Duke of Bridgewater
This is a lovely boat, with a lot of history and character, with the steel work in very good condition. All that remains is to complete the fit-out to your own taste and standard for a boat that will stand out on the canal and hold its value in the current market.
Solid fuel stove
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Type: Semi-Trad Stern 62
Builder: Dami Marine
Engine: Vetus Mistibushi
Batteries: 1x Starter
Boat Safety Certificate: September 2023
Electrics: Some first fix wiring has been run
Heating: Hamlet Hardy stove
Water Heating: N/A
Lining: Canaflex/natural insulation - T&G pine lined
Flooring: Pine T&G boarded
A distinctive and characterful boat, originally built as 40’ in 1957 by Dave Grassing’s company, Dami Marine, in New Mills for the original owners and with the original wooden cabin. In 1962 the boat was ‘stretched’ to 62’ and in 1992 it was bought by the current owners family making them the fourth owners.
In 2008/9 the Duke underwent a major rebuild in top quality steel by Roger Farrington of Braunston. He faithfully replicated the original cabin shape in steel (reattaching all original features including mushroom vents, swans’ neck, mooring studs, cleats, engine controls and even the striped bar at front of cabin!). He also replaced the swim, counter, bottom and footings but left the bow and the gunwhales intact to preserve the original lines and character of the Duke. The distinctive bow was over-plated at this time.
Since then, all new steel below the waterline has been regularly blacked with 2Pak. A new propellor and prop-shaft were fitted in 2020 and the survey carried out shows the hull to be in excellent condition.
The engine is a diesel Vetus Mitsubishi M4.14, (watercooled) which has been well maintained since it was installed in around 1990. The engine is nice and quiet, making the back deck a sociable space for cruising. The engine room is easily accessible.
The outside of the cabin was stripped to bare metal and painted professionally by JM Narrowboat Painting in Devizes in 2019, and beautifully sign-written by Ginny Barlow in 2020.
The boat is insulated, lined, and with 12V & 240V and water systems partially installed. bespoke (welded plastic foodgrade) water tank. There is a solid-fuel stove installed, and all recommendations have been followed. The gas locker is at the front of the boat, accessed via the roof.
This is a lovely boat, with a lot of history and character, with the steel work in very good condition. All that remains is to complete the fit-out to your own taste and standard for a boat that will stand out on the canal and hold its value in the current market. With only 4 owners in 65 years, this is a boat that people love, and correspondence with the maker and most previous owners (including photographs and super8 footage) are available.