|Tax Status:||Tax Exempt|
London London UK|
‘Bridge of Orchy’ is a Collingwood Sail away put in the water August 2017 and has been fitted out to a high spec and lived on as a constant cruiser ever since.
She is a steel boat perfect for living year round while cruising or moored up in a marina.
The boat has been gradually built across 4 years by various tradespeople and has only this year had the final touches put in place, so it’s a great time to buy.
The owner moved off recently with her 1 year old to head back to Ireland so the boat is available to move in anytime.
The main features of the boat are:
· It is incredibly spacious due to an intelligent layout and amazing use of the 9ft width
· More than enough accessible storage – we couldn’t believe how much stuff we owned until we started to move it off!
· An easy to use ‘dual’ central heating system which heats the whole boat and will keep you toasty over winter without much effort.
· Nearly 1000Watts of solar allowing you to keep going all year with almost no need to run the engine for electricity.
· The build itself is modern and beautiful inside and out, spacious, bright and a lovely home to live and relax in.
· Stunning real wood parquet flooring throughout the boat.
One of the finest features on this boat is the dual heating system. Primarily the boat is heated by an all fuel stove, this stove also has a built in oven to help save on cooking gas over winter. The stove powers a back boiler which is connected to radiators throughout the boat. The radiators in the kitchen/dining/living area of the boat are gravity fed, so will heat up with no pump required, there is then 2 further radiators in the bathroom and bedroom, these are heated once the pump kicks in, the pump can be set to come on and off when the central heating reaches a certain temperature, so will switch on when it gets hot enough and then switch off once is cools down. This control is very accessible and the pump can also be turned on or off manually if you want to give a blast of heat to the back rooms or keep more heat in the living area.
This system of radiators is also connected to a webasto diesel heater situated at the front of the boat (the main reason for this is as it is mostly used to heat the boat in the morning when the fire isn’t so warm and as it is in the front the noise doesn’t wake you). The webasto is controlled either through a manual off/on or can be set via a 7 day timer, this has been worth it’s weight in gold when you don’t have time to set the fire overnight or you want the boat warm when you get home from work.
The boat has excellent spray foam insulation throughout and every window is set up with magnetic strips to make them ‘double glazed’ using a Perspex sheet. 6 sheets come with the boat and it is easy to order more as required.
The boat is set up through a 12V system.
The engine is a 52bhp Canaline with 320 hours on the clock. It has a dual alternator set up, the smaller one charging the separate starter batteries (so they can never be drained by electricity use on the boat) and a large 175amp alternator to charge the leisure batteries. Currently there are 4x140ah leisure batteries on board, these are 4 years old and were used with power tools on the build which has shortened their life. With the solar set up on boat and mindful management you can expect any battery bank to last 5+ years.
The batteries may make it through another winter, but will need replaced in the next year, this is reflected in the price and has not been done in case the new owner wants to invest in a lithium ion setup.
The batteries are mainly charged through the 940 Watt solar array which is attached to a top of the range Outback MPPT solar controller, we have been able to survive most winters running the engine less than once per week to just give the batteries the top up they need.
There are 3 ‘cigarette lighter’ sockets throughout the boat, one in the bedroom, one in the dining room and one in the living room. These are fantastic for charging devices through USB and therefore not requiring the inverter to be on, or they have been well used to run ‘mini inverters’ (a 300 Watt mini inverter will come with the boat) which are fantastic if you just need a small amount of power quickly, saving the drain of leaving the large inverter on.
The boat has an amazing number of standard 240v 3pin sockets throughout, finished in either brushed brass or brushed silver. These are connected through an RCD unit to a pure sine wave 1500Watt Sunshine Inverter.
There is a 12V Shoreline Fridge Freezer in the kitchen, this is a lovely under-counter unit as it has a sizeable and separate freezer compartment which can hold plenty of food/drink.
A unique feature of this liveaboard is the 6kg Beko washing machine, this has saved us a fortune over the past 4 years and is also incredibly convenient. The machine is run through the inverter, over winter we tend to use it while we are moving as the engine powers it without issue, over summer the solar panels can handle the power. The reason we are able to run this machine all year is that it is plumbed in through the instant gas hot water boiler, so the washing machine is always set to 0 degrees and we control the water temperature via the boiler. If you are like us you will find it easy to dry clothes overnight in winter if you are running the fire anyway, and in a London summer it doesn’t take long to dry everything outside!
There is more than enough lighting in the boat with options throughout to have either overhead ‘spotlight’ lighting on or there are swivel wall lights if you want more relaxing ‘mood’ lighting. All the lights are ‘warm white’ LED’s.
As can be seen from the plan in the picture reel, the boat is built primarily with one double bedroom, but the layout is deliberate so it won’t be a big job to convert the dining area to another bedroom if required. This layout has also allowed us to sleep 6 people in the boat for extended periods, 2 in the bedroom, 2 on an air bed in the dining room and 2 on the sofa bed in the living room. We used a set of curtains hung up to really effectively create different spaces for this.
