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Listed below are some useful contacts / equipment suppliers. If you wish to see a list of barge fabricators, click here New Build Fabricators
Some recommended suppliers who have helped us during the planning and fit-out stages of buying / fitting out Elessina:-
Energy Solutions. Distributors of electrical power products for the marine and mobile industries. Suppler of our Victron Inverter Combi, Isolation Transformer and other electrical equipment. System designers and bespoke panel builders. Suppliers of Northern Lights Generators, Victron Phoenix inverters and controls, Somy pressure jet boilers and other electrical products. The owner (Paul Holland) lives on a Dutch Barge on the River Medway, so knows very well equipment constraints etc. Energy Solutions, George Summers Close,
Estate, Medway City . ME2 4NS. Tel; 01634 290772 web; www.energy-solutions.co.uk Rochester, Kent
Harworth Heating, maker of Bubbles stoves and Boilers. Supplier of our own diesel Bubble stove. The owner (Terry Hibbard) is also a Dutch Barge enthusiast. Manufactures a range a marine boilers / heaters including 24v Pressure jet boilers, a range of different sizes of flame effect diesel stoves with back boiler feeding to water filled radiators. They have a show room attached to their workshop in
Yorkshire. Harworth Heating Ltd, Blyth Road, Harworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. DN11 8NE. Tel; 01302 742 520 web; www.oilstoves.co.uk
Duncan Milner. Boat transportation. Did a great job for us. Flexible with very competitive rates. Contact Duncan on 07774 627997 or fax 01782 327135.
DBA (Dutch Barge Association) Covers all types of broad-beam inland waterways craft. We are members, any owner or prospective barge owner should seriously consider joining. Lots of useful information and contacts. Port Werburgh,
Vicarage Lane, Hoo, Kent ME3 9TW, U.K.Telephone; 07956-299966 www.barges.org
Perkins Sabre Engines, Suppler of our M92 engine - Performs well. Nice and quiet with hospital type exhaust. Wimborne,
, BH21 7PW Telephone: 01202 893720 www.perkins-sabre.com Dorset, England
and about Elessina at
Wifwerfen / Severn Yacht Marine Supplier of our double glazed windows. Early days, but we are very pleased with them. Manufacturers of double and single glazed Dutch Barge Style Windows, and port holes. Now taken over by Percy Lane Products, but same factory. 146 - 156 Weston Lane, Tyseley, Birmingham, B11 3RY. Telephone 0121 706 0638 http://www.wifwerfen.co.uk/boats.html
ASAP Supplies. Boat Equipment Supplieres, Mail order catalogue. Good web / mail order and delivery service. Tell them you are fitting out a boat and get a good discount, buy on line for extra discount. Reed House, Ellough Industrial Estate, Beccles,
. NR34 7TD. Suffolk, England
Telephone; 0845 1300 870, 0845 1300870 www.asap-supplies.com
G.S.Controls. Control panels and electrical equipment. Our ac and dc distribution panels were purchased from them. Mail Order catalogue.
122 Leeds Road
, Castleford, WestYorkshire WF10 4NT.
Telephone; 01977 516875 www.gscontrols.com
Snugglepuss. Marine gas installer and tester for the Kent area. Will install all, part or test only LPG boat installations.Ian Britchfield of Snugglepuss did a good job for us, connecting and testing the gas supply on Elessina
Shoreline Manufacturer of low energy 12v / 24v fridge and freezers. Elessina has a 91Litre RR47W Fridge and a 94Litre RU40 Freezer. Both working well.
Centre, Enterprise Courtwick Lane, Littlehampton, West Sussex. BN17 7PA. Telephone; 01903 733877 www.boatfridge.com
Lee Sanitation. Boat toilets and sanitation equipment. Both of our Sanimarine toilets are from Lee Sanitation. Wharf Road, Fenny Compton,
. Telephone; 01295 770000 www.leesan.com Warwickshire, CV47 2FE
Boat Safety Scheme. Get a copy of the scheme sent to you. Willow Grange,
Church Road, Watford, . Telephone; 01923 201278 www.boatsafetyscheme.com Herts, WD17 4QA
Boats. Piper Boats built our own Replica Dutch Barge 'Elessina' for us. We are very pleased with her. Unit 3, PWS Industrial Estate, Tunstall Road , Biddulph, Stoke-On-Trent
Branson Boat Design. Produce a range of 'standard' barge designs of varying sizes and also take on bespoke work. Piper Boats commissioned Branson Boats to design Elessina as a bespoke design. Branson Boat Design Limited, Unit 4, Crowland Industrial Estate, Crease Drove, Crowland, Peterborough, PE6 0BN. Phone: +44 (0) 1733 211 966. Website; www.dutch-barges.net Email bransonboats
TCS Chandlery. Our local chandlery store. Mainly cater for yachts and sea going boats, but they are price competitive, and you can order many items directly on line. Foxton Road, Grays, Essex, RM20 4XX. Tel: Grays 01375 374702 www.tcschandlery.co.uk
Perkins Sabre Engines, Sabre Engines Ltd.Wimborne,
, BH21 7PW Telephone: 01202 893720 www.perkins-sabre.com Dorset, England
91hp - M92, 4 cylinder, 4.23 litre, naturally aspirated
130hp - M135, 6 cylinder, 6.0 litre, naturally aspirated
E.P. Barrus Limited.
