East London London UK
Noorderzon is a converted Belgian Spits. She's 28.5 metres by 5.05, and is on a secure, residential mooring in East London. Mooring fees are around £500 / month, which is extremely cheap for London.
The boat features central heating, broadband, shore power, mains water (via a water tank), full headroom throughout (I'm 6'5"), and lots of space for a family.
From back to front (or stern to bows, for you nautical types):
- bedroom 1: former skippers' quarters. Built-in bed (small double), lots of wardrobes (both hanging and shelved storage), and comfortable space for a desk/work area.
- ktichen/dining room: small dishwasher, sink, 4-burner stove and oven (electric), all built-in. Breakfast bar to dining room , with fridge and built-in storage.Total area approx: 4m x 4m
- Wheelhouse: this is the main entrance to the boat. Navigation equipment, access to engine room, steps down to living room in the former hold.
- Living room: approx 5m x 5m.
- Corridor (approx. 1m x 5m), leading on to bathroom and bedrooms 2,3 and 4
- bathroom (approx 2.5 x 4m), sink, (regular, domestic) toilet, corner bath with shower
- bedroom 2 (approx 3 x 4m), with built-in wardrobes
- bedroom 3 (approx 3 x 4m, though built-in wardrobes reduce usable width to approx 2m)
- bedroom 4 (approx 5 x 5m),
- steps to former crew quarters, with washing machine and tumble drier
- storage area
Total usable indoor space is approx 110 square metres.
There is space under the hatches for storage.
The boat is on a secure, transferrable mooring in Barking, East London. There's a bus stop 3 minutes walk away, and Barking station is just 15 minutes walk. There are shops and cafes within 5 minutes walk, and there is free parking for 1 car.
The boat has a working engine, navigation lights and VHF radio - I bought her in Amsterdam and sailed her across the North Sea. The engine is a Detroit Diesel two-stroke, capable of around 10 knots; steering is manual, with dual rudders.
I am having the engine prepared for a trip to dry dock, and having work carried out for the Boat Safety Scheme assessment (primarily fixing the fuel hoses and providing enough fire extinguishers).
She's fully insulated, and is warm and dry in the winter (diesel-fired central heating helps!) and cool in the summer.
I am re-painting the outside; I've had the decks and topsides taken back to bare metal and primed, and applying marine paint (Sikkens) to make her look good.
She's a comfortable family home, economical to run (low council tax, cheap bills), and the site is very safe (locked access gates and CC TV). The mooring community is friendly and helpful.
She holds a transferable mooring license from the land owner and from the Port of London Authority. The mooring is alongside a redevelopment project whose planning conditions explicitly recognize the rights of boat owners to moor on the river, and I believe this provides a very high level of security. Once the redevelopment is complete, there will be landscaping, shops/restaurants and other facilities.
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Detroit Diesel|
|Length over all:||28.50m|
|Fuel capacity:||2000 Litres|
|Water capacity:||1000 Litres|
The engine is in good condition; I had her serviced when I bought her, and had the piston heads replaced. She starts immediately, and has never given me any problems.
There are 3 large diesel tanks.
Steel, riveted. Overplated where necessary at the last survey.
There is headroom throughout the boat, except in the storage area in the bows. The boat is fully insulated, and has central heating throughout the living space. The kitchen is servicable but a little tired; I've cooked dinners for 10 or more even though it's quite a small space.
It would be straightforward to convert the rear of the boat (bedroom 1, kitchen and diningroom) into a self-contained flat which could be rented out and easily cover bills.
Sailor VHF, engine control panel, morse engine control.
There's an (electric) compass, along with navigation lights.