Changing circumstances mean that it's time for me to pass my beloved boat into new hands. Notre Bateau has been my home for over 5 years. Over that time, I’ve thoughtfully fitted her out, making her into the home she is now. She’s fully functional and ready to move onto.
Notre Bateau is a three-berth widebeam 48x10ft Dutch Westlander Barge. Her hull is of riveted mild steel and dates from around 1936, according to her recent survey in March. She was converted to a houseboat in the 80s and brought over to the UK about 8 years ago. She was surveyed and blacked with three coats of bitumen in March 2020, and has a boat safety certificate good until October 2022.
Inside she consists of two light and spacious main open-plan cabins. One enters from the rear into the saloon, which also houses the steering wheel (no standing outside in the rain to move her). The saloon consists of a fitted kitchen with oak worktop, gas hob and butler sink with a fold-up-and-away table and stools for 4. With large windows on all four sides, she's unusually light and airy for a live-aboard.
Down 3 stairs is the open plan sleeping/living space with large windows on each side and openable portholes to the bow. There is a built in sofa with storage underneath and behind. There's a fitted double bed, with a single "den" bed below it (designed to accommodate my now 9-year old daughter who lives with me part-time, although smaller adults have slept in the den on occasion too!).
She was fitted out with masses of storage; absolutely buckets of cupboards and drawers throughout, hanging space, plus a lot of space under the saloon floor.
She has an Airhead compost loo fitted, which is by far the most convenient toilet solution on the water. No smells and very little maintenance.
She has 4 water tanks totalling 400 litres and there is a Morso water heater for hot water. The small sit-in bath was fitted when I bought her, although I've never used it. There is a waste water pump installed which just needs connecting up and then that should be good to go.
She is heated by a Webasto diesel heater which is connected to 3 radiators. This can be set on a timer, so she’s proper toasty when you wake up in the morning. There is a bank of four leisure batteries charged by two 150w solar panels on the roof controlled by a Tracer4215BN solar controller. She has a Victron Phoenix 12/375 inverter for all 240v needs, which is plenty enough to keep my laptop/power tools/toothbrush charged.
She is powered by a marinised water-cooled Mercedes 617 engine, which is a beast. She has been regularly serviced, with the gearbox rebuilt in 2016 and a new prop shaft fitted in 2018. She’s very easy to handle, and is a good size for continuous cruising, not needing masses of space to turn.
Given the few odd jobs that are left to do on her, I'm bringing her to market at a slightly reduced price to reflect that work. Aside from the waste water pump connect-up, what's left to do is cosmetic (e.g. tiling round the water heater, tiling/improving the bathroom) - a chance to put your own stamp on her to make her your home.
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Mercedes 617|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||14.60m|
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.