40ft Narrow Boat, a Semi Traditional Stern Cruiser, 1936

Price Details

Price: £39,000 GBP
Location: Harlow, Essex GB
Year: 1936
Condition: Good well maintained
Category: Power
Class: Narrow Boat
Keel Type: Flat bottomed


This Barge was originally built in 1936, as a 70ft long “Butty”, a steel rivetted hull.  In the 1950’s she was “cut and shut” and made into two narrow boats for the Waterways Holiday Business.

IN 1970’s she became a Waterway’s work boat (hence her colour scheme).  Their Draughtsmen used her at this time as a mobile drawing office.
Original Lister engine in its own engine bay, aft.
1990’s she  went through another conversion for use in the Private leisure market.
She offers a clean, simple, accommodation for two persons. She has as much outdoor space than internal space. A valid British Safety Certificated until 2027.
Presently owned by an Engineer, the appeal of her history as an ex working vessel with her original Lister engine didn’t faze him.
The coach work berth cushions are recent acquisitions, along with the beautifully made Traditional Rope fenders, hung from her Bow and Stern.


Nominal Length: 11.89m
Length Overall: 12.37m
Length At Water Line: 11.66m

Beam: 2.08m          Draft: 0.56m      Max Draft: 0.56 meter
Air Draft: 1.83m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 75ltrs
Water Tank Capacity: 100ltrs
Cruising Speed: 4knots
Engine Power: 23hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 2
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 2


Hull Material: Rivitted Steel plate
Hull Design: Semi Displacement
Hull Speed: 5knots


Engine Description: 2-cylinder LISTER air cooled, diesel engine.
Electric start. Shaft driven to a triple bladed bronze propeller.
Single lever control, forward and reverse gear stick, the ignition and choke are sited on a pedestal.

A helm bench straddles across open the aft deck. A Tiller helm handle, at waist height.
Air vents set in the sides of the engine room for ventilation.
Engine room sited under the spacious open Aft deck.


Hull is reported to be built 1937, originally a 70ft working Butty barge.
In the 1950’s she was chopped in two and a new stern was welded onto her.
She was used by the Waterways authority, hence her Blue and white paint scheme. This particular barge was used by their Draughtsman. His drawing office was converted to the forward cabin.
In her present ownership all the windows replaced, 2015 Sliding open.
An exterior repaint, out of the water to have her underwater hull black tar varnished and new anodes installed.


Accommodation offered, from a spacious open aft deck. Double doors open up the cabin with a sliding hatch over, into aft cabin an Integral saloon, a small sideboard backs the bench berth seating and dining table of the Dinette. The Galley with LPG Flavel Vanessa gas cooker with hob, oven and grill. A Wash up sink and drainer. A sideboard of cupboard storage.
An Weaco electric fridge.

A separate “Heads” compartment, (Thetford Chemical cassette toilet). The forward cabin has two full length single berth/ guest seating. (this can be converted into a double berth.)

Curtaining up at the large replacement glazed windows.  carpet tiling on the cabin sole.
A Single door opens up onto the open bow area. Mushroom vents let into the cabin roof. A warm air heater (diesel fed)


A Traditional Bow and Transom rope fenders.
Warps, fenders and mooring ropes
A “Step up” fixed to coach roof side.
Air horns. Outside bow light.
Navigation lights on the cabin sides.
Bronze Samson post and mooring cleat.

Navigation Equipment:

Tiller, rudder overhanging the transom.

Safety Equipment:

2 x electric bilge pumps.
3 x fire extinguishers
Stainless steel grabrail running the full length of the cabin roof x 2.


Disclaimer: Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.