River Lea London UK|
Tranquil Voyager is a beautiful 40ft classic GRP cruiser, it has been our wonderful home for the past 6 years.
Built in 1968, by Dobsons of Shardlow, she has a sturdy GRP hull, with a teak, mahogany and marine ply superstructure. The fit out throughout has been skilfully crafted from teak and mahogany, with solid mahogany walls and flooring throughout. The hull was built by Bournecraft.
Dobsons of Shardlow were very reputable builders of wooden and GRP boats for pleasure cruising during the 1960s and 1970s. Tranquil Voyager was built on commission for the Commodore of the Soar Valley Cruising Club at the time.
We have cruised many hundreds if not thousands of miles in this wonderful boat, from Gloucester to London, To Leeds and Oxford, and everywhere in between. A bonafide cruising houseboat. Her dimensions mean that she will happily fit on any part of the UK inland waterway network. She is a capable river vessel too, with a gentle keel that aids stability when cruising.
Tranquil Voyager has a compact and functional kitchen galley with an oven, grill and 4 hobs. There is a sink with hot and cold running water, and ample cupboard space below. There is also plenty of drawer space for all your kitchen sundries, further storage below the oven, as well as an under floor cool box for storing food.
Also in the rear cabin is a comfortable built in sofa, which also doubles as a single bed. There is plenty of storage beneath.
The cabin is heated by a new Boatman Stove, installed early this year.
Along the starboard side there are numerous drawers and sliding cupboards for storage.
Double doors lead from the rear cabin onto the back deck, with space to sit and enjoy the peace of the canals, or to store your bicycles. The space below houses the engine, batteries as well as some storage.
The wheelhouse is constructed from hardwood, namely oak and sapele, with marine ply panelling. This can be folded down to pass under the lowest of bridges.
There is a new canvas canopy, made last summer by Nikki Covers, both on the wheelhouse and the front cratch space.
Within the wheelhouse there is the helmsman's chair, reputably a chair from a 1960s Land Rover, which is adjustable for your comfort, a lovely position to drive the boat from. There are also all of the controls required to steer and control the boat. Tranquil Voyager is an absolute pleasure to cruise.
There is plenty of storage within the wheelhouse, as well as space to hang coats and store your shoes.
The front cabin contains the bathroom and toilet, as well as the master bedroom. This is comfortably heated by an 4KW Eberspacher diesel heater.
In the bathroom there is Belfast style sink with plenty of space surrounding it for all of your toiletries, as well as ample space below, with two sliding cupboards and a drawer. There is also a shower in the main space, with hot water heated by a calorifer located in the adjacent wardrobe.
Beside the shower is a self contained toilet room, which currently has a cassette toilet, although this could easily be changed to a composting toilet should you wish.
At the front of the boat is a King Size bed, and two wardrobes. There is plenty of space for storage under the bed, including two drawers. The bed can be converted into two benches / sofas that run along each side of the boat. Handy when having friends over or on a long cruise.
Through double doors you enter the front cratch space, which has some seating and also houses the gas bottles and anchor. There is once again generous storage, and we have used this space in the past as a greenhouse in summer. Beneath the canvas covers are two sliding perspex roof panels so that you can allow a little more light and air in but also keep off the worst of the rain.
Engine is a raw water cooled Perkins 4.108. A reliable and robust diesel engine that is easy to maintain. The engine leads to an Enfield Z Drive, which allows for superb maneuverability as well as the ability to reverse around corners with ease!
There are two 120AH Varta Leisure batteries that are well maintained and fully charged, as well as a starter battery for the engine.
Power comes from a recently upgraded 270 Watt Solar panel mounted on top of the rear cabin with a roof box below for even more storage. This is connected to a MPPT charge controller for optimum efficiency in charging.
There is also a 2000W Inverter and a shoreline battery charger. There is the option of connecting either to a generator or shoreline power, which is connected to 240v plug sockets in the front and rear cabins.
There is roughly 500l of water capacity in the water tanks located either side of the wheelhouse.
We last had Tranquil Voyager out of the water in 2018, where she was anti fouled and painted.
She is a classy and well loved vessel, and has brought us many years of happiness and a great place to live. We hope she will bring many more years of joy to her new captain!
Currently moored on the River Lea, North East London.
BSS valid until September 2023.
|Vessel type:||Centre cockpit cabin cruiser|
|Builder:||Dobsons of Shardlow|
|Fit Out:||Mahogany and Teak|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Perkins 4.108|
|Drive type:||Stern drive|
|Length over all:||40'|
|Hull material:||Glass Fibre|
|Hull colour:||White / Blue|
|Fuel capacity:||300 Litres|
|Water capacity:||500 Litres|
Kingsized bed in the front cabin. Single bed in the rear cabin.
GRP hull constructed by Bournecraft. Teak and mahogany superstructure with marine ply.
Perkins 4.108, raw water cooled. Enfield Z drive.
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.