40m Belgian Spitz motor barge, 1956


Price Details

Location: Maldon, Essex,  GB
Year: 1956
Condition: Bought from Trade, unused for 20yrs.  Accommodation cabins  aft. Large hold area .
Category: Power

Construction: Rivetted and welded steel 6 & 7mm plate thickness.
Class: Motor Barge
Keel Type: Flat bottomed


Martine is a 40m Belgian Spitz motor river barge, built in 1956. Constructed of rivetted and welded steel, hull, decks, crew accommodation aft, the wheel house alone is constructed of wood and glass. She was bought straight from trade.
The huge hold area has a headroom of over 2m. It is covered with removed able aluminium hatch covers. The hold is currently being used as a wood store, partial filled with ton bags of ballast too.
She has been sitting on the present mooring for approx 6 yrs. She was bought to Essex here under her own steam in 2013. The mechanics at this time had to be all functional.
Accommodation is a Timonerie style of cabin, provides two cabins with small doubles leading off a saloon / diner. Exit out passed the galley, up steps into the wheelhouse. “The heads” are accessed from the deck.
Engine room access is also accessed from the opposite side decks.
She is ripe for a mega conversion project to a theatre/ studio/ an exhibition space or a very large luxury home..or even 3/4 residential studio apartments?!. Endless ideas, providing there is somewhere to keep her ?!.

Another option would be to chop her down to a more manageable/ affordable size.


Nominal Length: 39.27m
Length Overall: 40m
Length Of Deck: 39.20m
Length At Water Line: 39.27m


Beam: 5.07m
Draft: 0.91m
Air Draft: 3.66m
Max Draft: 0.91 meter


Fuel Tank Capacity: 3000ltrs
Water Tank Capacity: 2000ltrs
Dry Weight: 85 approx metric ton
Cruising Speed: 6 knots
Engine Power: 245hp
Number of Engines: 1

Accommodation (existing accommodation)

Berths: 6
Cabins: 3
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 12

Accommodation: Timonerie style aft quarters.
Further accommodation in the fore peak 2 x cupboard berths. a separate laundry room with large fridge freezer.


Builder: Flake Peronne
Boat Name: Martine


Hull Material: Steel
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 8: knots


Engine Model: General Motor Company
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: General Motor Company 245hp diesel engine.
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive

Twin external rudder blades

Equipment: 2 x large bow anchors
lengths of large link anchor chain.

Fenders and warps.
Navigation Equipment: A large steering wheel in the covered wheel house . Minimal air draft of 3.66m.