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"DREADNOUGHT" NARROWBOAT

SPECIFICATIONS

 

 
Hull & Superstructure
Supplied to us by G & J Reeves Boatbuilders, fabricated in (EN43A) BSEN10025S275JR steel in 10/6/4mm thickness.
Built on 2mtr wide baseplate - 6Ft 10in full width baseplate is an optional extra.
Additional Guard Irons
Guard Irons fully welded top & bottom
Heavy Duty Steel Reinforcement

 

Ballast
Engineering quality solid blue bricks or solid concrete “bricks”.

 

Floors
Floors are constructed from 18mm exterior grade plywood secured by brass screws to 6 longitudinal 75x50mm timber bearers plus additional transverse timber bearers all of which are in turn secured to the steel cross members.
Timber bearers and the under surface of boards are treated with preservative to reduce the onset of decay.

 

Insulation
The interior of the steel shell is insulated with “Thinsulate” this product is made by 3M and although it is relatively expensive, we believe it offers better thermal insulation than other alternatives and significant reduction in transmitted noise, we also install this product ourselves and can control the process. If preferred, Spray-foam can be applied at no additional cost, it should be remembered that sprayfoam would normally be a cheaper option but we only use a small number of suppliers and insist that the product is properly applied and finished prior to starting our fitting out operation.

 

Windows
Toughened glass aluminium framed windows are secured with stainless steel screws through the cabin sides into hardwood (Utile) frames. Double glazed windows are available as an optional extra.

 

Interior Linings and Bulkheads
The Cabin sides and roof are lined with 9mm Ash or Oak veneered plywood with styling trims executed in Hardwood to provide contrast.
Hull sides are lined with 9mm Ash, Oak or Sapele veneered plywood.
All linings are secured to hardwood framing by brass screws.
Bulkheads are constructed from 18mm Oak veneered blockboard edged with Hardwood cappings glued and secured with brass panel pins.
Panels pins are punched below the surface, stopped and sanded prior to varnishing.
The construction method used interlocks the bulkheads into the cabin lining the ensure stability and prevent movement.

 

Front Cabin Bulkheads
Windows will normally be set into the front bulkhead(s) for better light inside the boat, bulkhead exterior(s) will be painted to match or contrast cabin sides.

 

Front Cabin Doors
These will normally be 4mm thick Steel glazed doors for better security with internal timber panels to simulate solid hardwood doors. The exterior of the doors will be painted to reduce maintenance cost while allowing a high quality Mortice lock to be fitted to improve security. We can offer solid hardwood doors for those customers who prefer them but we emphasise the better security of steel doors.

 

Stern Doors
These will be also normally be 4mm Steel lined with a decorative framed inner panels, however there can be sound reasons for fitting lightweight plywood doors, this is a matter of customer preference rather than cost.

 

Fixings
All woodscrews will either be brass or stainless steel to prevent rust stains and corrosion as well as to ease later extraction should this be necessary. All machine screws will be Zinc plated steel, brass or stainless steel. Our boats are designed to allow partial replacement of internal fitments or modifications should this be desirable or necessary – probably many years later.

 

Water Tank
The water tank will be a 100+ gallon stainless steel tank mounted beneath the fore deck. A filling point will be mounted in such a way to avoid accidental entry of contaminated water.

 

Water Pump
The water pump will be a high output diaphragm pump with an integral pressure switch. A large accumulator vessel will be fitted to ensure consistent flow and pressure and a prefilter fitted to protect the pump.

 

Water Heating
Water will be heated either by propulsion engine coolant or by the central heating boiler and stored in a substantial size twin coil calorifier, usually placed in an airing cupboard but this may be varied in accordance with the customers design choice.

 

Water Pipes and Connections
Pipe work and connections will be executed in Hep2o where hidden, as this is less susceptible to frost damage than copper. Copper pipe will normally be used where it is visible since Hep2o is not exactly beautiful.

