|Tax Status:||Tax Exempt|
B50 4NP Warwickshire UK|
“Tukelayle” was launched in 2015 and has since been kept on the Rural River Avon, in Warwickshire. Since then she has been a wonderful home, to a family of five for four years, who have lived aboard whilst fitting her out to an exceptionally high standard. The family moved out at the beginning of 2021, and since then she has undergone an extensive amount of work, to finish her off, and bring her up to an outstanding “‘as new’ standard.
Tukelalye is currently moored at a stunning riverside location 10 minutes drive west of Stratford-upon-Avon. This mooring is available for the new owners (subject to discussion with the mooring’s manager).
Packed with neat features, copious storage, and the ability to be safely cruised single handed, she is ready for purchase immediately, ready for a summer of fun on the water.
|Vessel type:||Dutch Barge|
|Model:||68 Dutch Barge Replica|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Barrus, John Deere|
|Drive type:||Stern drive|
|Length over all:||21.10m|
|Length at waterline:||69'|
|Maximum draft:||2' 8"|
|Keel type:||Full Keel|
|Dry Weight:||46 metric tons|
|Fuel capacity:||600 Litres|
|Water capacity:||1200 Litres|
|Holding tank capacity:||600 Litres|
Beautiful Idigbo Wheelhouse, ingeniously constructed by Redditch Joinery, 2018.
The whole structure is fully insulated and double glazed, a comfortable, warm living space all year round with underfloor heating as a bonus. Featuring stunning panoramic views, and a luxurious seating area. The wheelhouse roof is mounted on 4 struts operated by a hydraulic Ram in the engine room, the forward and aft casements fold down on to the deck and the side panels are lifted off. The whole process takes minutes. Perfect for Balmy summer days, and low bridges!
The Wheelhouse is accessible from both the Port and Starboard decks, via full height stable doors, secured with keyless digital locks, openable by either, passcode, fingerprint recognition, or via your smart phone.
A huge area comparable with many domestic household kitchens, including a Rangemaster, Duel Fuel Oven and Hob, Fridge, Freezer, Washer/Dryer, Dishwasher, a Large Belfast sink mounted in beautiful bamboo hard wood worktop. All with plenty of storage, and an open plan connection to the saloon, and living space featuring a large Dog box skylight and gorgeous Morso Squirrel 5Kw Mulitfuel Stove.
This area also includes 8 large, outward opening, arch topped, double glazzed, french windows, each fitted with double doors that open entirely to leave an un-broken view.
Gorgeous, Victorian Style tilled bathroom, including free-standing bath.
The whole bathroom was renovated in the spring of 2021 by the owners, and features a full size shower, stunning roll top free standing bath, Underfloor heating and a Seperate, separating toilet. The toilet is a special feature incorporating the owners own design, taking advantage of separating liquids and solids at source. The result, with a family of 5 living aboard was a trip to the Elsan every 6 weeks, and a pump out once every 4-6 months. A significant improvement over all other marine toilet systems.
This space is currently split into 3 cabins all renovated in spring 2021, a comfortable master bedroom, with queen size walk around bed, full height wardrobe, with double doors accessing the front deck.
Aft of this are two smaller rooms, one of which is currently fitted out as a Childs bedroom with bunkbed. It is worth noting that the solid bamboo floor, was laid prior to installing the bulkheads and runs throughout the boat meaning that if any future owners wanted to re configure the layout of either the galley/saloon or forward bedroom areas they would find it a relatively simple task.
Entrance to this cabin is through an almost secret door accessed via the Wheelhouse sofa that lifts on gas struts in the style of an ottoman bed. The Aft Cabin, Features a full size Double Sofa Bed, 48 Inch FlatScreen Television, Large desk and studio/office space, all set off by 4 beautiful reclaimed and refurbished traditional Aluminium Portholes.
Teak Deck: Newly installed in Spring 2021 by FlexiTeak and HGS Marine.
This is one Tukelayle’s most special features. It covers the entire walkway around the barges gunnels, as well as a large alfresco lounge/dining area on the stern deck. This Synthetic Deck is second generation, brand new technology, safe and grippy to walk on, soft even in bare feet, and cool on a hot day. Not to mention how great it looks!
New Professional Paint Job, Spring 2021 by Chris Lifford Marine Services.
Topsides, have undergone an extensive repaint, including professional prep, and undercoating, before Topcoating in International Toplac.
Navigation, Hydraulic Thruster, Fishtail Rudder, Axiom Propellar, V-Bottom:
Tukelayle features powerful Hydraulic Thruster at both the Bow and Stern of the Vessel. It is entirely possible to steer the barge without the use of the rudder. The benefit of this system is not to be under rated. When cruising, having this vast infinite power in the thrusters, can make short work of hazards, and make single handed manoeuvres a doddle.
When Handling with the rudder, the addition of the fishtail shaped rudder, custom built for her hull by the barges fabricators, Lambon Boats, is a fantastic addition. Despite her size Tukelayle responds magnificently to the helm, and the hydraulic steering, means the wheel is light to the touch.
Axiom 4 blade Symmetrical Propeller. This was a bit of gamble purchase from the original owner, however it has proven a great addition. This ground breaking prop design means that the engine has equal power in both forward and reverse, with minimal cavitation. In short the boat has plenty of power, and even when traveling at top speeds, can stop fast due to the drive that can be generated in reverse. Invaluable for the surprises that can lurk around tight river bends.
Also worth noting the structural integrity of the Propeller and stern gear. They are solid, strong and well built. On shallow rivers it is easy enough to ground out, and catch rocks or floating debris with the stern gear. Whilst many lighter designs will buckle under this contact, damaging Prop Shafts, Engine Legs and Gear Boxes Tukelayle will stand up to the demands of the environment.
Finally worth noting the V-bottom hull shape. Very useful for making head way against a strong tide or flooded river. The v-Bottom includes a bilge keel on either side leaving the boat stable in Dry Dock
All this combines to make what must be one of the most versatile and manoverable boats on the inland waterways. Despite her size Tukelayle is a breeze to helm single handed, and it is not unusual, in a head on situation with a much smaller cruiser to find Tukelayle has hopped out of the way whilst the other boat is still floundering.
Huge Engine Room.
The full width engine room, includes:
600 litre capacity fuel tank.
95HP Baraus, John Deere Engine with only 340 hours.
1000AmpHour Traction Battery Bank (estimated; halfway through a 10 year life cycle).
5Kw Victron smart Inverter/Charger.
Solar Pannel Controllers (1Kw Solar pannels on the Weelhouse Roof).
Vetus Hydraulic Tank.
Hydraulic Ram for Wheelhouse Roof.
Webasto Thermo 90 Pro.
Large 70 Litre Calorifier with Immersion Heater.
Vast amount of storage space.
Upgraded large alternator to charge the large battery bank whist underway.
Engine is Keel Cooled with a closed circuit that also heats the hot water tank.
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.