LUXEMOTOR 97 (sold) – £185,000

Year: 1910

LOA: 29.9 m

Beam: 5.05 m

Draft: 1.15 m

Construction: Iron & steel

Hull / Keel: Displacement

HIN: 917560


Superbly converted Dutch barge which now provides sumptious living accommodation.


Engine(s) & Electrical:

The vessel has a single motive engine, being a Scania Marine D8 6 cylinder engine of 8 litre capacity (normally aspirated). The age of this engine is unknown, but estimated to be 30 years (These engines are still in common use in the Netherlands and spares are available). Approx power rating is 137 hp (100kW). The engine has an integral heat exchanger for cooling with raw cooling water being taken via a hull skin fitting and gate valve. A Johnson rubber impeller-type pump is fitted on the engine in order to draw in raw water. A standard Scania-specification Twin-Disc marine hydraulic gearbox is fitted (MG506 2.5:1 ratio), driving a three-bladed bronze propeller via a solid propshaft and conventional stuffing box stern gland. The engine is solidly mounted on to the hull engine bearers and a plummer block is located in the driveline. Various lubrication points are provided. A Duco 20PK (14.5KW) DC bowthruster was fitted by the present owners in May 2016 as part of ongoing improvements. This unit is easily accessible in the fo’c’sle and has its own dedicated battery bank and charger. The vessel contains 230V AC, 24V DC and 12V DC systems plus solar recharging as follows… 230V AC: This is supplied via shoreline, Victron inverter (3000 watts) in conjunction with a 600 amp hour battery bank at 24V, or an internal Lister air cooled generator rated at 7.5kVA. The supply can be switched via a manual three pole switch in the electricity cupboard in the wheelhouse or via an automatic relay between shore and inverter sources. This cupboard also contains commercial fuse boxes for both 230V AC and 24V DC distribution systems including micro switches and RCB’s where applicable. Lighting forward of the wheelhouse in the vessel is all 230V with low energy bulbs or LEDs, and numerous domestic style mains power sockets are provided throughout the vessel. A Victron isolation transformer is fitted in the shoreline supply s supplied by the aforementioned battery bank and supplies the central heating circulation pump and wheelhouse and stern cabin lighting and instruments (note: some dashboard instruments are 12V via a voltage dropper). The engine starter batteries are also 24V, and all can be charged from either a Victron 60A charging unit or engine alternator (fitted with Adverc charge controller), with the two battery banks being linked by a Victron Cyrix voltage sensing battery combiner rated at 200 amps. Battery isolation switches are fitted to both the engine and domestic battery banks, and a separate isolator switch (two-pole) is fitted in the inverter DC feed line along with appropriate fuses. There are various 24V DC outlets that use Dutch sockets/plugs to avoid confusion. Additionally, there is a solar array of 990 Watts mounted on the coachroof, providing charging to the 24V batteries via commercial solar cables/plugs and a Tracer 40/100 MPPT controller. The panels can be isolated via a separate switch as and when required, and can be lifted from the roof for cleaning etc. 12V: The Lister generator has a dedicated 12V battery for starting purposes, and this is charged from a separate automotive-type battery charger integrated into the generator output or from the dedicated 25W solar panel. Engine instrumentation and other instruments are provided in the wheelhouse consisting of revolution counter and engine hour counter, engine temperature gauge/high temperature buzzer, oil pressure gauge and warning light/buzzer plus rudder indicator and a Victron BMV 6005 battery monitor for the domestic batteries. Generator start controls are also on the dashboard panel as are the bowthruster joystick, navigation light switches and ships klaxon button. There are two audible bilge alerts with detectors in the engine room and saloon areas. A fuel gauge is fitted for the day tank along with a low level warning light/buzzer. Steering is via a wheel and a single large rudder which is operated via a wheel and hydraulic system, with the hydraulic ram being located in an aft compartment with adequate access. The steering system is unassisted and has the facility to isolate the hydraulic ram and substitute a manual emergency steering tiller should this be required. The emergency tiller is attached to the rudder indicator mechanism on the rear deck. The vessel is equipped with a 1500 litre (approx) diesel tank in the engine room filled via deck filler on the port side. This tank has an integral day tank of 300 litres (approx) from which the engine fuel feed is taken via a CAV type filter and water separator as well as tandem fuel filters on the engine itself. The day tank contents level can be read from a fuel gauge in the wheelhouse. The main fuel tank also supplies the generator via a CAV filter plus the Lister filter on the genset, and the Kabola via a coarse mesh “cleanable” filter plus Kabola’s own filter on the boiler. Breather pipes are fitted to both the main and day tank exiting on the port side. These have flame safety gauzes fitted. Flexible fuel pipes are in accordance with the appropriate ISO number and are clearly marked as such. The tank is fitted with a plastic sight line with metal cover in accordance with current regulations. Both tanks have sludge traps and drain cocks.


