When full scale long distance carrying by narrow boat was running down, many working boats were surplus to requirements, and British Waterways converted quite a number wither to trip boats or holiday hire boats, usually renaming them with a name commencing "Water".
Enceladus was such a boat, and had been cut short in 1960 for conversion to serve as the hire cruiser "Water Valiant".
|Classic "Small Northwich" front end|
It had been acquired by a specialist in narrow boat restoration as a long term project, but now its new owner had decided they now wanted to do the necessary work on ENCELADUS to put it up for sale. Perhaps ENCELADUS would fit the bill for us, but it would be a long term project, as it was not even yet a fully reworked hull, and everything else was missing.
|But the back end would have been "all new".|
I drew, and redrew plans, and asked lots of questions. Eventually some guideline costings also emerged, although the final costs really could not be predicted with any accuracy.
|It was very much "work in progress" when we viewed!|
Also we had a major boating trip planned with CHALICE, so tough decisions needed to be made before we set off on the Thames ring and Upper Thames.
We withdrew, although at this stage we still thought we were looking for a CHALICE replacement.