E5 9BL London UK|
I am selling my narrowboat, which is currently on hard standing in Lee Valley Spring Marina as I have moved country during the pandemic. I am sad to see it go, but I know somebody will give it a good new home. It is out of the water after doing some extensive improvements to the hull. In 2020, we added 6mm of new steel to the baseplate, and on the sides up and over the water line. We also created a new weed-hatch, along with replacing the prop-shaft, and the tiller tube. Finished it off with coating the entire thing with 2 pack epoxy (applied to new steel - it should be many years before it needs to be recoated). We also redid the engine bay, to raise the stern deck to make it easier to navigate (to see over the top of the boat) and also to ensure that water did not enter the engine bay.
I used the boat for continuous cruising, and I loved it. I spent a lot of time modernising the interior, and improving insulation, and electrics. The boat stays super toasty in the winter with the stove on, and with lithium powering the electrics, have never had to worry about running out of power.
I would suggest the boat is ready to live on (I was living on it until recently!), but to be transparent, these are the things which I imagine/would suggest need to be finished off to make it even better.
- I didn’t get a chance to reclad the bathroom. It has a new window installed, but I would recommend replacing the board/wall for the window before cladding the shower unit. The shower isn’t hooked up yet, but all the pieces are there -once the room has been cladded.
- There is a tiny little bit of cladding to do, to fill in where the kitchen units join the wall.
- The instantaneous gas water heater is installed, and mostly plumbed in, but needs the gas pipe connecting (the pipe run is there, but just waiting for a t-join, which should be done by a certified plumper preferably. I was originally planning on redoing the entire gas pipe, so that it didn’t branch over the ceiling in the middle and instead branched over at the bow/before the bed.
- The Whale Gulper 220 shower waste pump has been installed, and I seem to remember has also been wired up (need to check - but it would be trivial to wire up as it is very close to the 12v distribution panels), but needs connecting to the shower waste + a hose attaching to the bow eyelet/to the nearby sink waste eyelet.
- Due to the reengineered stern, the stairs out of the boat are nolonger the ideal height! Cutting down a nice wooden step ladder would work great for this, or adding a box to the steps already onboard (they are easy to remove and modify). I also don’t know about the finish near the stern door - I reckon it probably now needs a lick of paint (there are a couple of unopened nice tins of paint already on board for you).
|Vessel type:||Cruiser Stern Narrowboat|
|Designer:||Harborough Marine Boats|
|Builder:||Harborough Marine Boats|
|Model:||49 Cruiser Stern|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Lister SR3|
|Length over all:||49'|
Furniture + Extras
- 4’ Eve mattress (always used with mattress protector, in great condition, probably 18 months old)
- West Elm Auburn Sofa - A really nice, contemporary sofa… Which fits in a narrowboat. Genuinely a rare find…!
- 2x fold out tables, with fold out stools (with backrests). These are essential for WFH, and for dinning. I liked them as it mean I could fold them away and get much more space back
- A muji clothes rack/organizer
- 2 custom made roll out underbed storage boxes. These maximise the space for storing clothes/anything under the bed. They have wheels on them so you just drag them out.
- Thetford C2 Cassette Toilet
- A microchip sensing catflat installed in the door..!
Most of the inside of the cabin has been rebuilt, to accomade better electical runs, better insolation, and better surface finishes.
Completely new kitchen - custom fitted kitchen made from birch plywood, for optimum storage.
Reworking of all electrics (to be a lot more logical and useful).
Bulkheads moved/removed to make a more open design
Walls + ceilings re-clad
Complete new hull (6mm overplate steel on baseplate, sides, prop shaft, tiller tube… Every part which sits in the water has been reworked!)
Full blacked in 2020/21 with 2 pack epoxy resin, on fresh new steel
New modern weed-hatch constructed
Reengineered stern, to increase height for easier navigation, and to ensure that no water enters the engine bilge (the new buffalo boards sit ontop of the gunwales, so water flows off and out of the boat, plus there have been new water trap gutters installed too.
All Electronics labeled, and all DC loads use anderson power pole connectors + fuses. This makes the distribution board a delight to work with, and not a mess!
I spent a lot of time + money on the electrics for the boat. I went with all ‘victron’ branded stuff, as it was super reliable and state of the art. I’ve never, ever had any issues with power (even over dark winter months) with the lithium batteries just charging from the solar panels. The BMS is capable of taking a charge from the alternator (this is fairly rare/hard to do for lithium batteries), but I never ended up doing it as I never felt I needed to.
Along with excellent, very new lithium batteries (less than 100 cycles the app reports the last time I was there) I have bought equipment to monitor the batteries + solar yields. You can connect all the equipment up to the Venus GX to monitor your boats charging/discharging status from anywhere on the internet, and even do things like turn lights on and off with the relay it includes. TL:DR; the boat has a worry free power solution.
- 500w Solar Panels
- 2x Victron 100AH Lithium Smart Batteries
- Victron 12/200 BMS
- Victron 100/50 Smart MPPT
- Victron 12/375 240v Phoenix Inverter
- Victron Venus GX (Boat GPS tracking, remote status monitoring, remote switch)
- Victron BMV-712
- Victron Orion 12/24-5
- 2x Whale Supersub Smart 650 Bilge pumps (I believe they are currently in odd places due to the boat renovations, but are fairly trivial to put back into place)
- Netgear Nighthawk M1 Router
- External LTE Antenna
- Arlo Security Camera (alerts your phone if somebody steps onto the front of your boat, without you being there)
- Numerous USB power points throughout the cabin, for phone charging, and all sorts
- 1x 90w 12v USB-C charger - used for laptops. Got this to avoid using the inverter
- 1x 60w 12-19v USB-C charger - used for laptops/fast charging phones
- 240v inverter plugs (only ever used these for charging tools)
- Freshly painted wood/solid fuel stove. Its a circular ‘barrel’ design, and really chucks out a lot of heat, compared to every other boat I’ve been on. This was already on the boat when I got it, but it really is an excellent stove!
- Valiant Flu pipe mounted stove fan
- Dometic CRX50 12v fridge (modern - purchased 2 years ago)
- Thetford 2 Burner Gas (with electric ignition Stove (Model: Topline 922)
- Thetford Duplex Oven (Piezo ignition)
Lighting: Original + Genuine Anglepoise lighting throughout..!
All lighting on the boat is 12v, efficient LED lighting
- 3x Anglepoise 1227 Mini Wall lights (2 in main cabin, 1 in bathroom)
- 1x Anglepoise 1227 lamp with wall adaptor - Chrome / Red cord
- 1x Anglepoise 1227 Brass with wall adaptor - Elephant Grey
- In some of the photos, there is a standing cream anglepoise - this is not included in the sale.
The engine is a lister SR3. Super easy engine to maintain - it doesn’t even have glow plugs to blow! It is air cooled, and I have never had any issues with it when I was continually cruising (in the peak of summer after cruising for over 2 hours, I did cut out a couple of times on tickover, which is something which apparently can be easily adjusted if necessary.
The engine hasn’t run in over a year, as it has been out of the water for a while now with the work which has been done to the hull.
The engine needs its ignition hooking back up, and the starter battery put back in place. Whilst the boat is at the marina, it would be a good time to do an oil change (it was changed just before going into the marina, but whilst it is out it is much more pleasant to do).
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.