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Spotted in St Katherine Docks London
Built of larch on oak frames in Frazerburgh, Scotland by J Noble in 1969. She is 54ft long by 19ft beam with a draft of 8 ft 6” and weighs approx 58 tons laden.
As a Trawler, she was owned by the Sanderson family and operated out of Scarborough and Bridlington until she was sold in 2000, then professionally converted in Whitby specifically for the new owner and his partner (a retired marine surveyor) with one double-cabin and en-suite wash/shower and heads.
The large main saloon has bench seating for 4 and room for two additional comfortable chairs. A new “Reflex” diesel heater was installed in 2000 which has been retained as a feature and backup system for the diesel fired central heating system with radiators in each cabin (and wheel-house). The large galley was fitted with fridge, freezer, cooker, dishwasher with extensive miniature tiled worktops, sink and drainer. A bright and airy feel is provided by the large glass and teak canopy overhead, fitted with blinds for privacy. The boat is snug and warm in ice and snow and very economical on diesel and electricity.
At this time a new 3 phase 17.5KVA diesel generator was fitted to operate the electric winch and provide mains power for the all electric galley, power-points and water pumps (2 x 24 volt + 2 240 volt) when at anchor. All lighting is dual voltage (240/24Volt) and there is shore-power supply (both 32/16 Amp) for economy. An inverter is fitted to power the computer navigation when at sea and switch mode 50 amp battery charger supplies power to the batteries.
In 2004, Ocean Reward was sold due to the unfortunate death of the owner. One of the main fuel tanks (2) was removed to create another cabin with single bunk and cupboards. The remaining tank provides an adequate working range of about 600 nautical miles @ 3.5 gallons per hour returning around 8 knots. The interior upholstery and carpets were replaced at this time and diesel fired central heating was installed with radiators to each cabin and wheelhouse, the boiler located in the engine room. Domestic batteries (2) were replaced in 2006 and the main engine batteries (2) in April 2007. A large capacity holding tank was fitted with electric evacuation pump and LED level indicators.
The rear wheel-house contains the original twin sea gas burners with pan retainers and a combined washer and dryer. The front wheel-house contains hydraulic steering, navigation computer with 15 inch LCD screen, 2 large radar units, 2 GPS satellite navigation systems, 2 VHF radios, 1 SS/band long range transceiver, 1 Navtex weather unit, hydraulic auto-pilot, controls for generator, search light, plotting table and six man life raft. An EPERB (satellite emergency beacon) with hydaulic release is fitted to the roof along with a multiple array of SSB, VHF and GPS receiver and satellite TV antenna.
The engine room contains a large little used six-cylinder 350 HP Cummins diesel engine NT855 (1999) fitted to a dual disc gearbox, the generator, inverter (2005), smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (2007), central heating boiler (2005), batteries, battery charger, water pumps, water cylinder, water tank, and storage.
Used as a home for 3 years, this boat is very comfortable and all equipment and fittings have been regularly maintained and replaced to keep the boat in first class condition. She has been successfully handled by husband and wife crew only on visits to the lakes and canals of Holland and has proved safe in all conditions (including the ones we didn’t want to be in).
The boat retains it’s VAT zero rated status which is not payable for moorings and handling in any British Ports. In addition this allows replacement of safety and navigation equipment and certain components free of VAT. She has been repainted internally and externally in August 2007 and new anodes were fitted."