Friday 28 January 2011

Pick of the week : Bacchus

I love the weekly update box on the ABNB website.  There isn't always something of interest to us and over Christmas there hasn't been much new.

This week we saw one that ticked nearly all of our boxes.  The rear cabin would make a great little office and still leave a single bunk to sit on or for a visitor to sleep.  There is no washing machine on this boat but there is space to install one and also to store a porta potty in the rear cabin.

We would prefer a pair of armchairs for seating but the saloon isn't big enough.  We would make the dinette a half dinette to make space, especially as there is already somewhere for a guest to sleep.

I requested the detailed PDF brochure on this boat and the engine has only 691 hours on it.

Click here to have a look

Length: 58ft 2in  
Builder: Narrowcraft  
Fitter-out: Narrowcraft  
Year registered: 2007  
Style: Semi-trad  
Safety Certificate: RCD to 2011
Engine: Barrus Shire 40 diesel  
Bowthruster: None  
Plating: 10/6/5/4 
Last blacked: July 2010
Fit-out materials: Oak-faced ply with hardwood cappings & frames, bulkheads in oak-faced blockboard. Granite worktops to galley & bathroom.  
Insulation: Spray foam
Headroom: 6ft 5in  
Berths: 4 + 2  
Berth sizes: 6ft 6in x 4ft 2in perm double, 2 @ 6ft 0in x 2ft 0in perm singles in sep cabin, 6ft 0in x 3ft 8in double on L-shape dinette
Mains Power: Landline fore & aft, Power Master inverter 3kw pure sine wave, Waeco 50a battery charger
Cabin heating: Eberspacher diesel c/heating > rads, s/f stove  
Water Heating: C/heating + engine + 230V immersion heater > calorifier  
Water tank: 165gall (reported) stainless steel
Cooker: Spinflo Caprice free-standing gas cooker; 700W microwave  
Fridge: Shoreline 12V 4cu ft; 12V 1.5cu.ft freezer  
Washer/dryer: None  
WC: Tecma electric flush wc to remote tank  
Shower: in quadrant cubicle with curved doors
Other: Glazed cratch board and vinyl cover with zips
Location: Shropshire Union Canal
Price: £59,950


Peter Berry said...

Hope you don't mind me commenting on "your pick of the week". It ticks most of my boxes too. The best bit, for me, is the Tecma WC, same as ours. They also have a mixer tap on the side, connected to a water spout in the bowl which means it is also a bidet, if that works for you. I just think it's cool, never use it as that, I just like the fact it is connected to a tank and there is no emptying to do every 2 days, a horrible job! (Our blackwater tank is under the double bed, and lasts for 3 months of weekends, or 4 weeks constant use, and costs £15 to pump out either at boatyards or some BW sanitary stations). The poratloos are great as a backup, (only), instead of a portable pump out unit. Great it has shoreline connection fore and aft, that comes in handy if overnighting in marinas. Good it has mains immersion heater, but bare in mind only useful if connected to shore power. Without it you have my problem of "No central heating on - no hot water" unless you have been travelling, then the engine will have heated it. The covered, glazed cratch is great, you'd be surprised how useful that space is for drying clothes etc. Like you, I would prefer loose saloon furniture, but that's not hard to modify. It has a quality battery charger, and all the beds can be used without constructing them every night, something I hate! The chest freezer under the dinette could also be useful, with a but? That but is the electricity consumption. Once in use, it has to be on all the time. From my experience, if you stay in any place more than 1 or 2 nights, then the batteries become seriously depleted. A useful addition, particularly if you want a washing machine, would either be a suitable generator, either independent of the engine, or in the form of a "travelpower" unit run like an alternator off the engine. The 3KW invertor could just about cope with a washer, but you would have to be travelling to use it, or again the batteries would be wiped out quickstyle. A generator would also be of use with the immersion heater, solving the "no hot water" problem. The problem with generators of this size though is cost, so perhaps while you are looking, look for one that already has one. A fixed genny or travelpower doesn't always make a great difference to the purchase price of a boat, but is expensive to fit. Hope this is of use to your planning. All in all though, a very very nice boat.

Elly and Mick said...

Peter, thanks very much for the very useful and practical comment! I started typing such a lengthy reply that I've decided to make it my next blog entry.