House BoatsUnited KingdomTewkesbury, Gloucestershire, South West2013
Alchemy is a Dutch Barge replica, fitted out to the highest standard by a professional cabinet maker.
The hull was commissioned in 2013 and we moved aboard a couple of years ago whilst completing the fit-out. Alchemy is currently moored on the river at the beautiful and sought after Tewkesbury Marina.
Alchemy displays an innovative and unique design with many outstanding features that present the boat in a beautiful and thought provoking manner. These include a large collapsible wheelhouse, assisted by gas struts and a retractable roof in the form of a rolling tambour - ideal for catching some sun whilst preparing breakfast on summer mornings as well as creating a stunning slatted effect in its closed position. Other unique features include sliding doors for space saving solutions and tambour units in the rear cabin to hide the washing machine and freezer.
Examples of fine cabinet making mixed with inspiring engineering can be seen throughout this build. E.g. a sunburst veneer pattern on the dining table and a stunning curved wall between the bathroom and main living space.
The main two timbers found on Alchemy are English Walnut and Oak. These harmonise perfectly with the textiles used throughout .
From Alchemy's use of old snooker table slate for her kitchen worktops to the stained glass in her portholes, she is truly one of a kind and makes for a perfect floating home!
Recent completed work:
Gas struts on the wheelhouse have been upgraded to 316 stainless steel.
All timber work (Wheelhouse, skylights, mast, aft railings and front windows) has been sanded back and finished with the renowned Scandinavian Desk Olje finish: a 2 part finish (which consists of 10 base coats of oil, then 6 top coats of varnish). This product is the best on the market and will stop any silvering and guarantees now flaking or peeling off the varnish due to the oil base coats. The timber looks superb and as new!
New bi-folding doors constructed from English Walnut and Oak to allow easy access along the gunnels.
Skylights now have covers to protect them through the winter months.
Alchemy was recently dry docked and the hull was blacked to a high standard in May 2017. Anodes still have a few years on them. A hull survey was carried out at the same time.
ALCHEMY's TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Category D Replica Dutch barge.
Central heating powered by pressure jet boiler from ‘Bubble’: 5 x finrad radiators (3 in saloon and 2 in master bedroom) that are discreetly concealed with radiator boxing. 1 heated towel rail in bathroom (plus underfloor heating in bathroom), 1 Colosseum radiator in wheelhouse and 1 Colosseum radiator in aft cabin. Heating can be set on a timer and a thermostat allows for compete temperature control.
A 2.5kw wood burning multi-fuel stove.
Victron inverter charger: 4 x batteries 100 amp 20 hour leisure batteries, charged through the Victron inverter charger. Inverter charger charges batteries to provide 12V (DC). When under steam inverter charger draws power from batteries and inverts 12V into 230V (AC) and in turn charges the batteries continually whilst under steam.
Large calorifier - heated by either the boiler, immersion heater, or from the 120hp Vetus engine whilst under steam.
All major electric and plumbing solutions were carried out by professional and specialist marine company Loomtech: AC and DC wiring with 12V and 230V. Ring of mains socket using arctic blue cable spec.
LED spotlights throughout the boat, wired on different looms to allow for a good range of atmospheric, lighting choices.
Windlass at bow, anchor can be manually or electrically let down.
Bow thruster (battery in bow locker). Plus a camera on the bow with a screen at the helm to give enhanced vision when mooring/entering locks etc.
The aft decking is laid with permateak, a high quality synthetic decking material that looks great and doesn't weather like teak.
Gas locker outside of wheelhouse, houses 2 large gas bottles for the oven.
Galley: Belfast sink, a standard-size gas oven with grill and main oven and fridge.
Aft cabin: a tumble dryer/washing machine combo, and a freezer, hidden with beautiful tambour units.
The 3 water tanks are located under the bed and behind the headboard in master cabin.
The bathroom is tiled with travertine tiles and electrical underfloor heating has been laid in the bathroom for toasty feet in the colder months.
The large waste holding tank is located in the engine room.#
Video link below to give you a good feel for Alchemy! Please feel free to ask any questions.
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