Sailing BoatsMotor SailersPeter Nicholls SteelboatsHuffler 35
This Peter Nicholls Huffler 35 was built in 1998 for her current owners who have had her from new. Her steel hull is heavily constructed and is built for serious cruising, her lifting keel and lowering mast allows her to navigate much of the inland water ways as well. Her current owners have cruised widely in Northern Europe and the UK. She is well equipped and has been lovingly maintained by her owners from new. With a new build now costing over 350,000 plus VAT she represents excellent value for money. Please call us for further information or to arrange a viewing.
From the Owner
Ready and raring to go, this almost unique vessel ticks all of our boxes. She is very spacious with a captain’s berth in the rear cabin and an open plan interior layout forward where the dining area can convert to a large double bed. She is very comfortable for a couple and occasional guests. Her lifting keel and ease of mast lowering make her ideal for both sea and inland waters. Ideal for cruising or live-aboard. Being a chine built gaffer, she is not made for dramatic heeling. No need for huge biceps or overdoses of testosterone! We have owned her from new and travelled widely in Northern Europe and the UK. Sadly, time is catching up with us and we can’t run fast enough anymore, so she needs new owners to love her and enjoy using her.
Well maintained and serviced, presented in excellent condition. Size, 11 metres by 3.3 metres. 13 metres air draft with mast up, 3.3 when down. A “low profile” version of a Tony Tucker design, built by Peter Nicholls Steel Boats in Braunston 1998. 6ft headroom plus in forward and centre cabins. VAT tax paid. Lloyds registered. Draught 1.3 metres with lifting keel up, 1.9 metres down. Steel construction, spray foam insulated with teak deck covering to roofs and cockpit. Bespoke American Cherry woodwork internal fit out. Two steering positions, in cabin and outside, in yacht style cockpit position. Boat Safety Scheme certificate Nov 2024 Full set of mooring warps including 3 shorelines (18, 18 and 21m 16mm dia) Two preventer lines (18m x 16mm braid on braid) Lee boards. Rope cutter fitted to prop shaft.
Gaff rig with newish Jeckells tan sails (2 seasons use) Sailspar mast, booms and furlex. Anderson 40ST 2 speed winches for Genoa and Jib sheets and back-stays. Jib sail on luff wire. 100 metres chain with Danforth anchor and chum, Fisherman anchor and Danforth Kedge. Lofrans electric windlass.
2.5 litre "Watermota" marinised Ford Transit diesl (3 litres per hour consumption) 65hp. Keel cooling and dry exhaust. 450 litre diesel tank. Hydraulic drive to single prop. Hydraulic Vetus bow thruster
CeTrek speed, depth, autopilot. Nasa windex. Yeoman plotter built in to chart table GPS, AIS engine (WiFi to Navionics eg on phone tablet etc.) Forward looking sonar Navtex
Lorans DSC VHF radio with ATIS option for European inland waterways Liferaft (Serviced Feb 2021) Danbuoy/ring EPIRB Furuno radar Galvanic Isolator 3 Fire extinguishers and fire blanket Automatic bilge pump, plus hand operated back-up and engine driven third. Bosun’s chair Emergency grab bag Emergency tiller Bolt croppers Safety Lines.
Manufacturer Provided Description
The Huffler has good sailing performance, is a joy to handle under power and sail. Introduced in 1992, shallow draft version is at home inland but also will take heavy weather. The deeper keel sailing version is Category A and still suitable for inland passages through most of Europe but not, in the case of the deeper keel version, the smaller wide beam waterways of the UK. Masses of room for long term live aboard cruising.
80 gallons fresh water tank, pressurised and pumped system. Webasto hot water central heating Auxiliary Immersion heater Forward head with shower and whb, aft head with whb. All black waste to 50 gallon holding tank with pump out or macerator to sea options. Separate flush water tank 20 gallons. 1Kw inverter with dedicated circuits Mains ring main (240v) selectable for shore or generator power Modern Sterling multi-stage battery charger, Batteries - 95Ah starter, 80 Ah generator, 3x115 Ah domestics 12 volt Fridge with freezer compartment Microwave oven 4 burner Smev cooker with grill and oven. One and half ss sinks with mixer tap Washing machine/tumble drier combo. 6 Kva diesel generator keel cooled, dry exhaust 2 x 15Kg Calor Butane cylinders Great storage under cabin floor. We store 2 Brompton bikes, 8 Curver boxes and 2 tool boxes Re-upholstered and internal roofs re-lined 2018. Cockpit tent
Down below, the Huffler is a true home from home designed with serious long range cruising in mind to a level associated with much larger vessels. In line with possible future legislation, toilets can be flushed over the side or into the high capacity holding tank. Galley slaves will be at home in the well appointed galley whether preparing a quick snack or a 3 course meal.
The 65hp Diesel engine drives through a hydraulic reduction system to a large diameter propeller. This arrangement gives the generous thrust required when driving into short head seas. The hydrofoil shaped rudder provides superb manoeuvrability.
The Huffler's shallow draft with keel raised and self lowered mast allows exploration of the many and varied shallow creeks, rivers and canals of Europe. The boat is robustly constructed from thicker than average steel plate which is protected by a state of the art epoxy paint plan. The dual steering position gives the comfort of a wheelhouse in bad weather with the advantage of an open air steering position in a very safe yacht-style cockpit. At sea, the Huffler's seakindly hull shape provides an easy motion in all weathers which makes her popular with all the crew. Her sailing performance is surprising considering her shallow draft & low aspect rig. Offwind she eats up the distances with an easy motion and performs moderately well to windward for a boat of her type.
Under sail, easy and safe handling has been the priority using a, furling headsail with a slab reefing mainsail which drops into a stack pack. Innovation has not been neglected: aluminium alloy spars are used to keep weight low, with a specially designed and built stainless steel gaff carriage. Despite her seemingly bluff bow, the HUFFLER does not slam into waves under sail or power, but lifts and rides over the crest with an easy motion. She is not designed and built just for smooth waters, she is a true seagoing ship.
The Huffler is a true motor sailer in the old tradition combining the joy, excitement & grace of sailing with the comfort & security of a motor vessel. The Huffler, designed specifically for Peter Nicholls by the well respected yacht designer Tony Tucker, is one of a long line of quality steel boats from Peter Nicholls. Whether you wish to explore the many and varied cruising grounds of the British Isles or intend to venture further afield through, say, the extensive European Waterway system to the Mediterranean and beyond, the Huffler does it all in style & comfort.
The Company normally acts as Broker for the Vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of Business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preperation of these particulars, the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate at his/her own expense to employ a Qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or have an engine/sea trial conducted, which if conducted by us will not imply any liability on our part. The vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawl without notice. This specification it's content and all photographs are copywright of Naburn Leisure Ltd.
This vessel was photographed, videoed and spec'd by Richard Bleakley
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