West Midlands UK
Welcome to the sale of Orca Gladiator. Built in 1984 and later extended width ways, Orca is one of a kind.
Constucted out of high grade mild steel with her unique shape and size she will catch the gongoozler by surprise.
Designed as an origional contruction for sailing the southern pacific ocean, it's aero dynamic design for speed alongside it's curves and strength is impressive.
She is 70ft aproximate in length and 12ft at the widest point.
As you enter the vessel down steps from the rear deck, you first have the toilet/bathroom on your right and a narrow corridor to the left. The bath is in position and the boiler, flu and piping are all ready to fit but as yet are not fitted.
Then you move into the open living/kitchen area. A 7ft sofa bed which sleeps two sits opposite a desk area with shelving and a tv/dvd player. Beyond this you enter an open kitchen, lit by two glass tiffiny lamps suspended from the ceiling, it has a warm feel with solid ash worktops and hardwood trimmings.The kitchen has a belfast style sink and a four ring gas hob fitted. Plenty of worktop space and two cupboards. The rayburn is also located in the kitchen, with plenty of space surrounding to store dry logs for the cold nights.
Insulated on the sides with 3 inches of fiber glass behind wood panneling, and 3 inches of sheep wool in the ceiling, Orca remains cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. The rayburn will burn either wood or coal, it keeps the space well heated through the colder months as well as cooking your dinner!
Moving on you come to the bedrooms. Two bunks sit either side of the first room which leaves plenty of floor space. Through a curtain divide you have a full double bed resting on a floating hardwood frame. There is plenty of space either end of the bed for clothing/linen storage and plenty of storage underneath. Beyond the double bed is a steel bulkhead with an opening door. This leads to a 10 ft storage/workshop space and then out onto the front deck.
The re-fit is only 8 years old and the work was carried out by myself and my husband, both experienced in welding and woodwork. Due to personal circumstances I am forced to sell this beautiful home and some of the work remains unfinished. She needs the roof painting and would benefit from docking. The hull is sound but surveys are always advisable when buying a boat.
As Orca was origionally built to sail she has no inboard engine. She has a bigfoot outboard engine and a large steel rudder which does the job on canals. Orca would make a lovely houseboat on a permanent mooring, however we spent five years contiually cruising her and it was idilic. She needs an experienced boater and confident handling as she is large and unusually shaped vessel, however she does fit in the double locks and has had no problems navigating the grand union canal and would easily cruise from the midlands to london and beyond.
Viewing highly recommended
|Builder:||Thomson and Williams|
|Fuel type:||Petrol (Gas)|
|Length over all:||21m|