Port de France, TOUL Lorraine France
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MARIA is a classic Dutch Luxemotor canal barge built in Hoogezand, Holland in 1931. She is 25 meters long, 4.8 meters wide, is constructed of riveted steel and weighs approximately 80 tons. She is TRIWV certified and registered in the Netherlands.
Her unusually graceful lines and luxurious amenities, together with the meticulous care with which she has been maintained, set her apart as a foremost example of a classic Dutch canal barge.
MARIA was fully converted and professionally refitted to her current high standard in 1992 by master shipwrights in Haren (Ems), Germany. The conversion included a luxuriously appointed interior with three ensuite cabins, a new 216 horsepower Mercedes-Benz V-6 diesel engine and hydraulic steering. In 2001and again in 2004 and 2006 she was further upgraded with new equipment including a SidePower bow thruster, a Victron Phoenix MultiPlus inverter/battery charger, a new central heating system with independently controlled radiators throughout the barge, a Permo water purification and filtration system, a completely upgraded aft/owner's cabin, and new opening skylights. View the full web site at www.bargemaria.com
|Vessel type:||Luxe Motor|
|Builder:||Coops, Hoogezand (Groningen), The Netherlands|
|Registration:||EIN 02305103 (TRIWV)|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Mercedes-Benz OM421 V6 (installed new 1991)|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||25m|
|Hull type:||Standard Luxe Motor hull|
|Hull colour:||Black with burgundy accent stripes|
|Displacement:||80 metric tons|
|Fuel capacity:||1200 Litres|
|Water capacity:||1500 Litres|
|Holding tank capacity:||1800 Litres|
Mercedes-Benz OM421 V6 installed new by M-B factory in 1991.
Dry exhaust; keel cooled.
Fuel economy: 5 liters per hour at 1100 - 1200 rpm
Hull is riveted overlapping iron or mild-steel plates. Base plate is over-plated at the stem with steel that is fully welded to the hull. The center-bottom is over-plated and welded from the stem to the stern. The inside of the hull has been preserved with traditional Dutch hot green grease. Mild steel bilge keels are welded to both sides.
MARIA’s interior is luxuriously fitted out to extraordinary detail with abundant amenities and finished with solid mahogany and teak. Unlike many converted barges on the canals today, one enters MARIA by way of a large companionway staircase designed for safe, forward-facing descent. Upon entering, one steps into her high-ceilinged dining room and galley area. The dining room is furnished with an expandable dining room table suitable for seating up to eight. Her large, open galley includes a propane stove and oven, ample counter space, cabinets, storage pantries and a dishwasher. Adjacent is a utility room with two refrigerators, a microwave oven, a washer and dryer, and storage space. Moving forward and up two steps leads you to the living room/saloon with its built-in curved settee and upholstered cane chair, book cases, TV and CD/DVD with high definition sound system, and built in niches with antique ship models. The living room/saloon and kitchen settees have recently been professionally reupholstered, and there is ample storage space beneath all the built-in settees. The living room/saloon and separate dining area have opening bronze ports and a large opening skylight that provide an abundance of natural light and fresh air. Moving further forward past a doorway and through a small hallway are two spacious, private en-suite staterooms, each with its own bathroom with sink, electric macerating toilet and shower. Each room has plenty of storage space in mahogany cabinets, drawers and wardrobes. The port-side stateroom has a king size bed; the the starboard-side stateroom has a queen size bed, each with large built-in storage space underneath. The staterooms and bathrooms have opening bronze ports for natural light and fresh air.
Aft of the wheelhouse and accessible from the wheelhouse is the owner's cabin which was completely upgraded in 2006. Much of the wood and stained glass from the original cabin was used in the upgrade. The stained glass was reglazed by an artisan working at a chateau. The wood for the new cabinetry, wardrobes and built-in desk was selected to match the original wood. New skylights were added to enhance the natural light and air circulation. Like the forward en-suite staterooms, the aft cabin has its own bathroom with sink, electric macerating toilet, and separate shower. It has a full-size bed with built-in drawers underneath.
Full Equipment Inventory and Technical Data available in PDF format on our web site: www.bargemaria.com
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.