River Lee, London London UK|
Rachel is a Traditional Narrowboat currently cruising the River Lee, Hackney London. Rachel has been my cherished home for 20 years, been well maintained and used throughout her life as before me she was a restaurant boat travelling the rivers and canals of the midlands. She comes fully blacked, surveyed with new anodes fitted in May 2020.
I was in the process of stripping her back when life took me back to Africa, so she will come as clean slate for someone to put their own mark on her internally. Her only fittings are the shower room/WC, a 5' wide bed that pulls out across the boat or could be adapted as a 4' in line bed and a bedroom cupboard. For the rest she is open plan with a large butler sink.
Rachel is a very light and open boat, with many windows from her days as a restaurant boat. Her best feature is her unique hatch doors on both sides opposite each other between the kitchen and the dining area that open her out onto the river. She comes with 3 x 250W solar panels fitted in 2017 that supply easily enough power for most of the year without need of the engine. She has a good inverter, a diesel central heating pump and radiator system but I never used the heating system, just relied on the stove. A few years back I got the pump working so it all can be reconnected up. From her time as restaurant boat she has an excellent hot water emersion heater and a good shower.
Structurally Rachel is made of very good quality British steel, and her hull sails through all surveys. All points to the hull in the latest survey have been completed so she's good for another 3 years before needing to come out of the water again.
Enter the front door at the bow, shower + WC, 5' wide bed that pulls out across the boat with room for a wardrobe before the bed, storage underneath and a fixed wardrobe after the bed, then the large open plan sitting, dining and kitchen. Wall and bulkhead between the kitchen and engine room. Exit the boat for the engine room via the hatches.
I have painted her externally twice over the past 7 years, she'll be coming up for needing a new coat soon, especially on the roof. But the surface is well prepared and free from pitting and rust.
Interior photos give an idea of space with furniture inside. Now most furniture has been removed and she is a blank canvass ready for your design. We are currently taking out the flooring to replace tired boards.
What she needs now is a flooring over the ply floorboards, panelling under the gunnels, anew kitchen (though current one perfectly functional and new life to love her.
She has a River and Canals license to November 2021, BSC from 2019, survey from May 2020, is blacked and the hull good to 2024, and if last set of anodes anything to go by she is good for anodes to 2030.
Listed price is a guide worked out as average narrowboat cost of £1000 a foot minus an estimated spend of £20,000 (max for a professional job, DIY for £5000) on her interior and a repaint to bring her up to top notch standard. But she's perfectly liveable and ready to move in and cruise as she is.
If she has not sold in June I will be putting her up for auction in July.
|Vessel type:||Traditional Narrow Boat|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||65'|
|Fuel capacity:||100 Litres|
Good quality British steel