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ABNB specialises in selling quality
new and used boats nationwide

Buying through ABNB is simple and easy - we guide you throughout the process.

Information on this page includes:

Your Research
Your Visit
Your Decision
The Contract
Your Payment
Your Assurance


Initially, check our Boats on Brokerage, updated weekly, and for your convenience register for an e-mail update of boats added. You can follow us on twitter at #ABNBbrokerage or like us on Facebook! When you see a boat you like on the website or in one of our magazine adverts you can either download the brochure from the website, request a brochure via the registration form, or call us so that we can post you the full brochure.

brochure Every boat is complimented by a comprehensive full colour sales brochure: 4 pages packed with information, photos and a detailed line drawing of the boat. The photos are taken by us and show the boat in its current state - not when it was launched! Similarly the comprehensive written detail is the result of our careful inspection of each boat - we spend around four hours on board each boat in order to obtain the detail for our brochures.

Take a look at our comments page and read how some past customers feel about the service we provide: ........"Brochures and website are particularly good,better than all competitors".........

Canal and River Trust are enthusiastic about providing information to new boaters, they have a DVD explaining how to get started. "The friendly spirit that pervades the waterways means there is a lot of help available on the spot but it’s obviously a good idea for new boaters to build up their knowledge and confidence in other ways too". This link will take you to the Canal and River Trust website where you can discover more. Take a look.

Use the links at the top and bottom of each page to discover lots of useful information you'll be glad to know about during ownership of your boat. Buying a narrowboat is just the start of your journey!. Remember there's licencing, mooring fees, servicing and maintenance costs also!

Your VISIT - Should the brochure whet your appetite further, contact us to arrange to view the boat. Remember that while some boats are at Crick Wharf, we specialise in selling boats from their own moorings, so check on the brochure (or on the website) to gain a general idea of the area where the boat is moored. We will make an arrangement to view suitable to both you and the owner.

Your DECISION - If you then decide the boat is for you - call the office at Crick to discuss your desire to purchase, your means of funding the purchase and whether the decision is subject to survey or demo, for example. When agreement is reached you will be asked for a deposit of 10% - this will take the boat off the market whilst things are sorted, such as demo, survey or finance. Your deposit is paid into a Client Account, is protected and fully refundable up until the point that you enter into a signed sale agreement (this is broadly similar in process to the exchange of contracts in a property sale).
PLEASE NOTE: We will not accept a deposit from you if the purchase funds are being raised from the sale of a house or boat UNTIL you have exchanged signed contracts with a completion date.

The CONTRACT - After you have organised your means of payment for the boat and any issues raised from the survey or demo addressed, you will be asked to sign a binding Sale Agreement contract. This specifies the conditions of the sale, when the balance of the purchase price has to be paid and how ownership transfer will take place. Final payments must be by electronic transfer such as CHAPS or Internet Banking into the ABNB Client Account.

Your PAYMENT - When the funds have cleared into our Client Account, and the ownership transfer has been completed, you are the proud owner of your boat!

Your ASSURANCE - For your peace of mind, we are able to offer 2 months free membership to RCR, River Canal Rescue a waterways recovery breakdown service.


Now you've bought a boat do you need some work doing before you can happily cruise away? Perhaps an engine service, a bit of boiler maintenance, or just a thorough clean & polish. Perhaps you're looking for a few alterations to the woodwork, maybe a re-paint or even change of location to cruise from.

Our tradesmen page has contact details for engineers, carpenters, cleaners, painters, and even boat movers.

ABNB Ltd, Crick Wharf, West Haddon Road, Crick, Northampton, NN6 7XT

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