FOR SALE: 6M (19’8”) ELECTRIC CANAL CRUISER “BURR”.
First launched 2006
This boat is on the Thames near Reading. To view see
New Boat Safety Scheme certificate August 2018
The boat may be offered with a few months of use of an excellent mid-Thames mooring.
· Front cabin: V berth with water tank and batteries below
· Toilet: Cassette toilet with storage opposite
· Wheelhouse: Motor controls and wheel steering. Sink with hot and cold water and shower fitting. Work surface with storage and microwave/grill below
· Cockpit: Seating to either side
Full standing (approx. 6’) headroom in wheelhouse.
Approx. 4’6” headroom in front cabin.
The boat is built with cedar strip planks on marine plywood bulkheads with two layers of woven glass cloth set in epoxy over the outside and an additional layer of Aramid for protection below the waterline. The hull is completely waterproof, the planks never get wet and there has never been any leakage through the hull. The cabins and roof and also the lower part of the inside of the hull have a single layer of woven glass. This makes the boat virtually maintenance free.
The boat and trailer combination weigh 1350kg and can thus be towed by many normal family cars.
General description of the drive
• The boat is 20’ long and weighs one tonne. It is driven by a submerged electric drive which delivers 1.5 kilowatts (2 horsepower).
• There are 8 batteries rated at one kilowatt hour each. These are sufficient for at least two days of cruising.
• I have a “suitcase” generator which I could use to recharge the batteries using the 1.5 kilowatt charger, but I have never had to use it. On EA waterways there are set charging points and on canals I have always found a convenient power supply.
• I went up two reaches on the Thames and then up 20 locks to Newbury on the Kennet and Avon. This took two days and the batteries were down to around a quarter charge. The cost of the electricity for my overnight charge came to a total of 60 pence for the two days of cruising.
Advantages of the electric drive
• The boat is almost silent and there are no engine fumes.
• A submerged electric motor is an ideal system because it delivers the power exactly where it is needed with no shaft and is also kept cool and is thus highly efficient.
• There is no need to slow down at all past moored boats. The weight and power are insufficient to make steel narrow boats move on their moorings.
• The system is largely maintenance free.
• At full power the drive gives sufficient speed to keep up with the river traffic on the Thames. On canals, less than half power is sufficient to go faster than most narrow boats
· Minn-Kota E-Drive with submerged motor and electric tilt. The seals on the drive were replaced by Minn-Kota UK agent in 2016 (the agent is at Shepperton on the Thames)
· 8 no. 6V batteries
· Kipor 1.5 Kilowatt inverter “suitcase” generator
· 1.5 Kilowatt 48 Volt battery charger
· 50 litre flexible freshwater tank with Shurflo pump
· Electric “under-counter” water heater
· Thetford Cassette toilet
· 12 Volt system including battery, charger, interior and exterior lights
· Radio/cd with aux input
· Parrymore trailer with spare wheel and lighting bar
· 12V Koolatron cooler (with mains adapter)
· Mooring lines and fenders.
Note: The precise performance of the batteries, generator etc. cannot be guaranteed. The data given here is necessarily approximate.