Barge Thames Sailing Barge

Medway, United Kingdom

  • £98,000 inc Vat

  • Description

    Barge for sale UK. Originally built in 1936 as a steel swim-headed lighter open bulk carrier and then converted to a stumpy-rigged spritsail barge works completed to a Lloyds approved standard 1996.


    General Information

    • Year Built: 1936
    • Hull Material: Steel


    • Length: 72 ft
    • Beam: 18' 0"
    • Max Draft: 3' 0"
    • Length Overall: 72' 6"
    • Length on Deck: 72' 6"
    • Length at Waterline: 50' 0"
    • Dry Weight: 595000 kilogram


    • Number of Engines: 1
    • Fuel Type: Diesel
    • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Other
    • Total Power: 60 hp
    • Max Speed: 6 knots
    • Cruising Speed: 4 knots



    Boarding is by way of a mobile gangplank that can be placed to suit along the full length of the ship, port or starboard. 

    Bordering on the starboard aft quarter to:

    Deck at the Helm

    Helm binnacle with wheel  compass engine controls and VHF.

    Full height rail with wind dodgers. 

    Manual davets and gas stowage.

    Hatch and steps down to:

    Below Deck Accomodation

    A short passage comprising hanging and boat space opens in to the main cabin.

    To port:

    Heads & Shower

    The compact toilet shower space has a manual sea toilet and full size shower

    hand basin  with mirror.

    To starboard with the doorway facing forward in to the space of the main cabin.

    Galley kitchen 

    The Galley is built for a life full time aboard, U shaped base units and eye level wall cupboards sympathetically built in to the curve of the deck above. domestic full size four burner gas cooker  w / oven and grill with recycling extractor above.

    directional spotlights  

    There is space for under counter dishwasher or washing machine.

    Sink and drainer W H&C water

    Tiled splashback all round with power points.

    Large roof light hatch  for natural light and ventilation.

    Forward to :

    Main Cabin

    The man cabin is divided into two spaces by the keel box, to port is the dining space  with the wood burner centrally placed. forward of the burner is a study office space. 

    To Starboard  is the main seating area.

    Forward to:

    Cabin three 

    Sitting to port 7ft x 5ft  with a small loss of space to allow for the turn in the central passageway.

    Cabin two

    Positioned to port and directly opposite the  the third cabin,  7ft x 5ft.

    Forward to:

    Master cabin

    The master cabin occupies the full width of the ship  and is fitted out with full height hanging locker wardrobes  on both sides and a dressing table to port.

    The full sized double bed has further storage underneath.

    rigging braces are visible in the ceiling of the cabin.  

    Hull, Deck, Safety and Canvas

    The hull is roll steel of 12 to 18mm, On deck she is traditionally painted and most of the deck area is enclosed by a combination of full high stanchions and rail, with the side decks being full height stanchans and guard rope.

    There are three    horseshoe / life rings on deck.

    Rigging and Sails

    The ship is rigged as a traditional Thames sailing barge Stumpy rig. (No topsail)

     Main, Foresail, Jib and Mizzen. 

    Full set of Durolon sails which have no rips or repairs needed but would benefit from a clean and re dressing.


    The ship is fitted with binnacle compass, an older style two light depth sounder and a Vhf radio.



    the ship is set up with 240V mains and a generator for at sea and off grid living .



    The main engine is a Ford York Marine diesel 60 Bhp which burns one gallon per hour and will give a max speed of 5 Knots and is in excellent working order. There is a spare reconditioned short engine and Cyl Head and a vast array of engine and generator spares.

    Owners Comments

    The current owner have had to put their sell up and sail plans on hold to move closer to and  provide care for a family member .

    This is a reluctant sale , so the owners would like to pair the ship with an enthusiastic new keeper.


    • Heating
    • Compass
    • Davits
    • Vhf
    • Spray hood
    • Deep freezer
    • Manual bilge pump
    • Inverter
    • Depthsounder
    • Shore power inlet
    • Refrigerator
    • Hot water
    • Gps


    Precious Marine Ltd offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer. Some websites that link to us may not drag the full information across please feel free to click the link and ask for the full inventory. - +44 (0)1473 780286 - # Fixed Price Brokerage

    Additional Contact Information

    viewings by appointment with vendor and Joe Taylor