Haute Soane Burgundy France|
“Tess” was commissioned in October 2008 after 9 months of construction by Heritage Boats of Evesham. Heritage are considered one of the premier boat builders in the UK and have constructed over 70 craft both for business sectors such as “France Afloat” and also numerous private owners. They have constructed craft in line with the Marine Coastguard Agencies (MCA) guidelines whose standards are of the highest. The hull was designed by Tom Pearce who is highly respected for his efficient hull shapes to afford great efficiency in handling and manoeuvrability. His “Box” rudder is one of his innovations and is fitted to Tess.
A workforce of seven highly skilled tradesmen were employed to build Tess, including two master carpenters and all of their high quality work is immediately evident when coming on board. Other proof of the high standard of workmanship can be viewed by simply by viewing the main electrical cabinet to the right of the inside helm and a tour of the engine room. On launch day, all of the workforce were present and stated that it was the best boat they had built to date.
The V shaped hull is constructed of 12mm British steel which gives great strength when locking through (when the occasional impact of the lock walls is sometimes inevitable), and gives superb handling and fuel efficiency. Records show that fuel consumption is around 2 litres per cruising hour on inland waterways, including leaving the engine running while locking through.
The upper superstructure is made from 10mm and 8mm steel. Chrome bollards and cleats are placed at strategic places around the boat.
The inside layout was designed by the owner as a primary residence for him to live all year round on the waterways of France. Much thought and planning was put into the design from 3 years of travelling France and viewing many craft to find that perfect combination. Therefore, Tess is just under 15 Metres long and 4.1 Metres on the beam so that there are no mooring restrictions wherever you choose to stay and maximum space inside for a craft of this size. Tess is primarily designed for a permanent crew of 2 with guest space for 2 other couples in separate cabins. Use of high quality sofa beds in the guest areas, rather than permanent berths, give the option of usable space when visitors aren’t aboard.
The rear deck of Tess was designed for outside living. An outer helm has all the instrumentation needed with a chrome helm wheel and weather proof cover for the helm unit. High quality chrome railings surround the deck to provide security and 2 storage boxes are provided for all that is needed when cruising. A deck wash point is provided for easy cleaning of the aft of the boat. A central barbeque on a removable shelf, is supplied by a 13Kg gas bottle. Both a 12volt and 240v supply are available on the rear deck for using an electric hot plate or charging your mobile phone, lap top etc. The header tank for the central heating is situated here to aid the best gravity feed for the system. A collapsible canopy is included for protection from the sun though there are 6 parasol brackets that have normally been sufficient for the task. There are steps down to the rear bathing platform where a hot and cold shower is available after a dip in the water. There is a serving hatch for passing food, drinks, crockery and cutlery through to save carrying such items down the gunnels. As the rule states, “Always keep one hand for the boat” the labour saving of this hatch is immeasurable! There is enough room on the rear deck to entertain at least 8 people but history records more than 12 have enjoyed an evening or two on Tess’s back deck! Steps down to the gunnels are provided with lighting for when the guests depart in the dark, which they invariably do!
The most pleasant place to be when you are cruising. The ripple of the water as Tess cuts gently through the canal and the view of the waterway ahead over the chrome bowsprit is nothing short of heaven. There is room for 2 chairs on the front deck though most seem to perch themselves on the roof of the forward cabin. Plenty of room on the roof for sunbathing too! There are 2 lockers on the front deck, one is the gas locker that holds 2 x 13Kg bottles with a Clesse automatic changeover valve, enough for a year’s cruising, and the other, being the anchor chain locker which doubles as a hose locker. A small pressure washer can also housed here. The Lofrans electric anchor winch is fully electric with manual override option. As yet, the anchor has never been used in anger! A deck wash pump outlet is provided for easy washing of the forward areas of the boat.
The main living area. Removable steps with interior storage are provided for easy access and convenience. The lower helm unit has all the instrumentation required including level gauges for all the tanks. 12v socket and rudder position indicator are also provided as with the upper helm. To the right of the helm, the “Brains” of the boat. All systems are monitored from here. The Victron VE Net panel is a small computer which monitors and controls all functions of the electrical systems and generator. In the unlikely event of any problems, this is where you would be alerted to them. Changes can be made to control settings like when the generator should automatically start and stop and various alerts should you wish to be notified of them.
There is a CD/Radio with 4 speakers fitted and the heating control / timer is also housed here. There are plentiful electrical socket outlets throughout the boat but more so in the Main Saloon.
All the windows on the boat were made by Worcester Windows and designed to supply as much light as possible. The solid oak doors were manufactured specifically rather than double glazed units to add character to the design. Flooring here, like all the flooring throughout is by Karndean and from their professional catalogue. The woodwork thoughout the boat is American Oak which gives both warmth and brightness to the interior. The beautiful chrome balustrade leads down to the galley. All the furniture is free standing so can be replaced if required. The settee / sofa bed is of high quality and designed to be used as a permanent bed. Satellite Television is provided by a fully automatic SNIPE system and supplies a signal to all three communal areas. Separate Personal Video Recorder / Decoders are fitted so that each area can view or record different programmes.
Air conditioning is supplied by a Dometic 10,0000 Btw system but has been rarely used as normal ventilation is enough to deal with those very hot days. Behind the sofa bed is housed the 2 x Victron 3Kw inverters. These supply mains power and “intelligent” charging from the 1080 Watt battery bank in the engine room. One excellent feature of the Victron Multiplus Inverters is their “Power Assist” feature which deals with any shortfall of exterior shorepower, using the batteries to continue to supply power rather than the shore power tripping out, very useful, especially when it is raining! There is an interface for making adjustments to the system if needed and the software is readily available from the Victron web site.
Plenty of storage space can be found in the various access points to under the gunnels and both entrance steps and those down into the galley have good storage space as well.
