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    £ 245,000

    Humber Keel - (Sheffield Class) for sale

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    History & Conversion

    Dritan has been lovingly converted to an exceptionally high standard during 20 years of current ownership. Dritan originally served on the Humber and was built by Dunstans of Thorne for Hodgsons Tannery in 1945, although she was launched in 1946. All works commissioned and overseen by current owners (a former mechanical engineer) to the highest engineering standards, in a sympathetic style commensurate with Dritan’s heritage.

    She boasts her original Gardner 4LW engine.

    Dritan made a once in a lifetime voyage from the Trent and the Humber around the East coast of England down to her current mooring in Devon as her baptism. Dritan has been on the same drying out beach mooring in Dartmouth for nine and a half years. The mooring may be available to the new owner by negotiation with the boatyard owner. At the current mooring there is shore power and water available, showers and parking

    The conversion of the vessel has taken into account the present owners desire to make her not only a very comfortable live-aboard but also a sea worthy vessel as depicted by her bespoke fit out with top of the range materials with all furniture and fittings being ‘bolted’ and ‘fitted’ into place to allow for sea voyages.
    A full documented record of every step of the conversion depicts all the many areas of work that are now covered by panelling.

    Dritan’s hull was purchased from Victor Waddington of Swinton as an empty shell, following a fifteen-year search for a strong straight hull worthy of conversion. Waddington’s had removed the strong beam and the many amendments they made to compensate for this made her one of the strongest vessels still afloat. The combings were gusseted, the side decks doubled, the bottom was over plated and eight internal steel supports were fitted along the length of the hold.

    The current owners made the decision to have the turn of the bilge plated well in advance of future requirements.

    Dritan has been shot blasted internally to eradicate years of bitumen and was then sprayed with an inert polyurethane spray foam friendly undercoat. The polyurethane spray foam was professionally done, with extra thickness applied to all surfaces, including the engine room to deaden any engine noise during motoring.

    The Gardner engine was totally refurbished and a larger than average weed box has been fitted.
    There is a domestic stainless-steel water tank that can be coupled to the engine to supply hot water when the engine is engaged during a voyage.
    Twin 250 gallon diesel tanks situated port and starboard keep the engine supplied. Diesel filler outlets are located on each side of the ship.

    During the voyage down the east coast the Gardner engine performed beautifully with less than two gallons an hour whilst steaming. The original aft ballast tank has been removed and shelving for tools etc has been created in the space. There is an 8.5 KVA generator in situ in the engine room but it has had little use since shore power on current mooring has been available to run the shower. The power for all the white goods in the galley is serviced by the 3000-Watt Victron inverter in the engine room with six 160 amp hr batteries, which are kept charged by a Rutland 316 wind generator and four 160W per panel 24volt solar panels. The solar panels were issued with a twenty-five-year warranty in 2004.

    Dritan’s steel coach roof incorporates six 12mm laminated glass roof lights with lockable steel shutters. Three of these are triple glazed for heat retention. The other three are winterized during the winter with king span pads.

    Dritan has a solas class B (deliberately downgraded from an A) life raft. Held in place by a stainless-steel carrier (this will need servicing for any long journey).
    Dritan has had extra centre bollards for ease of handling and these along with the man wire stanchions are maintenance free stainless steel.


    The wheel house is designed to collapse: to enable it to pass under any low bridges and is fitted with 12mm laminated glass. A stainless steel bespoke steering wheel runs the original chain steering. A tiller is kept for emergencies. An instrument pod holds a binnacle compass, a depth sounder, fish finder and with a ship to shore VHS radio. A chart table allows for safe keeping of all paperwork whilst travelling.
    In front of the wheel is a four seater red leather horse shoe shaped seating area with under seating storage.
    Although the wheelhouse is insulated the panelling has not been completed.
    The staircase down into the open plan hold is made from steel checker plate painted with non-slip paint. With blue LED lights and a stainless steel handrail.

    Aft Cabin

    The aft cabin is situated beneath the wheelhouse floor and consists of a three quarter bed which uniquely allows for a six foot four tall person to sleep comfortably. The bed sits on a bespoke chest of drawers. The main electric consumer unit with RCD is situated on the wall.

    Beneath the stairs and accessed via the aft cabin is a bolted in steel strong box for locking away special tools or valuable goods. This area also houses a Hotpoint 8kg washing machine which was newly installed last year. The internal panelling is all of top grade far eastern hardwood 10mm ply. The en-suite and drying cupboard have been panelled with Formica faced panels. The main head is lined with moisture resistant laminate on the floor and one feature wall.

