40 foot wooden narrowboat, built by Dobson's of Shardlow, 5 berth.

This is Lutra Parva. Lutra Parva is an oak framed, eroco planked estuary narrowboat, as far as we know, one of only two built to order in 1967, by famous boatbuilders Dobson's of Shardlow. She has a "Lloyds of London" name.



She is not your average narrowboat. As well as being wooden, she has an estuary shape- a V shaped keel and a lovely, swooping bow (rumours have it that the eccentric first owner used to race her around the coast to beat his canal-bound companions). She also has a wooden ship's wheel, rather than a tiller, for steering.

Inside, she has a wonderful mahogany fitted out interior, with some rather fantastic 1967 Austin Powers interior decoration (cigarette lighter in the sideboard, faux leatherette cushioning on the walls).



She has a galley kitchen with a bevel cooker to cook on the move; a dining table which converts to a double guest berth; this then goes through to a lounge area we call the snug, with a wood burning stove and a single berth/sofa.



There is then a washing area and loo, followed by the front room, which has bench seating for 6 (or two single berths). This room also converts to a king sized bed (with some specially built metal rods and pieces of wooden board-) very luxurious with an airbed or foam mattress on top.

She has gas central heating (which we have never used). She also has a current boat safety certificate valid until 2015.

She has a great big taxi engine and has proved herself to be a reliable boat, always the star of the canal.

We love Lutra Parva, but due to us having our young son, and losing a salary to look after him, we can no longer use her as much as we would like, nor afford to pay the annual mooring/charges. We bought her in 2006, and sailed her down from Nottingham as our epic maiden voyage. Steve used her as a liveaboard in marinas in London and Bath, as well as a wonderful holiday boat, but with a baby and now a toddler we haven't been able to get on her and maintain her looks over the past 3 years as we would have liked.

We would love Lutra Parva to go to a new owner who will appreciate how unusual and special she is, and keep her ship-shape and Bristol fashion for the next forty years.



We have just had Lutra Parva out of the water, at Bristol Classic Boats on Redcliff Quay in Bristol. There she was cleaned, repaired, painted (even down to the bilges), varnished and antifouled. She is now ship shaped and solid; however, we still have some interior decoration to do to bring her interior up to scratch: the following pics are current, having been taken Oct/Nov 2012:




















We aren't really looking for a lot of money for the boat- she has been great for what we needed but the time has come to pass her on to someone to give her the love she deserves! We are asking for 25,000.