This boat is off the market but here are some boats that are still For Sale

The boat featured is not currently for sale by Boatshed. The boat information and images presented are part of Boatshed’s back catalogue of the 20,000+ boats we have listed in the last 15 years and appear here for general information and guidance purposes about Boatshed and our boat selling systems and services
Floating Cafe Steel Barge Live Aboard & Income

I want to see full spec & all the high res photos of this boat
Login or Register

Boat REF# 144416
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 50.00m (164'1")
Year 1940
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Multihull
Berths 4
Lying Devon


I want to see full spec & all the high res photos of this boat register me now or login

Extra Details

Designer Royal Navy
Builder Royal Navy
Lying Devon
Water capacity 1,000.0 ltr (220.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 1,000.0 ltr (220.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Generator output 7KVA

The generator is a 7KVA diesel powered Scorpion which provides all the 240v electrical power to the vessel. The two 12v batteries provide power to the domestic water pump.


LOA 50.00m (164'1")
Beam 9.00m (29'6")
Draft Min 1.50m (4'11")
Draft Max 1.50m (4'11")
Headroom 2.13m (7'0")
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by:


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Multihull
Finish Paint finish

Designed and built by the Royal Navy in 1940 as a Seamanship Training Barge, she was in the River Dart before being towed to North Devon. Over the last two years she has been converted into a commercial cafe with onboard private accommodation.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 3
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick
Microwave tick

A large aft cabin currently has a double bed, wood burning stove, shelves and storage. Two further aft cabins are currently used for storage but could easily be converted to either single or twin bunk accommodation.

There are two galley areas, one has two cookers, sinks and preparation areas and is for commercial use, the other is adjacent to the private accommodation for domestic use. There are also two separate heads. The commercial one is fitted with an electric system connected to a mascerator and the large holding tank. The domestic one is a chemical system. Both have hand basins. The domestic area also has a shower unit. The fittings are basic but operational.

8 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Stereo tick
Navigation lights tick

Deck Gear

Warps tick

Electric windlass
3 anchors
The windlass is not connected. Its operation is not known.

Broker's Comments

Here is a unique opportunity to purchase a floating business and home all in one. The vessel has been converted into a successful cafe with a licence for 36 covers inside and a further 24 outside on deck. It also has a music licence to midnight and a Liquor Licence with meals. The vessel comes complete with everything required to operate commercially including espresso machine, coffee ginder, soup kettle, filter coffee machine, tea urn, wine cooler, crockery, cutlery, glassware, cash register and much more. The galley and bar are also fully equipped. The commercial area is tastefully decorated with an obvious nautical theme. Solid timber tables and bench seating provide character. There is a large wood burning stove in the cafe to keep the area warm in winter. Currently trading upto £500 per day and with the opportunity to cater for private functions, celebrations, weddings etc.

The onboard private accommodation is basic but could be further improved to make a very comfortable home. It is usable as it is.

The midships deck area is enormous and is currently not utilised but has a working 3 ton crane.
There are vast amounts of dry storage areas under the foredeck, down below the main saloon and living quarters. The former bridge areas are used as a workshop, paint store and rope store.

The current mooring has a very modest monthly charge and this may be available by arrangement with the local authorities, or the vessel could be towed to a new location.

This vessel could appeal to those looking for a "sea change", as a live aboard, as a commercial venture, as a project to futher improve or as a going concern. Most of the hard work has been done so please contact the broker to arrange a personal inspection which is strictly by appointment only.

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

This Floating Cafe Steel Barge Live Aboard & Income has been personally photographed and viewed by Stephen Grimshaw of Boatshed Plymouth. 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 appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.

Comments (0)

Please note this comments section is public. Please do not post your personal details here. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting.

Be the first to leave a comment or ask a question...
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login Here