We feel like we're getting a little better at sifting through the many boats for sale. We've had so much useful advice from blog readers. We appreciate it very much. We have a long way to go so please do keep reminding us of things we haven't thought of.
Aqueduct Brokerage have my pick for this week : nb Parisian Star This boat appears to have the dinette beyond the galley, with a door in between. Our preference initially was to have the living, dining, cooking areas all open but with work in the back of my mind I don't think I'd mind this arrangement of the dinette being in a separate area. There is no solid fuel stove so we would probably want to do something about that. We like the blue exterior and the interior is nice and light. The armchairs look comfy enough and the bed extends to 5ft which is perfect.
More importantly is something we're learning more about... electrics. The inverter is 2kw which we've been told could possibly be a little undersized for running a washing machine. But, there is also a 3.5kw travelpack so we figure we'd be fine with this.
No water tank size so we'd want to ask about that. Good hull builder, fitter out who I've found nothing negative about.
So everyone... how did I do?!
So, from the advertisement :
Hull Builder: G J Reeves
Fit Out: Crown Narrowboats
Length: 57f t
Cabin Headroom: 6’4”
Original Steel Thicknesses: Reported as 10/6/4
Licence: December 2012
Boat Safety: 07/03/14
Parisian Star, a well crafted high spec 4 berth boat. Built by well renowned boat builders Crown Narrowboats and G J Reeves, She would be perfect for a family as a liveaboard or for extended cruising
due to her comfortable interior and separate sleeping areas, high electrical specification and generous storage space throughout.
Insulation: Spray foam
Fit Out: Lined throughout in oak veneered ply with solid oak trim
Flooring: Carpeted throughout with cushioned flooring in shower room
Seating/Sleeping: Loose recliners in saloon area provide comfortable seating for two. Pullman dinette provides seating for 4 converting to double bed. Fixed double bed pulling out to 5ft
Cooking: Stoves 500dit cooker and microwave
Fridge/Freezer 12v Shoreline fridge with separate shoreline chest freezer located under the dinette on pullout rails
Washing Machine: Indesit
Galley Worktops: Marble effect laminate worktop with generous cupboard space underneath. Overhead cupboards provide additional storage.
Toilet: Vacuflush pump out toilet with 400ltr waste tank
Shower: Tiled shower cubical with chrome thermostatic mixer
Basin: Set into vanity unit providing storage
ENGINE & MAINTENANCE
Engine: Beta Marine 43hp
Generator: 3.5kva Travel power
Gearbox: PRM 150 hydraulic gearbox
Bow Thruster: Vetus 55kg
HEATING & WATER
Fresh Water System: Stainless steel located under bow well deck with water gauge. Filtered water tap in galley next to sink
Central Heating: Eberspacher diesel central heating with fin radiators positioned throughout
Hot Water: From engine and central heating system
ELECTRICAL & GAS
Batteries: 4 x 135amphr leisure batteries, 1 x start, 1 x bow thruster
Galvanic Isolator: Zinc saver II30A
Inverter/Charger: Mastervolt mass combi 2kW with Mastervolt battery monitoring system
230v: 13amp sockets positioned throughout cabin area
Lighting: 12v halogen down lights throughout with switch down lights in bedroom area
Gas: Bow gas locker holds 2 x 13kg gas bottles supplying cooker in galley. A Marine care gas alarm is fitted
Entertainment: JVC cd/radio with speakers throughout
Complete with full cruising equipment
Paintwork: Dark blue cabin with cream coach lines and light blue roof
Side Doors: Large side doors on port side opposite dinette area with internal fly screen on runners
Lockers: Bow lockers port and starboard including bow thrusters locker
Windows: Large windows throughout cabin area with large portholes in shower room and bedroom providing extra privacy.