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70ft Trad Stern Narrowboat Reduced to £58,000

Deja-Vu is a handsome two-owner trad stern narrowboat by respected builders Peter Nicholls with a beautiful time warp high quality 1980s fit out. She is accessed via the bow doors and side doors (not from the rear), giving a very comfortable full width bed and is absolutely ideal as a spacious liveaboard home. Notable features include the dedicated dining room She had a full exterior repaint in 2018 and the hull treated with two-pack epoxy. Mooring by separate negotiation.


70ft Trad style narrow boat. Quality 10/6/4/3 mm steelwork by Peter Nicholls with two sets of side doors and a trad stern. There is a tonneau cover to the front (new in 2018). High quality fit-out by Peter Nicholls in pine T&G and oak faced ply with solid mahogany trims offering comfortable 2 berth accommodation. Powered by a 1973 SABB 30hp, 2 cylinder marine diesel engine with it’s original SABB gearbox. Sliepner dual impeller bow thruster with controls at the bow and stern. BSSC to May 2022.

From the Bow

From the bow which has a storage locker there is a 3′ well deck with steel locker/seats to either side of the well deck and a front tonneau cover new in 2018. The stainless steel water tank is located below the well deck with a surface mounted filler. The brass headlamp is mounted on a mast at the bow.

Generic fixtures and fittings

The ceilings and cabin sides are lined with pine tongue and groove trimmed with solid mahogany. The hull sides are lined with oak faced plywood panels trimmed with solid mahogany. All interior wood has been varnished to a gloss finish. The flooring is carpet throughout except to the galley and bathroom which have vinyl flooring.

Saloon 13′ 11″

Hardwood, ¾ glazed front doors open out onto the well deck with storage steps down into the spacious saloon.

Loose Furniture: 2 x rocking armchairs. 1 x side table.

Fixed Furniture: Under gunwale glazed display cabinets and book cases. Full height glazed display cabinet with cupboard below. Full height cupboard with drop down ironing board.

Other Features: 24″ flat screen TV with built in DVD player.

Heating: Morso solid fuel stove set on a tiled hearth and surround. Fin rad.

Lighting: 2 x fixed front windows. 4 x windows with top hopper opening vents. 1 x set of steel side doors, wood lined internally with side steps and roof hatch. 2 x 12v, ceiling lights. 2 x 12v, LED wall lights. 3 x 12v, display cabinet lights.

Power: 4 x 240v sockets. 1 x TV aerial points.

Galley 8′ 7″

The “U” Shaped galley has custom built solid oak cupboards with mahogany trims. Worktops are laminate edged in oak.

Base units: 2 x large cupboards that extend into the corners, one with a drawer above. 1 x double cupboard accessed from the saloon that houses the washing machine. 2 x double under gunwale slim-line cupboards. Cooker space. Fridge housing.

Wall Units: 1 x large double wall cupboard. 1 x large plate rack.

Appliances: Slot in Canon gas cooker with separate oven and grill. 12v, The Fridge People, fridge with ice box. 700w, Prestige microwave. Twin tub washing machine. Inset, white 1 ½ sink and drainer with chrome monobloc tap.

Lighting: 2 x windows with top hopper opening vents. 3 x 12v, ceiling lights. 1 x 12v, under cupboard light.

Power: 3 x 240v sockets.

Dining room 9′ 10″

Loose Furniture: Solid mahogany dining table with two dining chairs.

Fixed Furniture: Full height dresser with glazed display cabinet and cupboards below. Under gunwale bookcase.

Other Features: Oak panelling to the walls.

Heating: Fin rad. Esse 2kw electric stove.

Lighting: 2 x windows with top hopper opening vents. 4 x 12v, wall lights.

Power: 1 x 240v socket.

Bathroom 8′ x 8″

The cabin bathroom has ceramic tiling to the splash-backs and a white suite comprising:

Suite: Full size bath with mixer shower over and a shower curtain. Vanity unit with inset porcelain wash basin, mixer tap and a cupboard beneath. Sealand Traveller pump-out toilet.

