1954 Thames Sailing Barge - £140,000
Lying : Kent - Viewing strictly by appointment through Topsail
LOA : 23.72m (77ft 10in)
Beam : 5.51m (18ft 1in)
Draft : 0.3m (1ft 0in)
Maximum Draft : 1.09m (3ft 7in)
- Steel construction
- Converted in 1994/5
- Deck equipment is all galvanised or stainless steel
- Black hull with green, red and white trim
Rigging & Sails
- Spritsail barge rig
- Steel mast/spars with wooden topmast and mizzen
- Galvanised standing rigging
- Main (tan Duradon)
- Mizzen (tan Duradon)
- Topsail (tan Duradon)
- Foresail (tan Duradon)
- Staysail (red and white striped Terylene)
Mechanical & Electrical
- Perkins 540 V8 185hp diesel with indirect cooling
- Tankage : 500 gallons diesel, 500 gallons wate
- 18 berths in 6 cabins (plus saloon), plus galley and 3 heads (one with bath)
- This is a very large, spacious vessel. The main companionway leads down into the saloon where there is seating for the entire ship's complement. This takes the form of long settee berths to each side (all with lockers under) and there are tables and chairs to enable 18 to dine together if wished. To port there is a fully equipped bar, forward of which is the vessel's galley. This is unusually spacious and very well equipped with 2 full-size cookers, a full-size fridge/freezer, Valiant water heater, sink unit, worktops and vast amounts of storage. Going forward from the main saloon, the heads is to starboard and provides a handbasin, toilet (the vessel has a 200 gallon holding tank with diverter for pump-out or discharge to sea) and a bath. Forward of this there are four 2 berth cabins. Going aft from the saloon, there is a second heads to starboard (with toilet and handbasin) and the master's cabin which, amongst other things, also contains the Navigation desk. A secondary companionway leads up onto the aft-deck. There is further accommodation in the forepeak, where there is a 3 berth cabin with en-suite toilet and handbasin. Next to this there is a workshop with workbench and ship's stores plus a 4kva Ruggerni generator (recently had a new alternator), power unit for the Petter anchor winch, pump for deck wash, etc. Headroom throughout the boat is excellent at over 6ft 6in. Her upholstery is in warm, traditional tones and all of her woodwork is immaculately finished. She has electric lighting throughout and is fitted with shore-power. The boat has wide decks with substantial gunwales, providing plenty of space for sitting out. She has wheel steering, employing a traditional screw mechanism.
- Navigation equipment: Garmin Satnav, Brass binnacle compass, Sailor VHF, navigation lights
- Safety equipment: Fire extinguishers (including automatic unit in engine room), gas detector unit, life rings, 16 life jackets
- Deck equipment: 4cwt (201kg) Fisherman's anchor with 60 fathoms of chain, 1cwt (50kg) Fisherman's kedge anchor
- 12ft GRP tender with 9.9hp Johnson outboard
The vessel has watertight compartments fore and aft, and has an MCA license for 12 passengers and a crew of 7. She is very light and airy, with numerous deck lights, and could equally well be used as a floating home, highly unusual meeting place/boardroom/etc.
A superbly presented and very substantial vessel, which could be used privately for cruising or racing, or as a charter vessel, or alternatively as an extremely spacious liveaboard.
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