    Main Head

    The main head features a full-sized cast iron bath with cast iron feet and a mixer tap/ shower attachment overhead, an inset sink and a Lavac hand pump toilet.

    Grey Water Tank

    Under the galley floor is a 315 Gallon stainless steel grey water tank taking all waste from both the main head, the en-suite, the galley and the washing machine. An eco-system bug culture keeps the solids in hand: eventually discharging fully treated waste. When pumping out is needed a choice of either pump overboard or a deck fitting is available on either side on deck.


    The galley has been manufactured from solid oak, with twin stainless-steel leisure sinks and forms an attractive and functional feature. The galley boasts a twenty-four-volt compressor fridge freezer and an original 1940s Hergam wood burning cooker. The built-in corner units feature a state of the art pull and slide stainless steel unit using up all and every internal available space.

    Situated to one side of the galley is a four-seater red leather chesterfield which provides an extra berth when required for visitors. This area also would provide for the inclusion of a dining table adjacent to the galley. Additional locker storage is provided underneath.


    The saloon is situated lower than the galley to provide a visual feature. The saloon has a suspended wooden floor insulated with king span to provide clearance from the bottom of the vessel. There is a corner seating unit and a fireside settee all of which has under seating locker storage.

    Gimballed oil lamps are either side of the solid fuel fire which runs the central heating and an antique oil lamp hangs from the ceiling adding a touch of olde world charm.

    The coffee table is an Indian dowry chest, this too is bolted down for safety at sea.

    The open plan layout of the conversion allows full airflow and helps negate any damp or fusty areas.

    All of the solid pine furniture was hand built to the owners’ specifications, matching from room to room throughout. The fitted furniture all has solid backs and dove tailed joints.

    Main Cabin with En-Suite.

    A super king size pine bed with orthopaedic mattress stands impressively at the head of the hold. Matching chests of drawers and bed side tables complete the cabin. The adjoining en suite has a larger than average shower cubicle and a lavac marine toilet.


    The focsle has retained most of its original furniture which was refitted after new panelling and new removable insulation with space for two single bunks. A new solid fuel fire was fitted which has the option of a hot plate for the occasional cup of tea. This is one space the new owner could transform and put their individual mark on the finish. As the original doors and drawer units had been damaged over time
    Every room has its own rated fire extinguisher. There is a twenty-four-volt lighting system and two forty electrics in every room.

    Fresh Water System

    The fresh water system is pressurised by a 240 Volt accumulator located under the main cabin floor next to two 315 Gallon fresh water tanks. There is a short set of stairs allowing an escape access through into the focsle in the event of a fire.

    Additional Items

    Included in the sale are the following:

    New still in box 2.2w back up generator.
    Spare refurbished accumulator for the pressurised water system.
    Several gate valves where needed.
    Various tins of exterior paint and interior decoration.
    £ 245,000
    Category:Motor Boats
    Subcategory:House Boats
    Sales status:available
    Manufacturer:Humber Keel
    Model:(Sheffield Class)
    Mooring Country:United Kingdom
    Year built:1945
    Length:18.59 m/61 ft
    Width:4.85 m/16 ft
    Draft:1.52 m/5 ft
    Engine manufacturer:Gardner
    No. of engines:1
    Conditionwell maintainedSale TypeUsed
    SalePrivate vendorSteeringWheel control
    Fuel Capacity100Material deckSteel
    Fresh water capacity1432Headroom2.44 m/8 ft
    WC & bathrooms2
    • General Equipment
    • Anchor
    • Anchor W Chain
    • Cushion Cover Textile
    • Deck Hatch
    • Fenders
    • Fire Blanket
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • Pressurized Water System
    • Warps
    • Electronic Equipment
    • Battery
    • Battery Charger
    • Bilge Pump
    • Electric Bilge Pump
    • Heating
    • Shore Supply
    • Galley Equipment
    • Gas Stove
    • Grill
    • Oven
    • Refrigerator
    • Sink (Cold)
    • Navigation Equipment
    • Compass
    • Depth Sounder
    • GPS
    • VHF Radio
    • WC Bathroom
    • Chemical Toilet
    • Sea Toilet
    • Shower
    • Toilet Manual
    • Washbasin
    • Interior Cabin Layout
    • Master Cabin
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