This extremely well built and maintained steel cruiser has a powerful 135HP Perkins diesel engine and a bow thruster. She normally cruises the French canals, the exact area being decided by the owners each year. This summer the cruising area is around the Somme and she is based in Peronne, northern France 1.5 hours from Calais.
The living accommodation of Blue Steel is accessed from the spacious stern deck via steps which lead down to the saloon.
In the wheelhouse area of the saloon there is a settee, with storage under which can be used as a seventh bed if required, and table to starboard with an inside steering position on the port side with full instrumentation and engine controls. Steps at the forward end of the saloon lead down to the dining area and galley.
The galley is well equipped with gas hob, microwave and fridge and ample cupboards for cooking equipment/implements, crockery and cutlery. The dining area seats 4 comfortably and converts easily into a double berth. There is ample storage space under the bench seats.
There is a forward bathroom with basin and WC. Still further forward is a cabin with twin beds (storage under), cupboard and wardrobe.
Steps at the rear of the saloon lead down to the master en suite cabin which comprise of a double bed with memory foam topper with access both sides and storage under. There are also two cupboards, a wardrobe and a full length mirror. The aft en-suite bathroom consists of a large shower, wash basin with large surface area and cupboards under, and a WC.
Throughout the boat there are ample UK electrical and USB sockets fed from shore power. An Eberspacher central heating system equips Blue Steel for winter use.
On deck the boat has the helm on the large stern deck which provides instrumentation and controls for engine and steering. cushioned stern seats with a folding table and a large bimini cover provide a comfortable space for cruising and eating.
Each owner has 4 weeks aboard Blue Steel, rotated each year, 2 weeks in the summer and 2 in the winter. The syndicate is entirely owner-run with low costs and has an annual meeting held near Reading to decide maintenance priorities and cruising regions. This meeting also allows the exchange of weeks and combined long cruising loops with other owners. She is kept very well maintained and has recently been re-painted and refitted with cushions, curtains and electronics.
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