HEATING AND HOT WATER
Central heating is supplied throughout the boat by radiators and towel rails from a Webasto 9Kw diesel powered boiler. This also supplies hot water when the central heating is on but there is also an immersion heater in the calorifier which also provides hot water when the engine is running.
Tess is powered by a Yanmar based Barrus Shire 65 HP diesel engine and the gearbox is the tried and trusted PRM 120. Maintenance is easily carried out due to the easy access to all areas of the power train. A damping coupling is fitted to the output shaft to minimise vibration which then passes through a deep sea seal which is maintenance free therefore alleviating the need to repack or adjust a gland seal. The three bladed prop is accessible via a week hatch under the rear bunk alleviating any need to dive under the boat if a foul should happen. The main water tank is sited amidships and holds approximately 1600 litres, enough for a month’s cruising with 2 people aboard.
The entire engine room is fitted with fireproof insulation to reduce noise and vibration. The ventilation intakes are protected against water ingress for coastal cruising.
A “Sidepower” twin bladed forward bow thruster is fitted though this has rarely been used due to the excellent handling characteristics of the boat. That said, there is always that unexpected side wind as you approach a lock!
Two diesel tanks of 640 litres each are to be found on either side of the water tank with a link tube and valve should you want to isolate each tank so that red diesel can be used for heating and generating electricity. The generator is a Mase IS7 which gives 7Kw’s if required. Two black water tanks are fitted for toilet waste with a valve on each toilet to select whether the waste goes to the tanks or ejected outside after passing through macerators.
A safe is installed above the 55 Litre Calorifier for storing valuables and is large enough to accommodate a lap top. There is also a small safe for visitors in the forward cabin.
Infra red sensors are fitted all over the boat with contact sensors on both doors. Should the alarm be triggered, the outside horn will sound as well as the siren, though the horn can be isolated if required. The rear cabin can be isolated if required so that the alarm is active in the rest of the boat. There is also a panic button on the remote control. A GSM unit will send messages to a mobile phone warning of alarm activation, low battery conditions and various other options.
The king size island bed has excellent storage space underneath as well as access to the weed hatch and hydraulic steering mechanism. An emergency tiller can be found in the engine room should the need ever arise. A double wardrobe is fitted to the right of the dressing table which has a round mirror and electricity points underneath. Two further single wardrobes are fitted either side of the bed and there are 2 large drawers under the hanging space with ingenious pull out shelves for drinks or books etc. Reading lights are fitted to both sides of the bed. Satellite television is fitted above the mirror and is independent of the ones in the other areas of the boat.
The rear en-suite bathroom has an electric toilet, a full size domestic shower cubicle, with extractor fan and a large vanity basin with a large storage area beneath. A fitted cupboard above the basin has also plenty of space for toiletries etc. A secondary double glazing panel can be fitted over the opaque window to reduce condensation in the winter and there are also similar panels for both of the rear cabin windows. The rear cabin window doubles as an emergency escape hatch onto the rear bathing platform.
There is a full sized galley that any Chef would be delighted to prepare meals in. A five burner Belling hob with central wok ring sits above the full size refrigerator with steam extraction sited above. Two swivel corner units provide plenty of storage to complement the five drawer unit, side cupboard and wine and tray racks. The matching Belling oven and grill unit is at high level for ease of operation and a full size domestic freezer sits underneath it. An Indesit washer dryer is placed to the right of the sink unit and all built in appliances are fitted with matching unit fronts to give a clean and tidy feel to the galley. Overhead cupboards and an under sink cupboard give additional storage and there are vanity shelves for glasses and to give the galley character. The water purification unit is housed in the unit under the sink so drinking water is available from the cold water faucet in the galley. A free standing microwave oven is to the left of the sink unit.
The forward bathroom is very spacious and designed to accommodate all guests that are aboard. There is a full size electric toilet, vanity basin and shower cubicle. Under the vanity basin is a storage unit for toiletries etc. There is a double radiator and a heated towel rail to ensure your guests are catered for in the greatest of comfort. Secondary double glazing is available to reduce condensation in the winter months.
The front cabin was primarily designed as an office, come studio, but is easily converted to a guest cabin when needed. There is a large wardrobe with plenty of hanging space and a small safe. Another permanent type sofa bed is available and those who have stayed on board have been surprised how well they have slept. The family bathroom is next door and can be shared with any other guests staying in the main saloon with total privacy. The separate anchor winch and bow thruster batteries are stored under the desk area and separate isolators are fitted in the wardrobe.
Tess is a luxury steel cruiser, distinctive in design, easy to handle and maintain and has given the present owner many delightful years of living aboard all year round in absolute comfort.
All handbooks and instruction manuals are catalogued for easy information access to make the new owners transition and easy one.
Tess est un croiseur de luxe, avec un design exceptionnel, facile à manœuvrer et à entretenir. Le propriétaire a passé 11 ans de joie à vivre à bord dans un confort absolu toute au longue de l’année: en hiver comme en été. La seule raison qui lui a provoqué la mise en vente de son bateau est les évènements hors de son contrôle lui empêchant d’en profiter autant qu’il avait l’habitude de faire. Il est certain que le temps est venu de faire profiter à un nouveau propriétaire qui pourra reprendre la joie de vivre à bord et les croisières exceptionnelles comme il a pu faire au passé.
Tous les manuels d’entretien et les cahiers contenait les instructions de maintenance rendront la transition de propriétaires très facile.
|Vessel type:||Live aboard cruiser|
|Designer:||Heritage boats Evesham|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||14.9m|
|Hull type:||V hull|
|Hull colour:||White / Blue|
|Dry Weight:||26 tons|
|Fuel capacity:||1200 Litres|
|Water capacity:||1400 Litres|
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.