Boat Specification.

Xenia, The Widebeam narrowboat



Builder: Colecraft Engineering, Long Itchington, Warwickshire.

Fitted:    Lineout plus; C&P Briggs interior furnishings.    Year: Launched Feb 2009.

Type:      Widebeam, traditional bow, cruiser stern.

Length:  60ft (18.3m).  Beam: 11ft (3.3m).  Draft: 2ft (0.6m).  Air draft: 6ft 4″ (1.9m).

CRT #:   519741.  BSS Certificate to: Jan 2017.  CIN/HIN: GBCOL080916.



The boat was built during 2008 to the specification of Charles and Pam Briggs with the interior finishes completed by them after launch in 2009. For the next 3 years Xenia was kept on the River Thames, first at Abingdon Marina, then at Thames and Kennet and at Better Boating Marinas in Reading. In August 2012 she came out of the water at Evesham, at which time the hull was cleaned and painted with bitumen, and she was re-launched on the River Soar at Red Hill Marina. The winter of 2012/2013 was spent at Worsley Dry Dock, moored on the Bridgewater Canal, and 2013 was then spent mainly on the East Anglian rivers, The Great Ouse and the Nene, ending up in Northampton Marina for the winter of 2013/2014. In Spring 2014 the boat was transported to Belgium and then cruised down through France spending the winter of 2014/2015 in Burgundy at Vermenton and the winter of 2015/2016 in Languedoc at Carcassonne.


Hull & Exterior

Material/build:  Steel; 10mm base plates; 6mm hull sides; 5mm cabin roof; 4mm cabin sides; Shallow chine; 4 sacrificial anodes; Paving slab ballast on felt membrane; 2″ rubbing strakes continuously welded; 6 fender eyes to gunwhale.

Exterior: 2 pack black epoxy up to waist line rubbing strake (over-painted with bitumen in 2012), 2 coats of zinc-phosphate primer to all other steelwork. Ivory and middle coach green  (Joseph Mason P type) from rubbing strake through side decks, cabin sides and roof. Non slip finish to gunwhales decks and roof. Sign writing to stern and bow, port and starboard, by Peter Bloor.

Windows: all radiused cornered by Channel Glaze; 6 full centre hopper double glazed; 3 full sliders single glazed; 1 DBV clear single glazed; 1 Houdini hatch over saloon/galley; 2 mitred bow door windows; 2  stern door portholes.

Forward well: rope fender; T rope stud; anchor points; integral steel water tank (approx. 300 gals/1350 litres); steel step each side; full width bow locker, self draining, with large locker lid; bow-thruster.

Roof: 6 painted mushroom vents; welded plank and pole holder; flue for multi-fuel stove; sliding hatch to stern doors; integral handrails with internal fingergrip; single handling ring to centre of roof; central pump-out access point.

Aft deck: 2 gas lockers (one each side of the stern doors); 2 double rope bollards; self draining deck; rudder with balance plate and tiller; 2 diesel tanks (each approx. 140 ltrs); rolled tube stern rail; 2 access panels to engine bay below; deluxe control panel.


Mechanical and Electrical

Engine:  Isuzu 70BHP (52.5kw) 4 cylinder marine diesel.  Gearbox:  PRM260D 2-1 reduction.

Instrument panel: Isuzu deluxe control unit with key stop/start, tachometer, voltmeter, engine temperature gauge, and warning lights for engine charge, oil pressure and engine heat, mounted in steel upright console on port side of stern deck. Controls for bow-thruster, horn, navigation lights, tunnel light and engine bilge pump are also included in this console which has a lockable steel hinged lid.

Fittings:   Keel cooling tank; 2 alternators, 80 amp and 110 amp; uniflex coupling; sump pump; remote greaser to stern tube; CAV water trap to fuel line; single lever controls; flexible engine mounts; 1 1/2″ stern tube and stainless steel prop shaft; 20″ propeller; bilge pump; hospital silencer; weed hatch; combination throttle and gear change.

Bowthruster:  Vetus 95 KGF with press button controls with time delay on Deluxe Control Panel.

Generator:  Engine mounted Electrolux Travel Power, 3.5 kva pure sine wave, with 220 volt alternator and remote control box.

Batteries:  12v split charge; 6 x 110ah leisure batteries to domestic, 1 x 135ah to engine, 2 x 110ah to bow thruster.

Inverter/charger:  Victron Phoenix multi 12/3000/120-70; Phoenix multi remote: 3 way change over switch from landline to inverter/charger. Victron BMV600 battery condition monitor.

Shoreline supply: shoreline socket for 240v supply; galvanic current isolator.

Central Heating/Water : Webasto 5kw diesel fired central heating boiler linked to calorifier (120ltr vertical tank in bathroom) and 5 domestic radiators with thermostatic control valves; electric immersion coil and coil heated from engine in calorifier; 12v pressurised by Surflo Aquaking Fresh Water pump with strainer and accumulator tank; Seagull ivX-1F Marine Water purification unit mounted by kitchen sink.

Cooking:  Indesit K3G2WG (LPG) free standing gas cooker, single oven/grill and 4 burners set in kitchen counter.

Bathroom: SaniMarin 48 toilet equipped with a pump/macerator, linked to a 250 gal steel pump out holding tank, with electronic control buttons for eco (1.2ltrs), standard (2.2ltrs) and drain cycles; Indesit washer/dryer; Bristan Triton thermostatic mixer shower unit with 900×900 ceramic shower tray and folding door and formica marble pattern wall panels; wash hand basin with monoblock tap, set in counter recess with mirrored cupboard above.



Flooring:  Oak hardwood flooring, uv lacquered, throughout laid on 22mm WBP plywood boarding. Pine steps from stern doors into cabin and a single boxed step. oak veneer, to bow deck.

Lining:  Cabin sides 9mm WBP plywood, painted white, with feature oak hardwood surround to form panelling and oak hardwood window surrounds; wiring ducts at eaves level faced with oak faced blockboard with half round capping; hull sides 9mm plywood with oak hardwood capping to all seams; extra thick bulkhead over waste tank along saloon side; panel bow and stern doors in plain oak plus ERA deadbolt locks and bolts.

Insulation: spray foam.

Lighting:  36 recessed ceiling mounted 12v halogen spot lights operated from 11 wall mounted switches; standard household 240v lamps; 8 satin silver double power sockets; 1 12v power socket; 2 wall mounted spots in front cabin; fluorescent strip over bathroom mirror; 2 round wall mounted pine ships lights in saloon.

Headroom: 6ft 7″ at centre to 6ft 2″ at cabin sides.

Accommodation: central bathroom (6ft x 8ft) with large cabin in bow (12ft 6″ x 10ft 6″) and saloon and galley at the stern (22ft x 10ft 6″) with connecting wide corridor (10ft x 4ft); both cabins ar equipped with full size ‘click clack’ sofa beds and so double as sitting and bedrooms; full-size antique pine dining/kitchen table (seats 6+) in galley; 2 antique pine kitchen dressers in galley/saloon; galley counter (8ft 6″ x 2ft 3″) incorporating ceramic sink and drainer, gas cooker, under-counter fridge, 4 under-counter cupboards and 3 drawers.





One Response to Boat Specification.

  1. Hello Charles and Pam, really enjoying reading your blog. The bits about the Thames and the East Anglian waterways took us back to earlier happy boating days. What a lot we have in common! Hope to keep in touch and to see you both again.Diana and Chris

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