Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire UK|
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Your chance to own a classic, wood narrowboat named after a small village in Devon, Starcross is an original wooden coal butty built in 1936, being finished by 20th July 1937, when she was registered at Rickmansworth. The Ricky butty is an “f-type” butty, and built by W. H. Walker Bros, commissioned the by Grand Union Canal Carrying Company as an unpowered boat, to be tugged by her paired boat named Stamford. She is made of English oak and is one of the last remaining f-type butties still floating.
The village of Starcross is situated across from Exmouth, along the Exe Esturary. It is known historically for its railway pumping house and having one of the oldest sailing clubs in the United Kingdom. Given the close association of coal and sailing in the village of Starcross, it is unsurprising that a coal butty would carry its name.
Starcross’ GUC Gauge number is 12724. She originally cost £390, which converted to today’s money and inflation rate, comes to £27,766.69. In the 1980s she was known as The Welsh Legion, and during this time she fell into a state of disrepair, until she was found, restored and converted so as to become a liveaboard boat.
The owner who began the restoration process researched her history and so discovered her original name, consequently changing her name back to Starcross. It is not known who had changed her name to The Welsh Legion, why or when. Given that she was a coal butty, her name change may have been due to the history of coal mining in Wales.
Currently fitted out as a liveaboard the accommodation includes an open plan saloon and galley with a dinette which could be used as a second double berth and solid fuel stove. A comfortable double berth cabin towards the stern. Between the two is a shower room with shower, basin and composting toilet.
The narrowboat is powered by a 15hp outboard that is in need of attention. At the stern is a sizable utility room with the bateries and generator. Forward the well deck provides plenty of additional storage for day-to-day items.
Last Survey - 2016
Blacked and re-caulked - 2020
BSS valid until - 2023
These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.
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|Vessel name:||Narrowboat 70ft|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Fuel type:||Petrol (Gas)|
|Cruising Speed:||4 knots|
|Maximum Speed:||5 knots|
|Length over all:||21.34m|
|Length at waterline:||19.6m|
|Fuel capacity:||10 Litres|