|Tax Status:||Tax Exempt|
Dijon Burgundy France|
I have suddenly reached 72, gained a dodgy ticker, and don't have the energy I once had. With some TLC my boat can be brought back to its former glory - sadly that does not apply to me!
So, what needs doing?
As you will see in the photos taken January 2020, the GRP hull is in need of a good rub down, primer and ant-fouling. There is some superficial osmosis but this is very little and has not changed since last lifted in 2015. Back then, and now, I have been advised not to worry and to leave well alone. The Bourne 35 has a very thick and very strong hull.
The skeg and rudder show some surface corrosion and need taking back, treating and painting. New anodes to be fitted.
The wheelhouse cover was damaged in a hail storm. It is still usable. Cost of a new cover is less than £500.
All the external woodwork is sound (no rot) but some of the varnish has peeled.
That's it. In all other ways she is a beautiful, well equipped, and comfortable classic boat. With the above work done she would be worth much more and I have reduced my price to reflect the work required.
The perfect boat for cruising the French waterways. "Firefly" is a Bourne 35 Broads Cruiser built 1969 with a GRP hull and hard wood super structure. With a centre cockpit/wheelhouse and a small forward well with two seats (currently used as a useful store). The centre wheel house can be fully taken down to enable "Firefly" to pass under the lowest of bridges. Fitted with mast with anchor light, navigation lights, spot light, and 100w PV solar panel.
The engine is a very reliable and very economical BMC 1500, 40 HP, diesel in fine running order. All parts are available from various suppliers. A Vetus bow thruster was fitted in 2015
Internally she has been updated to a high standard and you could live on this boat for extended periods. Front cabin with a full size cot bed with memory foam mattress. Reading lights, mains power socket, 12v socket and twin USB charging port. Large draws under bed and a hanging space wardrobe. En-suite toilet (heads) with electric flush loo to holding tank, heated towel rail, 12v inverter shaver socket, wash basin.
Very large aft saloon with modern kitchen - Thetford 3 hob gas plus gas grill and oven. Stainless steel sink and drainer. Waeco 12v fridge with freezer box. Shower room with mixer tap, heated towel rail, airing cupboard with hot water tank. Dining area with table, deco table light and two bench seats (stores inside). Aft sitting area with 'U' shaped bench seating that converts to a double bed.
Heating is provided by a diesel (Eberspacher) boiler with hot water fed to the towel rails and to blower matrix heaters in the front cabin and the saloon. The hot water tank is also fitted with a mains (220v) immersion heater and can also be heated when the engine is running.
All internal lighting is LED and powered by 3 leisure batteries.
Fitted stereo radio/CD player, 300w inverter, gas alarm, CO2 alarm, smoke alarms, several fire extinguishers, fire blanket, and much more.
All windows have heat reflecting, 'black out', roller blinds in pale yellow.
Automatic and manual bilge pumps.
1 x lifebuoy ring with floating cord.
2 x mud weights
Various warps and fenders
With a draft of just 0.76m (2ft 06in) and an air-draft of 2.80m (9ft 00in) "Firefly" can take you anywhere on the French navigable waterways and even to further waters. We have recently been on the Rhine and, against the flow (heading up river) she produced 6 kph at 3000 revs. A very attractive boat inside and out - and much photographed by watchers from the canal bank.
"Firefly" is currently near to Dijon and will be available to view by request and with reasonable notice.
More details are available on request.
Finally, although offers are expected, please be realistic. The price has been set based on value of the boat in the market less the cost of renovation, and represents a very good buy for someone who wants comfortable, trouble free cruising in an attractive classic boat. Otherwise, I am open to discussion. Thanks for your understanding.
|Vessel type:||Classic Motor Cruiser|
|Designer:||R.M. 'Rip' Martins|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||BMC 1500|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||11m|
|Hull material:||Glass Fibre|
|Displacement:||6 metric tons|
|Fuel capacity:||80 Litres|
|Water capacity:||250 Litres|
|Holding tank capacity:||100 Litres|
2 x full size double berths. One double bed in the forward cabin and the salon sofa pulls out to form a large double bed.
1 x single bed for child. The salon sofa also has a place for a child.
The GRP hull built by Bourne is known to be strong and good quality (much thicker than modern GRP hulls). The hull was inspected when she was lifted to have the bow thruster installed. She was again lifted in January 2020 and no serious deterioration noted. Needs rubbing down, primer, and anti-foul.
The wood superstructure is sound and in good general condition. The external woodwork requires some cosmetic attention (rub down and re-varnish). Otherwise all good and solid.
BMC 1500 40hp engine in good condition. Runs very well and is economical. All spare parts and consumables are available online.
Gas alarm, CO2 alarm, smoke alarms, several fire extinguishers, fire blanket.
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.