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Message in a bottle Narrowboat

In Great Haywood Marina
4 Berths
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Message in a Bottle is a stunning 65ft narrowboat that seamlessly combines classic design with modern amenities. Recently refurbished to the highest standards, this vessel ensures a comfortable and stylish living experience on the water. The boat underwent a comprehensive repaint at Northwich Drydock, where it was stripped back to steel and meticulously coated with 7-9 layers of Craft Master paint, including primers, undercoats, topcoats, and anti-slip paint. This extensive painting process, which cost over £16,000, guarantees durability and a pristine appearance for years to come.

The galley is both functional and elegant, featuring a single induction hob and a Sage Smart Airfryer Oven Grill, perfect for preparing gourmet meals. The kitchen is fitted with a Swan Retro Cream freestanding under-counter fridge freezer, running on 24v DC. Solid oak long stave worktops and a charming baby farmhouse sink add a touch of rustic charm. Water quality is maintained with an under-counter inline carbon drinking water filter, a washing machine filter, and a water strainer filter, with tanks sterilized frequently to ensure safe and clean water.

Step into the cosy lounge area, designed for relaxation and entertainment. A comfortable sofa bed offers additional sleeping space for guests, while a TV provides entertainment options. The lounge is further enhanced by a stove, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for unwinding after a day of cruising.

The dinette area is designed with versatility in mind, featuring two sofas that provide ample seating for dining and socializing. This space is perfect for enjoying meals with family and friends or simply relaxing with a good book.

The open space in the boatman's cabin offers endless possibilities. It can be used as an additional bedroom, an office for those who work remotely, or extra storage space for personal belongings. This flexibility ensures the boat can adapt to your lifestyle needs.

The master bedroom is a haven of comfort, featuring a fixed bed with an electric control mechanism that allows the bed to fold up, providing easy access to the bow. This innovative design maximizes space and convenience, ensuring a restful night's sleep and easy movement throughout the boat.

The bathroom is equipped with modern amenities, including a walk-in shower with a drench shower head for a luxurious bathing experience. A wash hand basin and a compost WC complete the setup, providing all the necessary comforts while being eco-friendly.

Message in a Bottle is a self-fit-out project, showcasing a thoughtful layout from stern to bow: open space, dinette, kitchen, lounge, bathroom, and master bedroom. The boat is powered by an Isuzu 42 engine with a PRM gearbox, ensuring reliable performance. The hull, last blacked in June 2023 with 2-pack epoxy, features a thickness of 10 – 6 – 4 mm. The stern inspection hatch is conveniently located below the steps.

The boat's electrical system includes 12 x 2.2 24v batteries, supported by shoreline power, a 5kw Victron Quattro, engine, and solar panels. A galvanic isolator protects against corrosion, and hot water is supplied by Webasto, the engine, and a 1kw immersion heater. Cabin heating is provided by a 5kw Pie Pod multi-fuel stove, Webasto system, and 5.2kw radiators, with central heating managed by the latest eco 2-5k Nest program.

With no gas cylinders on board, the boat emphasizes safety and modernity. Additional features include herringbone flooring, modern plugs, spotlights, and new flooring, all contributing to the boat's fresh and contemporary feel.

Message in a Bottle is not just a boat; it's a lifestyle, offering the perfect blend of traditional charm and modern luxury for those seeking adventure and comfort on the water.

Key features

  • Length/ Boat Style: 65ft Narrowboat
  • Year: 2006
  • Number of bathrooms 1
  • Berths 2 + 2
  • Hull By/ Fit out by: Self fit out
  • Layout stern to bow: Open space / dinette / kitchen / lounge / bath / bed
  • Engine and gearbox: Isuzu 42 / PRM
  • Last Blacking + type: June 23 2 pack
  • Hull thickness: 10 – 6 – 4
  • Inspection hatch and location: Stern below steps
  • P/out or Cassette: compost
  • Insulation: Spray foam
  • Last Survey: Nov 2018
  • External Covers: No
  • Bowthruster: No
  • Side Hatches and location: No
  • Batteries: 12 x 2.2 24v
  • Electric Supply: Shore line / 5kw Victron Quattro / engine / solar panels
  • Galvanic Isolator: yes
  • Hot Water Supply: Webasto / engine / 1kw immersion
  • Cabin Heating: 5kw Pie Pod multi fuel stove / Webasto / 5.2 kw radiators
  • Central heating type: Webasto latest eco 2 – 5k nest programme


Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these specifications, no guarantee is given or implied as to their accuracy. These particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. Lakeland Leisure Estates Ltd advises prospective purchasers to obtain an independent survey from a qualified Marine Surveyor to satisfy themselves as to the condition of the craft.

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