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boat-salesBlack Prince have been selling narrowboats for 25 years from their head office at Stoke Wharf in Stoke Prior, Worcestershire. We are proud of our reputation for quality boat sales and excellent after sales service, meaning that many customers who buy a narrowboat from us return to us year after year, as well as recommending us to their friends.


Quality narrowboat sales are important to us, and we want to make the purchase of your boat as easy as possible. We are available 7 days a week for any visits, telephone calls, and emails right through until completion of purchase at which point a Bill of Sale and Transfer of Ownership documentation will be issued.

We want to supply you with a narrowboat that suits your purposes completely, and if that means making a few alterations to the layout or even a new colour livery then we also have experienced boat fitters and painters on hand to make your floating dream become a reality.   We also offer a bespoke new build option which can be built to your personal requirements.

News update November 2015: we are currently experiencing a high demand for our canal boat sales.  Early viewing is recommended and deposits are being taken for boats that will be retired at the end of the 2016 season.

For more information, please contact: Leighton Jones, Operations Manager, on 01527 575115 or email

FAQs for buying a narrowboat

When and where can I view your narrowboats for sale?

We have boats for sale at our Stoke Prior marina in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.  Throughout the year we hold several boats in stock which you are welcome to view at any time.  Our office is open 7 days a week so you can visit at any time, but it’s best to call ahead and make an appointment to prevent any waiting around if our team are busy.

Call 01527 575115 or email to arrange a viewing time.

What does my boat purchase include?

You can take ownership of a Black Prince Holidays narrowboat safe in the knowledge that you will have an extremely high spec 10-6-4mm steel hull and an engine and interior immaculately maintained throughout it’s life on hire.

Each narrowboat will be handed over with a fully serviced engine, freshly blacked hull, full 4 year Boat Safety Certificate and a full boat inventory, all ready to go!  Also we pride ourselves on second to none after sales care, take a look at our testimonials.

Where can I moor my boat and how much does it cost?

If you’re not planning on being a ‘continual cruiser’ (i.e. constantly on the move in your narrowboat) there are two places you can moor your narrowboat – either alongside the canal (sometimes called tow-path moorings) or at a marina.

Marina moorings offer you security with additional services, such as an electric hook-up, fresh water and refuse disposal, and many are able to provide engineering services from a resident marine engineer – useful if you want help in keeping your boat well maintained.  It’s a good idea to visit a couple of marinas in the area you are thinking about to check that they suit your needs.  Ask about car parking, how long you can stay on board whilst at the marina, can you stay for a limited period or do you have to commit to a 12-month contract?

Marina rates vary depending on where you are in the country, popular areas in the south or London for example, can exceed £5000 a year for a 50ft boat.  Our marina at Stoke Prior starts from £2000 and our marina at Stoke on Trent starts from £1700 a year.

Tow Path Moorings are owned by The Canal and River Trust or by local authorities and sometimes private landowners.    Even on privately owned moorings you will normally have to pay the Canal and River Trust for a Mooring License as well as the owner of the land.  Remember that facilities will vary and many areas of the canal are designated as ‘visitor moorings’, which means that there is a time limit on how long you can stay.   Usually the period is 14 days, although this can vary.

If you’re thinking about retiring to the waterways then Continuous Cruising may be the way for you.  The general rules for continuous cruising are that you don’t stay more than 14 days in one place and when you move you should move to a different area.

What are the ongoing costs when owning a canal boat?

Here we’ve tried to include guidance on the general ongoing costs you need to bear in when buying a narrowboat.  We will go through this with you when you buy from Black Prince, ensuring you have everything covered.

Your basic costs will include your License fees, Mooring fees and maintenance such as winterization and your Boat Safety Certificate.  Your license is obtained from the relevant waterway authority, and the cost varies depending on where you want to cruise and how long you want to use it for.

Then you need to think about running costs, which will depend on how much time you plan on spending on board your boat.  These include fuel and gas, toilet pump out, water and maintenance.

Can I have the boat designed to my own specification?

Yes!  Most of our canal boats that we have for sale are retired fleet units (i.e. boats that have been used by our holiday makers).  These can be adapted then as you wish.  You can choose either to keep with the layout of the existing boat or have it modified depending on your requirements.  Some of our customers have completely redesigned the interior layout, which we have built for them.  Plus we offer repainting services do you can even have the colour you want!


