Berengaria: For Sale

We are reluctantly selling our unique and beautifully fitted, traditional stern, barge bow, live aboard narrowboat, with an historic Lister HR4W engine. It is currently moored on the River Cam in Horningsea near Cambridge and ready to move onto.

Price: £75,000 complete with fixtures, fittings, equipment, gas bottles etc.



We are selling our lovely ‘Berengaria’, a 70ft liveaboard narrowboat. Built in 1996 by Orion Boats, she was refitted in 2012 to a very high standard and is ready to move onto.

Currently on a private mooring in Horningsea, Cambridge, with shore power and water. The owner of the mooring has indicated that they will let a new owner retain the mooring for six months and is open to longer-term mooring if both sides are happy.

She offers comfortable accommodation for a small family/couple and is kitted out for off-grid living, with large storage areas, and solar panels. We lived on her throughout the lockdown in 2020 and managed to work, relax and find space to live.

Viewing highly recommended!


Vessel type:Narrowboat
Builder:Orion Narrowboats
Make:Orion Narrowboats
Model:70 Traditional
Year constructed:1996
Registry:CONSERVATORS of the CAM, registered for 2021/22
Berths:2 with room for additional 2
No. Of engines:1
Engine model: LISTER HR4W
Engine power:60
Fuel type:Diesel
Drive type:Shaft drive
Length over all:70′
Length at waterline:70′
Beam:6′ 10″
Maximum draft:2′ 6″
Hull material:Steel
Hull colour:BLACK
Displacement:28 metric tonnes
Hull survey2012. Report available.
Fuel capacity:120 Litres
Water capacity:500 Litres
EngineBerengaria is fitted with a historic four cylinder 60hp Lister HR4W engine, driving a 24″ propeller.   She cruises at 1000rpm and starts first time, whatever the weather.

We understand from the team at P&S Marine, Croxley Green, that the engine is worth £15000 on its own.

We have never experienced any issues with it apart from needing a new starter motor. The engine is kept clean with no oil/water/diesel leaks etc.   You can see the engine running in this video made in 2016 by the previous owner:   


Construction is 10/6/4 with a heavy build, her hull is epoxy pitched and in very good shape.

Insulation is 70mm Kingspan from baseplate to gunnels, seams taped against condensation and 1″ Jablite on roof and topsides.

The bow is in a barge style with a very large hold which can store up to 20 25kg bags of coal! Also, on the foredeck are gas lockers, currently fitted for two 13kg bottles (and with two more bottles in the hold) .

The cratch area is large enough for two to three bikes, or anything else you need to carry with you! The interior is fitted out in 9mm ply and trimmed with stop-routed 70mm battens.


Flooring is 18mm solid oak (thoughout the boat) and decorated in a tasteful a Georgian style. All paints are Farrow & Ball colours and the woodwork and fitting are of a high standard.

The saloon is approx 4m in length and has a 19th century French drop-leaf daybed, providing a single bed for visitors, stove, side table, sideboard & 24″ TV etc.

Heating is provided by an Evergreen Poplar stove and back boiler which runs three radiators.

Beyond is a fully fitted galley kitchen with solid oak work surfaces, fridge, full size twin oven/grill cooker , porcelain 1 + 1/4 sink and drainer. The units provide plenty of storage space for foods, pans, crockery etc. Hot water is provided via a Morco D61e instantaneous gas heater which also gives a lovely shower!

Along the companionway we have a compact yet very workable shower room, fitted with a composting toilet, hand basin, storage and full size thermostatically controlled shower. The Shower cubicle and room are tiled in Travertine sandstone.

Next along is a smaller room which could hold a 2.5ft x 6ft single bed, with a large Victorian pine chest of drawers.

Note the ‘secret’ cupboard with the triangular door above the bed head…….

Through the door is the master cabin, full size double bed with drawer and storage space beneath. A large antique mahogany chest of drawers and a small table opposite. There are two 9″ portholes and a door onto the ‘utility’ room & engine rooms.

Both cabins, companionway, kitchen and utility room have large ‘escape’ hatches LED lighting is fitted throughout.

Beyond the Master Cabin is a utility room fitted with a Candy automatic washing machine, it’s a tight fit through to the engine room where the generator/batteries etc are accessed. Access is also through the rear engine/control room doors.

Batteries are 8 x Trojan T105s, fitted late 2018 at a cost of over £1000 and never allowed to drop below 50% charge.

There is a Honda EU20i 2.O kw petrol generator which can charge the batteries (see )


Electrical sockets run around the length of the boat on both sides and power is provided by a Victron 1600/50 inverter/charger, 4 x 125w solar panels + Tracer MPPT controller and a Hatz 1900w 24v DC diesel generator.

Safety Equipment

Berengaria has plenty of fire fighting equipment which has recently been certified. Also, there are a number of smoke alarms and a CO detector. Her Boat Safety Certificate was renewed in June 2021 and will not need testing again for the full four years.


Exterior paintwork needs a little attention- rust treatment has been done, but needs overpainting

Interior paintwork is good, some of the woodwork needs repair

Floor in kitchen is worn and needs restaining