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Narrowboat 70ft Big Woolwhich Live-aboard conversion

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Boat REF# 155066
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 21.49m (70'6")
Year 1937
Construction Steel
Berths 2
Engine 1 x Diesel 35hp, Lister HR2 (unknown year)
Lying Hemel Hempstead


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Extra Details

Designer Harland and Wolfe
Builder Harland and Wolfe
Lying Hemel Hempstead
Last survey 08/06/2007


Engine 1 x Diesel 35hp
Engine make and model Lister HR2 (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded


LOA 21.49m (70'6")
Beam 2.08m (6'10")
Draft Min 0.60m (2'0")
Draft Max 0.90m (2'11")
Headroom 2.13m (7'0")
Storage In water

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 3 batteries charged by: engine


Construction Steel
Finish Bitumen finish

A 71’6” converted large Woolwich Motor built by Harland and Wolfe in 1937.
The cabin conversion has retained the British Waterways aft cabin; the forwards cabin is profiled to match.

The hull is constructed in riveted steel and is mainly original.

Thee stern is traditional and there is a long tug-style front deck.

A 2007 survey recommended extensive over-plating. Some of this was done. A new owner would need to take a view on whether a new base plate was needed, as recommended.


Total # of berths 2
No. of double berths 2
Cabin(s) 1
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick

The interior from the fore deck entrance. Long open plan cabin with solid fuel stove with back-boiler. Storage and water tank under front deck.

Kitchen with fridge, cooker and work surfaces. Side hatch

Walk- through bathroom with toilet, shower and basin.

Bedroom with fixed double and dressing alcove.

The engine room is entered from the rear deck.

4 burner gas cooker

Safety Equipment

Horn tick

1 bilge pumps (0 manual / 1 Electric)

BSS Cert to 21st July 201

Broker's Comments

This Big Woolwich motor is not only a piece of living history it is also a superb and very large, open-plan live-aboard boat.

Loads of open deck and interior space. Massive headroom and a solid feel.

OK, she is old, but they don't build them like this anymore. Like any historic boat she is not for the novice or the faint-hearted, but for the dedicated boater she is definitely an object of desire.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Narrowboat 70ft Big Woolwhich Live-aboard conversion has been personally photographed and viewed by Phil of Boatshed Grand Union. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.

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