Sunday, 30 October 2011

And yet another pocket liveaboard from eBay

While we are looking at a few small liveaboards listed on eBay ... I'll add this 34 ft 2002 Piper built (and fitted) narrowboat.

It is currently at £14,500.00 with the reserve not yet met and about a day to go before the auction ends.

"Mischief" has interior woodwork in cherry and oak with sapelle trim. Excellent headroom throughout.

Spinflo Nelson stainless steel cooker with grill and oven (FFD to all rings and oven).
Electric fridge. SS sink and separate drainer.

Comfortable saloon aft with an L shaped dinette which converts to a double berth. Kabola "Old Dutch" diesel heater. 300 watt 240 Volt inverter.

Forward cabin with two single berths which convert to crosswise double if required.

12 Volt systems with 200 Ah domestic batteries.

Shower. Thetford cassette toilet with electric flush. Spare cassette.

Yanmar Shire 1000, 25 bhp diesel with PRM 80 gearbox

Water tank 120 gallons.

Diesel tank 178 litres

Safety cert and BW licence current

Mooring: There is a pontoon mooring with mains electric hook up and water, in Hatherton Marina located on The Staffs & Worcs Canal. The fee's are 38p per ft per week + VAT.

Not a lot of bucks to get on the water with some style, I must say.

Another classy pocket liveaboard on eBay

Usually the pickings on eBay vary anywhere from dubious to dilapidated. And then, you get the occassional gem.

Here's another great listing ...

42 Foot Mike Heywood Narrow Boat


£38,950 asking price o.n.o

Recent full repaint in traditional colours with Vinyl signage
Recessed panelled sides along the whole boat
Traditional Pigeon Box and side hatch to engine room
Font canvas cratch cover

Saloon finished in Oak and white. Lined in pine stained white to leave traditional wood effect yet giving light and fresh appearance.
Saloon features 2x faux black leather recliners with oak effect base. Solid wood flooring (Oak), and freestanding oak furniture.
Bay window doors to large bow deck area.
Oak effect aluminium blinds sit perfectly within recessed window panels.
Galley features brand new kitchen units, 30mm star galaxy granite work surfaces, new Thetford gas cooker and 12/240v fridge

Bathroom (heads):
Walk-through modern wet room style bathroom
Fully lined in white ceramic tiles with grey slate effect floor
Thetford cassette toilet
All chrome and aluminium fixtures

Engine Room:
Home to the beautiful and rare Russell Newbery DM2 engine. Sounds amazing when cruising and will run forever. Still in production today, built to order for over £20,000 alone!
Scrumbled throughout and features pigeon box and side hatch for additional ventilation.
Floors lift up for full access

Back Cabin:
Small double bed folds down. Comfortable and easy to make bed sleeps 2 and folds away when cruising
Loads of storage in fold down table plus extra cupboards above, below and to the side of the bed.
Additional storage under seats on the starboard side.

Equipment and inventory:
Hot water from on demand Paloma gas boiler. Efficient and cheap to run
Heating from solid fuel stove in back cabin. Additional heating from 240v radiators in saloon
Large plastic water tank (size unconfirmed)
12v provided from 3 leisure batteries (one starter battery in same battery bay)
240v provided from Sterling Combi charger/Inverter
240v Hook up
Will include in sale all ropes, fenders, stakes and poles etc required for immediate cruising.

Boat was out the water late this summer for a full professional blacking, hull survey and have 4 new annodes fitted. The hull was reported to be in immaculate condition 10/6/4/4. Survey available to view and included in sale.

Kiskadee is currently moored at Pilings Lock Marina where a berth may be available if agreed with marina owner. Rates very reasonable in by far the tidiest marina in Leicestershire!

How tasty is this one. Follow the link if you want to check it out ... or buy it !

Very nice 'pocket liveaboard' listed on eBay

This is not part of the boats for 60K series of posts. But I had to make a post on it.

It's listed on eBay for £21,995 or offer ... and here are the stats ...

For Sale a 32ft steel Nb Encore

Manufacturer: Hancock & Lane
Style: Merlin Hull with Cruiser stern
Material: Steel
Berth: 2
Year: 1975
Engine: Lister 2 cylinder diesel (SR2 Aircooled) serviced
Dimensions: 32ft by 6ft 10' wide
Gearbox: Lister LM100

Professionally refitted in 2011 to a very high standard, with a modern and fresh feel (Please see below for a full list of work carried out).

The hull is solid with good anodes, it was re-blacked earlier this year (May 2011), plus had been totally re-bottomed in 2001. Receipts and details for both included.

All fixtures fittings and furnishings included.

