|Tax Status:||Tax Exempt|
river Trent East Midlands UK|
‘Bigun’ is a well-maintained widebeam boat in generally good condition. It is relatively short, so quite easy to manoeuvre and moor, yet big enough for two people to live aboard permanently. Two more could sleep on two sofa-beds in the living room. It is warm and comfortable in winter when heated electrically on a shoreline. An ‘Old Dutch’ kerosene (paraffin) heater, which can also burn diesel, also effectively heats the whole boat. The open plan design with two main rooms is spacious, light and airy and the large rear and fore decks, completely weather-proof and protected by canopies, provide extra space for relaxing and storage.
Reluctantly I have decided to sell my beloved boat because I do not use it often enough because I do not live locally. I was its second owner and have had it for eight years. The boat safety certificate is valid to 30 June 2022.
|No. of engines:||1|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||15.24m|
|Hull type:||Flat bottom|
|Fuel capacity:||250 Litres|
|Water capacity:||300 Litres|
The rectangular rear deck (2.43 x 2.74 metres) provides an excellent, completely weather-proof space (Kinver canopy with stainless steel tubing) for relaxing, entertaining, storing bicycles etc. A bench seat at the back and both sides provides a lot of seating space. The side canopy panels can be taken off. In the corner, the covered gas compartment contains two 13 kg gas cylinders and a pressure regulator. There are two tanks: a rectangular 60 litre diesel tank and an integral 250 litre hull tank, which supplies kerosene to the Kabola heater. New sound-insulated deck boards were fitted in 2020. There is an automatic bilge pump and a purpose-made gang plank which clamps on to the gunwales on each side.
Under the rear deck boards there are four, 130 AH (amp hours) leisure batteries (total 520 AH) in a covered box and one 100 AH starter battery.
A trip switch panel (12 switches) protects two, 12 volt sockets in the bedroom and three in the living room, and circuits for lighting, shower gulper pump, water pump and fridge. A galvanic isolator is fitted to help protect the hull from rusting.
In 2021, a solar system comprising a 40 amp Rover Elite MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) solar charger and two ‘suit-case’ Renogy 100 watt solar panels was fitted. The charger is rated to 520 watts, so a further 320 watts of solar panels can be added. MPPT chargers are 30% more efficient than the cheaper PWM solar chargers. (A mains CTEC M15 smart marine charger can also be included, if required.)
The 240 volt shore line lead plugs into the boat above the steps. The consumer unit ‘domestic’ trip switch protects two double sockets in the bedroom, and six doubles and a single socket (for fridge), in the living/ kitchen room; ‘garage’ protects an insulated double socket in the engine bay used for battery charger and power tools.
Dimensions – 3.05 metres long x 2.74 metres wide. Internal height is 2.18 metres throughout the boat (less towards the sides) and width is 2.74 metres.
Two steps lead from the rear deck down to the back door and bedroom. The 240 volt consumer unit and 12 volt trip switches are just inside, and to the right of, the rear door. Two fluorescent lights on the corridor side of the bedroom (each individually switched also) are controlled by a single switch at each end. This is useful when entering or leaving the boat at night.
The floor of the rear half of the boat, including the toilet, is covered with easy-to-clean blue vinyl. All walls are well insulated with foam and rock-wool. There is never condensation inside the boat, except sometimes from the roof vent mushrooms.
The bedroom is finished in light oak and light grey paint, with a white ceiling. The bedroom contains a large fitted cupboard with four shelves against the end bulkhead. A second fitted cupboard for hanging clothes (in two areas) has yet more shelves, together with three storage boxes. Curtains in front of both units provide easy access to clothes.
The 1.38 metre wide fixed double bed, positioned across the boat, has a comfortable memory-foam mattress. Large box drawers underneath provide massive storage for bedding, towels etc. There are small fitted tables for night-time items on each side. There are two 240 volt sockets on one side of the bed (useful for an electric blanket) and switches for two l.e.d. reading lights. Also in the bedroom are three 12 volt fluorescent tube lights. Three round port-hole windows provide good natural light, with round carpet-covered wooden covers for black-out at night.
CORRIDOR AND SHOWER
Dimensions – 1.8 metres long x 1.8 metres wide.
There is a fitted desk unit in a corridor part of the bedroom, together with six drawer boxes, which are useful for storing odds and ends and tools.
A quarter-round shower (80 cm) made by Wesley Marine Windows with sliding glass doors, is located within the bedroom half of the boat. A 'modesty' shower curtain can be drawn to cover the shower. Thermostatic controls ensure even water temperature. A pull-switch on the wall outside the shower operates a gulper pump. The shower tray is raised above floor level on a purpose-made base. A hatch at the front provides access to the waste outlet, under which is a plastic tray. This allows the outlet to be cleaned and prevents water leaking into the sub-floor space (a serious problem to be avoided at all costs).
Dimensions – 1.37 metres long x 0.9 metres wide.
A door from the bedroom leads to a toilet room with a port-hole window. A built-in vanity unit, under a wash hand-basin with mixer tap, provides ample storage space. In the middle of the three units under the hand-basin (the one with an oak fold-down door) two in-line stop taps isolate the water supply to the shower mixer tap. Above, there is a double bathroom cabinet with mirrored doors.
On the ceiling, there are two very efficient ATEN l.e.d. lights. There are two towel rails, a double toilet roll holder and two porta-loos.
LIVING ROOM - kitchen and living areas with oak floor
Total length – 6.08 metres long x 2.74 metres wide.