 

Cabin Heating
Boats will normally have Central heating, most clients opt for Diesel boilers since they provide lashings of hot water and nice hot radiators without the need to carry large heavy LPG cylinders around. Some clients will opt for LPG systems (or something else) and we are quite content to discuss personal choice. Nevertheless our prices reflect the (usually) more expensive option of Diesel boilers. Cabin heating will be by panel radiators, thermostatic valves allow different levels of heat in each cabin.
Although many clients specify a solid fuel stove in addition or instead of Central heating, this choice is now becoming less frequent and for simplicity we now offer these as optional extras.

 

Saloon Furniture
The saloon is assumed to be “open plan”. Most clients prefer to select and supply their own furniture. Some clients prefer fixed furniture to be built by JDBS, we have considerable experience in this field and will be delighted to quote for your needs as an optional extra.

 

Bed Construction
Bed carcasses will be constructed with front opening access to storage underneath. If preferred drawers can be fitted as optional extras but our preferred system does provide more storage capacity. Removable top sections will be constructed using a system of bed slats to improve air circulation around the mattress. Nobody likes getting into a clammy damp bed!

 

Bed Mattresses
If the bed is of standard size a good quality spring interior mattress will be supplied. Where the bed is non-standard a mattress will be constructed using 5 inch Fire Retardant Foam, wrapped in an inner lining and covered in high quality mattress ticking. This may or may not involve additional cost but if it does the extra cost should not be significant.

 

Curtains, Curtain rails and Restraints
We assume that our clients will wish us to supply these items and our price allows for this to a reasonable standard. Where clients prefer to supply their own an allowance will be made to the price or where a client specifies particularly expensive materials some extra cost may be involved.
This area is such a personal choice that it is impossible to provide a price that suits everyone, however normally curtain rails will either be Harrison Drape or Brass Rods, curtain restraints will be Brass Rods and roller blinds can be fitted to the toilet and shower compartment windows if preferred.

 

Interior Varnishing
All interior wooden panels are coated with a wash coat of thinned varnish prior to installation so that stains are not absorbed into the timber faces during construction. Once construction nears completion the surface will be sanded down and two more coats of varnish applied to all timber surfaces (where applicable). Most clients choose satin finish but if preferred gloss finish can be offered.

 

Bathroom Compartment Surfaces
Most clients prefer the majority of the surfaces to be laminated with a Formica type finish for easy cleaning, this is a more expensive procedure but is assumed to be our standard finish. Other timber surfaces and trims will be varnished for protection and beauty.

 

Water Closet
The toilet supplied will be the Sealand Traveller pump-out toilet together with a 48 gallon sewage holding tank since this now seems to be the most popular choice. Some clients prefer a Cassette toilet which would offer a price saving mainly because a sewage holding tank is not required. Other clients prefer macerator toilets which usually incur additional cost, particularly since more flushing water is required and a larger sewage holding tank is advisable. We are quite happy to discuss client’s preferences.

 

Door catches and Labels
All doors will have catches and handles, internal brass bolts will be fitted where necessary, cabin hooks will be fitted to secure external doors in an open position. Ventilators will be fitted, as will all labels required for certification.

 

Engine
This will be chosen to suit the size of the vessel and provide better than average levels of quietness and smoothness.
Our normal preference would be one from the E P Barrus range of Shire engines, our prices are based on that assumption but our client’s preference will of course be respected and some adjustment may be needed to cost.

 

Gearbox and Transmission
The gearbox will be selected in conjunction with the Manufacturers recommendations but our preference would normally be the PRM 150 gearbox.

 

A Python Drive flexible coupling will be fitted between the gearbox output flange and the propeller shaft. This coupling also acts as a support bearing & thrust block. Other couplings are available (usually cheaper) our clients will be consulted.
A 1.5 inch stainless steel propeller shaft will be fitted and the appropriate size propeller.

 

Diesel Tank
The tank will be pressure tested. Tank capacity will be approx 50 gallons additional capacity can be provided if required.

