WILDERNESS BEAVER 23 DELUXE 1979 - 3 berth
This two-owner craft was refitted for its present owner to a 3 berth layout enabling the addition of an enlarged toilet/shower cubical in the rear cabin, provision of gas-fired blown-air central heating and a separate gas-fired water storage heater for supply to sink and shower.
About The Boat:
The interior layout is still a “two-cabin” arrangement with two single berths in the forward saloon (optional large double-across), a central galley, a wardrobe-cum-heater cupboard for clothes storage and a single berth at the rear end opposite the enlarged shower compartment. As with all Wilderness Beavers, there is extensive storage space at the stern below the cockpit well and rear deck, the forward part of which has a large roll-out storage drawer just below the rear door entry.
The forward saloon area provides, by day, either, all-round cushioned seating with comfortable padded seatbacks, or de-mountable twin dinette tables providing dining for four persons. There are plain ivory coloured cotton curtains to all windows. The cushions, original to the boat, are covered in hard-wearing tan p.v.c leatherette. This forward saloon area has an alternative table arrangement where the center night-time bed board also doubles up as an oversized table enabling dining for 5 persons.
Water storage is a good quality 160L Vetus pillow tank accommodated under the bow bunk with a screw-top filler cap in the port quarter deck.
The central galley contains a stainless steel 2 burner hob/grill/sink and drainer “Combi” unit, below which there is a cutlery drawer and cupboards down to floor level. Opposite is a large food preparation worktop with generous open-fronted storage shelves complete with pull-out storage boxes at floor level. There is also an Electrolux RM212 60L gas fridge with a small freezer compartment with more worktop over.
The current owner asked us to fit a “removable” worktop extension bridging over the third berth thus providing work surfaces to nearly the whole of the port side of the boat. There is also a removable half-height “divider” bulkhead mid-way along these worktops for when the rear berth is in use.
The Propex warm air heater and the Malaga water storage heater are one above the other in the wardrobe in the center of the accommodation and provide residual heating for its use as a clothing airing cupboard.
The worktop above the rear berth currently has a range of temporary additional storage boxes on it for, in the Vendor’s case, the storage of artist’s materials; this could be easily removed to maximize workspace or conversion to an upper bunk for a child.
The toilet/shower/washroom compartment is lined out (as is much of the rest of the boat) with washable thermal mousse. As well as the mixer tap and shower handset, there is a foldaway washbowl and a twin tank Porta Potti 165: The boat also carries a spare P/Potti waste tank which is stored when not in use, in one of the external storage lockers.
Externally, this craft is in fair condition for its age having been in the hands of only 2 owners. All the deck, cabin top, and hull down-to-waterline surfaces are still in the original gel-coat finish, but due to the Vendor’s recent ill health, are currently faded but all should polish up well with modern surface cleaners and polish. This could be carried out by ourselves at Semington prior to sale if requested.
Because of the 2004 interior changes, it was possible to create useful additional external storage space under the rear deck locker lids.
There is a long slim, good quality solar panel mounted at the rear of cabin-top coach-roof to electrically support the boat’s two leisure batteries which are accommodated in the port external safety locker under the helmsman’s feet.
The boat benefits from a bow deck safety rail and a winter leaf cover over the front footwell. Rooftop spring clip holders for boat hook and pole have been strategically fitted alongside but not obstructing the solar panel. There is a good spread of working navigation equipment and galley cooking utensils, crockery, etc, included in the sale.
The boat’s tiller-steered 10 hp YAMAHA 4-stroke engine was last professionally serviced in 2016, has had little use since and is reported as running well, (Service engineer’s invoice available for inspection). It is a high-thrust model with good electrical charging.
The Boat Safety Certificate is valid until February 2021 and carried no “ advisories”.