Saturday 21 May 2011

Pick of the week - S.K.I.

We really like the look of this boat!  Click here for Swanley Brokerage's PDF :

Positives : sounds like a well maintained and cared for boat, lots of built in storage
Negatives : don't like the name, there's no washing machine and electrics would need upgrading

Guide Price: £49,950

Name: Ski
Built: 2002
Length : 55’6’’
Beam : 6’10’’
Builder: Stenson Marine
Built in late 2002
Steel : 10/6/4/4
Engine : Barrus Shire 4cyl (Fitted Nov 2009)
Gearbox : PRM 150
Water tank : 700 ltr
Diesel tank : 210 ltr
Water : Calorifier (New Aug 2008)
240v Immersion heater
Electrics : 12v Throughout, 240v Sockets throughout
Shoreline connection
Heating : Solid fuel stove
Makuni central heating
Bathroom : Pump-out toilet, shower, stainless steel basin, two heated towel rails (one 240v) and storage.
Galley : Shoreline fridge (Fitted new Aug 2009)
Berth : Fixed double, Converting dinette
Batteries / Alternator :
4 x Domestic batteries (Fitted new Nov 2009)
1 x Starter Battery (Fitted new Feb 2011)
1 x 160amp 12v alternator
1 x 3.5kv 240 alternator
Forward cratch & cover
Anodes replaced : April 2008
Engine last serviced : Feb 2011
Hull shot blasted and three coats of Coeflex blacking applied April 2008
BW License : 30/11/2011
Boat Safety Scheme Certificate : 06/01/2015
Swanley's description : 
Presented to such a high standard by the vendor (and original owner) that it is  representative of a much younger craft. A programme of continuous improving, replacing and upgrading has ensured that S.K.I. is comparable to many newer boats currently on offer.  This 55ft 6in semi trad was built by Midland Canal Centre to their Sapphire specification on a Stenson shell and is now fitted with a Barrus Shire 45E engine which has recorded 1139 hrs and a PRM 150 gearbox with Aquaflex coupling. An upgraded propeller was fitted recently here at Swanley.  From the 3ft stern, steel doors give access to the 4ft helmsman’s cockpit area, protected by a tonneau cover and fitted with bench seat and lockable storage chest. Offset rear doors lead, via three steps down with adjacent control panel/storage under and shelved unit/drawers below, to the portholed 8ft aft bedroom with fixed double, Houdini hatch, 2ft 9in wardrobe, overbed/underbed storage, radio/Cd and radiator in attractive wood cabinet. Forward to the portside, off corridor, portholed 6ft bathroom featuring a fully tiled shower enclosure with glass door and adjacent shelves/cupboard, two chrome heated towel radiators, stainless steel basin with chrome tap in large corner vanity unit and pump out toilet. Forward to the portside, 8ft U-shaped galley with Houdini hatch and side doors/hatch/steps opposite, useful under gunwale larder cupboard and slim shelf unit. Equipment includes a dark red Caprice 2020 oven/grill/hob, Shoreline RR47W fridge, stainless steel sink unit/drainer/chrome monobloc tap set into the cream speckle worktop with usual cupboards below. High level cabinets provide further storage. Forward to the 6ft raised Pullman dinette with large window, converting to another double, providing even more storage and radiator opposite set into an under gunwale wood cabinet. Forward to the 10ft lounge with large windows, radiator with shelf to compliment the Aarrow multi fuel stove in the portside corner and TV/radio unit opposite. Two recliner armchairs provide the comfort while the eight drawer/bookcase unit and magazine rack provides even more storage. Two central storage steps lead, via, hardwood glazed stable style doors to the 4ft foredeck, with steel all round storage lockers providing additional seating. The glazed cratch panel and cratch board are protected by a cratch cover with zipped access. The whole interior is fitted out to a high standard of finish using beech panels with contrasting cherry trims, with solid oak flooring throughout and carpet fitted over the top in the saloon and bedroom. All of the windows, including portholes, are fitted with neat Ocean air blackout roller blinds. Central heating is provided by a Mikuni diesel and is complimented by a 240v immersion heater for hot water and two 240v panel heaters to keep the chill off when the boat is not in use. The 240v supply is provided by an engine mounted, 3.5kva 240v alternator in addition to a shoreline connection. Navigation lights are fitted and the extensive inventory includes a demountable digital TV aerial.

We like these roll up covers over a "window" in the cratch cover.


Yacht Rental Dubai said...

It is such a well maintained boat.Every facilities available in this Boat.Such a luxurious boat.Thank you so much for posting such a nice blog.

Alleycat said...

SKI - Sod the Kids' Inheritance - it's a bit like "Dunroamin" or "Ersanmine" isn't it!!

Ever thought of offering a boat finding service? There can't be many narrowboats for sale out there that you don't know about lol!

Regards, Aly

Peter Berry said...

As it happens, as I write this, sat on our boat, I am approximately 200 yards from this boat! Our home mooring is just across the road from Swanley Marina! The brokerage rep is Zoe Sandelands, a lovely girl. We have all our maintenance done there, with Nantwich Marina operating as agents there for mechanical work. Swanley blacked our boat back in 2009. Lovely moorings too, but you probably wouldn't need that? Regards, Peter.

Elly and Mick said...

Welcome Dubai, glad you like reading. Mick's niece lives in Dubai and always has photos on Facebook of cruising around on weekends - might have been one of your yachts.

Aly, I'm sure there's plenty of people living a lot closer to the boats than us! Every single weekend we sit and browse what's come up for sale. We have to be ready if we win Lotto next week. :)
It's interesting that you say "Sod the Kids' Inheritance".... here we say "Spending the Kids' Inheritance". In England people retire and buy a canal boat, in Australia they buy a mobile home and go travelling around the country - they are sometimes called "SKI's".

Peter, what is the paintwork like? We hate that we can't go and have a look ourselves. One of our best picks before we went on our holiday last October turned out to have terrible paintwork and damage to the roof. They don't tell you that! I'll have to research marinas and do a blog entry about them. We're definitely planning to spend our first Winter in a marina but would want to be close to shops and transport. I'll go now and look where Swanley is.


Peter Berry said...

To help you along with Swanley's location relative to shops. Although it is rural, it is only 2 miles out of Nantwich town centre. We have walked this, and it takes about 40 minutes. Much closer is a small convenience store at Burland, with just a short walk, either down the canal bank, which is one mile or about 20 minutes, or slightly further using the country lanes. Top up food supplies and newspapers are available here. Then you have Wrenbury itself, about 3 or 4 miles by road, but too far to walk. Nantwich has the full complement, clothes shops, supermarkets, restaurants etc. As I only read your comment after we arrived home, I will go and view the boat on your behalf and look at its "true" condition next weekend. As I said, it is just across the road. Regards Peter.

Elly and Mick said...

Peter, thanks. Don't go out of your way though - it's only curiosity! I guess like anything there is a large variation in the care people take of their possessions. We saw boats for sale that were immaculate and others that looked like nobody had stepped foot on them for years. Some had lovely well kept paintwork and others were faded and chipped yet similar ages.
Now I'm sure we went to a marina in Nantwich but I don't think it was Swanley. Will have to check which one it was.

Peter Berry said...

Hi Elly, had an informal chat with Zoe about S.K.I just for curiosity. Apparently the owners are cruising the system on her for the whole summer, currently in Warwick. The boat will be returned to Swanley in September when it will remain there on brokerage. Regards Peter.