Looking at boats is feeling a bit more real to us now. We're not quite there yet but by the end of this week we're hoping to have it wrapped up. If the exchange rate stays close to what it is now, we'd have a budget for our boat of about £55,000.
This one is from Braunston Marina : nb Hydeaway. It has a very thick base plate! The rear area where the engine is looks to be a great storage area - we're hoping to have somewhere to store a folding bicycle. We like the colour scheme too. We'd need to find somewhere for a washing machine and to turn the bed into a cross bed but other than that it ticks all our boxes.
Price : £59,950
57 ft All Steel Trad-Style Narrowboat
Year : 2004
Hull by Hudson
Fit-out by Hudson
Hull: Original thicknesses 15/6 mm. Typically attractive Hudson hull with thick bottom plate, long swims, false rivets detailing & long foredeck. 3-coat blacking 2009. Glazed cratch with fold-down decorated table/shutter & fitted cover. Stirrup step, pigeon box, brass mushroom vents & equipment rack. Starboard side-doors. Brass portholes (venting aft). Brass tunnel lamp on foredeck mast. 124 gal approx. s/steel water tank. 40 gal fuel tank. Livery: green roof, cream sides, green panels, red lines. Traditionally decorated aft, forward & side doors.
Fit out: Quality fit-out. Headroom c. 6ft 3ins (min). Light oak veneered ply panels with matching or mahogany trim. Solid timber fitted furniture. Brown fitted carpet throughout except for tile-effect vinyl in galley. Beige curtains.
Berths: Four. Fixed double bed in own room aft. Conversion double in dinette.
Engine room & electrics: Beta 43 4-cyl 43HP diesel + PRM150D2 gearbox. Calorifier. 70A & 40A alternators. 1500VA/65A inverter/3-step charger. Advanced alternator regulator. 240V shore connection. Aquafax 8HP electric bowthruster.
Batteries: 1 starter, 3 domestic, 2 bow-thruster. Mikuni diesel-fired heating unit.
Bedroom: Fixed ‘4-poster’ style double bed, storage under, o/h cupboard & adjustable reading lights. Double wardrobe, cupboard over. Small dressing unit, cupboard under, wall mirror, cupboard over. Radiator shelf. Gangway door.
Toilet: Side cabin. Part tiled in white ceramic + decorative slips. Fully tiled & curtained shower enclosure. Dometic gravity pump-out toilet. Large white ceramic basin on cupboard. 2 airing cupboards. Wall cupboard. Mirror. Radiator.
Galley: ‘U’-shaped. Dark grey granite-effect laminate worktop + small brick-effect slips to splashback. Large white acrylic sink & drainer, double cupboard with cutlery drawer under. Vanette GG7000 fitted gas oven & grill, separate 4-burner hob. 12V fridge. Double wall-cupboard. Suspended double-fronted glazed cupboard. Decorated side doors + acrylic insert, shallow cupboard under.
Dinette: Raised ‘Pullman’ upholstered 4-seater dinette, storage under, veneered timber table, converting to double bed.
Saloon: Morso solid-fuel stove in tiled surround + brass scuttle & tools. Fitted corner TV cupboard + radio/CD & fitted speakers, power & aerial sockets. Glazed book case. Low-level open shelves. Overhead corner cupboard. Adjustable wall spotlights. Iron log-basket. 2 cream leather revolving armchairs. Solid bulkheads & decorated doors to covered well-deck with side lockers & fold-down decorated table.
Other equipment: Diesel-fired central heating to 3 radiators. 2 x 13kg gas bottles. Deck & mooring equipment. 3 fire extinguishers & blanket. Water hose.