3 years ago, when illustrator Tabby Booth let me share pictures of her awesome house boat 'The Long haired eel' on the Thames I was so pleased and so very envious of the stunning cozy space she and her partner had created. The little cubby bed on the floor, the yellow walls and that awesome kitchen..... and now this beautiful boat is for sale!
To see the listing (and to buy it for me) please visit the link here on ebay
A bit about the Long Haired Eel.....
The Long-Haired Eel is a beautiful, completely unique 35ft narrowboat. She has been our home for the last four and half years. But now, reluctantly, it is time to sell her as we have just bought a bigger boat.
The outside of the boat has recently been repainted, and there are windows all the way around. Entry is through a side door, and opposite there is another set of side doors which can also be opened.
As you go in, and down a set of steps, you enter the kitchen area. There is an LPG oven with two hobs; sink with hot and cold running water; kitchen surface area, and plenty of storage.
Behind you is the electrical setup which consists of two high quality leisure batteries, hooked up to a 240v 300w inverter. There is lighting throughout the boat. The batteries are charged via 3 x 100w solar panels. The glass on one of the panels is broken but still works fine. There is also a battery charger which means the batteries can be charged by generator if need be. However, we have found that the solar panels will pretty much provide us with all the electricity we need.
To the left of the kitchen is the bathroom where there is a small bath with shower; sink with hot and cold water, and portaloo. Included with the boat is a marine pump out toilet, which could be hooked up by the new owners easily. There is also a special water filtration system which can filter river water into drinking water. We have never got around to hooking this up, but again this is included if you want it!
There are two water tanks on board which can be filled via skin fittings on the side of the boat.
Opposite the kitchen there is more storage and a fold out desk. Moving through into the living area, there is a good sized open space with a wood/coal burner which heats the space really well. There are shelves running along both sides of the walls and a newly varnished wooden floor. All of the walls are fully insulated.
The absolute best part about this boat is the amazing v-shaped bed in the front. It's two metres across and really comfortable. There is also a hatch above it, which means that you can lie in bed in Summer and look at the stars.
When we bought the boat, we were told that she was handmade in Chelsea in roughly 1989 and that the hull had been overplated with 3mm steel in 2011. Since then, she was blacked by us in 2014.
The engine is a 40hp Johnson Outboard with electric start, which you can drive from a bench on the back with a steering wheel. As we have always had the boat on a mooring, we haven't moved her a lot. However, we were assured by a mechanic recently that it's a very good engine and in very good condition.
She is fully licensed on EA waterways till the end of 2016, but will need a new Boat Safety Certificate before being re-licensed in 2017. She would also need a new Boat Safety Certificate if you wanted to take her onto Canal and River Trust waterways before 2017.
She is currently moored by Canbury Gardens in Kingston upon Thames, but unfortunately we cannot offer this mooring with the sale as we need the space for our new boat. She could easily be moved to a new mooring, or alternatively you could use her to continuously cruise. Around Kingston is a very good area for this, as there are plenty of amazing places you can stay, as long as you move a couple of times a week.