1986 - 3-4 berth
This Beaver 23 SDL was top-of-the-range at the time of build and was built to a bespoke layout. It has had only 3 owners from new and is in good condition for its age.
The forward saloon provides two very long single berths or an optional double across.
Aft of this is a spacious well equipped galley on both sides of the boat which provides a stainless steel combi unit (2 burner hob / grill / sink /drainer) and a good quality oven below. There are several shelved storage cupboards below for food and utensils and a 60L Electrolux fridge ( which will be serviced before sale). The Formica faced worktops extend down the port side of the boat as far as the rear sleeping area.
The boat originally had a small solid fuel stove fitted into this worktop run and a modern replacement could be easily fitted.
Aft of the galley on the starboard side is a wardrobe which also accommodates the Atwood gas-fired central heating unit. This heater provides warm air heating and hot water for sink and shower and is “room-sealed”. The rear berths comprise a full length lower berth, above which is a removable work top which could be used as an upper level child’s berth.
There is a compact but adequate combined shower / toilet compartment in the starboard rear corner which also contains a wash basin and twin tank Porta-Potti .
As with all Beaver craft, there is extensive storage space at the rear below the cockpit floor entered from within the cabin for the storage for folding chairs and tables etc. for bankside use when moored up.
Fitted above the centre section of the galley is an openable sun-roof.
All the usual loose navigational equipment is included in the sale.
The external surfaces are all in original glass fibre gel-coat finish.
There are a few external maintenance jobs requiring attention such as the re-painting of the grab-rails and cockpit safety rails and the boat is priced accordingly.
The Boat Safety Certificate runs to 2026.
Externally, at the rear, there are the usual safety storage lockers housing, battery, petrol and gas respectively. The gas locker contains 2 propane bottles with a manual change-over valve and there is space for a third bottle if required.
The tiller-steered 4-stroke 15hp Parsun engine was new in 2012 and is running well; it is fitted with one of our double-finned aluminium rudders for accurate slow speed steerage.
There is also a timber boarding plank which when stored across the stern deck side rails, doubles as helm and crew seating whilst cruising.
There is one heavy duty 85A/hr leisure battery supplying both engine starting and domestics which is accommodated in one of the external lockers in the cockpit area: It is charged from the outboard engine, there is room for an additional battery alongside.
The boat is powered by a 4-stroke tiller-steered Parsun 15hp engine which has electric start. The engine is reported to be running well.