Leamington Spa Warwickshire UK|
"A unique, purpose built, steel vessel that has been lovingly transformed into a beautiful houseboat" Orca Gladitor is an imposing and formidable craft with a "stunning interior". Classed as a widebeam, she can navigate all inland waterways consisting of double locks. During the last 10 years she has journeyed from Knowle to Blisworth and would go beyond to London or Bristol. At present however, she rests on a residential mooring within minutes of Royal Leamington Spa which will be available to rent upon purchase of the vessel subject to references and checks.
Originally, she was commission built as a sailing vessel by engineering team Thompson and Williams in Warwick in 1985, her design being such for cutting through the ocean at high speed. After completion however a series of events meant that she never left the Grand Union Canal and she remained moored for 25 years.
In 2011 myself and my husband took her on with a view to transform her into our home. My husband was a boat builder by trade and we set to this task. Her hull was fully restored on dry land, and then two pack coated before being returned back into the water (2012).
The inside has now been fully finished. Consisting of two cabins, four berths and a bathroom, with a further empty cabin at the prow, Orca is a fully functional home with plenty of space and further potential. Features include; suspended Tiffany lamps, portholes and Houdini hatches, solid wood worktops, solid Elm floorboards, one double and two single beds, 3/4 size bath with shower head, compost toilet and solid fuel Rayburn. She has also had a brand new gas boiler fitted.
Her electric system consists of 2x300 watt solar, two leisure batteries, a 2.5kw generator, a 60 amp Victron battery charger and a 300 watt Victron inverter. There are four 240v sockets and two 12v sockets in the living room.
The Engine is a Mariner four stroke petrol big foot outboard which is connected to a 25ltr tank and operates with a morse control. In place is a rudder and a tiller. The engine has not been serviced.
She is 70ft long and 12ft at her widest.
|Builder:||Thompson and Williams|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||mariner big foot|
|Fuel type:||Petrol (Gas)|
|Length over all:||21.33m|
|Hull type:||full displacement|
|Displacement:||20 metric tons|