The death of my husband and my own ill health forces the sale of our lovely home, NB Valerie. Built by Hamilton Bespoke Narrow boats, she went into the water in January 2006. We have been her sole owners as live aboard continuous cruisers for 12 years. NB Valerie is 58 feet long, with a semi-trad stern. Serious inquiries only. All reasonable offers considered. Asking £44,500.00 ONO. I am willing to negotiate with the right buyer. I want NB Valerie to have a new owner or owners who will love her as much we have. E-mail me at email@example.com. Currently cruising in Nantwich, Cheshire.
- 33HP Vetus engine
- 180 Ltr/40 Gal. diesel fuel tank with two 25 Ltr. metal jerry cans stored in the stern locker for emergency diesel storage with a motor impelled pump to pump the diesel from the cans directly into the tank without having to lift them
- 650 Ltr./144 Gal. stainless steel water tank with sweet, clean water (100 ft. hose)
- Pure Sine Wave 3000 watt inverter
- Candy on board washing machine (piped directly into the boat's hot & cold water to keep from draining the batteries when washing on hot)
- Shoreline 12 Volt refrigerator with separate freezer compartment
- 430 watts OnBoard Solar panel system with top of the line MPPT controller installed August 2017
- Ebispacher on board radiator heating, replaced new in 2015
- 22 inch HD TV with built in DVD player and Freeview, installed 2016
- Pioneer radio system with ceiling speakers, installed 2017
- 20 inch thick firm Memory foam mattress with Cool Blue technology, new 2017
- Charging station for two computers simultaneously, and two other stations for other electronics
- All LED lighting throughout the boat
- Valar Willow solid fuel stove with new fire bricks and new stainless steel double skinned chimney (and two older replacement chimneys should you need them!)
- Airhead Marine composting toilet installed in 2012 (new, never used chemical toilet stored in Engine bay)
- Boat safety certificate good until August 2020
- Fully licensed and insured
- Last blacked in January 2017 with all anodes replaced
- Dinette folds down to a double bed (extra thick cushions and easy to remove and wash upholstery covers replaced in November 2013)
- All mooring ropes and fenders were replaced brand new in 2017
- 6 mooring pins, three hammers, four nappy pins, and one set of mooring chains. Two bow mooring ropes--one on each side, one stern mooring rope and two mid-line ropes--one for each side.
- Plank, boat pole and boat hook
- Loads of storage space
- Extra parts included: second Shurflo water pump, parts for Ebispacher, 7 oil filters, engine belts, six tubes of stern gland grease etc.
- Extensive tools to stay with boat, including five year old Husqvarna 17 inch chain saw and sharpening set; brand new log splitter axe and sharpening stone, hammers, Dremel set, sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.
- Out of the water for a replacement of the cutlass bearing and a new larger prop in January 2018, a marine engineer at Aqueduct Marina examined the hull closely and pronounced it in excellent shape.
- She comes with a complete list of all work done and repairs with completion dates, all past BSC certificates, original boat paperwork, and all instruction manuals for on board appliances and boat parts.
- Pots, pans, silverware, dish and glassware, immersion blender, hand blender, cookware and many linens stay with boat. You could simply pick up some groceries, come aboard, turn the key and cruise off just as you do in a hire boat!
|A look at the brand new cutlass bearing and waterless stern gland installed in January 2018.
|A new larger prop means NB Valerie is ready to handle both canals and rivers with ease.
|Freshly blacked in January 2017 with brand new sacrificial anodes (4). NBV does have a galvanic isolater.
|Shot of my bike on the newly installed bike rack, January 2017.
|We had two additional T Studs mounted on either side of the bow to make it easier for short people like me to moor up. I never could reach the T stud out on the point of the bow!
|All mooring ropes, fenders, and fender ropes were replaced in August 2017 and I added mooring cleats to the fender ropes to make it quick and easy to adjust the fenders when mooring up.
|It took me four months to design this closet with built in man drawers and it took Les three days to build it! All the tools in the picture stay with the boat.
|20 inch thick firm Memory Foam mattress with Cool Blue technology. It is the most comfortable mattress I've ever slept on. It is in pristine condition. It measures 6 foot by 4'6" wide.
|The bed all made up, looking from the cabin down the hall past the bathroom and into the galley. The bed has been modified to pull out into a 6 foot by 6 foot cross-bed.
|Standing by the dinette and looking into the galley.
|Interior of the roomy medicine cabinet in the bathroom.
|Shower/hip bath combination.
|Lovely Cannon home cooker range. Brilliant and handles anything you can imagine cooking, baking or grilling.
|Top and bottom of dish and glassware cupboard Les built which is amazingly streamlined. Dish and glassware stay with the boat.
|Condiments cupboard at the end of the counter on the cooker side of the galley.
|The dinette folds down to a double bed. There are two large drawers underneath the near seat and the farther seat lifts up for storage underneath. The computer charging station is hidden behind those pillows nearest to us.
|This hidden charging station will charge two computers simultaneously.
I realize this post might appear to be an abrupt about face in contrast to my previous post titled Never Give Up but I assure you it is rather a continuance of the idea. It has been a very tough two years since my Best Beloved Les died. I had to try life on my own on our boat and give it my best effort. Sadly there were fences, walls, and impediments I could not have foreseen waiting for me.
In the States I never had trouble finding a job. I have a university degree, twenty five solid years of experience working with students, and excellent references. None of this has made any difference over here in Britain. I've looked for work for a year and the only work I could get was waitressing. Now I don't mind waitressing and I've done it before--when I was 19. But I am 61 now with health issues and a financial need to earn more than minimum wage so sadly it isn't going to work out for me.
When I married Les and moved here I had two auto immune (AI) diseases: Sarcoidosis and Osteoarthritis. I managed the Sarcoidosis with supplements of melatonin shipped from the States since I could not get it here without a prescription and even then no one would prescribe enough to actually stop Sarcoidosis from progressing. When Les' cancer began to travel and we had to spend hundreds of pounds every month on supplements to fight it, I quietly stopped taking Melatonin as the cost for shipping it from America was ridiculously high and I never told Les. Sarcoidosis has now made my lung tissue brittle and it is harder to breathe. Now I've developed Crohn's disease and all three diseases are adversely impacting each other. They are incurable, chronic, and progressive. The arthritis in the first digits of my index and middle finger on my right hand now make it very difficult and painful to pull on socks, pull up trousers, tie shoes and mooring ropes.
My children have been worried that I might fall ill over here and end up in a care home and they would not be able to get me back To the States, near them, so it is time to close this chapter of life, square my shoulders, turn and step forward to rebuild my life anew once more back in the States. I love this boat. It has been my home for over seven years. She brought Les and I together, and his heart and soul is in every bit of her. She was Les' "other" baby. She deserves a new owner who will tart her up and make her shine with love and joy; in return she will give many decades of comfort, security, and freedom to the right buyer.