John/ Leighton,

Twelve months ago we decided it’s now or never to start our purchase of a narrow boat. We visited a couple of boatyards before stumbling across Black Prince. We entered the yard and were greeted by Bob. He happily showed us on board a boat (which was really pleasing). He advised us to call back on Sunday and speak to John. He gave us some brochures and said have a think about what you want to do with a boat ready for the weekend. We went away and spent several hours looking at the brochures and making our plans. Sunday came and we went back to Black Princes yard and meet up with John. We explained our ideas to John, he showed us at least half a dozen boats then proceeded to rip our plans to bits. He explained why not to do various alterations as well as talking us out of buying a bigger and more expensive boat. We went back home with the things John had told and shown us to re do our plans. Upon passing them back to John he said the new plans were all fine. He told us to sort out our property and as soon as we were ready the alterations to the boat we had chosen would be started.

Upon telling friends and relatives we were advised to be careful because it all seemed to good to be true. We still stood by our ambition to buy a Black Prince boat. Our house was sold April this year and we then paid the deposit (the first payment requested even though the boat had been held for us for nearly eight months) and the work began. Throughout the twelve months we visited several times to get measurements and to see the boat when it was lifted from the water to have the hull blacked. During this time various parts of the plans were altered either by us or by Black Prince (each time they explained why it was best to make the changes but left the final decision with us). Upon completion of our sale we moved onto the then completed boat but continued to moor at Black Prince whilst getting accustomed to the boat. We were made to feel really welcome by the management team and the lads in the yard. Once we were sorted we said our farewells and set sail off towards the river Severn. Since then we have encountered a few teething problems ( all of which Leighton has got sorted at our convenience) and we are now really pleased and happy with our boat and new lives.

Many many thanks

Anyone thinking about it believe me the service is excellent and not too good to be true so go ahead and try it.

The Katty Boo Crew.

Dear Leighton,

Firstly, we would like to say thank you for the wonderful transformation of ‘Pamela’. You have all done an amazing job inside and out and are very pleased.

It goes to show what a great team of people working here who care and take pride in their workmanship, ensuring their customers receive a totally 1st class product.

Can you please pass on our extreme thanks to all staff. For us, purchasing ‘Pamela’ has been an extremely pleasurable experience.

We would most definitely recommend Black Prince as the place to rent or buy a good quality narrowboat.

Kind regards,
Pete & Pam Summers

Dear Dave,

Firstly, many thanks for arranging the repainting works to Moon Gazing hare and for giving access to Brian to fix the decals.  We are all tremendously pleased with the way she now looks, and on the way back to Droitwich over the weekend, I lost count of the number of people who commented on how smart she is.  With the modifications done to date I think she is now more or less where we want her!

Secondly, and probably of more importance, I wanted to formally write and thank you for your help since we took possession in May last year.  I admit I must have been quite a pain at times, with one request after another for information, dimensions, contacts, opinion and for bits and pieces from your stores (something which I will almost certainly continue to do).  There has not been one instance where you haven’t responded with exactly the right answer!

I wanted to thank you personally for your help, and to commend not only your intimate knowledge of the boats, but the understanding of your customers’ needs.  I don’t think I have ever received the quality and consistency of customer and after sales service that I have from Black Prince and, specifically, you.

Whilst companies and organisations trumpet the quality of their products, often verging on believing their own publicity, it is the careful balance of a quality product and an excellent personal service that makes Black Prince’s claims true.  Were it not for your input and continued support I would only have received half of the package.

Many thanks again and kind regards,

Yours sincerely,


Dear John & Dave,

Well a month down the line and it’s about time that we sent a thank you for all the help that you gave us in the purchase of ‘Whyknot’ aka Janette.

The transfer all went well and we are so pleased with both the original boat and the changes that you made at (our every increasing) request!

The big bed is wonderful and we are now dab hands in opening and closing it. There is even space for the dog to travel underneath it to visit in the morning!

The same dog is also secure and content on the back deck with it’s metalwork, but we still waiting to sail with the 2 year old granddaughter.

We are happily making the insides our own and have some very happy visitors testing the vibrating chairs!

Whyknot’s new mooring is very different from the quiet waters of your yard, but she is drawing admiring glances from the many passers-by on the tow path travelling to their offices in central Edinburgh.

We have enclosed some picture of it’s new life along with our sincere thanks for both the pre and post sales service. We will certainly recommend your services to anyone else who fancies a floating life.

Paul & Wendy

Alan and I just wanted to say thank you for sending Tony out to us, he did a smashing job and really efficiently.

We are so delighted with our boat from you and everyone is very impressed with GINA. We have been recommending you to other people thinking of buying a narrow boat. We are particularly impressed with the after sales care (a refreshing change) and will definitely be back to you when we buy our next boat (hopefully next year)

Many thanks again

All best wishes

Jane and Alan

I looked at many different boats in many parts of the country, before deciding to purchase a boat from Black Prince.

