|Tax Status:||Tax Paid|
Newbury Berkshire UK|
This advert is written so you can get a complete picture of what is for sale. MIDNIGHT TRACE is a 36 ft Cruiser built & fitted out by Sea Otter. These vessels are built to the highest standard from Marine Grade Aluminium Alloy. The main benefits of this are the maintenance costs are substantially lower as there is no need for Blacking and Anodes. They are also Rust free.
We have owned this boat since 2016. We initially bought it from Stafford and had it transported by road to Aldermaston. We collected it from here and cruised it up to its present mooring in Newbury at West Mills. The only other time we have taken it anywhere was a very brief journey up to the next lock and back. Our other visits to see it were to re-paint the interior in Farrow & Ball colours and I have made New Curtains and replaced the original seat cushions with new foam and wadding and then covered them with a Faux Leather Fabric. We also built a new convertible wooden sofa which pulls out easily with storage under for bedding etc. This is also complete with new cushions/foam/wadding and covered with the same Faux Leather as in the front of the boat on the bench seats.
The engine has started every time we have visited to just tick over with no problems.
We have already purchased a new battery which will be included in the sale.
The only problem we have established is with the inverter.
The boat which was moored behind us was also pugged into the same electric output and it had an electrical fire. This seems to have blown our inverter so therefore the battery is no longer trickle charging. The last time we were there which would have been before February 2020, we connected a solar panel to keep a trickle charge feeding the battery. Obviously we have no idea if this is still operating.
There is a brand new inverter ready to fit which as with the new battery will be included in the sale.
The only other job we had on our list to complete was to lay flooring. It presently has a carpet which was in it when we bought it but we have trimmed the edges off to make it easier for painting. The intention was to lay either a wood or laminate floor but you could just replace the carpet easily. There is evidence on the original wood floor of some water damage clearly caused by a burst probably frozen pipe in the kitchen area some time in the past.
Our situation has changed in lots of ways and not only due to Covid 19. We started travel to Spain regularly and purchased an apartment there. We live on the south coast which is lovely and spend time out in our Motorhome just popping along the coast to pass some time away relaxing and people watching and find that we are happy to watch everyone else on the water. Our family is ever increasing with Grandchildren and the chance for us to spend any time in Newbury on the boat which isn’t really big enough for more than 6 people is evading us. Also we have invested our time into refurbishing and providing excellent accommodation for young individuals with complex profound disabilities. This is very busy but also very rewarding to be able to help both the youngsters and their families experience a better quality of life. The time left to us for holidays and breaks is very minimal, our day will come!
The mooring is available to continue with at a cost of just over £100 per month. It is a very pretty spot at West Mills on a private leisure mooring with CCTV and security entrance. As it is a leisure mooring you would have to move the boat, if only to the other side of the canal to sleep on it.
Hot water is supplied by a Calorifier/240v Immersion. Central heating is supplied by Truma. There are 2 heat tubes which are electric. A Nanni N3.21 engine provides the propulsion. Bow thruster. Electrics include: 240v landline, a small inverter, 1 starter & 3 leisure batteries (See note above re- New Battery included)
4 Birth consists of benches at bow of boat that convert to make a large double and Newly built sofa at rear which also converts to a double.
The bathroom contains a cassette toilet and a vanity basin. The toilet is extremely roomy and usable. There is a separate shower cubicle.
The Galley is equipped with a Spinflo Cooker which has hardly seen any use and is extremely clean. There is a 12v Shoreline Fridge in excellent condition and beautiful Laminate worktops.
(Please note that some of the photos are from before we refurbished the boat as we have not been there to take photos for this advert.)
The Boat Safety Certificate expires - 23/03/2023
This boat presently has a River Licence and is insured.
In these strange Covid times we are happy to discuss a viewing which will need to be under strict rules for both our own and your safety.
|Vessel type:||Narrowboat Cruiser Stern|
|Builder:||Sea Otter Narrowboats|
|Make:||Sea Otter Narrowboats|
|Model:||36 Cruiser Stern|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Drive type:||Stern drive|
|Length over all:||36'|
|Fuel capacity:||30 Gallons|
|Water capacity:||80 Gallons|
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.