BEAVER 23, 4-berth, long-cabin, same owner since 1994 and now sadly and reluctantly for sale due to ill-health.

This long-cabin model was originally built in 1982 for a D.I.Y. fit-out but in 1994, following a change of ownership, the present owner commissioned us to carry out a complete re-fit to a unique and very effective 4-berth layout with a spacious central galley and an enlarged toilet and shower compartment.   The chosen layout has made good use of the additional 2½ foot of cabin length .

The cabin sides are lined out with oak veneered plywood and have 20mm fire retardant polystyrene behind for extra insulation; the bunk-sides, in both cabins, are lined out with a beige cord carpeting and again, with extra insulation behind.

The all-round seating in the forward saloon area provides, at night, either 2 very long singles or a vast “double-across”.  The upholstery is of 5” “Refleks” high resilience foam and is covered with high quality and hard wearing tapestry fabric ;  all cushions are in good condition.    There is also a long demountable table sufficient for six people.  There are useful additional storage shelves at each corner of the saloon and there is extensive front-entry storage underneath the seats at floor level, (still containing a number of the out-going owner’s plastic storage boxes  and full of included equipment).

The central galley has a long worktop on the portside with a good quality 4-burner gas hob let into it, with grill  and oven set in below.    The cooker and oven are very clean and appear little used.   There are also open-fronted storage shelves adjoining the oven and there is more storage at floor level .  

The other side of the galley has a secondary worktop, below which is an ingenious roll-out space-saving larder , alongside that is a recent 98L under-counter “Shoreline” electric fridge.      The fridge and the 12volt electrical supply is supported by a 35watt solar panel in addition to the electrical charging from the outboard engine;  there is space on the coach-roof for an additional solar panel if required.     The boat’s batteries are 2no. 110amp/hour A.G.M. sealed units situated under the bunks in the rear cabin.

The central shower/toilet compartment is quite spacious and has a full sized bespoke shower tray robustly made from welded polypropylene sheet.   The compartment also contains a fold-away washbasin which is filled from the shower taps.  The shower waste water is removed by an above-floor submersible electric pump.    There is a twin-tank Portapotti 365 and a spare waste tank.

The rear cabin accommodates a long single berth on one side with additional seating on the other side which can convert in to a “double-across” ; the upholstery matches that in the forward saloon both in quality and condition. There are also additional full height shelved cupboards for clothes and other equipment and open shelves on the rear quarter panel for books and navigation guides.

Lighting throughout the boat is by twin tube fluorescents but these could be easily upgraded to current day LED strip lights with better light output and lower electrical consumption.      There is a stereo radio/CD player in the forward saloon within easy reach of the bed area.

The Atwood combination hot water and blown warm-air heater is housed in the base of one of the central cupboards,  provides an even distribution of warm air throughout the boat , is room-sealed and thermostatically controlled.    It has a cool blow facility for summer use.

One of the attractive features of this boat, in addition to its long cabin and good headroom, is its many, quite large, top-hopper windows which make it a very light and sunny boat and with good ventilation when required.

Externally the craft has a smaller rear cockpit than a conventional Beaver 23 but there is adequate space outside for two persons, and three at a squeeze on the full width seat built into the bespoke cantilevered rear rail ; this seat/board can also be used as a gangplank when going ashore on river banks.  The forward well deck in the bow of the boat is fitted with a low level safety rail, a useful feature when small children are aboard.

L.P.G. gas (4 bottles) and outboard fuel (twin tanks) are stored underfoot in the stern cockpit area in fire-retarded safety lockers, meeting Boat Safety Scheme requirements.   A new 4-year Boat Safety Certificate will be obtained at Vendor’s expense prior to handover.

The outboard motor is a tiller-steered 10hp, 4-stroke electric-start Honda which, although dating back to the 1994/5 refit, is in good condition, has been regularly serviced, and runs well. It has been serviced recently by ourselves before being put into storage. 

In short , this is one of only 5 long-cabin Wilderness Beavers built by ourselves since the Beaver was introduced in 1978 and has a unique, well-cared-for,  4-berth interior.  There is an extensive inventory of loose navigation and domestic equipment that comes with the boat.

Externally it is basically sound and is free from major impact damage but is in need of some maintenance work and a list of prudent maintenance jobs is available on request .

If the twin axle trailer were to be purchased with the boat it would make a first-class trailboat rig with a maximum gross tow-weight of 2500kgs

Purchase options for boat engine and loose kit :-

A)  Boat, engine and all loose equipment, selling “as seen”    is offered at £9,950

B)   Alternatively, with the Atwood heater fully serviced and with selected maintenance  done to the outside at Vendor’s expense, is offered at  £ 10,950

Purchase options for trailer and its ancillary kit :-

A)  Selling “as seen” with recently fitted new 6ply tyres with M.G.W. rating 2180kg ....   at  £2,000

Selling as A) above but with  new 8 ply tyres to M.G.W. 2,600KGS at  £2,250

B)   Selling as B) above but with full service on bearings, brakes and other moving parts at £2,400

Alternatively delivery can be arranged anywhere U.K. or France at Purchaser’s expense. 

For further information or opportunity to view, contact Ian Graham on 

01380 870 141 or 07973 815 920 .

All brokerage craft offered by Wilderness Boats are sold as seen and without warrantee; independent professional inspection is welcome.