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1898 Classic TJALK Dutch Sailing Barge | Full Liveaboard Conversion

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Model Year1898
LocationGravesend, Kent, UK
BuilderDrews Hoogezand
Hull MaterialIron, Steel Plated
LOA22.5m (74ft)
Beam4.5m (15ft)
Max Draft0.9m (3ft)
Engine(s) MakeDAF
Engine(s) Power195 hp
Engine Model6 Cylinder
Max Speed6 Knots
Fuel500 Litres
Water500 Litres


“Grietje” is a wonderfully looked after original sailing Dutch Tjalk that has been converted into a two/three bedroom liveaboard. Built in 1898 by DREWS HOOGEZAND as a working vessel, she is an originally riveted iron hull that has been fully over platted with 6mm steel. The vessel has been drydocked in 2021, with a full 35,000 PSI blast/strip back to a WJ2 standard. She then went through a full ultrasonic underwater survey, steel welding repairs completed, full suite of 14 new anodes and finally coated with a 10 year 2pac epoxy International paint system meaning she does not need to be re slipped until 2031. The bilges have also been cleaned and resealed from the interior.  She is sold with a complete 2021 boat survey (as well as survey/service history dating back to 2004) and also the option to take on the mooring at the Embankment Marina, Gravesend.

With a keenness to keep the original lines of such a beautiful vessel, the only detraction from the original specification of the build is the fully collapsible wheel house at the stern. Outside of this, the original rigging, sails, deck equipment, mast, lee boards are all accounted for and in working order. The deck coaming has also been raised slightly to allow generous head room in the living area, but not so much it detracts from the lines.  She also comes fitted with a DAF 6 cylinder 195 HP engine that was serviced at the beginning of 2021 and was used to transport her from Gravesend to Hoo to be slipped and back again without missing a beat. The external topsides and coach roof have also benefited from full repaint recently so she is looking extremely pretty!

Internally, the barge has received a full renovation using proper insulation covered over with painted marine moisture resistant ply. Coming down from the wheel house you come into an area affectionally known as the skippers cabin that could be used as an utility space or a home office or children’s play room. A new bathroom with full height stand up shower is on your right as you move through the boat and a toilet with a heated seat! Moving further on, a fully renovated kitchen sold with all white goods including a washing machine, full size gas double oven and hobs, plenty of storage space leading into  a wide open plan saloon living area. The saloon benefits from beautiful brass port holes and authentic brass skylights leaving the saloon area flooded with natural light. Forward of the mast step there is option of fitting in another bedroom before finally coming to the master cabin with has a built in queen size bed.

The barge is warmed by an oil based boiler that takes it’s feed from the fuel tank, and with 11 radiators in the system leaves the living space toasty warm even in the coldest winter months. It also benefits from a beautifully ornate log burner in the main saloon.

Grietje has been in our family since 2006, and took part in the 2012 Queen’s River Thames Pageant as one of the oldest boats on the river Thames. She has been very well looked after and cared for, and is ready to be moved onto straight away we look forward to passing over this fantastic piece of history.

More photos can be seen, please continue along the tabs for a full video walkthrough and to the interactive 3d walkthrough.

Opportunity to take on the mooring space in the Embankment Marina with full fuel/ pump out and toilet/washing facilities

New Engine start batteries and 12/24v Domestic batteries installed

Engine Service for 2021 year

Full exterior re-paint

14 brand new anodes (7 per side) fitted to the hull

Shore power

Victorian 30 Amp Battery charger

Galvanic isolator

Lister 240V Generator in engine room

LPG fired hot water boiler for sinks and shower with separate LPG lockable gas storage locker

Bespoke collapsible wheel house

Bench height fridge/ separate bench height freezer and washing machine

Main sail and Genoa with full rigging and spas

Fully operational mast winch and A frame leaver system/ Mast cradle for when lying on deck

Original wooden leigh boards

Dyneema mooring lines and warps

90m worth of Anchor chain with ketch  anchor and spare

Authentic features including original steaming light/Navigations lights, working deck winches and gear.

Full tool work storage area under the wheel house and workshop in engine room with multiple spare parts

240v Portable battery charger

Brand new transportable 3.5HP water pump and pipes

Whole living area insulated and re-boarded with moisture resistant MDF

Brand new main lighting system within the saloon

Brand new carpets throughout wheelhouse and skippers cabin

Renovated master saloon floor

Renovated bathroom with new shower and toilet

Fully fitted master bedroom with built in Queen Size Bed

Assortment of tools/spare brass door handles/ original light fittings etc

Please click below to be taken to the Matterport interactive 3D walkthrough where you can view the full interior of this vessel from the comfort of your own home.

Matterport Interactive 3D Walkthrough