A curtain between the two main rooms provides a degree of privacy and sound and heat insulation. Walls are light grey and ceiling white. Fitted woodwork is finished in light oak.
Dimensions – 2.23 metres long x 2.74 metres wide.
There is a port-hole window above the sink and, on the opposite side, a two-door steel opening hatch with an escape ladder below.
The kitchen comprises:
• 'U' shaped work-top.
• Four-burner Country Leisure domestic gas cooker with grill and oven with piezo ignition (240 volts).
• Thetford three-way refrigerator (240 volts, 12 volts, gas).
• Stainless steel sink with two taps and double draining board.
• Jabsco accumulator, which maintains water pressure (under sink behind cupboard).
• Ample, under and above, work-top cupboard and drawer space.
• Large Halfords cool-box (240 volts and 12 volts) for vegetable and fruit storage.
• Morco Instantaneous multi-point gas water heater supplies hot water to sink, wash-hand basin, and shower.
Dimensions – 3.65 metres long x 2.74 metres wide.
All fitted furniture is finished in light oak and is built in, and cannot move.
On the right-hand side from middle to front:
• Large shelving unit under the gunwale used mainly for cd's (electric heater is built into it).
• Bookcase with three shelves.
• Bench seat or sofa-bed unit with foam pillows and large storage boxes beneath – 1.75 metres long, 0.74 metres wide.
• Kabola Old Dutch heater. This burns with a ring of blue flame like a gas cooker and can use diesel, by replacing the injector.
On the left-hand side from middle to front:
• Unit between kitchen and living room areas, with solid oak top and six large storage boxes.
• Bench seat or sofa-bed with foam pillows and large storage boxes beneath – 1.91 metres long x 0.74 metres wide.
• Television / drinks cabinet. The 12 volt / 240 volt, 22 inch Cello television with DVD and other inputs is plugged into 12 volts, together with its booster aerial.
The living room lights, new in 2021, are all highly efficient ATEN l.e.d.'s. – four, round touch-sensitive soft white; three long bright white. There is also a swivelling l.e.d. under the wall cabinets.
Four large rectangular windows (also two glazed doors) provide good natural lighting. The window panes can be completely removed to provide maximum ventilation. The windows are blacked out at night, either with curtains (not used much because of spiders), or very conveniently with four purpose-made carpet-covered boards. Net curtains mounted on frames provide day-time privacy and keep insects out.
STEPS TO FRONT DOORS
Two steps (1.22 metres wide x 0.31 metres deep) from the living room lead up to the pair of glazed doors opening to the front deck. The two solid mahogany step boards sit on a frame bolted to the bulkhead. The wooden components of the steps can be dismantled to allow easy access to the water pump which is in a foam-insulated compartment under the front deck.
Dimensions – 1.29 metres front to back x 2.74 metres wide and tapering.
The 300 litre water tank is accessed by removing a large hatch. Plastic tiles above the deck allow rain water to drain through holes on each side. The tank was cleaned, de-rusted and painted with 'Vactan' in 2021.
The canopy (Kinver) ensures that the front deck is completely water-tight. Underneath the prow and above deck height there is a useful dry, hatched space for storage. The prow extends for1.21 metres in front of the front deck. There is a large anchor and long chain, and a TV aerial pole, which can be raised and lowered.
STEEL HULL AND SUPER-STRUCTURE
Steel is 10/6/4 mm. The hull was shot-blasted and painted twice with black epoxy in 2017, and four new sacrificial anodes were fitted. This paint gives very long protection to the steel. Depth under water is 0.6 metres. There are three black knitted rope fenders on each side, front and rear rope fenders, and two wrap-around rear rope fenders.
The boat super-structure was spray-painted to a high standard in 2013 - maroon on sides and aft and fore decks - and cream on the roof. Panels on the gunwales and roof were painted with non-slip paint in maroon and cream, respectively. Some brush touch-up work has been done on scuffs. Four steel roof mushrooms provide ventilation.
There are two mooring ropes on each side, fore and aft, and on the roof, a rope attached to a central steel rope ring. Along each side, there is a grab bar as well as a welded pole/ deck ladder support. There is a long boat pole and a hooked boat pole.
Some general boating items will be left on the boat. In front right-hand compartment under the sofa there are 4 mooring stakes, club hammer, air horn, 4 winding handles, 4 metal mooring hooks for vertical steel paling and CRT key.
ENGINE AND GEARBOX
A new 4 cylinder diesel Beta-50 h.p. marine engine (Kubota) and a reconditioned Newage PRM 260 gearbox (both guaranteed to June 2023) - were fitted in 2018, and an 11 square foot skin tank was welded onto the left-hand side of the swim. The engine has been used for 100 hours only, on two trips of a week each. The engine performs well in strongly-flowing river water using 2-3 litres diesel per hour, depending on speed and current.
There are two alternators – 175 amps for leisure batteries, and 65 amps for starter battery. A new propeller, 19 x 13 inches, was fitted to match the new engine. (The original 22 inch propeller can be supplied, if required.) The instrument panel, in a lockable hatch, includes hours meter, rev counter, voltmeter, water temperature, stop button, ignition key and warning lights. The engine bay is clean, dry, well-painted, and big enough to allow easy access to engine and gearbox, and for greasing the stern gland.
Safety equipment includes: two large life rings, a long barge pole, a large anchor, a hooked mooring pole and a step ladder for getting in and out of the water. A CRT key is also included.