Converted Tug Liveaboard

Stunning Conversion
£190,000.00 Reduced

  • Boat REF#  ·  256373
  • Length  ·  18.90m
  • Year  ·  1958
  • Construction  ·  Steel
  • Underwater profile  ·  Full-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  6
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 170hp, Gardner 8LXB 8 cylinder (unknown year)
  • Lying  ·  Essex
Boatshed Essex
Boatshed Essex
Jayne Markham

Extra Details

Builder P.K. Harris & Sons Ltd, Appledore
Lying Essex
Fuel capacity 2,000.0 ltr (440.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 1,000.0 ltr (220.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 500.0 ltr (110.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 02/08/2018


Engine 1 x diesel 170hp
Engine make and model Gardner 8LXB 8 cylinder (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) 9.0 ltr (2.0 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 8 knots
Max speed (approx) 12 knots
Generator output 5KVA
Engine spares

Engine installed three years ago, including new engine mounts and re-balanced propeller (52"). The engine has therefore had little use and is reported to be economical.
Rebuilt, hydraulic bow thruster.
At 1500 rpm the engine develops 170 bhp.
Water cooled reliable twin Disc MG 509 Reversing Gear (4.5-1 reduction).
Compressor fitting to main seacock.
New batteries (2 x starter, 4 x leisure batteries).
Vetus diesel generator, hardly used, which is water cooled.
Victron isolator and inverter.
Re-plumbed and re-wired in (Arctic) marine grade cable.


Length 18.90m
Beam 5.48m
Draft Min 1.79m
Draft Max 1.79m
Airdraft 5.79m
Displacement 50,000kg (110,250.0lbs)
Headroom 1.88m
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 6 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish 2 pack finish

Two interconnecting fuel tanks, with an electric pumped 250 litre day tank.
Hull is 12 mm, new Steel, with foam insulation throughout, and 9mm marine ply finish.
Hull shot blasted and 2 pack epoxy applied; 2 coats of international tide coat and 2 coats of antifoul.
16 new, large welded anodes.
Superstructure is 6mm steel.
Rebuilt forward hatch.


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 3
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads (Electric)

2 x electric, (TECMA) marine macerator toilets.
The study cabin, could be re-purposed as a cabin for berths.
In-built Bosch Induction hob and electric fan oven.
Firebird Oil fired central heating.
Multifuel stove in main saloon.

4 burner electric Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system
Washing Machine

2 x electric, (TECMA) marine macerator toilets.
The study cabin, could be re-purposed as a cabin for berths.
In-built Bosch Induction hob and electric fan oven.
Firebird Oil fired central heating.
Multifuel stove in main saloon.

4 burner electric Stove

Deck Gear

Bow Thruster

1 anchors
45.00m of chain
50.00m of rode
2hp outboard, Honda, Short shaft (2006)
Hydraulic power pack (Wills Ridley).

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Chart plotter
Navigation lights
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder

Safety Equipment

Emergency steering

4 bilge pumps (0 manual / 4 electric)

5 fire extinguishers

Broker's Comments

This tug has been beautifully converted into what is now a stylish liveaboard, as well as a displacement power boat, in full commission. This boat is therefore the perfect combination of smart accommodation afloat, with the ability to take to the seas in safety and comfort.

Originally built in 1958, by Appledone in Devon, the current owner purchased the hull in 2012, commissioning a professional refit, including a rebuild of the hull and addition of the upper helm and accommodation area and topsides, in 12mm steel. The boat was surveyed in August 2018 and has since had all recommended work completed. This survey is available and demonstrates the owner’s attention to detail completing this refit.

The accommodation is set over two floors, including two cabins, heads and saloons and a separate engine room and workshop area. There is a good deal of storage space and potential to convert a cabin currently used as a study into an additional double berth. The external and interior finish is stylish and new and the overall design has been carefully considered.

This boat has an incredible amount of potential, from an elegant floating home or holiday getaway, to a stylish platform for travel and potential commercial activities.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Converted Tug Liveaboard has been personally photographed and viewed by Jayne Markham of Boatshed Essex. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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