|Tax Status:||Tax Exempt|
Heybridge Basin, nr Maldon, Essex Essex UK|
Francoise was built in Belgium in 1958. Traded on the European waterways. In 2007/8 she was shortened, rebuilt and converted to a luxury home afloat with new decks, a collapsible wheelhouse, new hatches and windows. Also installed in 2008 was a new engine/gearbox/python drive, hydraulic bow thruster, heating system, electrics, water tanks and many more modern upgrades. Barge was completely shot blasted back to bare steel and painted in 2pack epoxy paints. Her owners have established a residential mooring for her afloat all the while in the canal basin alongside the quay face.
She offers very comfortable spacious accommodation, with 2000sqft of internal space and with an average headroom of 2.20m throughout. The steel flat bottomed hull has been entirely insulated with Rockwell the entire fit out having been professionally undertaken. Machine engineered wooden flooring runs through the accommodation.
She can sleep and cater up to 8 persons in four separate cabins, all with their own en suite facilities.
The large engine room and services are all very well kept and maintained. She could be fully self sufficient if used for extended cruising .
Air draft 4m with the wheelhouse up Reduces to 2.97m when collapsed
Last Drydocking- Survey July 2018 and Re-painting
Certification BSS Certification - British Safety Standards
Suitable for Residential live aboard, Cruising UK / Continent
She is ready to just move in and move on............ Viewing by Appointment only.
|Condition:||Very good and well maintained|
|Vessel type:||Steel flat bottomed ex trading vessel-|
|Builder:||De Wachter Brothers, Boom, Belguim.|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||John Deere 6068TFM50|
|Drive type:||Stern drive|
|Cruising Speed:||4 Knots|
|Maximum Speed:||6 Knots|
|Length over all:||29m|
|Length of deck:||29m|
|Length at waterline:||29m|
|Hull colour:||Royal Blue|
|Water capacity:||6300 Litres|
|Holding tank capacity:||1000 Litres|
Internal fit out 2009 - 2011
Interior bulk heads of painted Plywood, Insulation with Rockwall throughout the vessel. Flooring Merbau engineered wooden flooring, carpeting in cabins.
Internal Dimensions Forward Cabin 3.22m L x 4.71m W
Bathroom 2.30m L x 4.47m W
Port/ Stbd Guest Cabins x 2 2.82m L x 1.93m W
Guest shower En suites x 2 1.0m L x 1.90m W
Saloon and Galley 8.10m L x 4.71m W
eel House/ day cabin 4.32m L x 2.93mW
Utility room and pantry 2.25m L x 4.71mW
Skippers Aft Cabin 4.34m L x 3.94mW
Aft En suite 1.13m L x 3.15mW
Engine Room 5.0m L x 3.90W
Overall internal 2000 sq ft
Heating ACV Boiler/ Domestic Diesel, 15 radiators/3 towel rails/
Wood burner - Duel fuel in main saloon
Water Pressure System Nocchi Pentair
Fresh Water Steel tank / 6300lt Holding tank Steel tank / 1000ltrs
Hot Water/Heating- .ACV Boiler
Gas System - Propane
Large Open Plan Galley / Lounge
Cooker La Canche range: 2 Ovens / 5 burners
A Smeg Fridge / Freezer in Galley, Microwave Oven, Dishwasher
A small fridge and freezer in Pantry.
Cabins - 2 Double cabins 2x Guest cabins / 4 berths - Sleep 8 persons
Utility Room / Pantry:Washing machine, a Tumble Dryer, Sink / Shelving.
A substantial amount of storage accessed from the Utility room running forward under the accommodation floor.
Ensuites: Forward Owners cabin with Bathroom / Roll Top Bath
Guests cabins x 2 & Aft cabin have shower facilities in their En suites.
Toilets.4: 3 with macerators, 1 Sea Toilet
Rivetted and welded steel hull. New welded steel decks. a new steel floor was added during her extensive refit. All carried out by the SRF Yard in Haarlingen in Holland.
All super structure also steel. Steel twin rudders. A new built collapsible wheel house.
2007/8. The internal fit out was completed 2011.
She was last dry docked and surveyed in 2018, entirely repainted externally.
Built By Gebr. De Wachter Boom, Belgium 1958,Rebuilt SRF Harlingen in Holland 2007-8
Dimensions: 29m x 5.04 x 1.30 Model - Spitz (Shortened)
Ballast 60 Tons concrete blocks
Hull Shape-Flat Bottom Hull, Deck and Superstructure material -Steel
Construction method- Originally rivetted, New steel is welded. A new Inner steel floor. Wheelhouse Built new a collapsible wheelhouse to reduce the overall air draft of the barge. material used Mahogany.
Windows -Aluminium frames / aft cabin, Mahogany frames in main area, Opening bronze and glass portlights in the cabins
Wheelhouse is double glazed with venetian blinds.
Deck equipment Tender Davits aft, 9ft Dinghy, Rope Holders
Elect Anchor winch Anchors 360kg/260kg/ 1 Stern Anchor
Navigation Lights, Horn, Wiper assembly.
Large Engine room/ plant room aft and under the Skipper's cabin.
Engine Manufacturer John Deere Engine Model 6068TFM50
Number of Cylinders 6 / 6.8ltr Turbo Engine running hours 83 hours Only
Engine power 220hp Fuel - Diesel
Fuel consumption at 1600 rpm / 10.4L/Hr at 1000 rpm/ 2.9 L/Hr
Gearbox PRM 1000 2.85:1
Python Drive coupling, 4 Bladed single propeller, 1m diameter. Stern tube grease lubricator, Cooling closed / Box Cooling
Bow thruster - Hydraulic
Electrical System controlled with a Victron Quattro 24/5000/120
Shore Power: 30 Amp
Batteries: 6 x 225amp / Domestic, 2 x 140 Ah / Starter
1 x 60 amp / Generator
Generator Lister Petter /11KVA
Bilge Pump - Centrifugal
Fire extinguishers- 5 of (expiry dates unchecked)
3 x Lifebuoys,
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.