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The Venice, one of very few remaining Fellows, Morton and Clayton butties, was built at Saltley and first registered in 1914. After the demise of serious canal carrying, she was abandoned and sunk on the Ashton and Peak Forest Canal and was dug up during the canal restoration and used as a mud hopper by the Lorenz brothers, who were based on the Bridgewater Canal at Bedford Basin, Little Leigh. The owner bought her from Paul Lorenz in 1994 and she was the first total restoration project undertaken by Ian Kemp after he moved his business from Ellesmere Port to Dadford's Wharf at Stourbridge. She was relaunched on 8th June 1996 and went to Phil Babb at Tardebigge for her high spec. under-canvas conversion be a modern floating home, internally, whilst largely retaining her original working boat appearance externally.
Venice is paired with the motor Falcon and they would ideally be kept together. The two toured much of the canal system between their maiden "voyage" together in 2004 until 2013, when they moved from Saltford near Bath to their current base at London.
A superior electrical system was installed by Martin Guest with the main batteries for the butty being installed in the motor's engine room for full power when breasted up.
BSC to: 02/2020
|Builder:||Fellows Morton Clayton|
|Make:||Fellows Morton Clayton|
|Length over all:||70'|
Hull & Exterior.
Material / build: Rivetted Steel
Rivetted steel hull, steel bottom, steel gunwales and “top plank”, steel and timber
panelled back-cabin. Oak and Elm rudder, Ash tiller bar. Steel utility and shower areas. Steel crafted to look like timber, especially the detail of the gunwale for fittings for strings for cloths. Cloths over former hold area. Forward of shower room, glazed beneath cloths (gunwale to “top plank”) with 18 Lexan Margard polycarbonate windows, 6 openable. Steel panel for flue for stove. Cratch with two opening Margard windows. Openable brass/glass skylight porthole in top plank in shower room, fixed glass skylights under tippet in saloon, with matching tippet openings.
Stainless steel water tank c 200 Gallons in bows with “sight level” under forward bed.
Under-deck c 200 Gallon diesel tank for central heating (and generator) in utility area.
Mechanical & Electrical.
Charger: Sterling Charger 15amp
24v and 240v wiring
Lining - floor to gunwale: Maple-faced ply sides.
Lining - above gunwale: Removable Maple-faced ply panels for each window.
Maple-faced ply panelling in bedroom area forward of mast.
Lining - top plank: Solid Maple.
Flooring: Solid Rock Maple strip hardwood
Galley: Custom built solid Maple heavy load-bearing drawers,
blue Pearl granite worktops, Maple trims, stainless steel splashbacks.
GEC Anderson stainless steel sink, Vola mixer tap.
Cabin heating: Solid fuel Squirrel stove and Kabola diesel central heating
Water heating: Kabola
Cabin Arrangement: Boatman’s. Cabin, Utility area, Bathroom, Galley, Saloon, Double cabin.
Berth arrangement: 6- fixed double in own cabin, convertible double in Boatman’s cabin plus convertible in saloon.
Boatman’s Cabin: Faithful FMC reproduction. “Belle Portable” solid fuel stove, table cupboard with ‘crumb drawer’ and cupboard below and convertible cross-bed with storage above and below plus standard side-bed with storage below. Ticket drawer.
Note: Cabin lace, curtain fabric, lace plates, brass and copperware, dipper and can and decorative cotton ropework etc. available separately, by negotiation, see inventory.
Side entrance area: Access steps both sides, gas bottle locker, bilge pump, mains and 24v electrical input, coal store, storage cupboards. This is open air, only covered by the cloths.
Utility Area: Entered via lockable (Eurolock) steel doors, storage both sides under worktops, housing batteries, charger, central heating boiler, hot water cylinder, pumps, generator area etc..
Shower room: Walk through wet room with Vola shower fittings, under-floor shower tray with liftable cover, flushing pump out marine toilet, blue glass wash-basin with Vola taps, towel radiator, Maple-trimmed mirrored cupboard with holding tank beneath. Passageway continues forward into …
Galley: Fitted on both sides with blue-grey pearl granite work surfaces and Maple cupboards below. Stainless steel sink and drainer. Isotherm 24v Maple-faced fridge and free standing SMEG 5 ring stainless steel and glass cooker and 240v large oven and grill. Galley/saloon area open plan.
Saloon: Heated by radiators behind long built-in sofas each side or by the Squirrel solid fuel stove. Free-standing opening console table in Maple and glass. Shelving each side under gunwhales and beside mast. Also at mast, solid Maple door to forward cabin.
Double cabin: Fitted full-width double bed above water tank and storage cupboard. Fitted cupboard with hanging space. Privacy panels for windows, in Maple-faced and trimmed ply.
This boat has not been cleared and personal possessions will be removed prior to sale.
Virginia Currer Marine Ltd are professional brokers, and are full accredited members of:-
ABYA - Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents
BMF - British Marine Federation
BRBA - Boat Retailers and Brokers Association
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These details are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. They are based on information provided by the current owner(s) and observation. Prospective purchasers are strongly advised to have an independent survey carried out to satisfy themselves as to the condition of the vessel, its inventory, and the information contained herein.
These details are not intended to, and do not, form any part of any current or future contract. In this transaction we are acting as Brokers only. All sales subject to contract. No guarantee is given or implied as to the condition or legal title. No appliances or systems have been tested. All measurements stated are approximate.
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.