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Curlew is possibly the last remaining vessel of a fleet of eight* built as part of the Waterguard fleet by J Hinks and Sons of Appledore, Dorset, for Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise.
She was built in 1970 and served as a launch out of customs house on the Thames. When the Waterguard disbanded, the vessels were sold to other agencies and foreign governments - except Curlew and Avocet, who were sold to the public. Avocet sadly perished in a fire in recent years, leaving Curlew as the only known fully restored and serviceable example of the fleet.
Curlew was extensively refitted in the early 2000’s by a highly skilled and knowledgable previous owner, and has been preserved and maintained to a high standard ever since. She’s equipped with her original engine and all practical systems still in operation, but also provides a spacious and comfortable floating home.
The boat is currently out of the water undergoing routine maintenance, including a full hull and superstructure repaint and antifouling. It has been surveyed this month, and is fully accessible should you wish to conduct your own survey before relaunching on the river Medway.
*Curlew, Avocet, Eagle, Falcon, Fulmar, Gannet, Swift/Swallow and Widgeon.
The boat is accessed through 2 sliding doors either side of the wheelhouse (additional access is possible via a sliding door in the aft), from here the main cabin is at the front of the vessel, with a comfortable double bed and plenty of tidy storage. Back from the wheelhouse there are steps down to the galley and main living area, and to your right there is the bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.
The seating in the galley comprises of 2 bench seats with recently recovered cushions and can be arranged as two facing benches or in a horseshoe shape across the back of the boat. These also convert in to a double or single bunk.
The bathroom, is equipped with a powerful shower, a basin and a vitus macerator toilet, with overboard or holding tank discharge.
The galley is equipped with 4 ring gas hob and oven, fridge freezer and microwave, sink with mixer tap and ample cupboard storage.
Diesel Webasto Air Top 3500 with dedicated 75 litre fuel tank, the controls mounted in the galley/ living space and hot air vents in the galley and main cabin.
The hull is of carvel construction, with mahogany planking over steamed oak frames, with mahogany beams with a teak deck.
She has been glass fibre sheathed below the waterline, along with the roof and deck.
A single Cummins V470M V8 eight-cylinder 185-hp marine diesel engine (the
vessel’s original equipment) - 12 knots.
New starter and domestic battery banks have been fitted. Stern gland has been repacked, and the engine serviced with new filters.
Although currently chocked, she's ready to live on and it may be possible to negotiate a mooring at the current marina.