It’s been an exciting time for us at Beacon Park Boats, and there’s even more to look forward to.
The canal has now fully blossomed into its summer form with all the colours and new life that the season brings, we’ve been able to provide fantastic Mon & Brec adventures for customers from all over the UK and beyond and we’ve been making progress on some new and exciting projects ready to be unveiled!
In a first for us we have two boat builds happening simultaneously, both totally unique in design and pushing into new territory not only for us but the narrowboat industry as a whole.
Firstly, we will soon be seeing the arrival of Robin; a fully electric, yacht style boat. Following the success of our eco-friendly narrowboat Coot, we are taking our sustainability commitment a step further with a fully electric engine, hot water and heating generated by solar and the ability to take a week long cruise without the need to find a charging point.
- Robin being built in Holland
Even with sticking to the zero-emissions philosophy we were able to pack Robin with totally unique design features; wheel steering for comfort, both indoor and outdoor dining areas and a canopied driving area for those times you really need to shield from the sun. You’ll also be able to choose between a double bed or twin singles to suit your needs.
- Artists impression of Robin exterior
She’s available from the 24th of October, so if you’re looking for a totally new, sustainable way to take a cruise don’t hesitate to book, we can guarantee it’ll be an experience even for our seasoned boaters out there.
Swan will be our first luxury five-star boat with wheelchair access. We
felt inspired to design this wide beam narrowboat after Alasdair, the owner of Beacon Park Boats, spent a year in a wheelchair and realised that the fleet is definitely missing something. Swan will sleep four people while providing the same quality and
features as Falcon.
- Building the main structure of Swan in Stourport-on-Severn
luxurious narrowboat will have two bedroom layout options: the first cabin will easily convert into a large single bed for wheelchair users, providing good access to the lift and corridor, while the aft cabin will offer spacious double accommodation for non-wheelchair
users. You’ll definitely get a great night’s sleep on our incredibly comfortable sprung mattresses.
- Artists impression of the interior of Swan
If in a wheelchair, a foldaway ramp will make it easy for you to access
the rear deck. You’ll also be able to take the lift down into the bottom of the boat then travel along the corridor through the galley and stop in the forward resting area to enjoy spectacular views through three large picture windows. A turning area will
help you enjoy the space when cruising along the canal while the central heating or log burning stove will keep you cosy during the colder evenings.
- Layout of Swan including sleeping options
Swan will have two electric flush toilets and two showers with doors. The bathroom closest to the lift will be fully accessible and fitted out with helpful equipment such as a shower seat and toilet bars.
We don’t just want to offer canal holidays, we want to step up to the challenge of pushing the industry forward and be on the frontline of innovation, so watch this space for more news and updates on both of the boats going forward.
We hope everyone has enjoyed their adventures so far this year and we look forward to seeing more of you in the coming months!