Steel motor boat, 23m, conversion project, live aboard.

23m ex Cargo Motor vessel 1910. Norwegian.


Type: Motor Boats
Category: Barges & Houseboats

Lying: Maldon, Essex CM9 5HG
Price: £60,000 GBP


Dimensions: LPP   23.44m    LOA 25.15m   76.11ft      BEAM 5.52m  18.1ft     Draft 2.71m  8.11ft

Tonnage: Gross Tonnage 91, NT 44 Dwt 125 tonnes

Hold/hatch Dimensions: 10m x3.30m

Derrick: Length 12m.  SWL 1.5 ton


Built 1910 in Norway
Hull colour: Aubergine, black
Hull construction:  Rivetted and welded steel and iron plating
Hull type: displacement .
Super structure colour:  white.( paint work all looking rather tired…
Super structure construction: sheets of iron and steel
Deck colour: base coat only on new steel plate.
Deck construction: wooden side decks replaced with steel 2016-17. Steel aft and forward decks.
Cockpit type: Elevated wheelhouse/bridge with crews cabin & navigation station.

Keel type: long




Fuel: diesel
Max speed: 10knots
horse power: 240hp
engine manufacturer: GM 71 series, V8 supercharged
starting type: electric
Drive type: shaft driven


A steel ex motor cargo ship, measures  just under the 24m measurement in length. Bought by her present owners  as an ongoing  conversion project, to live aboard and potentially rig her out as  a  sailing vessel, she has huge potential.

Built in Norway, 1914, as a steam cargo ship ( steam plant long since been removed) She was commercially worked in Norway, her last job was carrying harvested sea grass.  She was “In class” and working up until 2000. In July 2005 she was motored 1800 miles under her own power  to the UK with new owners. For a time she was utilised as a film support vessel.

Main engine:   GM 240hp,  71 series V8 Supercharged diesel with 5000 litres bunker capacity, 2 x new build stainless steel tanks and associated pipework .  A generator : Rugurini diesel 2.8 KwA.


berths: 6
cabins: 4

Accommodation offered prior to the conversion of the hold area: Upper deck forward facing wheelhouse. Skipper’s cabin behind this with twin bunk berths and desk. External companionway down a level to a separate day cabin with galley and dining facilities: a Gas cooker, sink , fridge and stowage. fixed dining table with bench seating.

At Deck level,  there’s an access door and laddered companionway down into the engine room.  A separate wash room “Heads” forward of this with sea toilet, wash basin and shower, pressurised hot and cold water. Large electric boiler wall mounted in engine room.

From the aft deck, a 2nd cabin with 2 large coffin berths and stowage. Cabin well insulated.


Main hold area was used for a boat storage / workshop, this area has now been converted for live aboard accommodation (conversion project is incomplete).

Today  the main hold is  accessed at aft end of hold, through a temporary hatch way, via a wooden staircase.

A wooden floor  has been laid on a concrete base.  The  entire interior ships sides and deck have been sprayed with fire proof insulation to a depth of approx 1.5″inchs. This ensures no condensation and good all round insulation.

The majority of ships sides have been panelled with heavy duty board.

The hold is 38ft long, 14ft wide with about 14ft headroom, amidships. There is a multi fuel stove amidships forward and a solid fuel range aft to port. 240 volt sockets for lighting and 24 volt lights.
Port and starboard at deck level bronze opening portholes and three opening brass portholes to forward. Bilge pump in sump.
A Fore cabin, accessed through main hold, sufficient room for a double berth and cupboards. 24 volt light. Ladder access to foredeck
The accommodation is comfortable and could be moved into immediately.


Battery charger, a galvanic isolator,  40v consumer unit.

General Equipment

Main mast with crane lift for loading into the hold, deck cargo. A  Low pressure winch. Fenders and warps.

Gangway. Boarding ladder.

Ground Tackle

A large Halls stockless anchor with  chain ( pictured a CQR which is not included in the sale.  Forward anchor windlass.


Navitronics Radar JRC24nm(2001) GPS- Koden Comnav Autopilot 1999,  Navigation lights.

Wheel steering.

Safety Equipment

Ships boat stowed onboard can be lowered from the aft derrick. 4 person life- raft ( requires servicing )

Life rings, Search light.