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51ft Trad Stern Narrowboat £29,995

Cordelia is a handsome, compact 51ft 2+2 berth trad stern narrow boat built by David Piper. The comfortable and versatile interior features two single bed settees in the saloon allowing up to four berths. The exterior paintwork is in need of some TLC and the rear cabin bedroom requires finishing. As such, Cordelia would suit a buyer looking for a partly complete project to make their mark on and this has been reflected in the asking price.

Schematic plan of boat


Quality steelwork with two sets of side doors with top hatches, cratch frame with cover and a trad stern by David Piper Boats. Believed to have been fitted-out by David Piper in pine T&G with solid sapele trims offering 22 berth accommodation. Powered by a Vetus, 4 cylinder marine diesel engine with Hurth HBW100gearbox.

From the Bow

From the bow which holds the integral water tank, there is a 4 4 self draining well deck with locker/seats to either side. There is a wooden cratch frame with windows to the front and a vinyl cover. The headlamp is mounted on the cratch frame.

Generic Fixtures and Fittings

The ceilings, cabin sides and hull sides are lined with solid pine T & G with solid sapele trims. All interior wood has been varnished to a gloss finish. There are curtains or blinds to all windows. Flooring throughout is engineered wood laminate except to the shower room which has vinyl flooring.

Saloon 13ft

Wooden ½ glazed front doors, with roof hatch open out onto the front deck with a storage step down into the saloon. Access to the under deck storage is behind the removable storage step.

Fixed Furniture: 1 x full height cupboard. 2 x half height cupboards with shelves above. 1 x glazed display cabinet. 2 x fixed settees with storage drawers below. The settees can be used as single berths.

Loose Furniture: Freestanding drop leaf table.

Other Features: 20 Cello 12v TV.

Heating: Morso Squirrel solid fuel stove with back boiler set on a tiled hearth and surround.

Lighting: 4 x windows with drop back openings. 3 x 12v, ceiling lights.

Power: 3 x 240v sockets. 2 x 12v sockets.

Galley 6ft 11in

The walk through galley has a range of painted solid wooden cupboards and doors with ceramic tiled worktops with wooden edging and ceramic tiled splashbacks.

Base units: 1 x double cupboard beneath the sinks. 2 x single cupboards with drawers above, one extends into the corner. Under gunwale shelves. Built in wine rack. Fridge housing. Cooker space.

Appliances: Statesman Legacy slot in gas oven and grill with drop down lid/splash-back. 12v, Engel fridge with icebox. 700w microwave. Inset, enamel double sinks with chrome monobloc tap.

Lighting: 2 x windows with drop back openings. 2 x 12v, LED ceiling lights.

Power: 240v sockets.

Corridor and Side Doors

Fixed Furniture: 1 x full height large wardrobe.

Heating: 1 x large radiator. Lighting: 2 x sets of steel side doors, wood lined internally with roof hatches and side steps. 1 x window with drop back opening. 1 x 12v, LED ceiling light.

Wet Room 3ft 9in x 3ft 10in

The fully tiled wet room has a white suite comprising:

Suite: Vanity unit with counter top ceramic wash basin, chrome mixer tap and a cupboard beneath. Thermostatic mixer shower and shower curtain. Dometic pump-out toilet.

Heating: 1 x central heating radiator.

Lighting: 1 x window with drop back opening and privacy glass. 1 x 12v, LED ceiling light.

Storage: Full height storage cupboard housing the calorifier accessed from the corridor.

Bedroom 8ft

Rear cabin bedroom that has originally been fitted out as a Boatmans cabin but modified to include a bench seat that serves as a fold out 4ft double bed. The rear cabin requires some cosmetic finishing. The controls and electrical equipment for the boat are also housed here.

Furniture: Bench seat that converts to a 4 fold-out double bed with storage below. 1 x wall cupboard, Cubby holes.

Heating: Premier Boatmans solid fuel range.

Lighting: 4 x fixed portholes. 1 x 12v, ceiling light. 2 x 12v, wall lights.

Power: 2 x 240v sockets.

Stern 3ft 8in

Steel rear doors, wood panelled internally with sliding roof hatch lead to the rear deck and steering position. Access to the engine is behind the rear steps.

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


Quality steelwork with two sets of side doors and a trad stern by David Piper Boats. Fit-out in Pine T & G believed to be by David Piper Boats.

Built in 1992
Trad stern.
Not Stated

Polystyrene insulation behind the cabin linings.

Concrete blocks beneath the floorboards.

Overall Length: 1
Cabin Length: 39 8
Width: 6 10
Interior Headroom: 6 3
Well Deck: 4 4
Draught: Not stated

Port side: 2 x fixed portholes. 4 x windows with drop back openings. 1 x set of steel side doors, wood lined internally with side steps and roof hatch.
Starboard side: 2 x fixed portholes. 4 x windows with drop back openings. 1 x set of steel side doors, wood lined internally with side steps and roof hatch.
Front: Wooden glazed front doors, with roof hatch.
Rear: Steel rear doors wood lined internally, with sliding roof hatch.

The boat is powered by a Vetus, 4 cylinder, marine diesel engine coupled to a Hurth HBW100 gearbox with 2: 1 reduction, turning the propeller. The exhaust is lagged, silenced and vents out from under the side deck.
The engine powers twin 12v alternators to charge the start battery and the 3 leisure batteries.

The integral steel water tank is located in the bow. Water pump with pressure switch is located adjacent to the tank. Twin coil calorifier is heated by the back boiler on the solid fuel stove and/or the engine heat exchanger.

Heating is provided by the Morso Squirrel solid fuel stove in the saloon with back boiler running two radiators and the Premier Boatmans solid fuel range in the rear cabin.

240v circuit from landline with RCD.
12v lights throughout protected by fuses.
2 x 12v, engine driven alternators.
1 x 12v, engine start battery.
3 x 12v, 110 amp/hr deep cycle leisure batteries.
Victron 1.2kw inverter

2 x Propane cylinders housed in the rear locker, provide gas to the gas oven.

3 x Dry Powder extinguishers
1 x Fire Blanket
2 x Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

The exterior paintwork in is need of some TLC. The boat was last docked for blacking 2013. The hull is protected by 4 anodes renewed.

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.

Current moorings are 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.