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Parlanchina is the name of our narrowboat.
It is named after a character of Louis de Bernieres. Parlanchina is a young girl (who dies but comes back as a happy ghost) who talks with the animals, has a pet ocelot, and is generally enchanting. The name loosely translates as little chatterbox.
It may have been appropriate for the rattly old engine the boat once had, alternatively Joanne is not known for her restraint when it comes to talking...
Changing topic quickly, how do you titillate an ocelot?



We are selling Parlanchina in order to move onto a larger boat. More space for Oliver's toys, and more space for guests to visit. Details of the boat if you are interested:

59 foot Narrowboat PARLANCHINA.Cruiser stern built 1987 by Severn Valley Cruisers. New Vetus engine fitted 2003, recent extensive internal refit. Fixed double berth and large double dinette, would suit couple or sociable single for residential or long term cruising use. Combined Morso Squirrel solid fuel stove with backboiler and Webasto diesel boiler running central heating and hot water calorifier. 400AH regulated split charge battery bank, 160W Solar Panels & regulator, Rutland wind turbine, 800W Inverter. Pump out vacuum toilet (low water use, 5 weeks between pump outs for couple). 4 foot bath. 4-ring gas stove with grill and oven; gas fridge, electic freezer. Open plan kitchen / salon / dining area. Plenty of storage. Meshed rails to cruiser stern make secure area for pets and children. Bottom blacked May 2009, Licence December 2009, BSC May 2013. Recent valuation £47,500 - Price £39,950 OVNO. Call Paul on mobile 07957 606548 for more details, or email paul(at)

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