53ft(16.15m) Thames Launch Style Narrowboat 1992
Hull and Fit Out Peter Newman
Well what can you say about his boat other than it really is unique. Built to look like a Thames launch she has a sleek bow with wooden and brass stem post, a large deck which is covered by a canvas windowed zipped cover. A large proportion of the boat has wooden bow topped windows with a steel cap over the roof section. The remainder of the cabin is steel and is rounded of a tunnel tug style. The roof is capped by brass hand rails. She has a flat back deck on which is mounted the wheel and a large brass bell, this boat really will turn heads.
Front bow area 9.5ft/ 2.9m
Height to Cabin Centre 5ft 9” (1.80m
Her unique charm continues inside. Professional fit out in Mahogany and ash T & G, with mahogany carved beams, and mahogany units. The floor is laid to carpet. There are a number of charming fluted brass wall lights.
Entrance is down a step with a corner cupboard beyond is a pair of banquet seats, these are upholstered in a green velour they convert to make a double bed and there is a free standing table which makes then in to a large dining area.
This is followed by a small single dinette which is set opposite the squirrel stove it is set on an ornate tiled hearth There is then a half height bulkhead with a pair of turned post also in mahogany.
The galley kitchen runs down both sides of the boat, it has bespoke ornate cupboards with recessed brass handles a tiled worktop and splashback in green with a Belfast sink inset on one side and a cooker and fridge on the other. The cooker has an oven and grill with hob over and the fridge is 12v.
The bathroom is flooded with light with the two large opaque windows, it has a small bath with shower over and tiled wall, a dump through toilet and a wash hand basin set in a mahogany surround.
The rear steel cabin houses the sleeping quarters with a fold down double and a number of storage cupboards, under the bed is storage and the calorifier. In the centre at the rear is access to the back deck.
The engine is housed under the rear deck it is a 1.8 BMC this is not the original engine I am led to believe it had a lower horse powered engine but it was replaced with this one quite early on. The engine was last serviced in 2019.
It has 1 starter and 2 leisure batteries, the boat is controlled by a wheel which is hydraulic and has a helm indicator for ease of use. She has a shore line connection at the front which powers the 240v sockets and the immersion heater and a battery management system.
2 x 13 kg gas bottles. Life ring. Water hose. Mooring Equipment. Winter cover for over wooden section.