Devizes Wiltshire UK|
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This sale represents an ideal live-on-board lifestyle with income opportunity via ownership of a successful, established and profitable business operating within the holiday industry/ leisure marine sector. With a highly developed website and a unique On-line booking system and excellent trading results. https://www.wessexrose.co.uk/
Launched in 2013 the Wessex Rose is a hotel boat positioned at the luxury end of the Inland Waterways market. Bespoke designed for purpose, the vessel is a broadbeam canal hotel boat 69ft (23m) long and 12ft 5in (3.9m) wide accommodating 6 guests in 3 en-suite cabins with 2 crew accommodated in a larger double/ twin en-suite owner’s cabin.
|Vessel name:||Wessex Rose|
|Vessel type:||69 Wide Beam Narrowboat|
|Fit Out:||Milburn Boats|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Barrus Shire|
|Length over all:||69'|
|Fuel capacity:||1800 Gallons|
|Water capacity:||1800 Gallons|
|Holding tank capacity:||500 Gallons|
Saloon - The saloon is at the front of the boat and is finished with oak detail with an engineer hardwood floor. There is a large built in dresser unit incorporating TV space, display cupboards with bevelled glass, glass racks to one side and storage cupboards below. Two slide out sets of steps serve the side hatches and there is a fixed upholstered cross bench under the front windows below which houses the water pumps, water pressure system, bow thruster unit and general storage space. The saloon is furnished with bespoke armchairs that also serve as dining chairs, gate leg tables inlaid with the Wessex Rose crest and a movable storage cupboard in matching oak.
There are two large front windows that open by dropping down into the bulkhead, two large sliding side windows and two opening side hatches. All windows are double-glazed and have made to measure matching curtains hung from brushed stainless rails and retainers.
The saloon is heated by a feature Lockgate diesel fuelled stove and underfloor heating run from the Hurricane hot water system. Lighting is by ceiling fitted LED lights, double gang 240v sockets are fitted, surround sound speakers installed and the TV is supported by a self-seeking motorised satellite system. An independent router supplies Wi-Fi for guest use.
Galley - The galley is fully fitted with bespoke built floor and wall units throughout and incorporates a built in large spice/bottle storage rack above the worktops. The units house a built-in Hotpoint double oven, microwave, 5 ring gas hob with cast iron trivets, cooker hood/extractor, dishwasher, washing machine and separate tumble dryer. A tall freestanding fridge/freezer is located at one end of the worktops. The worktops are a Corian type with small upstands and a built in double sink and separate small hand basin to meet catering requirements.
The floor is engineered hardwood matching the rest of the boat and the galley is served by a sliding door. Gas appliances are served from LPG/Calor gas bottles stored in gas lockers in the bow. Electrical power is from the battery/inverter and/or the on-board 12Kva generator. There are LED ceiling lights, 240v sockets at worktop height in addition to hidden sockets for all built in appliances, and an opening double-glazed window and a roof ‘Houdini’ hatch.
Guest Cabins - Each of the 3 guest cabins have identical details. All measure 6ft 6in x 8ft 6in (2m x 2.6m) excluding en-suite. They can be configured as king size double or full size twin with zip together interior sprung mattresses. Each has bedding, mattress protectors, toppers etc to match both configurations and all bedding/linen is of the highest quality.
All cabin furniture and trim is in oak and the floor is engineered hardwood. A built-in wardrobe has both hanging space and floor to ceiling shelves with full-length mirror. A dressing table unit houses shelves/storage baskets, two small cupboards, one of which is lockable, a vanity shelf with lit mirror above, shelf for tea and coffee making facilities and small storage shelves above. A further high-level storage shelf runs along the width of the cabin.
Each cabin has an opening double glazed window with made to measure curtains hung from brushed stainless rails and retainer, electrical underfloor heating and radiator, a wall mounted TV/DVD, a wired in hair dryer and 240v sockets with built in USB charging points and a dual voltage shaver socket. Lighting is via 4 ceiling LED lights with 2-way switching at the door and at the bedhead, over mirror LED strip and 2 bedhead ‘flexi arm’ reading lights.
Each cabin is served by an en-suite ‘wet room’ all of which are identical. Measuring 2ft 8in x 5ft 7in (0.8m x 1.7m) each is equipped with a push button flush toilet that extracts to a central holding tank, a hand basin with hot/cold mixer tap and a water saving power shower. Waste water gathers in a small sump trough and pumped away by a waste water ‘gulper’ pump. Tiled throughout with non-slip floor tiles, white wall tiles with a small mosaic border running through. There is a large mirror to one end of the en-suite with a white Corian shelf under and a wall mounted mirror over the basin. Lighting is a ceiling light/extractor fan and an over mirror LED strip light. Each en-suite has a heated towel rail run from the Hurricane/hot water system and is separated from the cabin by a frosted glass door etched with the Wessex Rose crest.
