|Tax Status:||Tax Paid|
|Tax Information:||UK VAT paid wnen launched|
Valenciennes Nord-Pas-de-Calais France|
MERLOT is the largest of the Sagar fleet with an extended stern cabin and a large stern deck.
For sale by second owner. The original owner was very tall and MERLOT has extra headroom. Even with this extra headroom, MERLOT has navigated without problems the Canal du Nivernais and Canal du Midi in the French canals with wheelhouse up and will pass under the Osney bridge in the UK. MERLOT has also crossed the Channel from Ramsgate to France.
MERLOT is on a secure, good value marina mooring in Valenciennes, a charming north of France town. With permission of the Harbour Master, mooring would be available. Valenciennes is near Lille, is close to Belgian border and is an hour's drive from Dunkirk ferry port.
This is a high specification vessel as you will see from the details and photos. I bought because of Sagar's reputation for high quality and I have not been disappointed.
Length 18.29m. / 60 ft, beam 3.81m., Draft 0.84m., Air Draft 2.74m.(wheelhouse up), 4m (mast up)
Built and fitted out by Sagar Marine Ltd (deceased), Brighouse, Yorkshire. Launched February, 2007 and VAT paid in UK on completion of build.
We are planning on being back aboard in July after ill health has kept us in England.
Master bedroom forward: – queen sized bed with pocket sprung mattress on purpose-built steel frame with beech sprung base. Bed head (access to bow thruster), under bed drawer and storage space. Many cupboards, drawers and two wardrobes.
En-suite bathroom with shower, toilet, handbasin and storage cupboards
Corridor going past bathroom from sitting room to master suite: Enclosed washing machine with drier, shelves, cupboard.
Sitting room / saloon: – Generous size. Two free standing (Multiyork) sofas giving the option of further sleeping. Large corner TV cabinet (self seeking satellite aerial) and set of side cupboards to starboard. Small corner liquor cabinet to port. Diesel Harworth Belfort bubble stove.
Breakfast bar / table / desk with two high chairs opposite galley kitchen.
Galley / Kitchen: – free standing 4 burner hob with grill and single oven, canopy with extractor fan. microwave, white enamel “butler” sink and drainer with monobloc mixing tap. Natural acrylic stone work surface with back upstand. Fitted 24v larder fridge (Pull-out chest freezer is under seating in wheelhouse). Tall pull out larder cupboard. Galley storage units and drawers. Top storage cupboards. Under worktop drawers. Open to sitting room. Large under-floor storage
Stairs to wheelhouse.
Wheelhouse: Spacious with good all round visibility, is fully collapsible but present owner has never lowered it in ten years of cruising from Calais to Mediterranean, then westward along Canal du Midi etc and northwards nearly to Bordeaux on Atlantic. Back along Canal du Midi etc, up rivers Rhone & Saone, Canal du Nivernais, Seine, Paris, etc to the north of France. Then cruising Belgium and back.
Doors from wheelhouse to both port and starboard. Wheelhouse is glazed in lightly tinted toughened glass with electric windscreen wiper. Fully upholstered curved back seating units with lockers under. Coffee tables. (Also original larger coffee tables with drop-down flaps to form additional crossover table are stored behind a sitting room sofa where there is also stored a table catering for even more people for dinner).
Access by a lifting trap door to Engine Room from Wheelhouse. Another access available from stern guest cabin.
Stairs down to stern bedroom.
Stern bedroom: – two full size single berths, en-suite shower to starboard and en-suite toilet to port, handbasin with storage under, under-bed storage, wardrobe. Bedside shelves. Chest of drawers unit (pulls forward to access weed hatch and emergency steering).
Much underfloor storage.
Stairs to wheelhouse lift up to provide second access to engine room.
Oil fired Webasto Thermo 90 central heating boiler complete with both time control and thermostat control, radiators to all rooms, kick space heater in wheelhouse. Also a diesel stove in sitting room on base tray with stainless steel fender, fitted back panels, stainless steel surround.
Air-conditioning in each room. Three units.
Overall weight 29 tons. Shallow v shaped hull with stub keel
Steelwork: Keel bar 25mm, Vee plates 8mm, Hull sides 6mm, Decks 6mm, Superstructure 4mm
Accommodation consists of two double en-suite bedrooms plus the possibility of sleeping two more on the saloon settees.
