46.2ft /14.08m Cruiser Style 1987
Hull & Fit Out by Rugby Boat Builders
Gas heating with Rads & S/F Stove
Originally built in 1987 as a 37ft 6” Cruiser style boat by Rugby Boat Builders. Then under her current owners was extended by Dave Thomas and refitted by Merlin Narrowboats in 1998. She was originally fabricated from 6/5/4mm steel.
She was last repainted in Jan 2022 in her attractive Aqua, blue and cream livery. With her slide hatch in a tartan style, to fit with her unusual name of Thistle Ddu and the lochnagar carrying company, Royal lochnagar the whiskey being distilled very close to the castle of Balmoral.
The survey from 2015 states she has 4 x 2.5kg Anodes.
Height to Cabin Centre (6.23ft/1.90m)
Entrance from the front stable style doors in to saloon is down a step, on either side is a storage unit. There is space for a couple of small freestanding arm chairs while in the corner is a new hamlet solid fuel stove, set on an attractive tiled hearth, with wildlife scenes. The ceiling and walls are lined in pine tongue and groove with oak ply below the gunwals and for the bulkheads the floor is laid to carpet throughout, with tartan in the saloon and carpet tiles in the rest.
The bedroom is separated from the saloon by a full height bulkhead with attractive cut out. It consists of a fixed double bed with storage below, at the foot of the bed is a full height wardrobe while the other side has a corner cupboard and a number of open shelves above.
Shower with glazed door to one side while on the other side of the corridor is a Mansfield Dump though toilet and a vanity unit with sink both are tiled with small cream marbled tiles.
The galley is laid to one side, under the window is the sink and drainer, to the one side is the cooker with 4 ring hob an oven and grill and to the other is the fridge. Opposite is a single seat pullman style dinette. The table gives you a little extra work space in the galley, whilst it can be converted to a bed. And storage is provided under. Entrance to the rear cruiser deck is in the centre through two partially glazed doors, the large box step allows access to the cabin bilge and there are cupboards on each side, one containing the Alde gas boiler and the calorifier.
The generous rear deck is covered in chequer plate, under which there is a Vetus M310 with a Hurth gear box, there is a land line connection with a Waco battery charger, there appears to be 1 starter and 3 domestic batteries.
Heating is provided by and gas boiler and fin rad also a S/F stove.