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Brian justly proud of his boat Autarky.

BOAT REVIEW

New boat, historic hull Based on an 1899 hull and fitted with a Russell Newbury engine, 44ft Autarky has a strong working boat identity. Mark Langley climbs on board… Length...................................................................................................44ft Engine................................Russell Newbury DM1 Berths........................................................................................................2+2 Fit out: Granthams Bridge Boat Services: 01788 578661 WHEN APPROACHING SENIOR YEARS and opting for a third narrowboat, most boaters find a bespoke builder and commission a shiny new hull with an all-mod-con interior. At least, that’s the conventional route. But Brian Jarrett, owner of 44ft narrowboat, Autarky, is not your conventional type of guy. Having lived and cruised on both seagoing boats and two narrowboats, until recently he was the owner of the Russell Newbury engine company,

before selling it to Dave Bixter of Granthams Bridge Boat Services, who carried out his boat’s fit-out. With the intention of continuing his cruising lifestyle into his 80s and beyond, Brian decided he wanted a boat that was self-sufficient, didn’t require him to heave bags of coal around, shorter than his previous boat Kyle and also a touch easier on the legs when clambering around. Instead of commissioning a new hull, he was drawn to the lines of a semi-submerged 1899 BCN Joey, previously cut down to 37ft, which was at Granthams’ Hillmorton yard. With a new superstructure added, sensitive to the old hull, Autarky was born.

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Awaiting fit-out.

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New Boat, Historic Hull  

This amazing narrowboat in the UK features an Envirolet waterless toilet in the bathroom.

New Boat, Historic Hull  

This amazing narrowboat in the UK features an Envirolet waterless toilet in the bathroom.

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