29m Steel Spitz barge, Cruising home with residential mooring.


Price Details

Price: £390,000 GBP
Location: Heybridge Basin, nr Maldon, Essex GB
Make: Belgian Spitz Barge ( shortened to 29m in 2007-8)
Year: 1958
Condition: Very good and well maintained
Category: Power
Class: House Boats
Keel Type: Flat Bottomed


Francoise was built in Belgium in 1958 and traded on the European waterways. In 2007/8 she was rebuilt, shortened and converted to a luxury home afloat with new decks, a collapsible wheelhouse, new hatches and windows. A new engine/gearbox/python drive, hydraulic bow thruster, heating system, electrics, water tanks and many more modern upgrades were all included in this massive Conversion project.  The barge was completely shot blasted back to bare steel and painted in 2pack epoxy paints.

Once over here in the UK, her owners have established a residential mooring for her afloat  in the canal basin alongside the quay face.
She offers very comfortable spacious accommodation, with 2000 sqft of internal space and with an average headroom of 2.20m throughout.

The steel flat bottomed hull has been entirely insulated with Rockwell the entire fit out having been professionally undertaken. Machine engineered wooden flooring runs through the accommodation.
She can sleep and cater up to 8 persons in four separate cabins, all with their own en suite facilities.
A large engine room and services are all very well kept and maintained. She could be fully self sufficient if used for extended cruising.

Air draft 4m with the wheelhouse up  this reduces to 2.97m, when its collapsed
Last Drydocking- Survey July 2018 included Re-painting
Current BSS Certification – British Safety Standards,  Suitable for Residential live aboard, Cruising UK / Continent.

She is ready to just move in and move on………… Viewing by Appointment only.


Length Overall: 29m
Length Of Deck: 29m
Length At Water Line: 29m

Beam: 5m
Draft: 1.30m
Air Draft: 2.97 m with Wheel house collapsed  when up airdraft figure of 4m.
Max Draft: 1.3 m


Holding Tank Capacity: 1000ltr
Water Tank Capacity: 6300ltr
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 220 hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 8
Cabins each with their own facilites : 4
Heads: 4
Passenger Capacity: 12


Builder: De Wachter Brothers, Boom, Belguim.
Boat Name: Francoise


Hull Material: Steel
Hull Speed: 7 knots


Engine Description: Large Engine room/ plant room aft and under the Skipper’s cabin.
Engine Manufacturer John Deere Engine Model 6068TFM50
Number of Cylinders 6 / 6.8ltr Turbo Engine running hours 83 hours Only
Engine power 220hp    Fuel – Diesel
Fuel consumption at 1600 rpm / 10.4L/Hr at 1000 rpm/ 2.9 L/Hr
Gearbox PRM 1000 2.85:1
Python Drive coupling, 4 Bladed single propeller, 1m diameter. Stern tube grease lubricator, Cooling closed / Box Cooling
Bow thruster – Hydraulic
Engine Transmission Description: Stern drive, twin steel rudders


Rivetted and welded steel hull. New welded steel decks. a new steel floor was added during her extensive refit. All carried out by the SRF Yard in Haarlingen in Holland.
All super structure also steel. Steel twin rudders. A new built collapsible wheel house.2007/8.
She was last dry docked and surveyed in 2018, entirely repainted externally.
Built By Gebr. De Wachter Boom, Belgium 1958,Rebuilt SRF Harlingen in Holland 2007-8
Dimensions: 29m x 5.04 x 1.30 Model – Spitz (Shortened)
Ballast 60 Tons concrete blocks
Hull Shape-Flat Bottom Hull, Deck and Superstructure material -Steel
Construction method- Originally rivetted, New steel is welded. A new Inner steel floor. Wheelhouse Built new a collapsible wheelhouse to reduce the overall air draft of the barge. material used Mahogany.
Windows -Aluminium frames / aft cabin, Mahogany frames in main area, Opening bronze and glass portlights in the cabins
Wheelhouse is double glazed with venetian blinds.


Internal fit out 2009 – 2011
Interior bulk heads of painted Plywood, Insulation with Rockwall throughout the vessel. Flooring Merbau engineered wooden flooring, carpeting in cabins.

Internal Dimensions Forward Cabin 3.22m L x 4.71m W
Bathroom 2.30m L x 4.47m W
Port/ Stbd Guest Cabins x 2 2.82m L x 1.93m W
Guest shower En suites x 2 1.0m L x 1.90m W
Saloon and Galley 8.10m L x 4.71m W
eel House/ day cabin 4.32m L x 2.93mW
Utility room and pantry 2.25m L x 4.71mW
Skippers Aft Cabin 4.34m L x 3.94mW
Aft En suite 1.13m L x 3.15mW
Engine Room 5.0m L x 3.90W
Overall internal 2000 sq ft

Heating ACV Boiler/ Domestic Diesel, 15 radiators/3 towel rails/
Wood burner – Duel fuel in main saloon

Water Pressure System Nocchi Pentair
Fresh Water Steel tank / 6300lt Holding tank Steel tank / 1000ltrs
Hot Water/Heating- .ACV Boiler
Gas System – Propane

Large Open Plan Galley / Lounge
Cooker La Canche range: 2 Ovens / 5 burners
A Smeg Fridge / Freezer in Galley, Microwave Oven, Dishwasher
A small fridge and freezer in Pantry.
Cabins – 2 Double cabins 2x Guest cabins / 4 berths – Sleep 8 persons

Utility Room / Pantry:Washing machine, a Tumble Dryer, Sink / Shelving.
A substantial amount of storage accessed from the Utility room running forward under the accommodation floor.

Ensuites: Forward Owners cabin with Bathroom / Roll Top Bath
Guests cabins x 2 & Aft cabin have shower facilities in their En suites.
Toilets x 4of  : 3 with macerators, 1 Sea Toilet


Deck equipment Tender Davits aft, 9ft Dinghy, Rope Holders
Elect Anchor winch Anchors 360kg/260kg/ 1 Stern Anchor
Boat hook
Mooring line
Boarding gantry

Navigation Equipment:

Wheel steering. Navigation Lights, Horn, Wiper assembly.

Safety Equipment:

BSS certification
Bilge Pump – Centrifugal
Fire extinguishers- 5 of (expiry dates unchecked)
3 x Lifebuoys,
Life-line harnesses
Boarding Ladders