55ft Sailing Thames Barge, new build Steel


        Inital Sail Plan for the New build                                                                                                                                                                                 A & P As she is now March 2019

  Completed hull 2012  90hp John Deere

Price Details

Price: £85,000 GBP
Location: Maldon, Essex, CM9 5HG
Make: Hull builders Lambon Boats of Rushock nr Kidderminster
Year:  Hull completed,2012. Transported to Essex. Initially launched 2015. Resides on a mud berth mooring.
Condition: An incomplete project, requires internal fit out Rig and sails…
Category: Sailing Barge/ Houseboat
Class: Houseboat/ Traditional Sailing.
Keel Type: Flat bottomed with Leeboards


A new build barge hull,  designed along Thames Sailing Barge. Her lines approx 1/3rd scaled down version to 55ft length x approx  15ft Beam. When scaling down the design plans it was seen that full headroom below of approx 8ft was maintained.
She has a brand new John Deere 90hp diesel engine,  she was launched and  completed sea trails, now sits on a mud berth mooring.

Large rudder transom hung with hydraulic wheel steering from the deck.

She has new steel, mast tabernacle ( not sited on deck as yet), a steel main mast and sprit,  a new solid wooden topmast and a pair of new steel leeboards .
She has chain and anchors. but requires:
a wardrobe of sails.
Rigging out
a mizzen mast, gaff and boom.
Companionway hatches aft and main.
Hatch boards / or a solid lid with sky lights over the main hold area.
Below some battening out of the accommodation has taken place
There is a huge quantity of steel blast bars laid under the cabin sole.
Temporary ply wood cladding has been erected in the main saloon so that she is habitable.
The service tanks have been installed fuel/ water / black tank hydraulic oil header tank.
No services have been installed,

She is a blank canvas. The project has been curtailed.
The owner designer has got to move her on. She would make a fantastic cruising home afloat.


Length Overall: 16.76m
Length Of Deck: 16.76 m
Length At Water Line: 16.76m

Beam: 4.57 m
Draft: 1.22 m
Air Draft  ” AS IS” without rig: 4ms
Max Draft: 1.22 m  Flat bottomed hull


Fuel Tank Capacity: 1000 litres

Water Tank Capacity: 1000 litres ( to be installed)
Displacement: 58.00 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 90hp
Number of Engines: 1

Accommodation ( at present)

Berths: 2
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 12


Builder: Simon Lambon,  of Lambon Boats nr Kidderminster.
Design:  Approx 1/3rd size of Thames Sailing Barge . Designed with the owner and the ship builders
Boat Name: Angela & Peter

Hull Design: Displacement, welded steel, flat bottomed. steel decks .
Hull Speed: 7: knots.

Hull has been totally epoxy painted. and remains at present in a grey overall base coat…

Copper coating antifouling system was applied to the under water topside surfaces.


Engine Model: John Deere 90hp, marinised , four cylinder non turbo dry exhaust , skin-tank cooled ( so no raw water in the boat at all)
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Transmission Description: twin screws out turning Bruntons Autoprop, their size and pitch as advised by Bruntons for optimum performance.

Bruntons were involved in the hydraulic drive to obtain best shaft speed.

Hydraulic system supplied by ARD . Fully independent, proportional drive plus fully proportional control to the bow thruster.

This has been rated for fully continuous operation ( not time limited).

Additional hydraulic piping has been laid but is unconnected for future hydraulic power to the anchor windlass. ( presently a temporary wooden Bits stand on the foredeck.)

The main anchor chain is led below through a hause pipe to chain locker in the fore peak.

Extra large Alternator for the domestic electrics  system separate from the engine batteries.

Large generator also sited in the engine room.

Provisions made for a low level gas bottle stowage.

At present there are no domestic services installed,


The hold has been partially battened out in readiness for foam installation.  Temporary shutter ply has been fastened to the hull sides.

The sealing has also been covered with ply. Much of the bilge is laid out with bars of steel ballast.

The main hatches, aft and forward are still to be completed, Hatch boards/ steel plate with sky light. Companionway hatches and ladders/ stairwells to be designed.

Aft of the engine room potentially a large double cabin, this is only partially battened out.

Opposite the engine bay is a planned layout for the bathroom heads and shower . as yet there is only a chemical toilet sited on top of what will be a Black tank. ( not connected) .


Call to discuss the potential of this Unique project.     Jim: 07885 859373  Downs Road Boatyard.      Email: info@heritage-marine.com