Wilderness Beaver 23 SDL

Bespoke 3-4 berth layout with many extras, well maintained and unexpectedly for sale.

Built by ourselves in 2000 to a bespoke layout it has many unique and well thought-out features and, with much additional insulation and magnetic secondary glazing, it is a competent long range, all-seasons, cruising boat.


The current owner has added and upgraded equipment on a regular basis and it now includes a full head-room cockpit canopy and, most recently, a set of external canvas dodgers and toneau cover for use when the boat is back at moorings.


The two cabin layout provides a forward saloon area with double demountable dinette tables which at night become two long single berths or a large optional double-across, a generous well-equipped central galley, a shower/toilet and a two rear berth cabin.


Space heating is from a “Boatman” three kw. multi-fuel stove, the heat from which is distributed by a stove-top air distribution fan.      Water heating is from a Propex “Malaga-4”

gas/240V water storage heater supplying sink and shower.


The galley contains, amid good working surfaces, a high-quality stainless steel “Smev” cooker ( 3 burner hob and thermostatically controlled oven with built-in grill), a stainless steel sink and drainer, generous storage below with slide out shelves  together with a “ Waeco” 60 L electric fridge with freezer compartment.      There are useful, well-built high level storage shelves and cupboards on both sides the galley.   Centrally overhead, there is a small openable sun roof.


The toilet/shower compartment, just aft of the galley, provides a compact shower tray and when in use the doors open across the corridor to provide a drying and dressing space.

The toilet is a twin tank electric-flush Porta-potty.


The wardrobe opposite the shower provides clothes hanging with some additional shelf space and houses the Malaga water heater (additional clothes hanging space has been provided high up in the rear cabin above one of the berths).


Electrics: There is one heavy duty 110 A/hr leisure battery supplying both engine starting and domestics and is accommodated in one of the external safety lockers in the cockpit area.

It is charged from both the outboard engine and from one of cabin top solar panels.

The electric fridge is run by a totally separate system involving a dedicated heavy duty 180A/hr battery which is supported by 3 of the roof top solar panels.

Lighting through-out the cabins is a mixture of low energy fluorescents and LED’s.

A new “Alpine” radio/CD player is fitted above the galley and has 4 speakers around the boat.     There are 12v jack sockets for TV, computer/phone charging and other appliances.

The 240v system provides 13 amp plug sockets around the boat and the system is protected by a residual-current breaker. A 25m. shoreline is included .


Soft furnishings :   The cushions in the saloon cabin and one of the rear berths are of 6 inch double-density foam and were re-covered last year with a hard- wearing check fabric.  Cushions for the 4th berth are available.   Some of the windows have professionally made curtains fitted last year and the remaining windows/ door openings have cassette thermal roller blinds with integral fly screens.


Storage, as most Wilderness interiors is extensive and in the rear cabin provides access to a cavernous storage area under the whole of the cockpit floor and this case the entrance is occupied by an ingenious pull-out drawer for storage of stove logs or other equipment.


Externally:- The other 3 top entry lockers provide one deep locker to the floor of the boat (sufficient for folding chairs, BBQ and even a folding bike ! ), and the other 2 are dedicated to LPG and outboard fuel which are fire-retardant lined to BSS requirements.


The boat is powered by a very quiet and economical 4-stroke tiller steered YAMAHA  9.9hp engine which has both electric start and power lift for de-weeding or the shallow water exploration of river back streams.    The engine has been regularly professionally serviced .


The Boat Safety Certificate is valid until 2020. 


The Beaver 23 design is very stable and with the benefit of tiller steering is extremely manoeuvrable and easy to handle, will turn in little more than its own length and , unlike most other boats, can made to reverse in a straight line.

Price: The Vendor is seeking offers approaching £23,900 .

The boat is currently moored in the Banbury area on the Oxford Canal.

For appointment to view, or for further information, contact Ian Graham   07973 815 920


There is also a galvanised 4 wheeled trailer available separately for anyone wishing to use this craft as a fully operational trailboat, for the long distance exploration of waterways in the UK and Europe.