20m Houseboat, Steel motor barge, converted

Type: Motor Boats
Category: Barges & Houseboats

Laying: Essex


GBP     Price: £72,500


beam: 16.5 feet
draft: 5.11 feet
loa: 67.1 feet
air draft: 11 feet


year: 1914
hull colour: black
hull construction: mainly rivetted steel, some over plating, last survey June 2015
hull type: single displacement, twin rudders
super structure colour: varnished wood, painted steel
super structure construction: steel coach roof, wooden day cabin and wheelhouse
deck colour: black
deck construction: steel plate
cockpit type: enclosed wheelhouse with seating aft
control type: levers and gears
keel type: fla tbottomed
displacement: 51 tonnes


Steilsteven steel Dutch motor barge, converted home. She does have a deck stepped mast, easily lowered when required (this reduces her air draft to under 5m). Used only under power in her present ownership. She has been their home for the past ten years. They have cruised extensively in Europe, making a base for themselves in Essex. She is in remarkable condition the mechanical/systems side of things, as well as the domestic comforts. Headroom below, is mostly, well over 6ft, there are some smaller hatches/lower doorways and side decks. One main double cabin forward, a small office/snug, a walk through, heads with shower, a large galley/saloon. A companionway leads up into a small day cabin. The wheelhouse is separate and aft of the main accommodation. In here there is an access hatch to the bosun’s locker below, in the very aft of the ship. She has good wide clear decks and high continuous steel bulwarks around the decks. She is full of character with many quirky curios throughout the vessel. She would appeal to an enthusiast with the panchant for old things. She can be entirely self sufficient with a generator, an air compressor, mechanical pumps and driven winches all making the harder tasks easier. A revolving solar panel is utilised to produce the electricity required. In the accommodation she has 2 x diesel fed heaters (wheelhouse and the fore cabin), in the galley there is a solid fuel 1930’s French  cooking range. This has a tank which could be used for heating water.

A separate hatch leads down into a large engine room/ pump room, electric plant and a workshop, all keep clean, tidy and well ordered. She would not appeal to the faint hearted, she needs a knowledgeable adaptable person/ couple to take her on from here.

Rig Type: Sprit sail mast in tabernacle (Cosmetic rig)


fuel: diesel
cruising speed: 5
max speed: 7
horse power: 120
engine manufacturer: Volvo 67C
engine quantity: 1
litres per hour: 6
propeller type: twin rudder blades hang aft
starting type: electric and manual
drive type: shaft driven
cooling system: heat exchanger water cooled


berths: 2
cabins: 1


generator: yes