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Colecraft Narrowboat 70ft Live-aboard

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21.34m (70'0")



Underwater profile


1 x Diesel 40hp, BMC 1800 (1988)



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Extra Details

Designer Colecraft
Builder Colecraft
Lying Tring
Last survey 05/09/2008


Engine 1 x Diesel 40hp
Engine make and model BMC 1800 (1988)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

The BMC engine, which was completely rebuilt in 2002, is housed in the utility room forward of the boatman's cabin and offset to one side. The drive utilises a shaft with two universal joints under the cabin floor. While unusual on narrowboats, this is a common and proven system on Dutch barges.
It certainly makes the boat even more roomy.


LOA 21.34m (70'0")
Beam 2.08m (6'10")
Draft Min 0.60m (2'0")
Draft Max 0.80m (2'7")
Headroom 1.93m (6'4")
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 5 batteries charged by: engine, shore power,


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Bitumen finish

A very sound Colecraft Hull from 1988. Blacked, surveyed and anodes replaced in 2008

Trad stern, large hopper windows, 2 side hatches and a good well deck with cratch boards.

External paintwork is in need of attention, especially on the roof.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Curtains tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick

The inside of this boat is truly superb. First class materials with no expense spared and professionally finished.

Entering from the foredeck through to glazed double doors there is a spacious and light lounge. Flooring is in antique oak with the upper panelling in fluted, painted timber, and a white ceiling for maximum light. The furniture is custom built in reclaimed timber and features a bookshelf that cleverly converts into a desk or table, as well as a corner unit.

There is a diesel heater- styled as a solid fuel stove - which provides heating via large-bore copper radiator pipes and traditional radiators.

Open plan to a galley kitchen, superbly fitted in antique oak fronted units. The flooring is antique oak and slate laid to form a beautiful , but practical surface.

Fitted hob and high level oven and a fridge are fitted. There is also a side hatch providing light and ventilation.

The bathroom has doors which close across the corridor giving a full width space. There is an oversized shower with glass screen, basin and a pump out toilet.

The master bedroom is huge with a large double bed and fitted wardrobe. plenty of storage and dressing space.

Next is a utility room which houses a washer/ dryer and an enclosure for the offset engine. There is also a second side hatch.

Finally, there is a beautiful, traditionally painted boatman's cabin, with drop down double cross bed and drop down table. This also contains a 300watt inverter, and a radiator, as well as seating and storage.

4 burner gas cooker

Safety Equipment

Searchlight tick
Horn tick

1 bilge pumps (0 manual / 1 Electric)

BSS Cert 2016

Broker's Comments

Boatshed Grand Union is pleased to offer this superb boat for sale.

Although the exterior requires work, the interior is second to none. Crafted from antique and reclaimed timber, floors inlaid with solid slate. Clever design and superb craftsmanship combine to make this boat a pleasure.

From it's spacious, light and modern salon through to its beautiful boatman's cabin, via a superbly fitted kitchen and bathroom, spacious master bedroom and with that extra utility room, this boat is a one off.

A superb live aboard or a luxurious cruiser. Take your pick.

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

This Colecraft Narrowboat 70ft Live-aboard has been personally photographed and viewed by Phil 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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