Narrowboat ‘Whinchat’ is for saleSteel hull and cabin.30 feet long – cruiser stern.Isuzu marine engine.Galley with sink, draining board and cooker (2 burners, grill and oven).3 berths with storage underneath – a double (with insertable middle section) and a single.Shower and loo (pump-out).Electric pump delivers water to taps and shower – water is heated by ‘caravan-style’ gas boiler.Electric bilge pump – triggered by sensor.Storage area under cratch-cover in bow, with gas bottle locker (space for 2 large bottles).There is a cover for the stern area too, but I have never used it.Last survey: October 2011.Boat Safety Certificate valid until June 2022.’Whinchat’ was built in 1971: it has
seen quite a lot of life in the 48 years of its existence, so please
bear this in mind. Much of the interior is original – I like to
consider the look is ‘classic’ or ‘retro’ rather than
‘old-fashioned’… I imagine the most significant modification has been
the stove, which was installed about 10 years ago, I think (and the
recent addition of new carpets). It’s probably worth mentioning that, although 1971 might seem like a long time ago, I’ve been reliably informed that steel boats built in the 1970s generally tend
to have been made of a higher quality steel than many of those from the 80s and
90s. As a result it’s not uncommon for 70s boats to have survived
their journey into the current century rather better than boats bulit later. Might that suggest that 70s boats are better value than boats from later decades…? Who can tell – but certainly, ‘Whinchat’ feels very
solidly built.The engine has obviously been replaced at some stage, as I’m told it’s younger than the boat. It’s not clear when that would have happened. I had a new (reconditioned) gear-box installed a few years ago as the original hydraulic one had started slipping out of gear. The new gear-box (not hydraulic) works well. Overall, the engine has been very reliable and economical. It has been a very good starter, firing up first time in the dead of winter with ice on tha canal and snow on the ground, even after not having been run up for weeks.When I bought the boat it still had the original diesel hot-air vent heating system, but it was old, smelly, unreliable and probably dangerous, so I had it taken out. However, the piping and the vents are still there, so I imagine installing a new system would be relatively straightforward. But I have to say that the ‘Boatman’ multi-fuel stove is easy and quick to light and heats the entire boat rapidly and efficiently, giving out a lovely glow and a delightfully dry heat, so I personally wouldn’t bother reinstalling a diesel heater.I’m not a technical person, so I’m afraid I only really know two things about the engine:1. It was built by Isuzu.2. It sounds great – people regularly remark on what a nice note it has as you chug past.I probably know even less about the rest of the mechanical/electrical gubbins, but if you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask. I’ll do my best to come up with an answer, but many of the details are, I’m afraid, lost in the mists of time.I have grown very fond of ‘Whinchat’, and am only selling because I am likely to be spending quite a lot of time abroad in the next few years. That means I just won’t have the opportunity to get down to the canal as much as I have done in the past. I feel it would be a real shame to just let the boat float around on the mooring for months at a time. Boats do need regular attention and exercise.Please note – viewings.The boat is currently moored on the Kennet and Avon canal near Pewsey in Wiltshire.I have a lot of commitments at the moment, and I don’t live near Pewsey, so I will have to set aside a weekend for viewings – might be a bit complicated, but we’ll work something out. Please don’t contact me asking if you can just ‘pop over and see it one evening after work’: it won’t be possible I’m afraid.Thanks for your interest.NB: THE BOAT IS ADVERTISED ELSEWHERE, SO I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO WITHDRAW THE LISTING IN THE EVENT THAT IT SELLS.
Current Price: £8500.00
This Narrowboat / Canal Boat – Steel – 30ft Long. boat is located in Cranbrook, and is being sold on eBay by blatchington.