Barge Z351D is a Dutch barge built in 1907 for maintenance of the canals in Amsterdam, she is built of riveted steel, with a new cabin built from welded steel in Holland in 2002. At this time many other improvements were made which included some minor repairs to the hull (although it’s still 98% original steel), and the fitment of a new electric system, paintwork, fuel tanks, and strengthening to the hull from the inside etc. I have a lot of documents detailing this, and more recent works.
Under my ownership there has been an extensive restoration/refit over the course of two years, prior to my moving aboard. The bilges have been cleaned and protected and now remain dry and clean, and everything from there up has been restored, replaced, or improved. she has around 6’ 5'' headroom throughout, and makes an excellent liveaboard. I have cruised her extensively on the Thames and Canals, and she currently resides on a mooring in Woodbridge on the beautiful river Deben, just opposite Sutton Hoo.
The barge was last out of the water December 2021, was got back to bare metal, and a new coat of blacking applied, along with 8 anodes. At this time the hull was Surveyed and found to be in good condition (please follow the link at the bottom to view it). The decks, roof and topsides were refinished in summer 2018, and could do with a re-paint as they’re currently letting down what is otherwise a very well sorted boat. I would feel comfortable to cruise the boat coastally, on rivers, and on the canals. With its low air draft, it’s capable of cruising the river Lea, the grand Union canal, the Regents Canal, the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and most of the Kennet and Avon. It is incredibly well insulated with Celotex and mineral wool, the sky lights are double glazed, and the portholes 12mm thick, so it stays very cosy through the winter using the wood burner.
The barge can be transported by road, and can be lifted at a local yard if required.
The electrical system makes it easy to live off grid on the barge but can also be plugged in to a shore power hookup, It has been meticulously installed, using very high quality equipment. The barge’s electrical system is set up to be very efficient and use minimal power, with everything ‘living’ related being on a 12v system. The very quiet and efficient generator, alongside the solar and wind power make it very simple to generate power. The Fischer Panda generator gets 6 monthly servicing, the Lombardini has been serviced but is only run for testing purposes. The system consists of the following:
- Fischer Panda 12KVA generator (keel cooled)
- Lombardini 6KVA generator (air cooled)
- 1kw solar panel array, Victron smart solar 250/60 charger
- AirX 400w wind generator (can be mounted on pontoon or on boat)
- 12v 280ah LiFePo4 (lithium) battery for leisure use (fitted 2023)
- 4x trojan T-105 batteries for 24v engine use
- Victron 24v 3000w/70a multiplus inverter and battery charger (for higher load use - washing machine, water filtration system, power tools)
- Victron 12v 300w inverter for main cabin sockets (laptop charging, HiFi system, lamps)
- 12v + 240v sockets located throughout the boat
- Webasto air top 5000 diesel heater
- 240v washing machine + 12v fridge in engine room
Two 650 litre plastic water tanks (installed 2019) are housed behind the kitchen. Water is heated through a Morco high flow gas water heater, The pump has a high flow rate and water pressure, and the plumbing is run mostly in 22mm. All of this makes for a very decent shower. The Gas system was installed in 2019, and there is capacity to house 2x 13KG bottles in the gas locker.
The boat is split into 4 sections with watertight steel bulkheads between each. Each of these areas has a Wale bilge pump (installed 2019), as well as the engine room having a manual pump. None of these pumps have needed to be used.
The system consists of the following:
- Jabsco parmax plus 12v fresh water pump (fitted 2019)
- Hep20 pipework and fittings (fitted 2019)
- Accumulator tank
- 4x Wale super sub smart 1100GPH bilge pumps (fitted 2019)
- 1x Wale manual bilge pump (fitted 2019)
- Morco EUP11RS instant water heater (replaced 2023)
- Simploo compost toilet
The engine is a DAF 575, with a PRM500 gearbox installed to a very high standard, it has no leaks, and is very smooth running and reliable, it has received 6 monthly servicing under my ownership, and the only part I have had issue with was the Bosch alternator, which was refurbished in 2020. This engine has taken the boat from London to Bristol by river and canal without any problems, as well as on many outings on the tidal Thames.
The Propellor is on an Azimuth thruster, which can be turned 360 degrees with the use of a joystick, this alongside the powerful bow thruster makes manoeuvring simple. However whilst cruising, I direct the propeller backwards and use the tiller to steer.
There are 3 separate steel tanks (installed 2002) giving 490L of capacity. Engine day tank (90L), Generator tank (150L), Main tank (250L). Fuel can be moved between these tanks by use of a pump and manifold if required.
Water filtration system
A water filtration system is fitted, comprising of 5 sediment filters, and a UV filter. This can be used to fill up the main tanks, or a separate tank if required. It is designed to produce drinking water from most fresh water sources. The filters are simple to clean and replace.
The mooring is available with the boat, pending a chat with the landlord. Prospective purchasers can be put in contact with the landlord to agree upon this. Rent is currently £400 per month. The mooring hasn't got residential planning permission, however this may be able to be retrospectively applied for.
The mooring is situated on a calm open part of the Deben, just a few minutes walk from Woodbridge town centre with its pubs, shops, and train station, but on a quiet path with serene views. There is a large partially wooded garden, and car parking at the end, as well as a double garage (without power - we use a generator). The garden is quite wild and can get muddy in the winter. It is a Mud berth, so the boat sits on the mud, and floats for 4-6 hours on each high tide.
The mooring is off grid so has not services. The boat is well set up to work like this. However drinking water must be obtained either in bottles or by filling the tanks at a boatyard 5 min cruise away
Any questions please do feel free to ask, if you’d like to arrange a viewing just let me know.
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|Length over all:
|30 metric tons
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.