17m Motor Barge, converted cruising home, 1928


JAN STEEN      Survey 2017.


JAN STEEN “AS IS ” afloat 2020

Year: 1928
Condition: very good
Category: Power
Class: House Boats
Keel Type: Flat bottomed


17m “Jan Steen” is a good strong seagoing barge. Rivetted iron hull. Built in Germany in 1928, used to supply the islands of northern Germany. Converted from a commercial ship to a practical modern living space.

Offers 3 x twin berth cabins (2 x doubles, 1 x twin with own facilities.)
She offers 6ft plus headroom throughout. All services are functional. “Ready to Go.”
Last surveyed in 2017. 6 cylinder Deutz engine, a bow thruster, a new and large generator making her self sufficient from shore power. Very large water tanks.
She is an excellent easily handled cruising home.


Nominal Length: 17.00m
Length Overall: 17.40m
Length Of Deck: 17.40m
Length At Water Line: 16.80m


Beam: 4.60m
Draft: 1.10m
Air Draft: 4.00m
Max Draft: 1.10m


Water Tank Capacity: 2000 litres
Cruising Speed: 6 knots
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 6
Cabins: 4
Heads: 2
Passenger Capacity: 10


Hull Material: Rivetted Iron. welded steel. Hard wood permanent wheelhouse
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 10: knots


Engine Description: Deutz 4 cylinder naturally aspirated diesel engine.
single lever controls at the helm position
Bow thruster powered by a Renault engine.
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive single propeller and large rudder blade.


In the main rivetted and welded iron plating. Bow plating has been replaced with new. After the out of water survey 20107 she required a small amount of over plating around the stern gear.
Flat bottomed, straight stem and a Dutch style flared counter stern.


Enter from side decks into the wheelhouse, bench settee for guest, a fold down button stool, helm position forward with helm seating. Access hatch in the floor to the engine room below. Aft companionway ladder into the Crew cabin ( 2 x single berths) with its own heads facility. Hanging space behind the ladder. Electric clothes dryer. Radiator. Aft cabin and the interior of the wheelhouse have not been updated in her present ownership, bulkheads varnished wood faced ply. All the glazing in the wheel house has been replaced and upgraded with toughened glass and bespoke canvas windshields, attached in sections to the their exterior face.
Access to both side decks via full length solid wooden doors. Wheelhouse has maintained much of her original fixtures and fittings. Wheelhouse is permanently standing.
Steps down forward into the open plan saloon and galley floor is at deck level. The accommodation is entirely insulated, White wash painted tongue and groove headlining, plenty of natural day light through numerous side windows, Aluminium framed some are opening, all replaced in this ownership. Roller blinds at each window. Vintage style painted wrought iron radiators and a wood burning stove as a centrepiece. The L shaped custom built galley Stainless steel worktops, single sink with spray hose head and main tap for hot and cold water. A gas hob let into the counter top below electric oven. Dishwasher and microwave. Generous stowage cupboards, shelving and drawers. Opposite the galley is a built in large upright fridge/freezer and washing machine.

Large wall mounted television. Radiators, recessed ceiling lighting. Breakfast bar. Hard wood insulated flooring. Tongue and groove planking painted out white throughout. A hatch in the floor gives access to a huge storage space below and is where the water tanks and heating system are. Access up steps up out onto the open fore deck. Steps down and forward into the sleeping accommodation. To starboard is the main bathroom with electric toilet, shower and wash basin, towel rail radiator and stowage cupboard. To port is the spare double guest cabin with large open hanging space.
Owners double cabin forward again. built in double berth with stowage beneath it.
Accommodation is carpeted,painted wrought iron radiators throughout. Light coloured painted finish, over tongue and groove pine.
Outside there is an open flat fore deck / sun deck ideal for outside entertaining.

The side decks are clear and generous, stanchions with guard wires onto of high bulwarks makes her feel very safe.
Diesel pressure jet combination boiler for heating system and hot water.
Throughout the accommodation they have used vintage features and fittings,
all in keeping with the age of the vessel.
The present owners have made a very clean,warm and comfortable home for themselves their child and the dog.


Walker Bay simulated clinker GRP sailing dinghy. with outboard engine, oars and sailing rig. It lives on the main coach roof, easily transferred to the water with the derrick.
1 x main Hall type of anchor and chain, anchor chain stowed via Hawse pipe in foc’sle forepeak. Small CQR Kedge anchor. Manual windlass.
Staff, holder and ensign.
8 large black sausage fenders, Fender stowage basket on deck.
Custom made galvanised step aboard, mounting block.
Stainless steel chimney for the wood burner.
Mooring warps

Deck stepped solid pine mast, balanced weighted so that it could be easily lowered within its tabernacle. Derrick for loading aluminium boom.

Navigation Equipment:

Steering wheel sited in the wheelhouse, forward facing through glazed windscreen.
2 x sets of wiper blades, external opening brackets.
Hand held radio with antennae.
Navigation lights/ light boxes.
Nightlight over the chart table.
Clock and barometer
Garmin chart plotter
Steering compass in a binnacle

Recreation Facilities:  Walker Bay GRP, sailing dinghy. Lifting derrick. Sundeck.

Safety Equipment:

Deck search light and external speaker
Grab rails on coach roof.
Life rings
Fire extinguisher (expiry dates unchecked)

Location: Maldon, Essex, CM9 5HG Essex GB