 

Electrics
Cabin electrical services are supplied by 4 – 6 volt semi-traction batteries charged by one of the two engine alternators normally fitted. Where the normal diesel boiler is fitted 2 further 6 volt batteries are supplied, these are charged by the second alternator via a split charge relay to avoid discharging the engine start battery.

 

Many clients query our choice of 6 volt batteries, all batteries used in narrow boats are made up in multiples of 2 volt cells, it is fair to say that an easy judgment of battery quality (and price) is their weight, our preferred battery weighs approx 50kgs (1 hundredweight for most of us) and costs about £100. The 4 – 6 volt batteries typically provide a reservoir in excess of 400 Amp hours and this reservoir is essential for most modern narrow boats. The batteries supplied are Semi-traction type and are designed to withstand repeated Charge/Discharge cycles. You will see that our choice is not dictated by cost!

 

All wiring will be heavy gauge multi-strand cable. Heavy duty master switches with removable keys will be fitted.

 

All circuits will be designed to produce less voltage drop than required for RCD certification.

 

Individual circuits are distributed via an 8-way (or more) consumer unit and protected by miniature circuit breakers.

 

Galley Equipment
An electric refrigerator is fitted as standard as is a LPG cooker including 4 burners, grill and oven. Laminate worktops are fitted together with cupboard and drawer units.

 

Cabin Lighting
The type fitted will be a reasonable quantity of switched 12 volt Halogen roof lights in each cabin.

 

2-12 volt Halogen wall lights will be fitted in the saloon.

 

12 volt reading lights will be fitted in bedrooms, either Cabin side or Bulkhead mounted.

 

These lights are more expensive than average and offer a good compromise between light output and battery consumption. Other types of light are available and LED type lights are becoming more common, our tests so far show that these LED lights produce a very bright pool of light but this pool is very small and overall lighting appears disappointing. Obviously more lights can be used since power consumption is very small but the cost is much higher and where multiple LED's are set into one enclosure the advantage of lower battery consumption may be lost. Developments continue, we will continue our research and of course collaborate with our clients.

 

Gas System
The gas storage compartment will normally be found in the Bows but other positions are quite possible. The storage compartment will have drain holes to allow the escape of gas and will be designed to hold 3 or 4 bottles dependent on the client’s requirements.

 

An Auto-change Regulator suitable for Propane gas will be fitted to simplify gas usage. This regulator will be selected to supply 2 cylinders but more are possible dependent on the choice of central heating. We can arrange the supply of Calor gas bottles which are subject to a hire agreement.

 

Gas installation will be carried out by skilled operatives, design work, supervision and testing will only be done by suitably qualified operatives, at present these qualifications are supported by Gas Safe registration.

 

Cruising Inventory
The boat is supplied ready to sail away with a full cruising inventory including a centre roof T stud, boat pole, boarding plank, bow and stern fenders, fore, middle and aft ropes, 2 mooring stakes, hammer, lock windlass and a lifebuoy.

 

Paintwork
Before delivery to Gailey, primer will be applied to the superstructure and the hull coated with Bitumen hull blacking.

 

On arrival at Gailey the primer will be flatted down and a coat of undercoat and gloss applied prior to window installation to provide early protection.

 

At a later date this temporary coating will be thoroughly flatted down, undercoat and gloss coats are then applied by brush to provide a superb finish. Decorative paints will be based on white spirit solvent to ease later touching in.

 

A coach line will be painted on the cabin sides and Handrails in contrasting colour(s).

 

The boat name will be applied by our specialist Signwriter on both cabin sides.

 

Certification
All boats will comply with the Recreational Craft Directive, the craft will be marked with a unique Craft Identification Number and supplied with a Certificate of Conformity as well as a BSS Certificate issued by a BSS Inspector.

 

Boat Manual
All boats will be issued with a comprehensive Owners Manual which will include electrical circuit diagrams plus other information required.


Price £ per Foot (excluding VAT)

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