‘Burghley’ is a 47ft canal boat made by Harborough Marine sometime in the early 1970s. 4 berth (2 doubles / double and two singles)Safety Certificate to 2020Last Blacked March 2017She has been my project, home and pride and joy for the past 18 months. I have taken her from a pretty sad state and hopefully given the old girl a new lease of life. The grand plan was to live aboard for a few years as i was becoming heartily sick of renting. However a new job means the commute from the Canal is becoming untenable and a girlfriend spending a year in Australia means i need to raise some travelling funds. Burghley is of steel hull construction with a glass over plywood cabin. I have completely rebuilt the cabin structure removing all the old timber and replacing. Whilst rebuilding the cabin i redesigned the interior into a more open-plan layout and fully insulated the inside. The cabin now has two layers of ‘space foil bubble wrap’ and an inch of rock-wool, keeper her nice and cool in summer and amazingly warm in winter with the fire going.Burghley had a full survey performed two years ago, all recommended plating and further precautionary plating was performed in March 2018. I had no problems getting a fully comprehensive insurance policy to cover her on the strength of the work performed. Previous work prior to my ownership included a complete new bottom being put on, this is still in perfect condition with the chines vitally unworn. Engine:Power comes from a BMC 1500 that has performed faultlessly in my service, i keep it well serviced and it has never failed to start or let me down. It is amazingly frugal, in 18 months of living aboard i’ve used only 200 pounds or so of diesel. Electrical System:Burghley was intended for ‘off-grid’ living and is a predominantly 12V boat. 4 12V Leisure Batteries (18 months old);60 amp alternator;Full LED lighting throughout, dimmable strip lambs on two remote controls;6 2Amp USB ports distributed through the cabin; 3 12V sockets;Battery meter;1600W pure sine-wave inverter powering 2 sockets in the rear cabin.I have 3 large Solar Panels to be fitted which will be included if i haven’t gotten around to already installing them. All the individual systems terminate and are individually fused in the electrical cabin ate. The wiring is fully insulated dual core throughout, with both live and earth originating within the electrical cabinet, and is all significantly over spec. In the summer a couple of hours of charging will last me nearly two weeks. In the winter i generally need to charge for a couple of hours every 3 days. This will reduce once the solar panels are installed. Water System:Large plastic tank in the bow, lasts me two weeks including showers; Water pump and new accumulator in the fore cabin;Fully functional sinks in the galley and bathroom;Fully functional (if cosy) shower.Hot water provided by 55L calorifier (12 months old), 45 minutes of engine running gives you all the hot water you could want. Once hot the tank will keep the water hot for a good 24 hours (maybe less in winter!). Pipework is all new. Heating:Boatman stove in the centre of the boat, new glass fitted this year and the flu insulated. Cooking:Gas stove, 4 rings with grill and oven connected to two 13kg gas cylinders. These last me nearly a year! The cooker is fully functional and has proved more than capable of handling a full roast meal. The cooker is the only gas appliance onboard, all the pipework, regulator have been replaced this year and a bubble tester installed in the gas locker. This work was inspected and certified by Marcus Marine engineering and i have the safety certificate. LayoutStarting at the front.. Burghley has the iconic Harborough ‘window smasher’ bow, leading to a large cratch. The bow contains a decent sized locker I for storing coal and wood in the winter. The cratch has soft seating for 3 and a fold down table. There is generous storage under the seats and access to the interior of the bow. The fore cabin is open plan containing the galley and sitting area. The sitting area has seating for 4 or 5 and a removable table. The bench seat pulls out and coverts into a double bed. The cushions were recovered a few months ago and are immaculate. The galley has generous storage and a surprisingly decent cooker. The fridge is old but functional, its is of the 12/240V type (only wired in as 12V), so uses lots of power. I only use it whilst cruising in the summer to avoid having to charge the batteries every night. In the winter i used a cool box under the cratch to store perishables, In the middle of the boat is the bathroom and shower, the bathroom door opens out to block off the rear cabin from the font. The shower is a domestic thermostatic type and is only a few months old, and works perfectly. The shower drains into a plastic sump which is them pumped overboard, The toilet is a portapotti. Purchased a year ago but only used for the first time this summer so is still clean (50 pounds for a new one if you don’t fancy this one). The rear cabin serves as the master bedroom and primary storage for clothes ect. The bed is an Ikea ‘Hemnes’ day bed with storage, This comes with two mattresses and folds out into a very passable king sized double. Heating is provided by a boatman multi-fuel stove which is sited just inside the aft cabin. I cheerfully survived the worst of the great British winter using just the stove, getting the boat up to 25C is no bother and 30+ is easily doable in the aft cabin with the centre door shut. The large cupboard by the aft door contains the calorifier, expansion tank and electrical cabinet. The double back doors lead out to the cruiser stern. The deck plates have been replaced with aluminium checker plate which lifts off to access the engine and gearbox. The aluminium makes it a bit noisy however i have some rubber matting on order to attach to the alu. Burghley has two bilge pumps fitted, one large pump with an automatic switch in the main bilge and a second smaller pump in a catch can under the stern gland. SnagsLike anything rapidly approaching 50 Burghley has her quirks. I have sorted the vast majority them however she is an old boat and will require some love from time to time. She was last blacked in March 2017, I was going to reblack her next next summer and have the anodes checked over again for peace of mind;The kitchen tap needs replacing, i’ll almost certainly get this sorted in the next couple of weeks;Some odd corners require the wood trim completing;Solar Panels need fitting and wiring in;Front and rear covers are past their best, the front cover requires the black tarp ontop to keep the water off; To keep the cabin water-proof you will need to maintain the paint on the roof, i found after winter a good clean and touch-up took me an afternoon. I expect the same will be required next spring. If you have read this far congratulations!There is bound to be loads I have forgotten, this is a reluctant sale of my home and pride and joy. Happy to answer any questions and inspections welcome on request. Happy to assist in delivery and getting you set up aboard. Happy to discuss Burghley and/or life on the canal in general: 07850240655, if i don’t answer please leave your number and i’ll get back to you when i can. Currently in the vicinity of Newbury on the Kennet and Avon. Sorry no trades. Open to offers, but please don’t try it on.
Current Price: £20500.00
This 47ft Harborough-marine Canal Boat Live Aboard boat is located in Newbury, RG14 1AN and is being sold on eBay by lpfstanford.