Accommodation & Below Deck:

The stern cabin and ensuite is laid out as a double bedroom, with fitted storage both under the bed and cupboards, and ensuite bathroom with macerator toilet, wash basin, bath and shower. The Wheelhouse is of substantial size, being demountable for traversing low bridges. The wheelhouse contains a small office as well as a large upholstered bench. There are entrance doors on both sides along with three opening windows. High level ventilation is also provided. Access to the engine room is via the wheelhouse through a large metal fireproof lockable hatch. Either side of the wheelhouse, but accessed only from the side decks are storage lockers of approximately 80cm depth, one of which holds the “active” gas cylinder and the other for holding spare diesel canisters and other sundry items. The engine room contains ample space for storage of tools etc. Adequate ventilation is provided in the engine room for engine purposes and for the dispersal of battery charging gases via fixed breathers and an extraction fan and four opening port lights in the engine room walls. There is ample space to walk around the engine and headroom to stand upright. The engine room also gives access to the bilge spaces under the rear cabin and the propeller shaft stern gland. The saloon and galley is accessed via stairs from the wheelhouse, the saloon and galley are open plan. The galley area contains fixed cupboards and wall mounted storage, whilst the saloon contains loose furniture. Wiring is provided for satellite TV. The galley contains a double sink and drainer with hot and cold mixer tap, and a Lacanche professional gas range with four burners and large oven. To the rear of the galley a door leads into a small storage area which contains the hot water cylinder, washing machine, and Kabola central heating boiler (There is also space for a dishwasher). This supplies hot water to the hot water cylinder as well as to nine domestic radiators throughout the vessel. A timer and room thermostats are present. Access is available into the saloon bilge at this point for inspection purposes. Headroom throughout exceeds 1.8m. Forward of the saloon, there is a corridor to starboard from which leads two double berths on the port side. One of these currently has a permanent bed with storage underneath, whilst the other is equipped as an office. The family bathroom is at the end of the corridor on the starboard side is a large family bathroom containing macerator toilet, washbasin and double domestic sized power shower. An integral storage cupboard for towels etc is also provided. There is ample natural light throughout the vessel. The wheelhouse is fully glazed and the stern cabin has eight fixed light windows. The saloon and forward rooms have opening Sea Glaze marine windows. Additionally the saloon has a large opening roof light plus a smaller Houdini hatch roof light which doubles as an emergency escape. The first forward bedroom has an opening roof light, whilst the study bedroom has another Houdini hatch. All roof hatches have drop-in toughened double glazing units to reduce heat loss in wintertime. There is more than adequate headroom in the “common living areas” of the vessel for 6’ 2” inch person. Forward of the saloon and accessed via two large hatches from the deck is the water locker containing fresh and black water tanks and associated pump and plumbing. There is ample storage space available here and also access to the inside of the hull. The forepeak cabin is accessed via the forward deck via a lifting hatch and steps down. This hold is used as a storage area for paints and tools etc. Again, access to the inside of the hull is available here. A waterproof (IP66) power socket (230v) is available on the front deck above the forepeak hatch. A 1000 litre (approx) fresh water tank and 250 litre (approx) black water tank are stored in the forward lockers. Fresh water is supplied to the forward family bathroom, galley and stern cabin bathroom via plastic pipe and fittings, and pressurized by a 230V Grunfoss pump and accumulator. Hot water is provided via the Kabola diesel boiler (see later) and stored in a double skinned hot water tank with integral 1 Kw immersion heater as and when required. The black water tank is linked to the forward family bathroom (shower, washbasin and macerator toilet) whilst the stern cabin bathroom (macerator toilet, washbasin and bath) and galley waste water vents directly overboard. The black water tank can be emptied overboard via a lockable ball valve (per TRIWV regulations) or pumped out using standard pump out sanitary facilities.


Deck & Canvas:

The hull is constructed of riveted iron and steel in a traditional Dutch style, which below the waterline was doubled in 2003 by Camper and Nicholson using a combination of 6mm and 4mm steel. An additional grounding plate was fitted under the bow by Pendennis Superyachts of Falmouth in March 2011 to remedy wear to the plating in this area caused by the beach mooring then used. The vessel carries a traditional iron anchor of approximately 175 kg mass, along with approximately 55 m of chain. This is deployed by manual winch which has the facility for another anchoring chain to be added through an unused hawse pipe. The vessel also carries three kedge anchors for stern mooring which are deployed via rope and chain. A full complement of warps and lines of varying lengths is held on board along with appropriate fenders.


Navigation & Safety:

Two life rings are carried, complete with SOLAS reflective strips, plus a horseshoe buoy with strobe. A boarding ladder is carried along with a Man Overboard rescue sling and 30m of recovery line. A Man Overboard poster is displayed in the wheelhouse in accordance with the TRIWV regulations. Two VHF marine radios are carried with separate antennae, both DSC/ATIS equipped with the vessel’s MMSI number pre-programmed to allow automated distress calls. This is linked in to a Garmin GPS Chartplotter and depth-sounder to provide GPS location facilities. Class A AIS is fitted and integrated into the Chartplotter, along with a USB spur to allow PC access. A short range VHF handheld radio is also carried, all radios being licensed with Ofcom to the vessel. Appropriately specified navigation lights for the size of vessel are provided and are supplied from the 24V domestic battery bank. Five automatic bilge pumps are fitted (three 230v and one main 24v plus secondary 24v) plus two manual pumps. Numerous fire extinguishers are carried of water, dry powder and CO2 plus an engine room extinguisher with automatic trigger. Full details are given on the test certificate (from March 2015). Domestic battery operated smoke alarms are fitted throughout the vessel including the stern cabin and forward corridor. A carbon monoxide sensor is fitted in the saloon along with a Plastimo LPG gas alarm with remote sensor, plus a fire blanket adjacent to the cooker. A further CO sensor is fitted adjacent to the central heating boiler. Two 13kg Propane gas cylinders can be carried in a vented locker on the rear coach deck. The third, “active” cylinder, is stored in the starboard side locker and supplies the cooker range in the galley via a cut-off valve, copper pipe and compression joints. A secondary isolation valve and test point are fitted adjacent to the cooker. A secondary gas locker is also provided on the rear coach deck suitable for housing petrol canisters and other volatile materials. The Dutch gas certificate dates from April 2017 and expires in 2020.



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The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel, but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Highway Marine Ltd who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified independent agents to carry out a survey, and/or any mechanical and electrical checks.

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