Springer ‘Waterbug’ 23 foot narrow boat, about forty years old but in reasonable condition and currently travelling towards Braunston on the Grand Union Canal.Bluebell is:+ Insured until February 2021+ has a Boat Safety Certificate valid until November 2022+ plus a CRT Continuous Cruising Licence valid until March 2021I bought Bluebell a few months ago ‘as seen’ without documentation and consequently a prospective new owner may want to pay for a hull survey before buying – she could probably do with blacking whilst out of the water.She does have a valid Boat Safety Certificate until 11/11/2022 and I have insured her until February, 2021. I have also renewed the CRT Continuous Cruising Licence until March 2021 enabling me to continue my slow journey North towards Birmingham.I know little of Bluebell’s history and can only guess that she was built around 1980.As one of the smallest narrowboats available she is relatively cheap to licence at £582pa – providing compact cabin accommodation suitable for a couple or, single-handed travel.The bench seats forward convert into a double bed with another seat and possible berth opposite the toilet/shower compartment.Cabin heating is provided by a Boatman wood/smokeless fuel stove, water heating by a Paloma gas heater, cooking by a Thetford two burner gas stove and grill.The toilet/shower compartment has a Porti-Potti cassette lavatory with two spare cassettes.Propulsion is by a trusty 9.9hp Honda four stroke petrol outboard with electric start.There are two 75 amp/h leisure batteries trickle-charged by two roof-mounted solar panels and the boat engine.There is also a 1000 watt inverter for running small mains powered appliances plus a smaller 100 watt 12v to 230v inverter suitable for charging mobile phones.The boat is also wired for 230v mains input either when in a marina or from a new Honda EM2300 2.3kw petrol generator (with only 5.5 hours use) that I will include in the sale if required.I bought Bluebell with the intention of cruising as much of the canal system as possible during 2020 and then parting with her at the end of my journey – at the age of 77 this is likely to be my final single-handed adventure.Minor improvements have been made along the way, eg: upgrading the shower, installing new led cabin lights, fitting a 7 year carbon monoxide alarm, etc.Bluebell is currently near Berkhampstead and I aim to stop at Cowroast Marina nr Tring on the Grand Union Canal over the weekend of Sat 28th – Sunday 29th March if anyone wishes to view. In the meantime I will try to answer any questions.I am testing market interest at the moment and if bidding doesn’t reach the modest fixed reserve price then I plan to continue my journey north for a while longer.Sold as seen – so arrange to view if genuinely interested.Thanks for looking, Howard Tomlinson
Current Price: £5000.00
This 23′ Springer ‘waterbug’ Steel Narrowboat With 9.9hp Honda Outboard, 2+1 Berth boat is located in Beverley, and is being sold on eBay by 751howard.