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Reluctant sale of my narrowboat, Willow. I purchased her in October 2017, intending to get the necessary welding done, but other projects prevented this, so I’m letting her go.
The previous owners had moored her in the canal at the bottom of their garden and used her as an office. As such, although lighting, electrics, a shower (the plumbing is done, but the rest of the shower is stored away in the cupboard) and a kitchen worktop, cupboards and sink are fitted, she remains unfurnished with just a log burning stove fitted. The electrics look good yo me, although I’m no electrician. She is a blank canvas, waiting for someone to furnish her to their tastes.
Willow is a 40’ Springer, with a 10hp single cylinder Lister diesel engine. The year of construction is not known. The surveyor dated her from “the 1980s”. The previous owners had the engine removed, stripped down and serviced, before refitting it. It starts and runs fine. There are no leisure batteries fitted as the internal electrics are not currently connected. This of course does not affect the running of the boat, but the lights etc don’t operate.
An extensive and expensive survey (see link below) was done on 13th April 2016 by Crispin Marine, London. The findings speak for themselves and some overplating is required. That was almost 3 years ago, and she has been in the water ever since. No water has seeped in, so it’s safe to say she is watertight.
I have not had her out of the water. I have treated all the rust above the waterline. She has very little ballast and as the interior is pretty much empty, she sits high in the water.
Unusually for a Springer, the ceiling height is excellent, well over 6 foot. This was an important consideration for me, as far too many boats from this era require me to walk around stooped and I am a not particularly tall 6 foot.
Due to the leisure electrics being disconnected, the engine starts directly from a switch fitted to the battery. I took her out this week and she ran fine.
Clearly Willow will need some money spending on her, but could make a nice, very cheap London home for one or two people No more rent! As shown in the photos, the flooring has only been half fitted with fairly thick wood. There is a boarded floor under the planks and even more headroom could be gained if, for instance, a laminate floor was laid in place of the planks. You could chuck them in the stove.
The price reflects the condition. With a decent restoration she should be worth well over £20,000 in my humble opinion. I’m not an expert, but a valuation will be given by the surveyor (for insurance purposes) once the work is done.
Any questions, please ask. Payment required within 5 days of sale.
Please see links below for more photos and for the surveyor’s report.
Current Price: £11000.00
This Narrowboat Project. 40’ Springer Circa 1980 boat is located in Harefield, UB9 6PD and is being sold on eBay by gramoss.