Storage: Airing cupboard housing the calorifier. 1 x cupboard housing Alde central heating boiler.

Heating: Fin rad.

Lighting: 1 x window with top hopper opening vent and privacy glass. 1 x 12v, ceiling light. 2 x 12v, mirror lights.

Bedroom 14′ 2″

Furniture: Fixed king size double bed with storage below. 2 x bedside shelves. 3 x full height wardrobes. 2 x double under gunwale slim-line cupboards. 1 x dressing table with drawer.

Heating: Fin rad.

Lighting: 4 x fixed portholes. 2 x 12v, ceiling lights. 2 x 12v, wall lights.

Power: 3 x 240v sockets.

Rear trad area 6′ 2′ & Stern 4′

The rear trad area houses the Sabb engine beneath lift up floor panels. All the other equipment for the running of the boat is also housed here. Steel rear doors and sliding roof hatch, wood paneled internally and traditionally decorated lead to the rear deck and steering position.

Controls: The single lever engine control is just inside the rear doors on the port side

Lighting: 2 x fixed portholes. 1 x 12v, ceiling light.


Built in 1989.
Trad stern.

Quality steelwork with trad stern and a pine T&G fit-out by Peter Nicholls.

Polystyrene insulations behind the cabin linings.

Concrete slabs beneath the floorboards.

Overall Length: 70′
Cabin Length: 58′
Width: 6′ 10″
Interior Headroom: 6′ 4″
Well Deck: 3′
Draught 1′ 10″

Port side: 5 x windows with top hopper opening vents. 3 x fixed portholes. 1 x set of steel side doors, wood lined internally.
Starboard side: 5 x windows with top hopper opening vents. 3 x fixed portholes. 1 x set of steel side doors, wood lined internally.
Front: Hardwood ¾ glazed front doors. 2 x fixed windows. Rear: Steel rear doors, wood panelled internally with sliding roof hatch.

2 x 19kg propane cylinders housed in the rear locker which can hold for cylinders, provide gas to the boiler and cooker.

The 140 litre stainless steel water tank is located beneath the well deck. Water pump with pressure switch is located adjacent to the tank. Twin coil calorifier is heated by the 240v emersion heater, Alde gas fired boiler and/or the engine heat exchanger.

Heating is provided by the Morso solid fuel stove in the saloon, Alde gas fired boiler running fin rads throughout the boat.

240v circuit from landline with RCD.
12v lights throughout protected by fuses.
2 x 12v, engine driven alternators.
1 x 12v, engine start battery.
5 x 12v, 110 amp/hr deep cycle leisure batteries.
1 x Honda petrol generator.
3.5kw Sterling Power Products inverter.
Pro-Charge Ultra battery charger.

5 x Dry Powder extinguishers
1 x Carbon Monoxide Detector
1 x Fire Blanket
2 x Smoke Alarms

The boat had a back to metal professional repaint in 2018. The boat was last docked for blacking in 2016. The hull is protected by 12 anodes renewed in 2018 and a galvanic isolator.

The boat comes equipped with a normal cruising inventory including a full set of ropes and fenders. Any additional items not listed must be negotiated separately with the owner.

The boat is powered by a Sabb 30hp, 2 cylinder marine diesel engine with it’s original SABB gearbox. The exhaust is lagged, silenced and vents out through the side deck. The engine powers twin 12v alternators to charge the start battery and the 5 leisure batteries.

Current moorings are available by separate negotiation.

Sliepner dual impeller bow thruster with controls at the bow and stern.


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PLEASE NOTE: The information contained in this brochure is based on our own inspection and information provided by the owner and is intended as a sales aid only to assist you to decide whether you would like to move to the next stage and view the boat for yourself. Measurements can only be taken as approximate. Nothing contained herein constitutes a contract or offer. This is not a survey. We always recommend that a full survey is carried out prior to purchase.