Saturday 26 May 2012

Pick of the week - George Albert

It's a bit of a different feeling looking at boats for sale now.  It's a whole lot more real!

This weeks pick is listed with ABNB - nb George Albert.

There is a lot we like about this boat, starting with the price.  I now have a preference for a boat with a second cabin so I have somewhere to go and work.  This one would be perfect.  Not only that, if we took out the breakfast bar there would be space for a 1+1 dinette.  Perfect!  We like the colour, the name's ok, we're leaning towards a cassette loo as our preference and it has both central heating and a solid fuel stove.

On the minus side... it looks slightly awkward access from the trad hatch, there is no washing machine, the bed would need to be turned around to a cross bed, it doesn't have a cratch/cover.. so there's a bit of money to be spent.  At the price, that's fine with us.

I don't know who John McIntosh is and google hasn't helped with that.

Price: £42,500
Length: 58ft 0in
Builder: Liverpool Boat Co
Fitter-out: John McIntosh
Style: Trad
Year registered: 2003
Certification: BSS 2013, RCD issued 2003
Engine: Isuzu IM4LB33 diesel
Plating: 10/6/5/4
Last out of water: 2011
Water tank: 150gall (approx) stainless steel
Headroom: 6ft 5in
Fit-out materials: Cabin sides in painted oak panels, hull sides & deckhead in oak panels, all with sapele trim. Floors in wood-effect vinyl throughout.
Insulation: Spray foam
Berths: 3
Berth sizes: 6ft 4in x 4ft 0in permanent double, 6ft 5in x 2ft 0in permanent single on dinette bench seat
Fridge: Shoreline 12V 5cu ft
Washer/dryer: None
WC: Thetford swivel seat cassette wc
Shower: over bath with curtain
Cooker: Country Leisure hob & Midi Prima oven & grill - gas
Water heating: C/heating + engine + 230V immersion heater, calorifier
Cabin heating: Webasto diesel c/heating, 3 rads, s/f stove
Mains 230V: Landline, Sterling 1500W pure sine wave inverter
Other: Breakfast bar with side doors above. Centre cabin could easily be converted to an office or separate single bedroom
Location: River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire


lollymac said...


John McIntosh is my Dad and this is the boat that he and my mum designed and fitted out together quite a few years ago now!! (If you google the name, you'll probably come up with a whole load of English Folk Band stuff!)

The boat was a lovely holiday cottage on the water for us, and we fitted out very much to our personal specification, so were very pleased for it to sell quickly on the first sale. Now it is up for sale again, I hope people come to love it as much as we did, it was our first boat that we solely owned, and was a great introduction to owning and maintaining a narrowboat. Dad has a real love for traditional boats, and has spent some time on working boats. We now have a boat based on a traditional working 1930s tug, an absolutely stunning boat built and designed by R.W Davies. She's called ACE. Perhaps we'll see you on the water some day!

I came across your blog today, whilst researching my Grandfather George Albert McIntosh as he was at sea during D-Day - exactly 64 years ago. He was a Royal Navy sub-lieutenant in charge of five assault landing craft. He sadly died last year, but it is so nice to see our old boat - built in his name, looking so beautiful - he was absolutely thrilled when he heard that we'd named the boat for him!!!

I hope you enjoy your narrowboat findings.

Take care,


lollymac said...

Posted a comment.. don't know if it works, I have great stories to tell about this boat!!!

Elly and Mick said...

Hi Laurel,
What an interesting story about your grandfather, and how lovely that his name lives on - afloat on the canals.
Sounds like the boat would be a good buy for someone.

lollymac said...

Thanks - glad you read the comment, I was thrilled to see our old boat looking so nice :)

I hope someone loves it as much as we did. Have you found yours yet?

L x