DUTCH TJALK BARGE 74 (under offer) – £115,000

Year: 1898

LOA: 22.6 m

Beam: 4.57 m

Draft: 1.36 m

Construction: Steel

Hull/Keel: Flat



‘Grietje’ is a wonderfully looked after original sailing Dutch Tjalk that has been converted into a liveaboard. The barge is a historic boat, originally built in 1898 by Drews Hoogezand as a working vessel. ‘Grietje’ has been in our family since 2006, and took part in the 2012 Queen’s River Thames Pageant as one of the oldest boats on the river Thames. She’s been very well looked after and cared for, and is ready to be moved onto straight away. We look forward to passing over this fantastic piece of history. She’s sold unfurnished with a complete 2021 boat survey (as well as survey/service history dating back to 2004). There is the option to take on the mooring at the Embankment Marina, Gravesend, if you should so wish.
Inside the barge…
The barge has received a renovation using proper insulation covered over with painted marine moisture resistant ply.

  • Coming down from the wheel house you come into an area affectionally known as the skipper’s cabin that could be used as a utility space or a home office or children’s play room.
  • A new WC with full height stand up shower is on your right as you move through the boat.
  • Moving further on, a renovated kitchen sold with all white goods including a washing machine, full size gas double oven and hobs and plenty of storage space leads into a wide open-plan saloon living area. The saloon benefits from beautiful brass port holes, authentic brass skylights leaving the saloon area flooded with natural light and an ornate log burner.
  • This large living area is unfurnished and is in effect a blank canvas to allow her new owners the freedom to configure it as they choose.
  • Finally coming to the master cabin which has a built in queen size bed.

Onto the hidden parts… 
She comes fitted with a DAF 6 cylinder 195 HP engine that was serviced at the beginning of 2021, and was used to transport her from Gravesend to Hoo to be slipped and back again without missing a beat. The external topsides and coach roof have also benefited from full repaint in 2022 so she is looking extremely pretty! She has an originally riveted iron hull that has been over-plated with 6mm steel. The vessel was drydocked in 2021, with a 35,000 PSI blast/strip back to a WJ2 standard. She then went through an ultrasonic underwater survey, steel welding repairs were completed, a suite of 14 new anodes fitted and finally she was coated with a 10 year 2-pack epoxy International paint system meaning she does not need to be re-slipped until 2031. The bilges have also been cleaned and resealed from the interior. The barge is warmed by an oil based boiler that takes its feed from the fuel tank, with 11 radiators in the system keeping the living space toasty warm even in the coldest winter months.
On the outside…
With a keenness to keep the original lines of such a beautiful vessel, the only detraction from the original specification of the build is the collapsible wheel house at the stern. Outside of this, the original rigging, sails, deck equipment, mast, lee boards are all included and are in cosmetic (not operational) condition as is the norm for liveaboards. The deck coaming has also been raised slightly to allow generous head room in the living area, but not so much it detracts from the lines.


Engine(s) & Electrical:

DAF 195hp, 6 cylinder diesel. Last serviced: May 2021. Drive type: shaft. Maximum speed: 6kts. Fuel capacity: 750 litres. Fuel consumption: 12 litres/hour. 4 batteries charged from the engine. Shore power. 30Amp Victron battery charger. 240v Lister diesel generator.


Deck & Canvas:

2 anchors, anchor windlass, deck hatches, warps, fenders, cockpit cushions.


Navigation & Safety:

VHF, navigation lights, gas detector, bilge pumps, fire extinguishers.



If you would like to take a 3D tour of ‘Grietje’, please use this link – https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=ScgRMpjYsey

Hull overplated with steel, and treated with 10 year Intershield 2pac epoxy.

Viewings are by appointment only.

For an instant insurance quote call Euromarine Insurance Services on 01843 603345 or click on the link below: www.astonlark.com/euromarine/

The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel, but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Highway Marine Ltd who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified independent agents to carry out a survey, and/or any mechanical and electrical checks.

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