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Barge Wide Beam Rare Leeds & Liverpool Short Boat "The Arthur"

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Boat REF# 172521
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 19.51m (64'0")
Year 1932
Construction Iron
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Berths 5
Engine 1 x Diesel 65hp, BMC Commodore 3.8 (1956)
Lying Hemel Hempstead


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Extra Details

Builder Yarwoods, Northwich
Lying Hemel Hempstead
Fuel capacity 1,000.0 ltr (220.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 150.0 ltr (33.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 65hp
Engine make and model BMC Commodore 3.8 (1956)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Air cooled
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded


LOA 19.51m (64'0")
Beam 4.34m (14'3")
Draft Max 0.61m (2'0")
Headroom 1.88m (6'2")
Storage In water

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 4 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels, shore power


10% discount on marine flooring
Construction Iron
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Bitumen finish

Iron hull, much has been overplated with steel.
Round bottomed, very low draft, water ballast.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Porta Potti)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick

Steps down and engine room at stern.
Corridor leading to main residence.
Large galley with aga (firing central heating) and gas cooker as backup. Lovely country kitchen.
Open plan saloon with lots of room to make your own stamp with freestanding furniture.
3 cabins, master with double, single cabin and cabin with drop down bunk which could have another bunk under.
Heads with cassette toilet, bath with shower and hand basin.

4 burner solid cooker

Deck Gear

Warps tick
Fenders tick

1 anchors

Safety Equipment

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 Electric)

New BSS, December 2014

Broker's Comments

"The Arthur" is a well classified historic boat.
The first river class short boat to be built, she was bought by the Blackburn company and was renamed after the owners son.
She was then sold and sailed to France by John Liley, editor of the then Motor Boat and Yachting magazine, who wrote the book France The Quiet Way.
She was owned by Richard Branson in the 70's and was moored in Camden.
If you are looking for an interesting end of project which would be well worth the input, this may be the lady for you.

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

This Barge Wide Beam Rare Leeds & Liverpool Short Boat "The Arthur" has been personally photographed and viewed by Jan Knox of Boatshed Grand Union. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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