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18 metre 1890 Steel Dutch Tjalk (Barge)

A Beautiful Place To Live

18 metre 1890 Steel Dutch Tjalk (Barge) is living on the River Deben across from Sutton Hoo.

We are selling our barge, Aenna Te Gondern, that was our home for over six years because we have moved on and have a house. She needs to be a home to another now, and with a view that some pay millions to have you can’t lose out, especially at the price we are asking of £120,000.

She has more space for her size then most barges because of a wider beam of 15 feet and in that are five permanent sleeping places in three separate rooms (two with desks), a living room, galley, shower and toilet room, a workshop separated from the rest of the vessel, and a large engine room with a washing machine. I might add that the headroom is usually around 6’6” but accessing the master stateroom from the engine room requires bending through the watertight bulkhead doorway. There is one multi-fuel heating stove with window, a central heating diesel stove connected to three radiators. There is also 3”-4” insulation throughout Aenna and we have always stayed warm in the worst Winters during our living aboard. During the Summer nights we only use the Morso as a fireplace. We still spend some weekends aboard.

Then, up the ladder way from the after situated master state room with a king size bed, there is the pilot house with 360-degree viewing. You can also enter the Aenna’s pilot house through the port and starboard doors.

The layout above was originally for a ketch sailing rig with which we brought her from Berlin but had to take down the mainmast. The mizzen mast, which was close to the height of the main mast, is rigged and ready to mount at Robertson’s of Woodbridge, just five minutes away, if one wishes to rig her the way she was originally rigged as a cutter. The swords, or leeboards, are in place still and if she is to remain a motor yacht I would recommend leaving them to lessen any roll. There is an attached 8” steel keel that gives her a steadying helm and crossing the North Sea made her easy steering. There is a perfect wheel for steering her. If she is to be a houseboat, well, they both can still serve as reminders of a very long history she has had underway.

There are records of her movement through time and seas for she was built as an inland and sea-going cargo vessel and under her previous ownership was a touring museum ship working on the Baltic Sea and the rivers in and around Berlin.

She now sits along the walking path, on a mud berth at the Melton Boat Club. There is wifi, water and mains electricity.

Aenna Te Gondern has a lot to offer and you can probably tell we would like her to go to somebody who would appreciate what they are getting. See more at

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