"Le Dragueur" Houseboat For Sale
Ex-Fishing Boat now a comfortable live-aboard For Sale
History & Construction - A 54' houseboat, converted from a decommissioned MFV, 17' width, built in 1964 in France. (Formerly used as a fishing boat in the Bay of Biscay.) "Le Dragueur" is constructed of oak frames, with mainly oak and pine planking. The decks and coachroof have been sheathed in epoxy and plywood (apparently in about 2006). The boat was in dry dock in 2007 and at that time had a lot of re-planking and new woodwork. The boat is currently well painted throughout, externally and internally, with plenty of internal varnish and complementary colours. Her width and length mean that this is a large boat with good internal volume, great for making it your home, be it for holidays or for longer term use.
Outside there are access gates in the high bulwarks leading to the side decks, and the wheelhouse has an entrance each side, plus an aft entrance with stairs down to the engine room. The foredeck has skylights for the lower saloon and forecabin, plus a companionway to the forepeak. Anchors are in situ forward. Plus a decorative bronze propeller adorns the bow. There is a chimney for the diesel boiler forward of the wheelhouse. There are two masts. The aft deck has storage containers for providing extra stowage when living onboard, and a ladder up to the roof of the wheelhouse. Also there are davits for holding a dinghy or other tender behind the boat and also an old capstan winch from the boat's fishing days.
The engine is a Gardner 63LB diesel cylinder diesel, probably fitted when the conversion to houseboat was carried out. There are two fuel tanks and a day tank. There are also two generators, an Onan 4Kva (4KW) and a small Lister engine with 24V alternator. The generators have both not been run recently, as the current owner only uses shore power, so if these are needed then they would require a service before running. Other technical points include the four 24V batteries, with a smart battery charger fitted in 2009. There are 24V lights throughout, plus shore power sockets. There is a diesel boiler, recently serviced, which supplies the radiators for the central heating and the immersion heater which supplies the hot water. All the water pumps have been serviced or renewed in the last 5 years. This houseboat is well appointed for living aboard, with two large water tanks for the domestic system.
The deck saloon has two seating areas, one forward beside the wheel at the chart table, plus a corner settee aft with a DVD player and cupboards. There are stairs going to the rear cabin, which houses a double bed and the toilet and sink area. A large porthole looks out over the stern deck. There is an access door to the engine room here too.
Taking the steps down forward in the deck saloon you reach the lower saloon with a varnished wooden dining table that seats six, with book shelves and storage alongside. The galley is off to port, with cooker, sink and work surfaces, and shelving around. Forward through a corridor is a bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. Further forward is the fore cabin, which has a double bed, storage shelves, portholes and two skylights.
Comments - - - A houseboat that is ready to move onboard, with ample accommodation for a couple or two friends sharing, or a small family for full time live-aboard. Or would suit as a holiday home for up to six. With a working engine for travelling around if required. A well appointed boat with good light and extremely good headroom throughout. This boat has a real "wooden boat" feel to her.
There is also the possible continuation of the present rural boatyard berth if required. If you are looking to buy a house