Main engine: Perkins M92B, 4 cylinder, 87 hp main engine. Heat exchanger cooled, Perkins certified sound enclosure box. PRM500D 2:1 gearbox with soft shift, Aquadrive shaft coupling, PPS shaft seal and four bladed propeller. Engine hours: nearly 2,400.
Hydraulic steering with 600m hardwood wheel and Raymarine ST60 rudder position indicator
Generator: Beta 7kva diesel generating set in sound enclosure box. Hours: 260
Heating: Webasto Thermo 90S Boiler to radiators and to domestic hot water tank
Harworth Belfort oil fired room heater stove in main lounge area
24 volt Sidepower bow thruster
Victron 3000-60/24 inverter/charger
Mastervolt 12/15.2 with 2 outputs charger for the Perkins start battery and the Beta start battery -- new August 2018
Air conditioning throughout. Webasto Blue Cool Classic x 3, 9000 btu in each bedroom, 12000 btu in lounge & kitchen
Echo sounder, depth and speed log: Raymarine ST40 Bidata
GPS: Garmin 152
VHF radio: Raymarine. Ray 54E DSC
Automatic Oyster satellite antenna for TV
Radio/CD with Bluetooth and remote control
Electrolux EWD1419l, 5kg Integrated Washer Dryer
Extended Stern Deck provides a useful space for dining and relaxing in the sunshine
Extra headroom in wheelhouse (6’8” approx)
Has been under Canal du Midi’s Capestang bridge several times in each direction with wheelhouse roof up -- no problems. Also done the length of the Nivernais Canal with roof up and no problems
Tanks: stainless steel water tanks 1364 litres (300 galls approx), stainless steel effluent tank 455 litres, 2 built-in steel fuel tanks 455 litres each and a 355L gravity feed steel fuel tank for heating stove and as reserve tank
LPG: 2 x 13kg UK Propane and French Le Cube 10kg. Gaslow gauge connector
Electrics – 24 volt system with 90amp high output alternator to domestic battery bank. Horn, spotlight, circuit breaker panel, bilge pump to stern gland with float switch and shower pumps to overboard discharge. Water pressure pump. 230 volt installation with shore supply, Isolator transformer MCB and RCD distribution panel to ring main and 13amp double brass sockets. Immersion heater into calorifier tank with thermostatic controls
Batteries: Starter & gen starter 1(each) x 110 Amp @ 12 volts: Domestic bank 6 x 12v Exide ES1600 gel batteries January 2018 = 420 Amp @ 24 volts
Displacement: 29 metric tons
Fuel capacity: 1251 Litres (455 + 455 + 341)
Water capacity: 1364 Litres.
Seagull filter on drinking water tap
Black water holding tank capacity: 455 Litres with activated carbon filter on this tank
My broker is Peter Coupland of dutchbargesforsale. Here is a link to the MERLOT advert on his dutchbargesforsale website
Peter is preparing to retire but is still extending brokerage help to some of us. This duplicating advert of mine on Apollo Duck is purely in anticipation of when Peter eventually retires fully. Feel free to contact either of us.
We intend being aboard at Valenciennes in July -- assuming UK and France travel restrictions still permit travel with less hassle and assuming partner is discharged OK after her chemo treatment. In the meantime, I have arrangements in place for keeping MERLOT clean, aired and ready for cruising.
Please note that I am selling by choice. This is not a distress sale. My advertised price is an assessment of what is a fair win : win assessment of market value. I do not seek to get more than market value and, conversely, I do not want to sell for less than market value. However, I do realise that the acid test conundrum of what actually is the market value is what the boat actually sells for!!
Do feel free to contact me by email or telephone with questions.
|Vessel type:||Replica Mini-Luxe Dutch Barge|
|Designer:||Sagar Marine, Brighouse, Yorkshire, England|
|Fit Out:||Sagar Marine|
|Registration:||SSR124749 valid to 8/2026|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Perkins M62B|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||18.29m|
|Length at waterline:||17m|
|Hull type:||Flattish v-slope angled with stub keel|
|Displacement:||29 metric tons|
|Dry Weight:||29 metric tons|
|Fuel capacity:||1251 Litres|
|Water capacity:||1364 Litres|
|Holding tank capacity:||455 Litres|
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.