Muddy Waters - House Boat


Boat Description

An rare opportunity to purchase a stunning floating home berthed in one of the most desirable villages in Essex, Muddy Waters started life as a floating restaurant in Chelmsford, since then she has been stripped and lovingly restored by a professional carpenter, the present owners have completed all works to an exceptionally high standard, the barge is not completely finished but this is a great opportunity for someone with a vision to make their own finishing touches, although not completely finished she can be lived on comfortably and is 95% of the way there, regardless of the small final touches Muddy Waters is still a striking home with many strong features, Muddy Waters is berthed with 5 other live aboard barges in the historic village of Battlesbridge, the train station is a short walk from the mooring and regular trains to London make this the perfect spot for commuters, if you’re a fan of countryside walks then you will be spoilt for choice, if not then the famous antique shops are super for a weekend mooch, there is of course a healthy choice of nice pubs nearby, recent survey is available on request, for more information on the barge and mooring or to arrange a viewing please do get in touch on 01702 599018 or


Vessel Name

Muddy Waters

Vessel Type

House Boat


Bob Coles


Widebeam Barge

Length (LOA)

70 ft


14 ft


2 ft


40,000 KG

Construction Material


Year Built


Engine Make & Model

Beta BV2203 (50HP)

Current location

Battlesbridge, Essex.



Construction – Steel (6MM,8MM,10MM)
LOA – 70 ft
Beam – 14 ft
Draft – 2.3 ft
Headroom – 6 ft
Displacement – 40,000 KG
Ballast – 3,000 KG (Forward, Midships & Aft)
Steering – Tiller
Year of Construction – 2001
Insulation – 100 MM Polystyrene in floor, Closed cell spray insulation throughout.
Design – Widebeam Barge
Builder – Bob Coles

Single Inboard Engine
Beta Marine BV2203
50 HP
4 Cylinder
Heat exchanger cooled, naturally aspirated.
65 Ah Battery charging alternator.
Hydraulic Gearbox
Morse Controls

12 V Ships system
240 V Shore power system
2 x 12 V, 110AH engine start batteries
2 x 12V, 110AH domestic batteries
Automatic battery charger
Victron 7000W Isolation Transformer (to prevent electrolytic corrosion)
Fully rewired 2021

Fuel – 100 L
Water – 1000 L

4 Berths in 2 Cabins
2 Double Berths
1 Heads
1 Galley

Service Area/Utility – Entrance steps, Sharp washer/dryer, storage.

Aft Cabin – Double bed, ample wardrobe space, storage drawers, bespoke 90 degree windows and reclaimed port holes.

Study – Double sofa bed, desk, reclaimed portholes.

Bathroom – Porta Potti (plumbing in place for sea toilet) washbasin, bath/shower.

Galley – Overhead cabinets, under counter cabinets, Esse oven & stove, twin butler sink, fridge/freezer, Minerva work surfaces.

Saloon – Open plan to galley, L shaped sofa, armchairs, bespoke 90 degree window, skylight, doors to forward deck.

Engineered oak flooring throughout, heating by gas combi boiler to radiators throughout, windows are a mixture of bespoke 90 degree windows and reclaimed/refurbished portholes.

Smoke Alarm
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Fire Extinguishers

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.