Thursday 28 January 2016

Windsong is sold!

The end of a era - a sad day for us, as Windsong has today become the property of a new owner. 

We enjoyed every second of designing her, watching the build take shape and then cruising in her for the last six and a half years.  We had hoped it would be for longer, but sadly that has not been the case.  Thank you Ally and Neil, for building an exceptional boat. 

We hope Peter, her new owner, has as much fun with her as we did.  Give him a wave if you see him out and about on the cut.

We have made some great friends over the years, some we will probably never see again, some we will always be in touch with, and a few we will see on a regular basis.   And we do intend to hire a boat from time to time when we feel the need for a ‘canal fix’, so there may well be more entries on the blog from time to time.  However the name of the blog may change, in case Peter wants to write one too, but the address will remain the same.

And lastly, thank you to all our regular faithful readers who have put up with my ramblings and bad grammar for so long.

So, farewell for now,  as Arnie says ‘ I’ll be back’.

Saturday 9 January 2016

Nb Windsong is for sale…..

Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, we have had to make the difficult decision to sell Nb Windsong.  If anyone out there is interested in buying her, we will be pleased to hear from you.  Please put a comment on the blog with a phone number or an email address (no comments will be visible to anyone else) and we will get back to you to arrange a viewing.


Some internal pictures follow, plus a description and a short list of equipment.

The galley





The saloon (redesigned from the original)





Shower room



The bedroom





Windsong is a 2 berth, 58’ Semi-trad narrowboat, on an XR&D shell, with a Beacon Boats fitout.   A bespoke boat, suitable for live aboard or long term cruising, launched June 2009.

She is built in ‘reverse’ layout, so galley at the stern, then dinette, saloon, shower room and bedroom at the bow.

The rear deck has 2 storage lockers, one of which houses 2 x 6kg gas bottles with cushions for seating, and a pram-hood cover.

Steps lead down to the galley.

The internal fit is in Maple and Oak.

The worktops in the galley are granite, with under mounted sink. The galley has loads of storage.  It has under floor cool storage as well as  3 kick board drawers.  There is a large low level double cupboard, a stack of 5 drawers, 2 smaller shallow cupboards ideal for food storage, a deep cupboard with 3 shelves for crockery and pots and pans as well as sundry other items.  Also 2 overhead cupboards, and one over the oven, and a small corner cupboard at eye level.   The full size washing machine, separate condenser drier, and fridge are neatly hidden away behind doors.

There are 2 side hatches, one .ust forward of the galley and one in the dinette area.  Also 2 ‘Houdini’ hatches in the roof.

There is one dinette bench, with a Shoreline freezer in a pull-out drawer, and a table with a desmo leg.  Stools or fold-away chairs could be used for extra dinette seating.

The saloon has a full height corner cupboard, with the upper door glazed and a solid lower door, a bookcase, and entertainment cupboard with TV, and a FreeSat receiver.  The stove is a Bubble corner diesel stove. Central heating and hot water is provided by a separate Webasto system.  The engine also heats the calorifier.  The bubble stove and the Webasto share a separate diesel tank. 

The shoower room houses a Vacu-flush toilet, with remote cassette tank (3 cassettes), and shower and vanity unit with sink.

The bedroom has a king size cross bed, built with 3 sliding sections for easy single-handed operation, and again, storage abounds. Under the bed is a drawer and  2 pull-down locker doors with storage space behind.  Each bedside table has a stack of solid wood drawers behind its door. A corner cupboard was made for a laundry basket, and doubles as a dressing table.  There is also a hanging wardrobe with shelves above, and a separate storage cupboard. The heating is fin-rads.

The bow area, which has 2 storage lockers, has a facility to put a table on a desmo leg, and is covered with a cratch.  A courtesy light is also fitted. 

The engine is a 42hp Isuzu, with 3.5kw travel pack, AGM battery bank and Smartguage fitted. There is also a 3kw pure sine inverter charger onboard, and  ‘Sidepower’ Bow thrusters.

We are looking for around £75,0000 or nearest offer.


As you can imagine, we are very sad to be selling, however, circumstances dictate that we will no longer be able to use her to full advantage.

Only serious enquiries please. With a sick mother at home, we can ill-afford the time to travel to the marina for frivolous viewings.  We hope all our readers understand.

If no buyer is found, we will be moving her to brokerage sometime in the New Year.

Can our blogging friends please put the word out and share this with as many people as possible.  Thank you.

Friday 1 January 2016




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If anyone is interested, please get in touch via the Comments box – your comments will not be published on the blog, so please include a phone number so we can call you.