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Narrowboat 70ft

£0 Sold / Unavailable
  • Boat REF#  ·  273157
  • Length  ·  21.34m
  • Year  ·  1936
  • Construction  ·  Wood
  • Underwater profile  ·  Full-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  4
  • Engine  ·  1 x gasoline 15hp, Mercury (unknown year)
  • Lying  ·  Hemel Hempstead
Boatshed Grand Union
Boatshed Grand Union
Richard Thompson

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 25,000+ boats we have listed in the last 20 years and appear here for general information and guidance purposes about Boatshed and our boat selling systems and services

Extra Details

Designer Traditional
Builder W.H. Walker
Lying Hemel Hempstead
Fuel capacity 10.0 ltr (2.2 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 1,000.0 ltr (220.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 15/06/2016


Engine 1 x gasoline 15hp
Engine make and model Mercury (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering tiller
Drive outboard
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.5 ltr (0.3 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 4 knots
Max speed (approx) 5 knots
Generator output 2000KVA

Outboard Motor requires servicing or possible replacement
Batteries new 2019 5 x 115Ahr


Length 21.34m
LWL 19.60m
Beam 2.08m
Draft Min 0.46m
Draft Max 0.46m
Displacement 15,422kg (34,005.5lbs)

Electrical Systems

12 volt battery, 5 batteries charged by: solar panels, generator


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

Blacked / Re-caulked 2020
BSS - valid until 2023


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 2
Cabin(s) 1
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)

Composting Toilet

4 burner propane Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system

Composting Toilet

4 burner propane Stove

Safety Equipment


Broker's Comments

Your chance to own a classic, wood narrowboat named after a small village in Devon, Starcross is an original wooden coal butty built in 1936, being finished by 20th July 1937, when she was registered at Rickmansworth. The Ricky butty is an “f-type” butty, and built by W. H. Walker Bros, commissioned the by Grand Union Canal Carrying Company as an unpowered boat, to be tugged by her paired boat named Stamford. She is made of English oak and is one of the last remaining f-type butties still floating.

The village of Starcross is situated across from Exmouth, along the Exe Esturary. It is known historically for its railway pumping house and having one of the oldest sailing clubs in the United Kingdom. Given the close association of coal and sailing in the village of Starcross, it is unsurprising that a coal butty would carry its name.

Starcross’ GUC Gauge number is 12724. She originally cost £390, which converted to today’s money and inflation rate, comes to £27,766.69. In the 1980s she was known as The Welsh Legion, and during this time she fell into a state of disrepair, until she was found, restored and converted so as to become a liveaboard boat.

The owner who began the restoration process researched her history and so discovered her original name, consequently changing her name back to Starcross. It is not known who had changed her name to The Welsh Legion, why or when. Given that she was a coal butty, her name change may have been due to the history of coal mining in Wales.

Currently fitted out as a liveaboard the accommodation includes an open plan saloon and galley with a dinette which could be used as a second double berth and solid fuel stove. A comfortable double berth cabin towards the stern. Between the two is a shower room with shower, basin and composting toilet.

The narrowboat is powered by a 15hp outboard that is in need of attention. At the stern is a sizable utility room with the bateries and generator. Forward the well deck provides plenty of additional storage for day-to-day items.

Last Survey - 2016
Blacked and re-caulked - 2020
BSS valid until - 2023

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

This Narrowboat 70ft has been personally photographed and viewed by Richard Thompson of Boatshed Grand Union. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

1 year

Why are you selling her?

Moving ashore

Where have you sailed her?

Grand Union Canal

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.

Comments 1

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This boat is reasonably well priced
Narrowboats suffer a romanticism, the likes of which no other boats seem to. Perhaps it's the long gone horses, or a hankering after a slower, simpler world. Really good to see this owner is not a brass & lace fancier. Nevertheless, if you are new to narrowboats you need to do your research and, as with all other types of boat, you must get a boat survey completed. It is paramount.

A C2020-10-25 05:17:29
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