Crew Cabin - The crew cabin measures 8ft 6in x 8ft 2in (2.6m a 2.5m). Trimmed and floored as the guest cabins the beds can be configured as double or as single bunk beds. The wardrobe is larger than the guest cabins with a full-length mirror inside the door. The dressing table has a large mirrored cupboard above and one sidewall of the cabin has under window cupboards, a small fold out desk and cupboard below. There are overhead lockers to the rear and a large storage area behind. Electrical and water systems together with the en-suite bathroom are identical to the guest cabins.
Constructed from certified British Steel she has two independent fuel tanks that combined hold 1800lts and a water tank with a similar capacity. The pump out sewage tank holds in excess of 500 flushes from the Jets vacuum and macerator toilet system. To maximise inside guest space the boat has a hydraulic drive system allowing the engine to be placed in an independent engine room to one side of the boat behind one pair of bathrooms. Similarly, an independent generator room is housed behind the other pair of bathrooms. Both are accessed from outside the boat. The boat is also equipped with a hydraulically driven bow thruster.
The Wessex Rose has a large ‘sitting deck’ on the roof with folding side rails, a large electric tilt and slide tinted sunroof above the saloon, side hatches and panoramic opening windows in the saloon. A gas locker for two LPG cylinders, a storage locker and the water tank are housed in the bow.
Heating & Hot Water Systems - Hot water for domestic supply, saloon underfloor heating and cabin radiators is drawn from heat exchangers on the engine when running and alternatively via an ITR Hurricane Diesel powered water heater located in the generator room and controlled from the crew quarters control cabinet. In addition the saloon has a feature Lockgate Marine Diesel Stove that provides additional heating.
The water system is fully pressurised via a pump and 25ltr pressure vessel. Hot water is stored via a conventional Calorifier and all water passes through a Water Conditioning System as it leaves the storage tank.
The Wessex Rose is powered by a main Barrus Shire 90hp 4.5ltr John Deere engine. In turn the engine drives an ARS Hydraulic system providing high-pressure hydraulic power to the motor behind the propeller and to the bow thrusters. The propeller is a bespoke design and individually manufactured Clements 5 bladed propeller made from HB1.
The engine also drives two alternators, one for independent starter battery and one supplying charge to the on-board battery bank. Domestic hot water is also taken from the main engine by a heat exchanger. Engine and independent hydraulic oil cooling keel cooled by skin tanks.
A silencer is fitted in the exhaust system and a dual Morse Control at the steering position governs hydraulic pressure and engine revs. The engine room is located at the side of the boat behind two of the en-suite bathrooms and is accessed via a side hatch on the outside of the boat. At Nov 2019 the engine has run 4949 hours and has been fully serviced to manufacture guidelines.
Electrical Systems - Unlike most Hotel Boats the Wessex Rose has an on-board generator creating enough power to run laundry facilities and all normal kitchen appliances, toasters, fully pressurised water system to all the boat as well as ample 240v power for electrical underfloor heating, hair dryers, tea and coffee making facilities, TV’s and DVD and fans to each cabin.
The generator is a Beta Marine 38 diesel engine linked to a 10.7KVa generator that provides both direct 240v power to the larger appliances and 24v to charge the onboard batteries that in turn runs through an Inverter to 240v for smaller appliances. The generator room is located at the side of the boat behind the other 2 bathrooms and is accessed only via a side hatch on the outside of the boat. At Nov 2019 the generator has run 6541 hours from new and has been fully serviced to manufacturer guidelines.
A battery bank of 8 x Rolls 3000 deep discharge batteries takes charge from the main engine when running and via the generator. Charging, 240v and 24v supply are controlled via a Victron VE Net Blue Motion Power Panel and via a Victron 24/5000/120 Inverter housed in the generator room. All lighting is LED and 24v and cabin underfloor heating 240v. All generator controls and electrical panel, circuit breakers and trips are located in a control cabinet in the crew cabin.
The Wessex Rose is licensed and insured to carry out its activities on all suitable Canal & River Trust waters and Environment Agency non-tidal waters along with the tidal Avon to Bristol and tidal Thames Teddington to Brentford.
As the vessel carries less than 12 people it falls under the MCA ‘Small Passenger Boat Code’ and there is no requirement for any qualifications to skipper the boat. However insurers may require, and it would be sensible to have, an Inland Waterways ‘Helmsman Certificate’ which is a 1 day hands on course.
|Summer Cruising Area:||Kennet & Avon, the River Thames and the Grand Union Canal|
|Winter Cruising Area:||Winter moorings in Devizes|
Fully inclusive cruises are offered on a pre-set schedule between April and October and range in duration from 3 to 7 nights.
The 2020 schedule started on the 1st April and ends on the 23rd October. It consisted of 30 cruises, 208 cruise nights and 11 rest days. Cruises start at 4pm on day 1 and end at 10am on the final day.
All food and drink (including alcoholic) is included whilst on board, the vessel holds a drinks licence. Catering is carried out on board by the owners and consists of a set menu breakfast, morning tea/coffee, lunch, afternoon tea/coffee and 4 course evening meal.
In this transaction First Peninsula Marine is acting as Broker only. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate to take professional advice when considering the opportunity and before any purchase is made.