Price: £145,000 ( no offers )
Boat Name: TG
Location: Pin Mill, Suffolk, UK
Class: Motor Barge/ Construction: riveted iron/steel
Dutch Barge constructed of riveted iron with a high steel content. In her present ownership she has undergone a comprehensive rebuild 2008-10. She has been run successfully as a self catering holiday charter business: 2 years on the Broads and now four seasons on her permanent private pontoon mooring in Pin Mill on the River Orwell, Suffolk. She provides a very comfortable base for her guests.As part of the holiday package a trip on the river can be taken to include an overnight stop at the Wolverstone Marina. She runs on the skipper’ owns commercial ticket (up to 200tons) on local rivers rather than being MCA coded. She has berthing for 4 in two cabins (1 double and 2 singles), beautifully furnished throughout all linen supplied. Bookings have been extremely healthy with a 70% occupancy over the whole year. There is no automatic right to the staging, any new owner would have to make their own application, any sale would be dependent on a successful application.
The hull has been spray foam insulated, the interior was custom built in solid iroko, A named company lighting, fixtures and fittings. A professionally fitted electrical and heating systems. The centrepiece of the galley is an Aga this is oil fired and produces endless hot water, there is a double oven to cook in and the range to cook on. It heats the whole vessel, there is also double glazing throughout. She is to be SOLD as a going concern with her website and future business…… All but the owners personal effects are to be removed at the point of sale.
Mechanically she has a Perkins 4236, 65hp diesel engine, this is maintained and regularly run up. Any passages have to be made in daylight hours usually by the owner/skipper himself. In the conversion of her although she has a full rig, mast, sails, bowsprit and leeboards, due to the new raised and lengthened coach roof level means that her gear/mast cannot be lowered to the deck. Besides this she is truely unique in her bespoke fit out, making a viewing and the considerations of continuing her business are real positives and perhaps latterly she may become your own home Afloat……. Air draft 17m with her mast stepped otherwise the hull is approx 2.5m air draft.
Twee Gebroeders (Two Brothers) was built in Friesland in 1914 and originally called De Jonge Sjoerd. Built of rivetted iron with high steel content she remained in commercial service, engineless, until 1978. We have photos and registration documents including a photo of her working in 1946.
She came out of commercial service and into charter use, now with an engine until the mid 80’s when she was relocated to the Thames, then Bristol where we bought her in 2007. Between 2008 and 2010 she had a keel up, bare hull rebuild, including re-plating the hull in 6mm steel, epoxy paint system and a lavish interior.
Always intended to run as self catering accommodation, she had 2 seasons static on the south Broads, and is now completing her second season on the River Orwell on her private pontoon berth. She has bookings of better then 90% occupancy in all trading years and in all seasons, and rave reviews in line and in print, including top 10 riverside accommodation award in the Daily Mail, reviews in Grazia et al.
Her turnover is better than £30k gross, with costs of £1500 pa mooring, £800 insurance and booking fees to agents (Alister Sawday / Canopy and Stars being the main agent)
The interior was all brand new in 2009/10, and custom-built in solid iroko throughout. She is spray foam insulated and has 9mm food grade tankage, professionally installed heating and electrical systems, granite worktops, high end fittings including Italian lighting, Perrin & Rowe taps, hand painted Delft style tiling, Vanessa Arbuthnot upholstery and curtains, memory foam beds (1 double, 2 single) double glazing, 3 flat panel TV/DVD and surround sound
Her galley fit-out centres around the cast iron (1 tonne!) range that supplies central heating, cooking and limitless hot water on a 250ltr dedicated kerosene tank. It is on demand, and only uses about 10 ltrs of oil a week.
Apart from personal effects (dvd/cd collection, paintings and books), everything is included in the inventory and we expect to sell her as a going concern, including website at www.tg1897.com and bookings.
She has a full rig and sails, but the mast is suspect and we think should be replaced if seriously carrying sail. We move her regularly under power and she handles very easily with excellent authority from the rudder and decent thrust. I have never thought I needed a bow thruster.
Lessons and instruction can be given, and she needs no special licence being under 23mtrs.
Her half tide mooring is secure, includes local parking, a 16amp mains supply and water. Black tanks are emptied at the Royal Harwich YC, or can be pumped out at sea. There is a stipulation that the mooring is NOT live-aboard, but is used for either the commercial business or as a non residential berth.
Photos and some history are at www.tg1897.com
Length Overall: 18.95 meter
Beam: 3.51 meter
Air Draft: 16.76 meter
Max Draft: 0.89 meter
Hull Material: Steel
Hull Design: Displacement/ flat bottomed.
Hull Speed: 8 knots
Engine Model: Perkins 4236
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Power: 65hp
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive
Leeboards, mast (requires attention), bowsprit, boom and gaff. All wooden
Steel wire standing rigging.
A suit of sails: 2 foresails and a main, in good order not presently rigged for sailing.
16amp power supply
Freshwater drawn from a stand pipe on the staging.
Tiller steering with transom hung rudder. Rudder pintels and braces were replaced Spring 2015
TG is an historic Dutch sailing barge converted in 2008/09 to provide luxury holiday accommodation for 4 people.
The interior has a traditional feel with solid iroko joinery and chrome fittings throughout contrasting with white tongue and groove walls which help create a light and airy feel. This is further enhanced by nautical and natural themed designer fabrics, feather pillows, crisp linens and fluffy towels.
At the heart of the barge is a stunning red (oil fired) range which provides cooking and heating and makes a lovely focal point to the main living area. Many people tell us it is their favourite thing on board!
Outside is a large cockpit fitted out in teak with a central table and seating for 6+. This makes the perfect spot from which to relax and watch the world go by.
Cabins: 2 1 double and 2 singles…
Main saloon and galley area.
The saloon in iroko with oil fired range
This multi functional room is the the main living area and includes a fully upholstered seating unit, a fold out nautical table, a galley with solid iroko units, granite work surface and a red range as the focal point. There is a fridge/ freezer and plenty of storage space. Entertainment is provided with a tv, dvd player and surround sound system which is i-pod /mp3 compatable. There are a diverse range of books, dvd’s and cd’s on board for your enjoyment as well as some traditional board games.
From the main living area a corridor leads down the barge. The first cabin is the twin room which makes a wonderful den for the children, but is also comfortable for 2 adults.
‘Quarters’ are provided in two 2’6″ wide full length beds with memory foam matresses. Both have feather pillows and cotton linens. Separating them is an iroko chest of drawers providing ample storage as well as concealing the PlayStation and providing a surface for the tv and dvd player. There are individual reading lights above the beds.
The room has a double-glazed opening window and a radiator to keep things cool in the summer and cosy in the winter.
Small but luxurious the shower room comprises a full height corner shower cubical with sliding doors and an Aquilisa shower with lashings of hot water. There is a full sized “proper” loo with electric flush and a vanity basin with a heated mirror above – just wave at it to turn it on!All the tiles are Dutch Delft in design individually commissioned by the Norton Tile Co. to reflect Suffolk’s most famous bird – the avocet.The room also has a shaver socket, radiator with towel rail and an opening porthole.Main Double Berth
This cabin has a fitted double bed which tucks slightly under the decks. It has a solid iroko bedside, a memory foam mattress, feather pillows, cotton linens and a range of throws and cushions. Storage and hanging space is provided by a three quarter height wardrobe, a range of cupboards and a dressing table. There is a wall mounted tv and dvd player, a bedside reading light, two Weems and Plath oil lamps and 4 opening portholes.