|Tax Status:||Tax Exempt|
Ipswich Haven Marina Suffolk UK
Friendship is a beautiful cruising barge which is also a wonderful family home. She had a major professional refit in 2009 in a traditional Lowestoft boatyard, including the replacement of the whole electrical system and the remodelling of the saloon, galley, bathrooms, forward cabins, and engine room, but still retains many original features in the spacious aft cabin. When we last had her surveyed in 2015 the surveyor wrote in his report "this barge should be capable of providing service to her owner for years to come".
Friendship is currently lying out of the water at Ipswich Haven Marina so that potential buyers and their surveyors can more easily examine the hull. A river trial on the Orwell can be arranged from the Marina. Friendship is a fully registered UK ship (on part 1 of the register). Unlike boats which are unregistered, or registered only on part 3 (the small ships register) this ensures that we actually own the boat, and that we have not taken out a mortgage on it, and so gives the buyer an unchallengable title to the vessel. Another advantage of part 1 registration is that because she has a measured gross tonnage of 31.41 (which, confusingly, is nothing to do with what she weighs), provided she is used for residential purposes then many purchases for the boat (excluding those for domestic purposes) are zero rated for VAT.
We brought Friendship from Amsterdam, where she was called Jan, after the late brother of one of the owners. The Dutch often change the name of their boats, sometimes to the name of their previous boat, sometimes to an entirely new one, so we decided to change her name, especially as most English people (including us) would inevitably mispronounce the Dutch "Jan" (="Yahn"). We have lived on her since 2009, mostly in Woodbridge, and brought up our family on her, so we called her Friendship of Woodbridge when we registered her, and chose her registered port to be Lowestoft, though we always refer to her just as Friendship.
We love living on her, but must reluctantly sell her for medical reasons. We have therefore set a sensible price for a quick sale. We would like the buyer to be able to sail in her immediately without further ado if they so wish, so not only are all fixtures and fitting included in the price, but all the furniture, a range of tools, and any crockery, cutlery, utensils and bedding which the buyer decides they would like to keep are also included in the price.
|Vessel type:||Dutch Barge|
|Builder:||De Vooruitgang (The Progress Shipyard), Amsterdam|
|Fit Out:||Last major refit 2009, Lowestoft|
|Registry:||UK ship register part 1|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||DAF 1160|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||23.99m|
|Displacement:||53 metric tons|
|Fuel capacity:||3000 Litres|
|Water capacity:||1200 Litres|
|Holding tank capacity:||1200 Litres|
The engine room, which is accessed through a door on the port side of the wheelhouse, was entirely redesigned in 2009, apart from the main and pump engines. It is large and well planned, and in addition to the main engine contains: the generator, the batteries, the pump engine, the central heating boiler, the calorifier, all the electrical controls, all the pumps and 2 diesel tanks, together with ample storage for tools etc.
The main engine is a DAF 1160. This is keel-cooled (the hot coolant runs through pipes in a steel box welded into the base of the hull. The box has no bottom so the surrounding water cools the pipes, so that no raw water needs to be taken into the boat to cool the engine. Diesel enters through a Racor filter from a day tank in the engine room holding about 700 litres, which is fed by two storage tanks forward which hold about 2000 litres between them.
The bowthruster is driven independently by a Cummins 4-cylinder Diesel engine in another room which we call the bowthruster room, and it too is independently keel-cooled. The bowthruster is designed to be turned through 360 degrees, so can push the bow in any direction, and can even be used to move the ship at low speed on its own in an emergency. The bowthruster can be controlled from the wheelhouse control panel or from a mobile control which can be plugged in on the foredeck.
The hull is steel plate riveted to a steel frame. The aft cabin, side deck and the forward part of the foredeck are also riveted steel, all dating from the original construction in Amsterdam. The wheelhouse, saloon and galley, forward cabins and bowthruster room are welded steel plate, dating from the conversion from cargo carrier (including potatoes!) to a residential ship in the late 20th century. The hull is insulated with rockwool, and timber-clad inside throughout, except for the two engine rooms.
Since the hull is flat-bottomed, two 6 metre bilge keels have been added to prevent rolling.
The steel is currently protected by 16 sacrificial anodes bolted to studs welded on to the hull.
The rudder is controlled by a traditional wheel via chain steering with almost zero play.
The windows in the aft cabin and wheelhouse have secondary glazing (except of course for the windscreen), and the windows in the saloon and galley, bathroom and forward cabins have double glazing (these windows were renewed in 2018).
The decks in the cabins and saloon are laminate laid on a double thickness of marine ply. Services (cables and pipes) from the engine room going forward are led under the deck on a central frame, and are accessible through two "tunnels" beneath the deck. Under the saloon deck are the 4 water tanks and a generous underdeck storage area accessed through a hatch in the galley. The underdeck is well lit by bulkhead lights.
The aft cabin retains many original features. The bargee and his family would have lived full-time in this space, which is now the master bedroom with plenty of storage and two wardrobes. It has a modern en suite with electric toilet and wash basin.
The wheelhouse is very spacious and of course has a wonderful view all round. In addition to the wheel there are the two control panels side by side (one for engines and navigation, and one for "domestic" devices like electrics, heating and lighting). By the bench seat (with storage underneath) is the table, whose large leaf can be dropped down to provided extra floor space.
The galley has a 4 metre worktop including a Neff 4 ring halogen hob and a stainless steel sink and separate drainer. The is a large larder fridge, a full sized Bosch dishwasher, a conventional fan oven and a built-in 1000W combi-microwave oven (both also by Neff). Storage is provided by two very large and two smaller drawers, an under-sink cupboard and 4 eye-level cupboards.
