Saturday 23 July 2011

Pick of the week - Friendship

This boat is for sale with Whilton Marina.  nb Friendship  Price: £54,950
Positives : the built in shelving in the saloon is great, there's lots of cupboards, we like the blue paintwork, the layout is how we'd prefer
Negatives : there's money to be spent on a cratch and cover, it's a bit dark as there is only one set of windows - the rest are portholes, the red tiles in the bathroom make that room dark too, that toilet lid has to go!
Boat Type
Traditional Style Narrowboat
When Manufactured
Hull Manufacturer
Jonathon Wilson
Plating Specification
Flat, V-Hull or Keeled
Fitted out by
JR Joinery
Cabin Height
6' 2"
Number Of Berths
Fixed Berths
Fixed Double
Additional Berths
Double Dinette
Engine Make
Beta 38
No. Of Cylinders
Keel, Water or Air Cooled
Keel Cooled
Gearbox Make
PRM 120
Diesel Tank Capacity
40 Gallons (approximately)
Source of Hot Water
Calorifier via Central Heating & Engine
Central Heating
Mikuni Diesel
Solid Fuel Stove
Water Tank Capacity
120 Gallons (approximately)
Material used
Stainless Steel
12 Volt Lighting
240 Volt Landline
Sterling 1800 watt
3 Domestic & 1 Starter
Type Of Toilet
Bath Fitted
Separate Shower Fitted
Vanity Basin Fitted
Make & Model Of Cooker
Vanette GG2200
Separate Hob
Vanette 4000/2
Microwave Fitted
Make & Model Of Fridge
Gas, 12 volt or 240 volt
12 Volt
Insulation Used
Spray Foam
Types Of Wood Used
Window Types
Materials Used
Gold Anodised
Bulls Eye, Pigeon Box or Houdini Hatch
Exterior Doors
Steel Front & Rear


Peter Berry said...

Hello again Elly. Whilst you are still looking for a boat, I thought I would mention new regulations that are coming in regarding the fitting of solid fuel stoves in boats. They will only relate to new fitments in old boats and new boat build fitments at present, and are a new British Standard (BS8511). Older installations will not fail the BSS if they don't meet the standard, but the owner will be offered advice. I have no doubt it won't be long before they are included in the BSS though. The change is due to incidents of fires caused by inappropriate installations. Briefly, flues must now be insulated throughout, with bend angles meeting laid down specs. The stove must not be installed near an entrance step, so that will put an end to all the end corner installations, and put the stove amidships. The hearth also has to be a specified size and height, with sufficient lip to stop burning embers falling on to a combustible floor surface. There are also standards regarding the material the backing is made of. It will no longer be sufficient to tile over a wooden surface, the sub-strata must now also be non-combustible. I think that's about it. Better to be aware, if you weren't already, but as I said, existing installations will not be condemned for the time being. Stoves with a small firebox are not included, so boatmen's cabin ranges will be protected from becoming obsolete. Regards, Peter.

Elly and Mick said...

Hi Peter,
Thanks for mentioning this. We had been doing some reading about it - prompted by our installation of a wood fire in the house we've bought. It got us thinking about what the rules might be on a boat as we'd seen some photos of stoves so close to timberwork that we'd be worried. We've come to the conclusion that if we buy a boat with a solid fuel stove that we feel isn't adequately installed (regardless of whether it is within current regulations) we will make modifications.
A dear friend had their house burnt down the year before so we're extremely wary!