The boat has been designed, and is being built, specifically for the purpose. It offers an adaptable space to convert from shop, to workshop and event space.
The hull has been crafted by expert boat builders and is being fit-out by an industry leading team. Their 15 years boat building experience is supported by backgrounds in product and furniture design as well as shop-fitting.
The design of the boat provides built-in shelving to showcase titles, additional headroom, a roof window and reading nooks for children. Materials such as Birch plywood have been chosen to provide a modern and light environment which will be welcoming to both children and their parents.
The boat will be fitted with a kitchen and Espresso machine serving a range of drinks and snacks.
The 60x12ft widebeam boat is due to launch in July 2019. It will operate as a roving trader licensed by the Canal & River Trust (CRT), mostly travelling along the Regents Canal, Paddington Arm, Limehouse Cut and Lea Navigation. There will be a focus on Telling Tales home borough of Hackney and neighbouring boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Islington but with the opportunity to travel north to Hertford and west to Bath or Bristol.