I spent a lot of time checking out the Black Prince boats and the choice of length and layout. Black Prince offers more choice than any other boat yard that I looked at,and any other changes that I required were never too much trouble.

Most of the Black Prince boats use the same type of engine made by Isuzu, which just seem to run for ever,and many of the fittings are the same as other boats in their fleet so spares are never a problem. The wiring system is all correctly fused, the cabinet doors fit properly,the shower is the same size as home,the cruiser stern gives loads of room,the heating system warms the whole boat,there is a full size cooker, and comfortable beds.

My experience of buying a boat from Black Prince has been first class. John was always happy to show me a boat and then leave me to look round with no sales pressure at all .All he wanted was for me to buy the boat I would be happy with. Having chosen the boat I wanted, I then decided that I would like some changes and have had all of this done,with the help of David who supervises all of the work carried out.

For me the best part is that nothing is too much trouble, John and David sort out any thing you need and the after sales service is excellent, as Black Prince know their boats inside out and if you do have a problem they are only a phone call away and usually have the part you might need from stock. I would happily recommend them to any one looking for a well looked after used narrow boat.



We had always hoped to own our own narrowboat and when the opportunity came to buy one we spent some time considering the best choice for us. We looked at purchasing a new boat and considered several second-hand ones but we liked the design and construction of the Black Prince craft. In their dealings with us, Black Prince were very open and straightforward and really did provide a complete service. We bought a 52ft ex-hire boat, which came fully equipped and we have had great fun with her ever since. The boat has been very reliable and if we’ve needed any advice on maintenance and servicing over the last five years, Black Prince have always been extremely willing to offer help and support.

Best regards

Barry and Liz Burdett

We run one boat which gets quite a hard life as a holiday hire boat and training boat for various boat handling courses, doing approx one thousand engine hours per year.

Our first boat was an ex Black Prince hire fleet boat, and even though it was 4 years old when we bought it, we still received the same back-up as if it was a new boat. When we needed to replace this boat we had previously been impressed by the helpful, approachable people at Black Prince and the ease of maintenance and design of the old boat and so Black Prince were the first choice for the new boat.

When buying our new boat, Kiki Too, words like professional approach, attention to detail, well researched, great product, fantastic people, spring to mind. Other factors such as ease of ordering, and payment, value for money, boat delivered on time and at agreed price, great after sales back-up, approachable people who know their product inside out, are also key to us being very happy, satisfied and confident clients.

The small things also make the difference, such as putting the name on the boat before the maiden cruise. Supplying a full set of spare filters and belts, and a complete set of navigation equipment as standard. A full tank of fuel and gas cylinders were also very much appreciated for the boat move to Nantwich.

In our view they are great boats, obviously they are not bespoke all hardwood with traditional fittings, but they are boats for boating, enjoying time on the water, well made and will work hard coming from a well tried and tested boating history.

Thanks Dave and John and all at Stoke Prior, for Kiki Too. A great boat which we are highly satisfied with, delivered on time, on budget and value for money. A quality product from a proven pedigree with great back-up.


My ex-Black Prince narrowboat Jacaranda has a well designed layout which every body comments on with four double beds or six single beds and one double bed or any combination. Jacaranda is easy to maintain and an after sales service which is second to none.



We purchased Jannock (formerly Powys) almost 12 years ago. Our decision to purchase an ex-Black Prince hire boat was based on the following :-

  1. The specific boat and it’s layout ideally suited our family needs as we had two very tall teenage sons who had adequate headroom throughout.
  2. We were impressed with the ability of the staff at Stoke Prior to direct us towards exactly which boat was likely to meet our needs best, even to the point of highlighting which boats we didn’t want. (Thanks John)
  3. We were promised a level of after sales service that no other boat sales organisation we had dealt with so far could match.

The fact that we still have the same boat states a lot about the quality of the build. A huge bonus was that the boat came with a complete inventory, much of which is still in use. The number of minor modifications that we have needed to make to Jannock shows how well we were advised at time of purchase. Our experience is that the Stoke Prior staff appear to recognise private owners of ex-fleet craft as a sort of club and provide an excellent level of service from just answering technical questions on the phone to supplying replacement parts and ‘hard to get’ items at near cost price. We often recommend looking at ex-Black Prince boats to people we meet who are thinking of buying a boat because we are so pleased with the complete package we got.

Graham & Brenda Keens

We are very proud of Wind Rush and would recommend Black Prince to other boaters.

The build quality is to a high standard, and the purchase has been a very positive experience.

The boat suits us in every way and meets our narrowboating requirements.

Thank you and all your team, for making our narrowboating so pleasurable.

Keith Sheelagh and Matthew Linge.