Van Lent 50 for sale in France for £98,000

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Price
£98,000
Model
50
Tax Status
Tax Paid
LOA
15 m
Year
1960
Beam
3.7 m
Engine Make
2 x Perkins 6 354 Diesel
Draft Max
1.3 m
Fuel
diesel
Boat Type
Power
Country
France
RB Ref
RB195856


About this Van Lent 50

Into her 2nd half century BILLOW restored is a fine example of the Van Lent marque. Retaining her outward origins with the characteristically imperious raised foredeck and superstructure, she has been thoroughly overhauled and modernised internally to provide practicality and comfort. She is moreover versatile enough both for sea crossings and with her quite shallow draft, the inland waterways now so accessible for exploration at leisure.



Brokers Comments


Into her 2nd half century BILLOW restored is a fine example of the Van Lent marque. Retaining her outward origins with the characteristically imperious raised foredeck and superstructure, she has been thoroughly overhauled and modernised internally to provide practicality and comfort. She is moreover versatile enough both for sea crossings and with her quite shallow draft, the inland waterways now so accessible for exploration at leisure.

History


A motor cruiser capable of sea going, river and canal work, BILLOW was constructed in 1960 in Holland and displayed at the Amsterdam boat show. Part I  registered and with her original Blue Book, she then spent the first 5 years under the White Ensign on the river Thames, owned by a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

In 1973 she was bought by the founder of Anglian windows and spent 9 years in the South of France, returning to Norfolk via the Bay of Biscay to reside on the Norfolk Broads.   After some years in air conditioned dry storage, her first major refit was conducted in the 1990s when she received new Perkins engines.

BILLOW continued under the same ownership until 2002 when her next owner intended to restore her to her former glory in slow time. In 2007 after the initial work of the refit, she changed hands again to the present owner who completed her to the fine condition she is in today. This work included extensive hull work and a complete re-wire as well as complete overhaul of the engines, pumps, pipe work and controls plus new shafts and rudders; all under the watchful eye of a marine surveyor. All the equipment offered was installed during her recent refit. she has been cruising the waterways of central France.

Construction and Finish


- 6 mm ship builders grade steel hull plating coated with 5 mm epoxy
- 2 part epoxy topcoat
- The deck is teak planked over 25 mm marine ply
- Metal frames and knees secured to the hull by weld fusion
- Spray foam insulation above the waterline
- Oiled teak external joinery

Accommodation and Domestic Equipment


The accommodation has been beautifully restored with solid cherry and tulip panelling throughout and Brazilian walnut cabin sole.  A large airy saloon with sliding roof and extensive glazing provides good all round visibility and ventilation.  A comfortable helm position to port has a comprehensive control panel for all the ships systems. There is warm air heating to the 3 main accommodation areas.

- L shaped settee in saloon converts to a double or 2 single berths
- Solid oak topped drop leaf table
- Fold down flat screen TV
- Radio / HIFI system with input for an ipod and multiple speakers
- Chilled wine cabinet
 
Forward
- Very large private double master cabin
- En suite wet room, including multi jet shower and electric fresh water flush WC
- Extensive stowage

Aft
- Large and airy galley
- Stainless steel carousel in cupboard maximises use of storage space
- Touch screen 230 V oven and grill with separate warming drawer
- Wallas diesel ceramic hob
- AEG Eco friendly washer / dryer
- Frigoboat’ stainless steel fridge with keel cooler system
- Washing and a deep draining sink
- Black granite worktops
- Dining table which converts to comfortable double berth
- Original cocktail cabinet at galley entrance
- Jacuzzi bath with air and water jets and an over-bath shower
- Wash basin
- Electric fresh water flush WC

Aft deck
- Very large lazarette for stowing spare lines, shore cables etc
- Davits for launching and recovery of the dinghy
- Bimini

Deck Equipment and Ground Tackle


- Guardrails
- Large Danforth bower anchor 80 m galvanised 10 mm  chain
- 2 x anchors
- Grapnel
- Mud weight
- Electric anchor windlass with remote control
- Plough kedge anchor at stern c 4 m chain and 50 m nylon rope
- 8 x Chromed brass alloy deck mooring cleats
- Stainless steel and aluminium passarelle with rope guardrail extending c 3 metres
- Dinghy
- Single short mast forward for burgees
- Ensign staff to the stern

Mechanical Electrical and Tankage


- 2 x PerkinsHP diesel engines in oil tight bay
- 2 x Borg Warner Velvet Drive gearboxes
- 2 x Stainless steel shafts to 2 x 3 blade propellers
- Hydraulic steering is either from deck house helm or the upper conning position
- 1300 Ah Barden batteries for 12 V domestic circuits
- 2 x 150 Ah engine batteries
- 2 x 130 Ah anchor winch batteries
- 1 x Generator start battery
- 2 x 90 A engine alternators
- Vitronix 4000 shore power invertor charger
- Extensive LED lighting system throughout
- Saloon light dimmer
- Vetus 4 KVA diesel generator
- Webasto fan heating, ventilation and 2 cylinder hot water system
- Engine calorifier and immersion heater hot water options
- Built in main 600 litre fuel tank accessible for inspection and cleaning
- 2 x Stainless steel domestic water tanks exceed 2000 litres total
- 2 x Stainless black water tanks exceed 2000 litres total with macerator and pump out
- 2 x Polypropylene shower drain grey water tanks c 60 litres total
- 1 x 80 litre Polypropyline diesel tank for domestic heating and cooking

Navigation Communication and Electronics


- Garmin 5000 Series integrated electronic system with touch screen operation
- Multi function display for chart plotter, radar, and fish finder
- System capable of further integration, with AIS, video cameras etc
- DSC VHF radio
- Portable radio
- Raymarine autopilot with commercially rated steering pump
- Electronic throttles and remote conning position
- Remote tank monitoring system
- Remote searchlights fore and aft
- Battery management system

Safety


- Full complement of 3 x fire extinguishers, fire blanket, horseshoe and strobe light
- 4 x Electric bilge pumps with floats and manual switches
- Manual bilge pump

Other Equipment

BILLOW

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