OT History

Built for the owners of ‘Oasis’ ✤, her predecessor in the Ownerships scheme, she was built in Stibbington by Pat Buckle and launched from there by Ownerships in 1997. The winter of 1997 saw terrible flooding on the River Nene and this caused Oasis Too to be lifted to the roof of the workshop and proceed to remove the workshop roof! Ten years later in July 2007 she featured on the BBC National News when stranded across Pershore Weir on the Avon. She was miraculously, yet again, unharmed by her adventure. You can see the photos and  a News Bulletin on the Floods 2007 page.

She was named Oasis Too rather than Oasis II because the owners were used to explaining to passers-by that “yes, it was also the name of a pop group”.

Built to ‘owners specification’, Oasis Too is similar to other Ownerships boats with a semi-trad stern and a mid galley, she has a bigger bathroom, additional wet cupboard, and only one toilet on board.

In 2005 Oasis Too had a complete repaint by Malcolm Lane and in 2007, we refurbished the boat with new carpets, flooring, curtains and soft furnishings and chairs, a new wash hand basin and some new electrical equipment. In 2008 we installed new wet walls and a radiator in the bathroom.

In 2011 & 2019 Oasis Too had a back to metal repaint by Andy Russell You can see the progress of the latest  repaint Here.

In 2013 a New Barrus Shire Engine was fitted.

In Autumn 2014 the bath was removed and a walk in shower fitted. At the same time a new Oven & Hob were also fitted. New carpet and vinyl was also laid.

Oasis Too has been moored in previous years at the following locations:

  • Alvecote Marina (Coventry Canal) 2 Years
  • Norbury Junction (Shropshire Union Canal) 3 Years
  • Heritage (Macclesfield Canal) 2 years
  • Swallow Cruisers(Stratford Canal) 2 years
  • Heritage (Macclesfield Canal) 2 years
  • Barton Turns (Trent & Mersey Canal) 2 years
  • Wrenbury (Llangollen Canal) 2 years
  • Aston marina (T&M canal)
  • Ventnor marina (Oxford canal)
  • Swanley Bridge Marina (Llangollen – current)
  • Barton Turns … passage on ‘The Long Way Round’ March to June 2024

✤Oasis was sold to private owners and is still to be seen today around the canal network.