WILDERNESS BEAVER 23 super deluxe bespoke 2 berth. 1998

4 owners from new and unexpectedly for sale.

Built originally as live-aboard accommodation but with all normal cruising facilities, this craft has been altered and upgraded by a subsequent owner to provide the option of full saloon cabin seating or twin dinette tables.  This converts at night to 2 single berths which can also convert to form a very large double .    The upholstery uses a top-quality  5” “Reflex” foam which is covered with hardwearing tapestry covers with piped edges.

Additional storage shelving for books, coffee cups etc., has been added just aft of the sleeping area, within which there is a good range of Nicholson’s navigation guides covering most of the UK.  A high quality “Goodmans” stereo radio/CD player is fitted nearby.

There is a spacious well-equipped central  galley and to the rear again, there is an area  providing  separate toilet and shower compartments which, with the opening of a door across the corridor, forms a useful  enlarged washing and dressing area.

The cabin floor is covered with burgundy coloured contract-grade “Burmatex” cord; there

are fully lined matching curtains to all windows.        The hull and cabin sides are double insulated and are covered in beige cord carpeting and vinyl-faced plywood respectively.

A removable sun roof is fitted in the cabin “deck head” above the galley, which lights and ventilates both galley and saloon.     There is generous twin tube fluorescent lighting through-out the boat and halogen reading lamps in the saloon.      Two of the fluorescents have been converted to LED strip lights, as has one of the reading lights, giving very good light output and drawing very little power. 

The galley, which is surprisingly large for the size of the boat, contains a feature pine dresser with the cooking appliances let into the worktop and units below.    The beige enamel  4-burner “Stoves” hob and grill are fitted with flame-failure safety controls.  The oven, below, is a Flavel Vanessa, again with F.F.D.     There are cutlery drawers and extensive storage below.

The room-sealed, gas-fired “Atwood” combined water and blown-air central  heating  is accommodated under the starboard worktop.     The central heating system can also be used in summer for cool air circulation.      Exhaust gases  exit via a separate roof terminal .     

An Electrolux 60 litre fridge is installed at high level on the starboard side above a small ¾ length hanging wardrobe.    There is an additional high level  (warmed) storage cupboard above the fridge.  

Externally the rear cockpit provides seating for up to six people and, with the use of the portable table makes it an ideal “ alfresco” dining space on a summer’s evening.        Additional storage lockers have been worked into the design underneath the cockpit seating.

The boat benefits from external canvas work comprising a front deck tonneau cover, a rear cockpit tonneau and full set of side “dodgers” which can remain in place as wind breaks for early or late season cruising, all are in sound condition and fit well.   

There is also a heavy duty bespoke winter tarpaulin to cover the length of the main cabin.

As a former live-aboard craft, it is fitted with 240volt electrics, complete with RCD safety

trip, has a 25 metre  shore hook-up line, and has 4 propane Calor gas bottles (2 in service and 2 spares.   There is also a built-in 240v. mains battery charger

The current owners are leaving an extensive inventory of loose equipment which includes  a small  12v. colour TV  and a small demountable satellite dish.

The tiller-steered outboard engine is a  4-stroke petrol-driven electric-start Yamaha F9.9AEL with a high thrust, low revving propeller which gives good electrical charging (8 amps at half revs).   It is smooth, quiet and economical (up to 17 canal-miles to the gallon) and is the ideal propulsion for a craft of this size;  it is equally suitable for both river and canal work.   There is some service history available both on the outboard and of the other professional work carried out in recent years.  The outboard was last serviced in June and is reported as running well.

Overall , the craft is in very good condition for its age and will be re-antifouled around the water line before sale.   The interior has been carefully used and is spotlessly clean.   Having more thermal  insulation than a standard Beaver, it offers the prospect of comfortable extended season cruising.

The Boat Safety Certificate is valid to June 2018

Due to the current non-availability of new “Wilderness” trailboats, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a lightly used, low-mileage luxury example     at the fair market price of £18,850.

(new-build price to this specification back in May 2000 was £26,750 including outboard,  and £37,500 in 2010).

There is no trailer with this boat but new trailers are available to order, or second hand trailers do come available from time to time.

Delivery for the Purchaser (or for later holiday relocation transport) can be arranged to any UK or French destination by our vehicle and trailer as and when required.

For further information, or arrangements to view, contact Ian Graham  on 01380 870 141 or 07973 815 920.
All Wilderness brokerage sale boats are sold as seen and and without warranty but independent professional inspection is welcome