Re-fit includes:

- As described above the underside has been re-blacked this year, taken back to the metal and had 5 coats of blacking and is in good condition
- The sides were painted some years ago and are still in very good condition
-The top has been re-painted this year
- Solar panel charging for on board leisure batteries
- Comes with stern cover for the winter months
- Aerial fitted is high frequency, to work even in the poorest of reception areas
- Windows were replaced in 2005, receipts included. Single channel glazed in a brass finish.
- 240 v hook up in engine bay

- The boat was gutted prior to commencing work, what was salvageable inside was saved but everything else is brand new.
- The floor was solid, had 3 quarter inch marine ply on it. It was then over boarder with 8mm marine ply.
As you walk in there is the main 12 v leisure battery switch off, the main control unit, with ignition start, running hour log.
- Sony faceoff explode, radio CD player.

- Original fuel burner - resealed and re-blacked
- 20" flat screen TV, with digital receiver and build in DVD player
- Sofa with under seat storage, finished with modern, comfortable and durable coverings.
- One side contains the bed framing, with room for duvet and pillows. The other side is free storage
- Bed can be made up in under a minute, simply a case of pull out and slot in.
- High grade 10 mm olive wood laminate, through lounge, kitchen and diner.
- Spotlights throughout

- 12 v and 240 v fridge, also gas compatible (but only wired for 12 & 240 v)
- New kitchen units, high gloss doors, and brushed metal handles. With modern red granite effect work surfaces. Includes under unit lighting.
- 240 v plugs
- Used stainless steel oven (around 3/4 years old) but it is in very good condition
- New sink and tap
- Brand new high gloss white gas powered diner stools
- Painted throughout in white soft sheen

- Tiled throughout
- Paloma water heater that provides hot and cold water to the kitchen, bathroom sink and shower
- New shower unit
- Vanity unit, with mirror and fittings
- Porta Potti

- Water tank housed under cratch
- Faux leather cushion covers
- Under seating storage

- Moorings paid to the end of the month
- Possibility of residential moorings for an extra cost and at the marina managers discretion
- Boat Safety Certificate to September 2012

Moored just outside of Leicester.

A survey on this boat would be most interesting. It looks the business.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Boat #3 - Liverpool Boat Co.

Another contender has to be Liverpool Boat Company, currently asking £51,707 for a fully fitted 55ft narrowboat and well below the £60,000 budget. It even leaves room for some upgrades and finishing touches.

From the standard specification, it already has a pump out loo, which is usually the first extra I look at.

Standard Price : £51,707

Liverpool Boat Co's Crick Boat

Fenders                                                       £225
Back Guard Rail                                         £240
Deluxe Engine Panel                                   £195
Bow Lockers                                               £350
Diesel Central Heating                              £2000
Fair Leads (front & back)                             £60
3.5Kva Travel Power                                £2950
Battery Management                                  £350
Stainless Steel Water Tank                        £850

All up ... it comes to £58,927

I think window treatments such as blinds or curtains will be on top of that. Adding a few other nick nacks would bring it up to the £60K mark once you drive away.

But you would be nicely kitted out when you did.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Boat #2 - Viking Canal Boats

 Next up, we have Viking Canal Boats.

They do a 57' narrowboat for :

Sailaway                       £24,156
Sailaway (Lined)          £31,672
Lined (+ additions)       £39,231
Fully Fitted                   £59,500

Viking's Standard 57ft Layout
Specifications, inclusions, add-ons and upgrades (with prices) can be found on their website.

This meets all criterea exactly, even price. In fact, if you are ready to move now ... they will do your choice of layout for  £53,530, including a 3 year warranty.  Or ... if a reverse layout floats your boat, the exact boat pictured is spec'd out and ready to roll for £52,250. Now thats a great price for a new boat this size.

This end of the market requires MDF is used instead of solid timber, though the standard of fittings and finish is acceptable. Bespoke layouts can be accommodated.

It includes things that are sometimes extras, such as, venetians and curtains, fenders, 3 x radiators and a heated towel rack. Pump out loo is do-able too.

I'll give this one the "Bang for buck" award.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Boat #1 - New & Used Boat Co.

Pushing the 'ish' about as far as it can go in the £60K ish budget requirement, we start with the New & Used Boat Co's Hanbury range

Their 57' comes in 4 layout configurations, all good, with prices FROM £65,950. So their is no room to move on any design changes that add to the cost, without blowing the budget out of the water.

Still .... the basic boats are mighty nice.

The layouts comprise two standard configurations (bed at stern) called the PEACOCK Range and two reverse configurations (bed forward) called the SWALLOWTAIL Range.


And each standard and reverse layout comes with either side bathroom or walkthrough bathroom. Making the 4 layout range.

Needless to say, that for this criterea, this range sets the benchmark quite high. Here are the interiors, starting forward, moving aft.

Peacock interior :

Swallowtail interior :