On the 5th August we sold September Air for £89,950 to a lovely couple and fittingly canoed off into the distance, well just further down the pontoon, so it was less distance to carry the canoe!!!

In total the boat cost us £109,000 to build including the £20,000 we lost when Simpson's went bust, unfortunately that does not include the 20,000+ miles we did from London to Sharpness until December 2009 or our man hours. So I suppose you can say we are very much out of pocket but how many people can say they have built their own boat!

After 6 years of boat building, we sold her for £89,950 (See 'For Sale Photographs'). The particulars read as follows:

September Air is a 58½ x 10½ ft wide beam cruiser stern barge moored at Penton Hook, Chertsey and has been built with love, sweat and tears by Professional Nomads (us). Easily recognisable by her unique but classy two toned grey paintwork.

The boats accommodation consist of kitchen/lounge, corridor, 2nd bedroom, bathroom and master bedroom.

She is 10,6,4 steel construction, cruiser stern shell built originally by Simpsons of Brimscombe. Interior fit out in light oak/ ash, insulated throughout with Kingspan/Celotex including under the floor and between the bulkheads. 

September Air's engine is an Izusu 55bhp, with less than 100 miles and was serviced in April 2014. She cruises very well, that is not just our opinion but indeed all of the dock masters who have moved her. She was blacked November 2011 and completed the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) in January 2013, so weirdly enough she is classed as a 2013 boat! There are working rear deck lights, tunnel light and navigational lights. There are 5 mushroom vents, one in every room to aid ventilation.

She can be heated by wood burner stove assisted by an eco fan, placed so the whole boat benefits. Or by the Alde central heating system which can use either gas or electricity to heat the four radiators and water. 

On entering the stern you come into the lounge. The stairs wind down into the lounge creating plenty of storage space. The elegant cupboards hide the freezer and Bosch slim-line washing machine . Two of the steps, lift up to reveal great storage for your outdoor shoes, the other cupboard we currently use for recycling. There are two further cupboards, with one housing the inverter. And finally 3 deep shelves. As you come down the stairs there are two oak shelves and coat hooks making a compact but extremely useful hallway. In the lounge we can fit a 2 seater sofa and tub chair, still allowing ample further space. There are six 240v sockets and a TV aerial, plus a smoke/carbon monoxide detector. The 4 roman blinds are a plush Laura Ashley amethyst fabric and the kitchen window has a made to measure wooden blind. The room is very light and airy with 4 windows, a side hatch and a Houdini hatch.

The kitchen boasts a 1½ Carron Phoenix porcelain sink, a 5 burner Baumatic hob, wine fridge and a gas oven plus separate grill. The kitchen cupboards are all handmade to maximise space. There is a larger corner cupboard, a 600mm & 300mm cupboard, 4 drawers, including 2 deep pan drawers. The worktop is 38mm solid Oak, with white tiled splash backs. There are two oak shelves with LED lighting underneath and a hob extractor fan with light.

The lounge and kitchen flooring has a beautiful engineered oak flooring with the 2nd bedroom, corridor and master bedroom benefiting from a lush professionally fitted carpet. The bathroom floor is tiled with large black porcelain tiles.

The second bedroom is open to the corridor to maximise space, and designed to be separated by a curtain if needed. The Alde boiler and flue are housed in this room. There is an oak work-surface that sits under the window and is the width of the room. We use this room as our study but can easily be adapted to a second bedroom.

The corridor benefits from a radiator and the boats second smoke alarm.

The bathroom houses a 90 x 90 enclosed shower tiled with white mosaic style tiles. There are 3 handy recesses to store your shampoo bottles. There is an extraction fan and a pvc roof. The toilet is a Thetford 200C cassette toilet with flush. We have two cassettes that are stored in the large bathroom cupboard. The sink area is finished off with a granite work surface and a Villeroy & Boch sink. A large mirror curved to the shape of the roof sits behind the sink. 

And finally to the master bedroom, our haven! There is plenty of built in wardrobe space and drawers, inside the wardrobe there is handy space to fit canoe paddles and fishing rods! The portside wardrobe has an oak top with a mirror behind. A 22 inch TV fits perfectly. The stern side benefits from a 2 drawer bedside table. Either side of the bed there are LED reading lights. Our wrought iron bed fits perfectly and with the pale blue curtains, the room feels very serene. The oak bow doors opens up onto the bow deck, fantastic for getting a breeze through the boat.

 

Thank you....... 

There are far too many people to thank, and over the last 6 years we have been supported by family, friends, marina folk (Sharpness & Penton Hook) and even the support from people visiting our website. We just want to give a big shout out to you all and finally to Steve & Tina who bought September Air to start a new chapter in their lives.