RN Narrowboats

About Us
The Hull
The Hydraulic Propulsion System
Design Improvements and Innovations
Contact Us

Welcome to our web site!

RN Narrowboats was formed with the intention of producing high quality narrowboats using the best of todays technology to improve the designs of yesterday.

Narrowboat owners come with varying levels of experience - many have been narrowboating for years, whilst some buy a boat first and then discover the joys of cruising the canals.  Whatever your experience, if you want a bespoke narrowboat then you will have your own ideas that you wish to incorporate.  Our job is to to take your dreams and ideas and turn them into reality and to produce a boat that reflects your individual wishes within your budget.

This website is designed to take you through some of the thought processes that we went through during the design of our demonstration boat "The Laughing Cavalier". These pages show just some of the the improvements that we have made to the conventional design of a narrowboat including the most important one which is the use of hydraulics for the propulsion system.  The reasoning for opting for this system is explained fully elsewhere in the site.

If you would like further information or wish to arrange for a demonstration trip aboard "The Laughing Cavalier" please contact us through the link.

"The Laughing Cavalier" at the Crick Show May 2007


"The Laughing Cavalier" on her first day in the water after external paint


RN Narrowboats
Three Acres
86 Chalkshire Road
Butlers Cross
HP17 0TJ
Phone: 01296 615821
Mobile: 07836 785970

RN Narrowboats - for your boat of the future