1986 - 2 berth Beaver 23 deluxe

Two owners from new and now reluctantly offered for sale after 26 years of happy and often far-reaching waterway holidays, both here in the UK and in France.

As well as cruising waterways as far apart as Scotland’s Forth & Clyde Canal ( including the Falkirk Wheel) and Devon’s Grand Western Canal, or the Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal or , in the South, the Medway in Kent, this trailboat and its crew have visited numerous regions of France after disembarking, in caravan mode, from cross channel ferries and heading south.
They have also cruised Ireland’s Royal and Grand Canals and the River Barrow.

This 2 berth Deluxe Beaver 23 was built by us to a bespoke interior layout with a large open plan forward saloon, two fold-up beds and loose dining furniture.

On changing hands in 1991, the present owners fitted the saloon with an ingenious fixed bedding arrangement that now provides either two long (7ft) single berths or, with a central pull-out bed board, a vast, very comfortable, double berth.


The well equipped galley, the wardrobe and the shower/toilet/washroom are at the rear of the cabin accommodation.

During the day, the bed arrangement provides a horseshoe of nicely cushioned seating in 4” high- quality foam covered with a durable duck egg blue fabric; the bed-night centre cushions are used as the seat backs. There is a demountable small centre pedestal-legged dining table, sufficient for two persons (this could be easily replaced with a larger visitor table using a second table-leg fitting).

The bench seat across the forward end of the saloon accommodates the boat’s two rigid water tanks which have been replaced in recent years and the filler fitting is set in the port forward quarterdeck. There is additional storage around the tanks. There is also useful additional storage with cubby-hole access under the forward quarter decks.

The saloon cabin-sides are lined-out with a fawn coloured carpet and the hull sides below deck level are similarly lined but in a darker colour. The curtains are a recent replacement and of a crisp linen fabric in sympathy with the upholstery; there is also a long, matching, removable curtain for the rear doors. The galley windows are covered by pull-down roller blinds . There are mesh insect screens to all windows and doors, the front doors have a very neat professional pull-down cassette assembly and the rear doors have an unobtrusive single piece hinged inner door.

Heating, is provided by a 3 kw. miniature solid fuel stove ingeniously fitted in the end of the galley on the starboard side and it has two types of removable work tops fitting around the flue pipe, a Formica-faced timber one for summer use, and an aluminium one for when the stove is working.

The cabin insulation combined with the stove heating is quite adequate for normal early and late season usage but if sustained winter cruising were envisaged, additional insulation linings could be fitted.

The galley, immediately aft of the saloon area, is constructed from good quality domestic kitchen units and though original to the boat at time of build, are in good condition and have solid oak doors.
There is a useful stack of 6 storage drawers with plastic liners and smooth running-gear.
The work tops, again, original, are made from top quality factory-bonded Formica faced plywood with a balancing veneer on the underside.

There is also a three shelf high-level dresser/storage unit above the sink & drainer. The sink is nicely placed in the port side worktop immediately below the galley window and receives good working light. The cooker-hob is a recent four burner SMEV unit with 12v. ignition and flame-failure safety devices; it is in very good condition and is similarly situated just aft of the stove on the starboard side below the window. A PALOMA instantaneous water-heater is fitted on the portside galley bulkhead above the drainer and is vented to the exterior by a manufacturer’s approved roof terminal.
There is a 60L 3-way Electrolux RM 212 absorption fridge with a small freezer compartment situated below the drainer and it has been safety-converted to meet Boat Safety Scheme requirements, has compliance certification in “ships papers” and is vented overboard. At the forward end of the galley the Vendors have added some useful and easily accessible book shelves which contain a number of Nicholson canal cruising guides. There is also Pioneer stereo radio/CD player with a removable security fascia mounted in the book shelves which, we are advised, is in working order but currently has an external wiring fault which could be easily rectified.

There is a copious storage space underneath the cockpit floor entered from within the boat below the rear door entry capable of accommodating bank-side aluminium chairs & tables, barbeques, etc.

Externally in the stern cockpit there are the normal Beaver safety lockers (fire retarded and vented overboard) situated below the raised inner decks to accommodate petrol, gas and battery but this boat has had an additional entry lid cut-in on the starboard side, forward of gas and fuel, which is just capable of storing (amongst other things) a lightweight Brompton folding bicycle; the bike sadly does not come with boat.

The boat is powered by a 1989 10hp 4-stroke electric-start Yamaha tiller-steered outboard with a remote fuel tank situated in the adjoining storage locker.
Two spare metal fuel cans for refuelling (ashore!) are also stowed in the locker. The engine starts and runs well but is occasionally smokey on start-up. It was serviced just pre-season last year and has done less than 40 hours since.

The boat has the benefit of a Boat Safety certificate valid till April 2019

Asking prices: For the complete trailboat outfit comprising boat, engine, trailer, all loose ancillary equipment and including a “donor” Yamaha engine (capable of providing a range of spare parts were they to be needed ) the Vendors are seeking offers very close to the following prices and both are considered to be fair for what is on offer.


(1) Selling as seen with all equipment in working order (but excluding re-instatement of the shower ) £ 13,950.00

(2) Selling as above but with all listed maintenance jobs addressed £ 14,950.00


Overall, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a complete well-proven trailboat package including a fully galvanized, regularly serviced, 4-wheeled trailer at an affordable price either “as seen” with all equipment in working order, or, tidied-up. Copies of the inventory and maintenance schedule are available on request.


For further information or arrangements to view, contact Ian Graham at Semington
Telephone; 01380 870 141 (incl. evenings between 8 & 9pm ) or mobile 07973
815 920