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"Thanks to Richard, we stopped short of buying a total shocker of a boat from another boatyard and Richard found us a better, cheaper equivalent. Also being 'first timers' he and James told us about all the things we should know/buy/be aware of. Thanks for being so helpful and we look forward to a nice summer of sun and sailing (please)"
Karen Dresser, Essex

“I would just like to thank you for delivering my yacht Reverie from Sandwich to Ipswich. It was done in the most efficient and professional way at a very reasonable cost and the feed back from the passage was very useful. I enjoyed my stay on the mooring at Highway, I found everyone most friendly and helpful.”
R Parkin, Ipswich

"In October 2012, James from Highway Marine assisted me in moving my boat from Sandwich to Hayling Island. I can honestly say that I would trust him to move any boat of mine, anywhere in the world. James organised the entire trip, he supplied charts and planned for the correct tide/weather windows. He took great care over every procedure and was always fully in control. We had the perfect day and James was more than happy to have me come along for the ride, during which I was able to pick his brain on all manor of boating questions.
If I ever need my boat moving again and did not feel confident enough, or have the time to do it myself, my first port of call would be Highway Marine. Thank you so much guys for all your support in getting Paws back on to the water and a special thank you to James, who helped me move her on her first, of hopefully many journeys”.

A Sanderson, Oxford

“Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for all your help in the sale of ‘Phoenix’ and thank you for the 2 life jackets - you might see me and Jasmine going along the river in our dinghy! ;-) Thanks again.”

“James took my dutch barge Roma round the Kent coast and up the Thames to London. As well as being immensely competent he was a fine company. It was a first rate passage and his piloting/delivery was a first rate service.”
Dan Re'em, London

"I imported a boat from England to Sweden through Highway Marine Group. When investing so much time and money in your dream, you don’t want anything to go wrong - especially doing it from abroad. Richard and his team did a great job. They are very service-minded and helped me with every matter along the way, including paper work, transport etc. Above all, they are honest, straight people that care about their customers and reputation. I would definitely buy another boat from through Highway Marine Group."
Michael B. Gothenburg, Sweden.

“Just a quick email to congratulate you on the purchase of our lovely ‘Reverie’. We wish you very many happy voyages aboard her. Thanks, too, to Richard for all your help in the sale process.”
Michael & Felicia Foster

“I would like to say how enjoyable it has been dealing with yourself and your company. You are not only knowledgeable but incredibly helpful, in fact you are the first broker I have been pleased to deal with. I have always bought privately in the past.”
Neil Sutherland, Dorchester

“Hi James and Richard, I would just like to thank you for delivering my yacht Reverie from Sandwich to Ipswich and for the feed back afterwards. It was done in the most efficient and professional way at a very reasonable cost and the feed back from the passage was very useful I enjoyed my stay in the mooring at Highway I found everyone most friendly and helpful. Thank you all very much. I hope to meet you all again sometime.”
Robin Parkin

“Finally purchased the 1997 Four Winns Vista 258 for £18,500 accepting a slightly higher price because it had had a new engine so I think your valuation was spot on.”

“Thank you very much for the cheque for the sale of Mergarer. Thank you also for your help over the last few months and the speedy completion of business once an offer had been made.”
Nick Lockhart

"Just a quick note to say thanks for easing through our purchase of the yacht ‘Dreamcatcher’ with the minimum amount of fuss. Thanks also to James for the excellent delivery service of the boat from Ramsgate to Chichester.  My apologies for not organising the right wind, and for him having to motorsail for nigh on 23 hours. The boat was delivered smack on time too. Great doing business with Highway Marine – highly recommended."
Mike Nicholson

Hello Gents. Bill of sale now in the post which hopefully concludes everything. Just want to say a massive thanks for all your help. What was turning into a nightmare finished beautifully once in the hands of the Highway marine boys. Amazingly quick sale which is great for all. 
One large worry off my mind. Thanks again and see you soon. Cheers

