Canal Narrow Boat - Isis Built by Paul Somerford

Boat of the month March 2023

Canal Narrow Boat - Isis by Paul Somerford

Fully scratch built including the hull. First built: 1973/74 by me. 37" cruiser-sterned hire boat model with a blue hull and white cabin. 6v Mabuchi motor/lead acid battery. Balsa plus Cascamite!

1975/76: Modified. 40" Traditional sterned boat Rounding the counter and extending cabin backwards. Paintwork redone completely to brighter colours with a sense of the traditional about her rather than the modern.

2010/13: Modified again. 59" Traditional boat. Cut off bow and stern and replace, removing the old hull skin and integrating the remaining centre section into the boat. Painting of the model, which was all done by myself using brushes, no transfers here!

All rose and castles are hand painted including the signage for the cabin sides. Isis was built to be sailed and if needs be, some paint scraped off, and retouched. Rather like the full size versions.

The boat is very stable even in "moderate seas" and has been designed to be as water-tight as possible to cabin roof level. The batteries and ballast are in effect bolted to the base plate so even if in extreme the boat rolled over, it should right itself. I have not tried this out!