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Lodestar – 55′ Trad 1995 Dave Elwell
Lodestar is a charming 55” ‘go anywhere’ length trad stern narrowboat. She was built in 1995 by Dave Elwell, and fitted out with oak faced ply and sapele trim to the ceiling, horizontal oak T&G to the cabin sides, and carpet to the hull sides.
She was grit blasted, zinc coated, and epoxy 2 packed at Debdale in January 2019, with 4 new anodes fitted at the same time.
The saloon is entered through glazed stable doors from the cratch covered well deck. Large at 12’ long, the saloon features a Stovax solid fuel stove, Panasonic 18” TV, sofa bed which converts to a spare double, a folding table, and two folding directors chairs. There are also side doors either side and a houdini hatch over, bringing in plenty of light and fresh air. The sapele parquet floor is a real feature of this room.
The galley follows, with a 240v fridge with icebox, 4 burner gas hob, oven & grill, microwave, and plenty of cupboards and drawers for storage. There is also a fixed cushioned seat, with storage under, and room for a washing machine if required. A second houdini hatch brings in additional light and fresh air.
Next is the walk through bathroom, with a Thetford cassette toilet, tiled shower cubicle with glass doors, and counter sunk ceramic basin. A couple of cupboards provide additional storage in this room.
The bedroom features a 6’2” x 4’0” fixed bed, with storage and drawers under and a cupboard over the head end. A series of open shelves sit at the foot end, with a hanging rail for clothes.
Steps lead into the engine room, with additional storage space. The Perkins 3HD engine is housed here, which was recently serviced at the beginning of September 2021.
She is well equipped with 12v power supplied by the large bank of five 135ah domestic batteries, and one 110ah starter. 240v is from the 1600w Victron Pheonix inverter, or landline.
The lighting on board is a mix of halogen and fluorescent strips.
She is centrally heated by an Alde Comfort gas fired heater, connected to 3 radiators, and hot water is heated by the Alde and the engine.
Lodestar is a charming boat with plenty of character, and unique features. She is well equipped for liveaboard life or extended cruising.