Registration number 3825
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Yardley Gobion
Vessel type Canal Boat
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No


Builder Len Walton, Oldbury
Built in 1968
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.13m)
Air Draft
5.00 feet (1.52m)
Length: Overall
39.00 feet (11.89m)
Tonnage: Gross


KIT CAREW is a carvel constructed wooden (oak sides and elm bottom) canal boat cruiser, built in 1968 by Len Walton of Oldbury, West Midlands. She was one of the last wooden boats to be built by Walton, and unusual with a square stern, as most Waltons were built with a rounded stern. She has wooden knees through-out, whilst other Waltons were built with iron knees. She is fitted with her original Lister SR-2 engine.

At some point, she was called ABLE TAZMAN and was a part of the Norbury Junction hire boat fleet. It is unknown when she ceased to be a hire boat or when her name was changed to KIT CAREW. 

Extensive repairs were carried out in 2001 and 2012 with side planking and some bottom planks being either repaired or replaced. The cabin area has been refitted but she retains her original lines. She has been regularly caulked and blackened by a wooden boat specialist, Bates Boatyard in Tring. She has been owned by her current owner since 2011.

Key dates

  • 1968

    Built by Len Walton of Oldbury, West Midlands

  • 2011

    Acquired by current owner

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