BRUNDALL Norfolk UK
Butterbusk is a charming 40’ x 9’3” beam, cream coloured canal barge. She has hints of Dutch barge about her with a wheel house at the stern and a more prominent bow. 12mm base/6mm sides/7mm deck. A very versatile boat, she can be used as up to 4 berth or as a comfortable live aboard 2 berth. Open plan layout with potential to partition, 2 forward berths/sofas, long galley and heads amidships, saloon and drop down 2 berth aft. There is plenty of storage space throughout the boat whilst the open plan layout makes for bright and spacious living and a multi fuel stove keeps it cosy.
Equipped with gas oven, hob and grill, morco gas water heater, 12v shoreline fridge freezer, Kingfire multi fuel stove, Kabola old dutch diesel stove, shower and 2 cassette toilets. 12v LED lighting and both 12v and 240v sockets throughout the boat.
Regularly serviced Gardner 4LW 90hp diesel engine with 12v and 24v alternators to charge domestic and engine batteries respectively, 240v shore power, Intelligent 600W inverter, Max Power bowthruster, 80W solar panel to top up the domestic batteries, 4 x 6v 225Ah Crown deep cycle domestic batteries connected in series to create 2x12v domestic batteries, plus 2 x 12v sealed Varta 90Ah engine starter batteries, in series, to create a 24v engine battery. Sterling 12v and Victron 24v battery power packs charge the domestic and engine batteries when on shore power. Isolator switches for both domestic and engine batteries and RCD fitted to disconnect 240v. 90 gallon steel water tank, 25 gallon fuel tank. Manual winch and mud weight fitted. Danforth anchor can be swapped in, depending on cruising waters. Space for 2 x13kg gas canisters in wheelhouse.
This boat has been my permanent home for 5 years now, and has provided a wonderful, enjoyable and comfortable living space. Butterbusk is currently moored at Bells Marina, Brundall, on the Norfolk Broads, NR13 5QA and this mooring may be available with the boat sale. Preferably she is available from March 2019. Last boat survey June 2011. Hull reblacked and 4 new anodes fitted 31/8/16. Boat safety renewed March 2017. Bowthruster also fitted then.
|Vessel type:||Widebeam Canal Barge|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Gardner 4LW|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||40'|
|Maximum draft:||2' 4"|
|Displacement:||16 metric tons|
|Fuel capacity:||25 Gallons|
|Water capacity:||90 Gallons|
Beneath the roomy wheelhouse, aft deck, is the engine room housing a 90hp Gardner 4LW diesel engine with worm gear drive. This is a large engine which provides plenty of low rev torque and a reliable steady chug.
The hull was built in 1995 by A&B Wroe of Doncaster and built of 12mm steel bottom plate, 6mm sides and 7mm deck, a sturdy construction.
Entering the boat from the bow well deck, through double fore cabin doors, you enter a spacious and light open plan main cabin. Although this main cabin is open through to the aft doors (offering spacious day time living), it has natural divisions and could easily be partitioned if necessary. The forward most area of the cabin has a single bed/sofa on the starboard side, with storage beneath, also housing the bow thruster gearbox, accumulator and water pump (the tank for which is 90 gallons and beneath the front well deck). The port side has a similar size single bed/sofa which is slightly raised from the previous to accommodate more underneath storage as well as two wide deep drawers. Additional storage is found in the steps to the fore cabin doors. At the end of the port side bed are shelves and a Kabola, old dutch diesel stove (needs servicing). At the end of the starboard bunk is a set of removable drawers with deep shelving above, up to the cabin roof. These shelves represent a bulk head marking the start of the ample galley stretching along, under a window, up to the aft area of the cabin.
The galley consists of a 12v shoreline fridge freezer, sink, cupboard space, Morco gas water heater and gas oven, hob and grill. On the port side, opposite the galley, is the heads cabin with sliding door, featuring a shower, sink and 2 thetford cassette toilets. At the aft bulk head of this, in the main cabin, is a tall cupboard, with shelves (wardrobe), reaching up to the cabin roof. This represents the beginning of the saloon with a multi fuel stove at the end of the galley on the starboard side. The saloon area has plenty of space opposite the stove for a fold out bed/futon or built in sofa and storage. Against the aft cabin wall are spacious shelves. The clever use of open space continues as the saloon, by day, becomes sleeping quarters by night with a small double bed which lowers down from the ceiling, to about bunk height, supported on sturdy brackets and leg. This bed still allows for sleeping underneath, however, I use it as my main bed, simply raising it into the ceiling in the morning, covers and all, therefore benefiting from the larger living area by day.
Steps on the aft starboard side of the cabin hide the leisure batteries and lead up into the wheelhouse. Power charge packs monitor and keep leisure and engine batteries charged from shore power. There are 240v sockets all around the boat as well as a 600w inverter suitable for small electrical appliances, chargers etc when on the move. 12v power supplies warm led lights, with individual switches, as well as shower sump bilge, water pump and bed winch. There are 12v sockets of the cigarette lighter type. The engine has two batteries wired in series for the 24v starter motor. The wheelhouse is a pleasant space especially in the summer, light and airy with windows all round, port and starboard split windows and doors, and large rear window which drops right down. The wheelhouse is fully collapsible but not a quick up and down job, however not a problem for height on the Broads. There are bench seats, with further storage, and a helmsman’s seat. Helm controls are a choice of hydraulic helm wheel or tiller through the aft window. Drive controls are with a vintage astern/ahead wheel which winds the gears progressively, in and out, in addition to a revs lever. The wheelhouse also houses the gas locker.