The back of the boat is a large squared off cruiser stern with a removable ‘one-leg’ fitting table built into the engine cover. There is a storage locker beside the engine controls which is also the ‘step up’ for roof access.
The back of the roof has been left clear as this is the nicest space to sit and relax in the sun, or we have found it a great spot for friends to sit during a long journey.
The double doors and sliding hatch at the back of the boat lead straight into the bedroom steps. The steps also double up as storage with 2 removable ‘box-drawers’ on each level, this is a huge amount of accessible storage and has proved incredibly useful.
There is also ample ‘below bed’ storage which can be accessed directly or the bed itself can be tilted up (we used a bit of wood to hold it in place).
Behind the bed are a set of 3 deep shelves with bedside lights attached, at the bottom of these behind the head of the bed is yet more storage accessible by taking the ‘top’ off the shelf, we used this mainly for large items like spare duvets, off season coats and bedsheets.
On the other side of the steps is access to the electrics via a hinged cover, below the electrics is a large storage area which is used for a 12V charger (included) that we used to charge the when we had a generator for a while and had it on anyway for other uses.
There are coat hooks throughout the room.
At the far end of the bedroom there is a built in wardrobe with 6 drawers, shoe racks, large doored shelving and 2 wardrobe spaces with a hanger rail in each.
Through the bedroom door there is a small corridor which has below gunnel shelves on which we stored odds and ends which were frequently used.
This corridor has the bathroom off it. In the bathroom there is also ample storage, shelves on the sink level, boxes built in on a high self above the mirror and a below sink cabinet.
The bathroom contains a sink, washing machine, shower, Morco instant gas boiler and a Kildwick Compost Toilet. There is also a large mirror above the sink.
Back through the corridor leads to another door which takes you through to the main living area. The door itself has a full length mirror (included) fitted.
The dining area has a made to measure table which fits sideways into the space beside the kitchen countertop or can be pulled out allowing for 6 seats to fit around it. The wall has been made into a larder with sliding doors (where you can really store a LOT of food) and open shelving where we managed to store most cooking equipment and crockery.
In the kitchen there is a large spice rack, a gas cooker with double oven, grill and 4x hob. White undercounter kitchen units including drawers and cupboards, an aluminium sink and a 12v shoreline fridge freezer.
Half of the left hand counter has been given to a breakfast bar with a tiled flooring section. This spot is just lovely as it is a great height to watch the world go past the window. Underneath the breakfast bar is boxed off ballast as the boat needed a little counterweight on that side.
The all fuel stove sits beautifully where the kitchen turns into the living area and there is space for an armchair right in front where we would just sit and watch the fire burning.
The living area feels bright and spacious, partly due to the right furniture, there is a comfortable ‘click-clack’ double sofa bed (included) which is long enough to fit 3 people very comfortably (4 at a squeeze). This sits opposite 2 ‘cocktail chairs’ (not included), giving lots of space in between. We have 8 people in the room regularly and it doesn’t feel overcrowded in any way.
The front of the living room contains 2 book shelves which border the middle steps (storage and water pump underneath) leading to the front doors. The front of the boat has door windows and 2 windows either side (which have Perspex double glazing) giving an incredible amount of light which really helped us in the winters.
The front of the boat has 2 side benches, the right hand one contains the webasto diesel heater which can be accessed by unscrewing the side panel. The other side bench may need some tlc at some point, but will do its job for a while yet.
Access to the water tank is on the front deck where there is also another (lockable) storage locker built in. The front of the boat contains the double gas locker, a nice safety feature on the boat is a built in bubble tester (checks for tiny leaks in the gas line) in the locker, so you don’t have to wait for every 4 years for the safety check to have peace of mind.
The boat was blacked in March 2020, less than 3 years after it was put in the water and the hull was described as ‘immaculate’ as you would expect of a boat this age. There were also an additional 8 anodes added, bringing the total to 10, so the hull should remain in immaculate condition for many years to come provided blacking is maintained as recommended.
The boat will come with a new Boat Safety Certificate which is due to take place next month so you can be sure it’s all up to spec.
All manuals and instructions have been kept regarding the engine and the boat generally, the owner will also be providing a comprehensive set of written instructions for living on boat this boat.
We have absolutely loved living our lives on this boat for the past 4 years (we are 9 year veterans of the canals) and will be very sad to leave. We hope the boat is enjoyed for years to come in whatever capacity the new owner uses it.
CURRENTLY MOORED IN EAST LONDON - please enquire for exact location as the boat is still constant cruising.
Please do only view this boat if you are looking to buy, my partner will be doing the viewings for me as a favour and he has to take time out of this work and travel to the boat, so please be considerate when booking a viewing.
I am open to reasonable offers, but the boat has been priced at the lower end of the market for this particular size and standard.
|Vessel type:||Widebeam Narrow Boat|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Length over all:||60'|
|Fuel capacity:||500 Gallons|
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.