Jim Woods, Beaumont, Essex



DUTCH TJALK BARGE 72 (reduced)
'Silk Purse'


Year: 1907
LOA: 19.9 m
Beam: 4.3 m
Draft: 1.0 m
Construction: Cast Steel
Hull / Keel: Displacement
HIN: SSR 134573

Engine(s) and Electrical:
Ford 2723, 109hp diesel. Serial no: 926F7EDA. Last serviced: March 2017. Engine hours: 348. Maximum speed: 15 knots. Drive type: diesel to velvet drive (2:9 trans). Fuel capacity: 800 litres. Fuel consumption: 3-4 litres per hour. 3 banks of 12V batteries charged from the engine via 60 amp alternator. 240v battery charger. 8kw Kaboda generator. Shore power. 2400 watt inverter with 30 amp charger and solar panel controller. Two - 250 w solar panels.

Accommodation and Below Deck:
7 berths, 2 metre headroom, curtains, new upholstery, solid maple flooring, glass saloon table, chart table, hanging lockers, wet locker, 2 heads, 2 wash basin, 2 showers, stereo, heated by oil fired AGA stove, underfloor heating heated by AGA, AGA cooker, microwave, induction hob for hot days, gallery sink, refrigerator, separate freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, holding tank, crockery and cutlery, hot and cold pressurised water system, 1000 litres water capacity.

Deck and Canvas:
2 anchors, windlass, substantial stanchions/guardwires, boarding ladder, 4 hatches, 10 opening ports, external table, warps/fenders, 3 boathooks, 2 rope lockers, fully enclosed pilot house, custom step for boarding when necessary.

Navigation and Safety:
GPS, portable echosounder/fishfinder, log/speed indicator on the VHF, VHF radio with AIS receiver, compass, navigation lights, helm indicator, 2 lifebouys, 6 lifejackets, flares, 2 search lights, fog horn, CO2 and fire/smoke detector, radar reflector, intruder alarm, fire extinguishers, fire blanket, 3 bilge pumps. Engine room automatic dry chemical fire control system.

“She is a fully fitted, comfortably livable barge, finished tastefully and ready to cruise or live aboard. When the weather turns cool the diesel fitted AGA will keep the barge beautifully warm and dry. The AGA also supplies the under floor heating, cooks your meals and heats your water. When connected to the mains it is like living in a comfortable house with all the charm of marine living. Summer cruising is as easy as disconnecting the lines and heading out. Sitting in the wheelhouse gives you a 360 degree view and a daybed for a nap. Guests have own stateroom with double bed, sink, toilet and shower. The gallery features unique concrete counters and island, making food preparation a pure pleasure, also equipped with fridge, freezer, chest freezer, dishwasher, washing machine. The salon has a sofa that opens to a double bed, an arm chair and 2 separate chairs, antique desk and a unique Cellarette for storage. Separating the salon from the master stateroom forward are 2 large wardrobes and lots of storage. A unique bespoke bathroom includes a composting toilet, shower, Victorian hip bath and copper Pullman sink. Further on is the master stateroom with California king size bed, storage underneath, wardrobe and full shelves for storage. Emergency escape door to the forward hatch is located on the forward bulkhead. Barge is insulated with 50mm kingspan in the roof and 35mm in the walls. Roof is new original style varnished hatch boards creating wonderful height and space. ‘Silk Purse’ was last dry docked in September 2017 for general cleaning and maintenance of the bottom. A full survey and thickness measurement taken in April 2015 is available to the buyer. Barge will be berthed at the Yacht club in Diksmuide Belgium from the 1st week in October 2017, the mooring has been paid until end of March 2018. Mooring in Sandwich, Kent available.”
Viewings are by appointment only.

The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel, but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Highway Marine Ltd who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified independent agents to carry out a survey, and/or any mechanical and electrical checks.


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