier
  • Morso Squirrel solid fuel stove
  • 2 x 13kg gas bottles in bow locker


Power Systems


  • 4No. AGM Domestic Leisure Batteries
  • Victron Phoenix MultiPlus 3000/24v /70A
  • Dynawatt 230v Power System




  • Gardner 2L2 Engine re-built in 2010
  • PRM500 gearbox
  • Traditional push/pull and speed wheel engine controls
  • Bow Thruster
  • 2No. AGM Starter Batteries
  • 2No. AGM Bow Thruster Batteries


Fit out Materials


  • Sprayfoam insulation
  • Blue brick ballast
  • Fit out in American oak with painted engine room and back cabin


Navigation Equipment


Ropes, fenders, windlasses, piling irons, mooring pins, poles, etc.