Restoration expert Alan Herd is looking for the perfect narrow boat to restore, refit and transform into an idyllic canal cruiser - but will he be in luck?
Alan Herd starts work on restoring his narrow boat Dover, shot-blasting the body and applying a base coat of primer. Will she hold any surprises for him?
Alan begins work on the Dover's frames which he is building in air-dried oak. Plus, he takes time out to explore the archives and learn about this narrowboat's long history.
The Dover's sub-floor frame is built. Plus, Alan takes a trip to Midland Chandlers in Penkridge to investigate the different possibilities for narrowboat furnishings.
Alan talks to Peter Middleton from EmpirBus about a sophisticated electrical system for the Dover, and her walls and floors are finally fitted.
The kitchen is built, featuring a galley unit with modern cabinets. Plus, Alan discusses lighting options and installs a water purification unit.
Alan chooses a diesel oven and a sanitation system for narrowboat Dover, and talks to boat builder Keith Ball about the new back cabin.
Work on the seating for the foredeck is finally finished, and the Dover is rubbed-down in preparation for painting. Will Alan be pleased with his progress?
As the deadline for launching the Dover approaches, Alan and his team are feeling the pressure. Will they get the final fittings finished in time?
Final work is completed ready for Dover's maiden voyage to the IWA National Festival and Boat Show in Cheshire - what will the public think of her?