WILDERNESS BEAVER 23 Deluxe 1980

Three owners from new and largely refitted by ourselves in 2006.  Replacement Honda 10hp electric-start engine (new 2012) and a twin axle trailer.

 

This  4 berth Beaver 23 has been progressively updated by the present owners since our refit works in 2006 and currently benefits from Propex gas-fired blown-air central heating, a Malaga 13 litre water storage heater, an lsotherm 65L electric fridge ( with two supporting solar panels) and is being sold with an extensive list of loose working equipment.

The interior is to our traditional “two-cabin” layout with a spacious forward saloon converting at night to 2 long single berths and could be easily adapted to form a 5ft “double across”.    There is a well laid out central galley, aft of which are wardrobe and shower/toilet compartments with interlocking doors, effectively dividing off the fore and aft sleeping areas.   The rear cabin comprises two single berths but these too, could easily be converted to a “double-across”.

The forward saloon has two daytime configurations, either all-round cushioned seating or, using the twin dinette tables, provides dining space for four persons.   These tables easily demount at night to form part of the single berths.

The ample well-equipped central galley, on either side of the boat, comprises, two worktops with a stainless steel combi-unit comprising sink/drainer/2-burner hob and grill with a separate Flavel oven below.    The recent Isotherm electric fridge is below the other worktop and there is ample shelving for food and cooking equipment .     The room-sealed Malaga gas water heater, which supplies hot water to both sink and shower, is situated at mid-height in the wardrobe leaving clothes shelving above and half height hanging below.        The rear cabin single berths allow feet to go under the stern deck giving a berth length of  6’3” .

There is generous storage under all the berths and, as with all Wilderness Beavers, there is a cavernous storage area below the stern cockpit area for picnic tables/chairs/BBQ and even folding bikes.

The 150L freshwater tank is under front cabin seating and is filled from a deck fitting in the port forward quarter deck.   The Propex gas fired (room-sealed) space heater is under one of the saloon cabin seats and has one , directional outlet.

The upholstery to all the seating was professionally recovered in 2007 , new curtains were fitted at the same time and both cushions and curtains are in good condition.   Interior lighting is a mixture of low- energy fluorescents and modern LED’s and there is low-level LED ambiance lighting fitted at floor level after dark can be switched on after dark.

Externally, under the cockpit locker lids, there are the usual self-draining safety lockers accommodating petrol and gas bottles.   The boat’s 2 x 110 A/hr deep-cycle leisure batteries are accommodated in the rear cabin underneath the bunks .

The engine, a tiller-steered 9.9hp Honda (new in 2012) has been regularly professionally serviced and is reported as running well.        There is an ingenious gang-plank/seat mounted across the rear safety rail just forward of the outboard engine with two removable moulded polypropylene seats for long days at the helm .    The cockpit rail itself is surrounded on the outside with amateur-made but fully serviceable, green canvas draught dodger.     There is also an easily demountable “bimini” sun shade for fitting over the cockpit but which would need to be lowered for bridge clearances on some canal navigations.    A stout, low-profile cockpit tonneau cover for winter and back-at-moorings use is also included which keeps the cockpit area clean and dry when the boat is not in use .

The (painted) trailer, although mid 1980’s, is reported as structurally sound,  and comes complete with a lighting board (wired 7 pin), spare wheel and load-security straps but is currently due for a service .

In short this is a good example of one of our early Wilderness Beaver 23 trailboats which has been progressively upgraded and the Vendors are seeking offers for boat, trailer and all loose working equipment in the region of £11,500. 

Craft now ashore on its trailer in Wiltshire.   The Boat Safety Certificate runs to May 2022

Delivery could be arranged subject to lifting of virus lock-down restrictions .

For further information or arrangements to view contact :-

IAN GRAHAM     01380 870141   mobile: 07973 815920