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BJ Marine (Bangor)
+44 (0)2891 271434
Classic restored Dutch "Tjalk" Sailing Barge now awaiting a lucky new owner. Currently in use as a delightful liveaboard and berthed near Belfast - Northern Ireland. Two double cabins with a large and spacious saloon and galley area. She is ready for new adventures!
"DRIE GEBROEDERS", meaning 'Three brothers' is a Dutch Sailing Barge built in 1898 that has been recently and lovingly restored to an operational sailing and liveaboard vessel.
The current owner purchased her in 2014 in the Netherlands, had some preparatory work done, then she was sailed across to England in 2015 for a more extensive refit.
The refit included a complete re-wiring, new gel batteries, new galvanic isolation system, diesel tank cleaned and twin fuel filters fitted. The gas system has also been upgraded.
Length Overall: 16.0m
Max Draft: 0.9m
Displacement: 24.0 tonnes
Airdraft: 14.0m (approx.)
Airdraft with mast lowered: 2.5m
Originally built in 1898 at the Van Duivendijk yard in Krimpen a/d Ijssel - probably one of the oldest shipyards in the Netherlands, and part of a shipbuilding operation that had 35 yards at one stage.
Much work has been done to her since 2000 - with the last 5 years being the "icing on the cake" for this historic old lady.
The condition of the hull is understood to be good. She was last dry-docked in 2017 and had a complete strip back below the water line and a 2-part epoxy applied before antifouling.
Last survey was done in late 2014.
Main: BMC 2.5 litre four cylinder marinised diesel engine with PRM gearbox. Shaft drive to three-bladed bronze propellor.
Generator: 6 kva 1500 rpm cocooned genset by BW Generatortechniek
Fuel: 500 l (2 x 250 l)
Water: 500 l
No grey or black water tank.
Will sleep six with two double cabins forward of the saloon and two single berths from the seating in the saloon. The interior has a charming cottage-style feel to it.
Below decks is accessed via a companionway from the aft deck and steering position, which gives way to a large open plan galley area and saloon. The interior renovation has been done using eco-friendly paints and William Morris inspired fabrics.
Large saloon area with L-shaped seating with a solid fuel stove as a focus. It also benefits from a central butter-fly hatch which adds plenty of light.
The galley area has plenty of space and storage and incorporates a conventional gas cooker with hob and oven by Boretti. There is plumbing for a washing machine.
Both cabins have plenty or storage and are well lit and ventilated.
Heads with separate shower and basin.
Exterior sliding shutters to the raised deckhouse/galley area.
There is a forepeak storage room accessed from the front cabin and via a deck hatch. This space also contains the water tankage.
The machinery space aft is accessed vis double doors under the companionway.
Sails and Rigging
Gaff rigged mainsail, staysail and jib - all tan
New main mast in Douglas Fir in 2015 - coated with Coelan
Rigging all replaced in 2015 - following a professional inspection 2016.
The leeboards have been fully renovated
There is no bow sprit, but there are drawings for one to be made. The original was beyond repair, and felt not to be essential.
12v/24v DC and 230v AC - re-wired in 2015. Diagrams available.
Sterling 4-step auto battery charger
Galvanic isolator - new 2015
2 Marlec solar panels and charge controller
Hot water central heating system to radiators - by Kabola - all overhauled
Electric bilge pump
Electric Heads: Vetus macerator type toilet
SIMRAD Navigation - new 2019
SIMRAD 3G radar
SIMRAD VHF RS35
Warps and fenders
Anchor - fisherman type; and chain
Windlass for anchor - manual
Windlass for each leeboard - the wire ropes have been replaced in 2015 - manual
Mast windlass - manual
Solid fuel stove in the saloon - multi-fuel.