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Helios – 60ft Traditional Stern Tug Deck Liveaboard Narrowboat




Helios is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when quality is a priority whilst building a narrowboat. Specced right from the beginning to be a self sufficient liveaboard Helios is equally at home moored in a marina as she is on the cut. Since Helios was built in 2006 by Big Fish Narrowboats and Steve Emery she has remained with her original owner.

Entering from the stern you are welcomed into a warm and inviting boatmans cabin. Furnished with a fixed double bed and an Epping stove there is plenty of comfortable nights to be had.

Moving through Helios you next enter the engine room. This is a well kept and tidy engine space with a 1939 Lister CE2 in pride of place. The engine was completely overhauled when first installed in Helios in 2006 and coupled with a variable ratio hydraulic drive system has provided the current owner with many years of trouble free cruising.

Continuing, the bathroom is on the port side and fitted out with a spacious shower, counter top glass vanity basin and Thetford cassette toilet.

The galley and saloon merge to make for a large living space, which with its centrally placed Aarrow sold fuel burner creates a cosy and homely environment in which to relax. Forward of the saloon is a large storage space under the tug deck and access to the water tank.

The kitchen is equipped with a stand alone gas cooker, Zanussi washing machine and an Inlander 12v fridge freezer. In the galley is also the control panel for the 6.5kVA Fischer-Panda generator. This is fed by an independent 10 gallon diesel tank and provides ample power for even the most demanding appliances.

Mains Specifications

Engine & Fuel
Engine: 1939 Lister CE2 (Overhauled in 2006)
Drive: Parker Hydraulic Variable Drive
Diesel Tank: 3 Separate Tanks. 100 Gallon Engine, 35 Gallon Heating, 10 Gallon Generator

Hot Water & Heating
Supplied by combination of calorifier heated by the engine, immersion heater, 2 solid fuel burners, and Eberspaecher D5WSC.
Water Tank: 150 Gallon Stainless Steel
Radiators: 4

Electrical Systems
12V Lighting Installed – All LED with concealed mood lighting throughout
200W Solar Panel System with Tracer MPPT
Victron Atlas Combi 12/800
6.5kVA Fischer-Panda Generator
4 x 110Ah Domestic Batteries

Thetford Cassette Toilet
Fitted Shower
Fitted Glass Counter Top Vanity Basin

Cooker: Standalone Caprice 2040 gas hob and oven
Fridge/Freezer: 12v Inlander
Washing Machine: Zanussi Aquacycle 1300

Fit Out
Lining: Solid cedar in the back cabin. Ash & sapele in other living spaces.
Insulation Type: Polystyrene
Hatches: 3 Hatches Total, 2 Port 1 Starboard
Houdini Hatch

Other Details
Boat Safety Certificate: To be issued at point of sale
Last Hull Blacking: 2014 – Shot blasted and comastic applied
The roof was repainted in 2017 to its new red colour.

Helios is currently moored on the Trent & Mersey approximately 2 miles from Junction 24 of the M1. Viewings are by appointment only and can be arranged by either calling us on 01332 919 001 or emailing