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Oxford Oxfordshire UK
52ft Narrowboat with Agenda 21 residential mooring, inside the Oxford ringroad.
Price is "or nearest offer" - offers welcome.
update: now includes hull survey (Jan 2019), and rebuilt dedicated mooring with two boarding pontoons (Feb 2019).
An affordable home inside Oxford. Ideal for a couple who want a low maintenance boat with few surprises and some comfort, inside Oxford, or a student looking for an alternative to renting in Oxford, or if you just want to live in an affordable home.
All steel top, sides, and bottom. Reblacked 20 months ago. Includes great solar, modern electrics, and lithium ion batteries. Good steel doors - a good secure home to come home to, with a warm fire.
Mooring is transferable and CRT letter can be seen, and facts checked with CRT mooring manager before sale. Agenda 21 residential mooring, with new wooden boarding pontoons and metal-faced bank. with a provided elsan, water points, and towpath. Nearest postcode is OX2 6PZ.
Named after the character in the book/film Howls Moving Castle, the fire elemental that keeps the moving castle alive.
From front to back:
Gas locker with two gas bottles and gas regulator, so if one runs out you can switch to the other. A delivery boat comes once a month and takes orders via mobile phone, so you can have replacements swapped out.
Soft rubber matting on desk, super-grippy 3M walkway around the boat edge for safety. Big water tank with residential water point within hose pipe distance. With two people in the boat, typically top up the water every 4 days.
Good recent steel doors fitted with oak inner fittings. LED spotlight on the front in case you need to travel at night.
Morso Squirrel stove with water jacket back boiler which circulates hot water through two radiators, in the kitchen and in the bedroom. Anti blow-back chimney cowl (easily removable if you want to take the boat out for a spin). Chimney sweep brushes included. Enough firelighters for the whole winter, plus kindling and smokeless fuel for a few months. Supply boat delivers smokeless fuel to the boat (as well as gas, diesel, wood) and takes orders via text message once a month.
Sofa and living room furniture is futon company Oak furniture. There is two USB charging points with LED overhead spot lights, and plenty of 240v sockets for laptops etc.
Water pump is quiet, less than 5 years old, and automatically turns on as required.
The living room leads to the kitchen. The kitchen has a stainless steel sink with a normal mixer tap plus a drinking water filtered tap (same as you might see in a house).
Opposite the sink are a pair of double doors that open out across the canal, which allows feeding of swans, moorhens, and ducks.
Shoreline 12v fridge/freezer is next to the sink on one side, with a 4 hob gas oven on the otherside.
An automatic bilge pump and bilge water alarm keep watch behind the sink. On the wall is the gas hot water boiler, which supplies hot water to the kitchen and bathroom, but moving a selector handle allows the use of hot water from a hot water tank (calorifier) instead.
A professional Rut850 wireless access point is mounted on the wall and will take a 4G data sim card - giving internet access in the boat. It's connected to two external aerials on the roof (we have good reception and speed with EE at this location). Aerials roof cable ports are properly waterproofed with dedicated cable port entry.
The next room is the bathroom which was refitted about 4.5 years ago and tiles were regrouted about 6 months ago. Modern quarter-circle shower, with extractor pump. Oak side trim with tongue and groove wall, with tiles in shower quarter. No leaks or mold. Oak fitted floor. Modern sink and cabinet.
Bedroom is next door. Hardwood small-double bed frame with an extra 12 inches on the legs added by the bed-maker so that it could be used as a cabin bed. Drawers underneath with storage behind. Currently fitted with a good memory foam smalldouble mattress.
Futon company hardwood mini-wardrobe with mirror.
Final room is the engine room. In this room is 2 top of the range Victron solar controllers for the roof solar. Also fitted is a Victron Multiplus 1600 inverter/ 70 amp charger so you can use 240v electrics like you would in a house, and during the winter you can plug in a generator and the Multiplus will intelligently use it to charge the battery and supply electric to the boat at the same time. 1kw Honda (quietest and most reliable make) generator is included with the boat. The Victron solar controllers and Multiplus connect to a colourcontrol GX controller, which lets you see what the electrics are doing (a bit like on an electric cars dashboard) and if wireless is available you can connect it to your phone (and track the boat on a map etc).
Nanni 4150 diesel engine lives here, and can charge the batteries via a Sterling alternator controller and up to 3 way charge distributor.
The starter battery is a 95ah 5 year warranty starter battery, new as of about a year ago, with two 50 watt solar panels keeping it constantly charged.
The main domestic batteries are and two Relion 125ah Lithium ion leisure batteries for 250ah in total. These behave like a much bigger lead acid battery than their AH rating and the lithium ion batteries have over a 99% charging efficiency so they charge up much faster from any source.
The main domestic batteries are fed by 1440 watts of solar panels via two solar controllers - the idea being that having too much solar makes all the darker months a little easier. As there's no shore hookup on this residential mooring, the aim was to reduce the amount of manual charging needed in winter. The electrics are strong enough that if needed for some work emergency you can work through the night on your laptop wth light and power without worry of flattening the boat batteries or having to use a torch. We also powered a neighbours boat and our own including a fridge through one winter without much hardship. The petrol generator will charge at about 35-40 amps, the engine will charge at about 25 amps when idling, but will also create hot water via the calorifer (hot water tank). The solar panels will make about 50-60 amps peak (spring, when the panels are cold but the sun is out).
DC electrics are protected by a domestic consumer unit (trip-switch unit like you would find in a modern house).
AC electrics use a metal domestic consumer unit.
Two low wattage "pet pad" warmers are fitted in the insulated metal battery bay to keep the lithium ion batteries warm in winter.
An automatic bilge pump keeps watch underneath the propeller shaft, the exit pipe goes via a large diameter diesel/oil filter that's easy to clean.
CO alarms, smoke alarms, fire blankers, and fire extinguishers are fitted throughout. An automatic system is fitted in the engine room, as well as a powder extinguisher. A powder extinguisher and a large foam extinguisher are fitted in the kitchen, as well as a powder unit by the front door.
Front has a wall-clipped large maglite like security guards use, for when there is odd noises in the night, like a fox on the roof. There's anti-spider mesh nets over the room air vents and the living area doors are well fitted, so creatues aren't a problem.
The boat comes with lots of supplies and spares. Includes a sit-on-top kayak, life jackets etc.
|No. of engines:||1|
|Length over all:||52'|