The dining area of the saloon has a fixed antique sideboard (giving plenty more storage space) with a large wooden-framed mirror above and an antique dining suite of 4 chairs and an oval table. The sitting area of the saloon has two double recliner sofas and the diesel stove.
The bathroom has an electric toilet and a basin with a cupboard underneath, and a bath with shower over.
The port cabin has a triple floor-to-ceiling wardrobe giving oodles of space, a full sized double bed and a fixed desk. The starboard cabin has a single floor-to-ceiling wardrobe, and a "Study Bed". This is specially made to that it can be a full size single bed or a desk of the same size as the bed (pretty big for a desk). The changeover takes seconds, and as the desk is always horizontal and disappears under the bed, everything on it can be left there until it is needed as a desk again.
The starboard cabin gives access to the bowthruster room. This contains the bowthruster and its engine of course, and three large diesel tanks, together with a hatch to the anchor locker, but there is enough space for it to act as a utility room as well. The washing machine, dryer and chest freezer are in here, together with lots more storage space. The is are two hatches to the foredeck from the bowthruster room (one single, for personnel use, and one double, for moving large things in and out (like engines and washing machines).
All electrical systems were renewed in 2009. The 2 large engine start batteries, the 4 large deep cycle house batteries and the small heavy duty generator start battery have been renewed since then. All these have their fixed battery chargers.
Shore power can be from a source up to 32A (the current plug is the more usual 16A), and goes through a soft start device then through a 32A isolation transformer (to protect the steel in the hull from electrolytic corrosion) to a Victron Quattro. When not on shore power, the 6 kVA Whisper diesel generator produces 230V AC current (about 20A max) which also feeds into the Quattro. When the main engine is running, it drives a 24V 100A alternator which feeds into the start and house batteries, and as a back up to the back up, the pump engine, a 2-cylinder keel-cooled diesel engine (see photo in Safety Equipment), drives a 32A alternator which feeds directly into the house batteries.
The Quattro uses the power fed into it to provide 230V AC power to the boat, and when the demand exceeds the supply, it harnesses the 24V DC supply from the house batteries and acts as an inverter, changing the output to 230V AC. When the supply exceeds the demand, it uses this to recharge the house batteries.
Almost all 230V lights (including the 12V downlighters which are powered by the 230V supply via transformers) are energy saving (LED type or discharge type). In addition to the main lighting, all areas can be lit by 24V emergency lights.
There are 2 linked fresh water tanks, and the fresh water is pumped by automatic twin Par Max pumps, Used water ("grey water") goes into a holding tank which can be pumped out to shore, or pumped out into the surrounding water where this is permitted. There are 2 electric Jabsco toilets with macerators discharging into another holding tank ("black water"), which can also be pumped out in similar ways to the grey water tank.
The calorifier (hot water tank) can be heated electrically through a timer switch when on shore power or on generator, or by the waste heat from the main engine or pump engine when they are running.
Anchor and winch
There is a heavy bow anchor. The winch is primarily for raising and lowering the anchor, but can be used to haul ropes too. It is in excellent working condition.
There is a radio tuner (which plays CDs and USB devices) in the wheelhouse with 2 stereo speakers in the wheelhouse ceiling and another pair of speakers in the saloon ceiling, so music can be heard in one or the other space, or both. There is a German Mirror TV with a 22 inch screen in the centre of the mirror above the sideboard, which uses the same speakers as the radio. We use this to play DVDs as we don't have or want a TV licence, but there is wiring for a satellite dish on the wheelhouse.
There is a full size Miele washing machine and a full size Miele Dryer in the bowthruster room. Also stored in there is a folding full-sized ironing board, clothes airers, and an iron in the laundry cupboard.
There isn't any. This, we believe, is the safest way.
Manuals, instructions and suggested maintenance rotas
These are all kept on computer (except the Cummins engine handbook which is on paper), and will be made available to the buyer when the sale is completed.
The central heating system is based on a Webasto diesel boiler in the engine room, which heats 12 radiators and 2 towel warmers. In addition there are twin Franco-Belge "Continental" stoves (in the saloon and in the aft cabin), which look like antique multi-fuel stoves but have been adapted by the manufacturer to use diesel fuel. You could also boil water for a cup of tea on the stove in the saloon, if you wanted to!
Navigation equipment includes a chart plotter linked to GPS, radar and an AIS receiver, a depth sounder and a VHF radio with an automatic Mayday button, all by Raymarine, There is a second independent GPS with plotter functions by Garmin. These are all 12V.
There are the standard navigation lights, with a searchlight and a mast light.
A radar reflector is fitted to the mast.
Friendship has a 10 foot GRP tender (called Little Friend) with oars, which can take an outboard motor. This is kept on a custom built cradle on the aft deck and launched via the aft davit. In addition, for channel crossings etc, there is a conventional life-raft - this should be serviced before any sea crossing of course. There are 4 life-jackets (recently serviced) and 3 buoyancy aids. There are two large lifebuoys outside the wheelhouse, one with an18m throw line and the other with an automatic floating light (all renewed in 2018). There's also a movable boarding ladder.
The main fire equipment consists of 8 extinguishers (1 powder, 4 foam and 3 carbon dioxide) and a fire blanket (all recently serviced). The pump engine in the engine room can be connected to a fire hose, and there are also 2 fire buckets on the foredeck. There is a smoke detector and an ionisation detector, and 3 carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
There is a 24V Rule bilge pump activated automatically by a float switch or manually by an override switch (all recently tested). In addition the pump engine acts as a bilge pump, and can draw water from the fore, mid or aft part of the boat (new Johnson impeller recently fitted). There is also a small Jabsco pump for cleaning up any small amount of water remaining, and finally, as a backup to the backup a hand operated Whale bilge pump.