This Berkeley Barge is a 51ft Live-aboard designed for touring inland rivers and canals but also capable of channel crossings to access the Continental waterways and coastal passages (RCD Category C). This example is 51 feet long and is currently arranged with a separate double cabin, Large heads and shower room, cozy saloon with multifuel burner and a bright airy wheelhouse. She is 90% complete ready for her owner to choose their required finishings. Bespoke builds can also be undertaken with custom interior layout and bespoke fit out. New boats are available on approximately an 18 week turnaround from laying down a keel.
This barge is Category C and can be used for coastal cruising and channel crossings, she is extremely well built and appears light throughout with lots and lots of natural daylight with the innovative Sky Windows.
The layout can be changed easily as the internal bulkhead and wheelhouse style bathroom is fitted but is now ready for the finishing touches . Her interior is being completed and.She is fully water ready, the keep it simple ethos means that all systems are easy to operate and maintain. Large fuel tanks are fitted with a Diesel Boiler feed out to enable heating to radiators. In addition there is a hearth and a stove, though this too can be changed to a customers final spec. This barge, is finished and is water ready subject to customer spec and the internal fit out is at your choice, either as a self finish or it can be finished at the yard. This is an amazing opportunity to purchase a brand new barge that is water ready. We can assist with locating a mooring if required and part finance may be available.
The vessel is of barge style, similar in appearance to a traditional continental river boat and is constructed from butt-welded plate steel onto longitudinal and transverse internal frames.
The craft is designed and built as a vessel capable of making way under her own power. As such, the engine compartment was fitted with engine frames and a stern tube for the propeller shaft. This barge would make an excellent liveaboard, perfect for cruising the inland waterways of the UK and Europe and capable of making the associated offshore passages in between. She would also suit life as a house boat and would make a spacious and stylish bankside residence.
The hull was originally laid down in steel in 2013, the current owner / builder has continued the fit out to a high standard of workmanship and she is now ready for commissioning to suit individual taste and requirements. A prospective buyer can expect the vessel to be ready to launch within 10 weeks of the completion of sale
Construction: The chined, full displacement hull design promotes strength and stability whilst the wide beam carries her interior volume through almost the full length of the hull maximising the accommodation below decks.
Length Overall 15.25m
Estimated Draught 0.84m
Height of Sheerline from Chine 1.48m
Hull Side Plates 6 mm nominal thickness Base Plates 6 mm nominal thickness
Keel base Plate 20 mm nominal thickness Keel sides 10 mm nominal thickness
Rubbing Strakes 50 mm x 25 mm D Section
The Rubbing Strakes were formed from flattened ‘D’ section steel continuously welded along upper and lower edges.
The Bow Locker was accessed through a top hatch in the foredeck. The structure of the frames was visually inspected and seen to be of adequate strength and quality of weld.
A Collision Bulkhead of full height and width was fitted approximately 1.60m from the stem.
The engine compartment was fitted with engine mounting frames and fuel tanks. The engine was not present at the time of survey and was awaiting fitment.
Access was provided through a watertight hatch to the stern locker. The frames and welds were visually inspected and judged to be suitable for the vessel.
A Collision Bulkhead of full height and width was fitted approximately 1.53m from the stern post.
The cabin superstructure and roof were measured with a thickness of 4mm nominal plate steel thickness.
The cabin sides were insulated with expanding foam sprayed into the frames of the vessel. This was overlaid with plywood panelling. The floor was fitted with sheet plywood.
Internal divisions were fitted providing a room that will serve as the bathroom when complete.
All workmanship had been completed to an adequate standard.