Rope Walk, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17

Guide Price £250,000

Tug Boat

The Owners have kindly provided us with the below information –
A British Harbour tug built in 1939 by WJ Yarwoods, Cheshire of round bilged, riveted construction in steel. Delivered to the Admiralty 1940 for service in Plymouth, where she worked many years and became quite well known when in the commercial ownership of Harry Rose towage, Poole harbour for several decades, before being sold for use by Poole Harbour Commisioners. The vessel is recorded on National Historic Ships UK- Certificate number 1971
Dimensions 63 ½’ LOA 15 ½’ beam. Current draught 7′ but designed 8′.
Full handover documentation will accompany vessel’s sale to new owners. Instruction manuals for equipment and appliances, gas certification, wiring and equipment layout diagrams. Contact details for all local suppliers of fuel, consumables etc. as well as contact details for useful people who understand vessel such as surveyors and engineers.
Wendy Ann 2 has been a full time home for 12 years. This is an extremely reluctant sale of a much loved vessel and a project that has demanded 16 years of dedication, husbandry and maintenance.
All fit out carefully and lovingly installed, a project that has taken many years to fully realize. Wendy Ann 2 is now a fully autonomous off grid vessel with no expense spared in construction, providing an amazing home or weekend getaway with extremely spacious accommodation.
Currently moored on an annual mooring agreement with the option to renew.
Situated on the West side of Littlehampton Harbour, close to the local beach, the drying mooring is in an idyllic and peaceful setting.
Large Solar panel and mppt charge controller supplied by Sunstore. Sterling pure sine wave 3kW inverter charger and Victron 50A smart charger connected to Rolls AGM 400Ah batteries provide domestic power.
12v led lighting throughout. 240v ring mains for both generator and inverter power.
Interior fit out benefits from beautiful details such as reclaimed brass and bronze ships light fittings and switches, portholes and extensive use of high quality reclaimed hardwoods.
All skylights fitted with bespoke weather covers for winters and fitted roman blinds made from signal flags throughout provide extra insulation as well as blackout for hot summer days.
Copies of surveys available for prospective purchasers, together with evidence of work done.
De engined prior to purchase by us for use as permanent houseboat.
Ballasted with manganese iron ingots and movable concrete block.
Fully insulated with hot sprayfoam to 4″ thickness hull sides and deckheads, superstructure to minimum 2″ thickness.
Refurbished, blasted/lacquered and pressure tested cast iron radiators in situ awaiting installation, a detailed quote for diesel fired central heating has been obtained and can be passed to the new owners.

Wheelhouse 13’6″ (4.11m) max x 8’3″ (2.51m) max over split levels. Has been repurposed as reception room/sitting room. Extension cabin aft made from solid 3″ x 8″ Iroko structure clad in teak reclaimed from the factory gates of the Chichester Shipphams fish paste factory. Fully insulated and partially double glazed with a large solar panel sited of the roof.
This is a light, airy space with 360° degree views of harbour on two levels, from which a cast iron spiral stair leads down to the galley.

Galley 15’6″ (4.72m) max x 14′ (4.27m) max. Occupying the tug’s original entire forward accommodation the galley now serves as a large kitchen/diner. Fitted with douglas fir kitchen units, custom made iroko and acacia seated dining area and soles in reclaimed larch.
With plenty of storage and worktop space as well as Isotherm 12v fridge with freezer compartment and 5 ring LPG ‘Lacanche’ commercial style range cooker with two ovens, one LPG one electric.
Galley also houses an Aarrow 5kw multifuel stove and compartment for the domestic battery and electrical machinery.
Self discharging automatic galley waste tank.

Engine Room/Living Room 12’8″ x 12’4″ (3.86m x 3.76m). With the tugs last working engine removed, the engine room is now a very spacious living room space complete with Chesterfield sofa and iroko coffee table. We couldn’t bear to scrap the tugs last working propellor so this unusual five bladed beautiful object is now installed against the after bulkhead as a focal piece.
Engine room sole is in reclaimed mahogany parquet from Croydon war memorial hospital and is liftable to provide access to bilge. Engine room bilges house the grey and black holding tanks which are self disharging.
Hull sides lined in painted redwood tongue and groove, and storage for clothing in a fitted wardrobe constructed from ash which also houses a 240v washing machine.
Fresh water holding tank capacity just over ½ ton in pair of wing tanks.
A custom built multifuel burner from welded 10mm plate circa 15kw provides a centrepiece to the room with light from bronze opening portholes and large original skylight overhead.

Bathroom 7’11” (2.41m) max x 6’5″ (1.96m) max. A luxurious space lined in oak and travertine tiling, with upper walls finished in waxed tadelakt plasterwork. Plenty of built in storage space for towels and toiletries.
The bathroom is complimented with a restored full size French cast iron, roll top bath with shower installed above it, and freestanding sink with bronze fish shaped taps from Morocco.
An immersion hot water system is installed in funnel to provide hot water and it is equipped with a top of the range Sanimarin 12v macerator toilet.

Bedroom 9′ x 8’8″ max (2.74m x 2.64m max). The tugs original steering room/bosuns store has been converted to the main bedroom. The only space on board which does not have full head height is now occupied with a built in kingsize bed, with anglepoise reading lights and fitted bedside cabinetwork trimmed in maple. Hull sides in eucalyptus planking, pine soles and custom made teak skylight overhead to complement original engine room skylight.

Generator Room    Containing a Kubota based 8 kVa radiator cooled generator set with Meccalte alternator. This is right at the aft of the vessel and separated from domestic accommodation by soundproof insulated steel bulkhead, the generator room is accessed through hatches in the afterdeck, generator is wired for remote start from the galley.

Exterior    From the outside this vessel still looks faithful to original harbour tug appearance, with additions such as after skylight and extended wheelhouse sympathetic to original purpose as working vessel. Classic pre-war harbour tug lines with pronounced sheer, round bilge, deep forefoot and counter stern. Teak wheelhouse and large funnel. Cowl vents largely original to vessel.
Well maintained and regularly repainted with all hull anodes up to date, all skin fittings ball valved and sited above waterline.
The vessel was rescued from dereliction in Plymouth and hull extensively rebuilt stem to stern over nearly four years starting 2004 in mostly 8mm plate. All insert, no doubling, including some frame replacement. Blasted and painted by airless spray in Interzone 954 and Intershield 300, Jotamastic 87 and Hempalin top coats. A complete record of works to rebuild vessel is documented on a blog, see links.

Property Features

  • Converted Tug Boat
  • Recorded on National Historic Ships UK
  • Spacious Living Room
  • Spacious Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Modern Bathroom
  • Bedroom
  • Stunning Wheelhouse with Outstanding Views
  • Situated On a Mooring with Incredible Views
  • Viewing Advised To Appreciate This Incredible Vessel

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