Launton Road, Bicester, . Telephone: 01869 363636 www.barrus.co.uk 85HP - 4 Cylinder (M2) John Deere Engine, 135HP - 4 Cylinder (M3) John Deere Engine Oxfordshire, OX26 4UR
P.O.Box860 , New Longton, Preston, Lancs, PR4 5GT
Telephone: 01772 611144 www.thornycroftengines.co.uk 67hp, 4cylinder, 2.5litre
Beta Marine Merretts Mills,
Bath Road, SWoodchester, Stroud, . Telephone: 01453 835282 www.betamarine.co.uk 83hp - CD4 5 litre Ford / Eveco engine. 125bhp – CD6 5 litre Ford / Eveco engine Gloucestershire, GL5 5EU
Nanni Diesel A R Peachment,
RiversideEstate, Brundall, Norwich, NR13 5PL Telephone: 01603 714077 www.nannidiesel.com 100hp - 4.440, 4,58 litre, is a 4-cylinder, MAN based engine 115 HP - 4.330 TDI, 3.3 litre, is a 4 cylinder, Kubota based engine.
Vetus Vetus den Ouden Ltd, 39 South Hampshire Industrial Park, Totton,
Telephone: 023 80861033 www.vetus.co.uk Southampton, SO40 3SA
80hp 4cyl, 2.6l Hyundai based engine 83hp 106hp & 128hp 4cyl Deutz turbo charged range
51 Victoria Road, Portslade, Sussex BN41 1XY Telephone 01273 410025 www.lancingmarine.com 85 hp NHD450L 4cyl Ford / New Holland engines 105hp NHD450 4cyl Ford / New Holland engines
Windows Manufacturers of Dutch Barge Style Windows.
Unit 1, Leeds Street
,Wigan ,Lancashire ,WN3 4BW.
Telephone; 01942 826406 www.caldwellswindows.co.uk
Channel Glaze Windows Manufacturers of Dutch Barge Style Windows.
Rushey Lane, Tyseley,
Birmingham, B11 2BL
Telephone; 0121 7065777 www.channelglaze.com
Vetus den ouden ltd, Boat Equipment Suppliers. Comprehensive colour catalogue.
39 South Hampshire Industrial Park, Totton,
Southampton , SO40 3SA.
Telephone; 023 80861033 www.vetus.co.uk
A.B.Tuckey. Boat transport Service.
Telephone; 01926 812 134www.abtuckey.co.uk
Onboard Energy - Batteries, Chargers, Inverters, Generators and all your mobile power needs!. Springwood Haven, Mancetter Rd, Nuneaton, Warks, CV11 0RZ
Tel 0845 456 6572. www.onboardenergy.co.uk
Small Craft Consultancy, CE-Craft. A simple to use RCD compliance program for rapid compilation of CE marking documentation. Versions available for DIY and Professional boat fitter.
Tel 01773 828418 www.small-craft-consultancy.com
Please note. The above suppliers are not necessarily recommended, just listed.
The Barge Buyers Handbook, DBA Publications £14.95. A very good publication, primarily focussed towards the purchase of original Dutch barges, but some of the information applies to new build.
Can be purchased from the DBA Bookshop
A Guide to Motor Barge Handling. Written by Edward Burrell. £18.50. Techniques for manoeuvering motor barges and information on how to handle barges on inland waterways.
If you are serious about cruising, you need to purchase this book.Can be purchased from the DBA Bookshop.
The Inland Boat Owners Book, written by Graham Booth, published by Waterways World. Although primarily about narrowboats, it is a good read if intending to cruise the
The following books are recommended if undertaking the fit-out yourself:-
The Building of a Narrowboat, published by Canal Boat Publication, £9.95The Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible, John C. Payne, published by Adlard Coles Nautical £27.50
Boat Owners Mechanical and Electrical Manual, Nigel Calder, Published by Adlard Coles Nautical £39.99
The Narrowboat builder's Book, Graham Booth, published by Waterways World, £14.99
And if you intend to live afloat:-
Living Afloat. Published by the Residential Boat Owners Association. PO Box 518, Rickmansworth, WD3 1WJ, £8.50 www.rboa.org.uk
Living On Boats Currently only a web site, with details on moorings, personal live aboard views, marine finance etc. www.livingonboats.co.uk
BoatR A Custom search engine for the UK's inland waterways - searches over 250 boating websites, including this one.
Chris & Valerie's
Stuart and Christine's 55ft Replica Dutch barge built by Piper Boats. Some photos of the boat www.stuart-barry.co.uk/boat/summary.htm
Kei; Colin and Ali Stone's 22m Euroships Luxemotor barge. Good informative web site with lots of detail www.rmstone.screaming.net
MirageThe Iron Dutchess;
; David and Mary's 60' x 12'-6" Replica Dutch barge being built by Paul Barber. Good photos and details.
. Some good photos and details of their boat.
Replica Dutch Barge build
82ft x 15ft Replica Dutch Barge built by RW Davis & Son. More good photos and details.
Last updated 31 January 2012