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57ft Trad Stern Narrowboat £49,995

Busy Doing Nothing is a lovely well cared for two owner 57ft traditional style stern narrowboat. She is a comfortable two berth live-aboard spec narrowboat that could easily be extended to four berths with the addition of a sofa bed in the saloon. She was last out of the water for blacking in September 2021 and has a Boat Safety Certificate valid until June 2023. Viewing recommended. Moorings are available by separate negotiation.

Schematic plan of boat


Quality 10/6/5/4/mm steelwork with side doors and a trad stern by Hixon Hulls. Professional fit-out by Stem To Stern Ltd in painted ply and oak faced ply with painted and solid oak trims offering comfortable 2 berth accommodation which could be extended to 4 with the addition of a sofa bed. Powered by a Vetus 4.15 33hp marine diesel engine with a Technodrive TMC 50A gearbox.

From the Bow

From the bow which holds the gas locker, there is a 4 11 self draining well deck. There is an arched wooden cratch frame with window to the front and a vinyl cover with clear panels. The stainless steel water tank is located beneath the well deck with a surface mounted filler. The headlamp is mounted on the front of the cratch board.

Generic Fixtures and Fittings

The ceilings and cabin sides are lined with painted plywood panels and painted trims. The hull sides are lined with light oak faced plywood panels trimmed with sapele. All interior wood has been painted or varnished. Flooring throughout is wooden planks in the saloon and galley (with carpet insets in the saloon), tile effect laminate in the bathroom and carpet in the bedroom.

Saloon 14ft 8in

Wooden, glazed front doors, open out onto the front deck with removable steps down into the saloon (giving access to under deck storage).

Fixed Furniture: 2 x half height corner cabinets.

Loose Furniture: 2 x easy chairs. Free standing cupboard.

Heating: Solid fuel stove set on a tiled hearth and surround. 2 x central heating radiators. 1 x wall mounted electric panel heater.

Other Features: JVC radio/CD player.

Lighting: 4 x windows with top openings. 3 x 12v, LED ceiling lights. 3 x 12v, wall lights.

Power: 4 x 240v sockets. 1 x 12v socket. 1 x TV aerial point.

Galley 10ft 2in

The large walk through galley has custom built units with solid light oak doors and drawers. Wood edged laminate worktops with tiled splash-back.

Base units: 1 x double cupboard. 1 x slim-line single cupboard. 4 x drawers. 1 x single cupboard. Cooker space. Fridge housing.

Wall Units: 1 x single wall cupboard. 1 x double wall cupboard with glazed doors. 1 x double pinnacle cupboard with glazed doors. Shelf for microwave.

Appliances: Slot in Thetford Caprice Mk III gas cooker with oven, grill and hob. 12v, Shoreline (LEC) fridge with icebox. 700W microwave oven. Underslung, stainless steel sink separate drainer and chrome Swans neck chrome monobloc tap.

Lighting: 1 x set of steel side doors with ceramic plate decoration, and with glazed inner doors 1 x window with top opening. 4 x 12v, LED ceiling lights.

Power: 4 x 240v sockets.

Shower Room 6ft 6in x 4ft

The cabin shower room has ceramic tiling to the walls with a white suite comprising:

Suite: Shower cubicle with a thermostatic mixer shower and a frosted glass door. Corner vanity unit with inset wash basin, mixer tap and a cupboard beneath. Thetford cassette toilet.

Heating: 1 x central heating radiator.

Lighting: 1 x porthole with top opening and privacy glass. 2 x 12v, LED ceiling lights.

Corridor Lighting: 1 porthole with top opening.

Bedroom 12ft 11in

Furniture: 4 fixed double bed with storage drawers below. 1 x corner overbed cupboard. 1 x full height double wardrobe.1 x full height cupboard 1 x cupboard that houses all the electrical equipment for the boat. Lift up panel by the rear steps provides access to the engine.

Heating: 1 x central heating radiator with shelf above.

Lighting: 2 x top opening portholes. 3 x 12v, LED ceiling light. 1 x 12v, wall light. 1 x 12v, reading lights.

Power: 2 x 240v sockets.

Stern 3ft 6in

Steel rear doors, wood panelled internally with ceramic plate decoration and a sliding roof hatch lead from the rear cabin to the rear deck and steering position.

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


Quality steelwork with a trad stern by Hixon Hulls and professional fit-out in painted ply by Stem To Stern Ltd.

Built in 2003
Trad stern.

Sprayfoam insulation behind the cabin linings.

Concrete blocks beneath the floorboards.

Overall Length: 57
Cabin Length: 44 3
Width: 6 10
Interior Headroom: 6 2
Well Deck: 4 11
Draught: 2 2

Port side: 3 x windows with top openings. 2 x portholes with top openings.
Starboard side: 2 x windows with top openings. 2 x portholes with top openings. 1 x set of steel side doors, wood lined with inner glazed doors and ceramic plate decoration.
Front: Wooden, stable style ½ glazed front doors.
Rear: Steel rear doors, wood lined internally with ceramic plate decoration and a sliding roof hatch.

The boat is powered by a Vetus 4.15 33hp, 4 cylinder, marine diesel engine coupled to a Technodrive TMC 50A gearbox with 2:1 reduction, turning the propeller. The exhaust is lagged, silenced and vents out from under the side deck.
The engine powers one 12v alternator to charge the start battery and the 3 leisure batteries.

The stainless steel water tank is located beneath the well deck. The twin coil calorifier is heated by the Eberspacher diesel fired boiler and/or the engine heat exchanger.

Heating is provided by the solid fuel stove in the saloon and the Eberspacher diesel fired boiler running 4 radiators and a towel rail.

240v circuit from landline with RCD.
12v lights throughout protected by fuses.
1 x 12v, engine driven alternators.
1 x 12v, engine start battery.
3 x 12v, deep cycle leisure batteries.
Victron Energy Muliplus 1.6 kW inverter/charger.

2 x Propane cylinders housed in the bow locker, provide gas to the oven grill and hob.

2 x 1kg Dry Powder extinguishers
1 x 2kg Dry Powder extinguishers
1 x Fire Blanket
2 x Carbon Monoxide Detector.
2 x Smoke Alarm.

The boat is professionally painted with coach enamels. The boat was last docked for blacking in Sept 2021. The hull is protected by 4 anodes 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.

Moorings available by separate negotiation.

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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.