2019 Newbuild



Fitout carried out by Samuel Roy

Lotus was comissioned in early 2019. Work began in July and she was completed at the start of october. The customer had requested a space which resembled N.B. Comet (see below) with a simple design and a reverse layout using eco friendly, sustainable and recycled materials. Lotus has a combination of Garnica Ply, Pine ceiling and floor, Reclaimed snooker table worktops, Riven slate in the shower cubicle and bronze details such as the splash backs. The taps are gold plated. Many of the exposed hinges are reclaimed. Osmo Wax oil and Dulux waterbased eggshell provide the colour and wood finishes.

Storage was a priority so there is a fully lit ottoman style bed, full depth and height kitchen cupboards and a total of 12 draws. There is a DEFRA approved multi fuel stove (morso) and a calorifier providing hot water. There is a  victron 1600w charger/inverter and 2 x victron solar pannels.

The entire craft has been fitted out using only hand tools which provides a natural earthy ambience.

Being a Colecraft the hull has been constructed to an excellent standard with a very open, roomy feel.



Reviewed by Mark Langley for Waterways World magazine boat review April 2018


Liz & Sam

With a much respected J&G reeves hull, Comet has just been completely refitted using an eco-friendly and innovative design. The development has stemmed from our personal experiences as continuous cruisers. Features therefore will allow the owner, if they wish, to enjoy a self-sufficient off grid lifestyle while making very little compromise to modern living standards.

We feel the important systems for comfort comprise heating, hot water, electricity and WC. Our approach has been to provide multiple options for each. Firstly, there are two sources of heating:- underfloor (via combination boiler) and handmade radiators (via multi-fuel stove boiler). Secondly, electricity is provided via the solar panels, the engine's twin alternators and by connecting to mains hook up. In all cases batteries are protected by state of the art charge controllers. Thirdly, hot water is provided from three sources, calorifier heated via boiler or engine and instant hot water via combination boiler (electrical heating option also available). Finally, a compost toilet with extractor fan which will never block, uses very little power and has the least odour.

For us a comfortable living space is not simply functional but also beautiful and stylish. We have given substantial consideration to the on board aesthetic which aims to create a sense of space and warmth. A common theme of natural materials and finishes runs throughout the craft as colours and trims vary so that each room has its own individual character and charm. Comet has been left deliberately open plan, this allows the eventual buyer to personalise the space as best suits them. We are happy to discuss and possibly fit any further additions that you may desire.

The builders, Sam and Liz, have been living on narrowboats for nine and three years respectively. Sam is a fully qualified LPG marine/boats engineer who has been working in the trade for 6 years adding to his extensive construction experience. Sam has encountered a huge variety of liveaboard issues and consequently is very adept at solving them. Liz meanwhile as a physicist turned circus performer and teacher also brings substantial knowledge and a different perspective.

Comet is a unique opportunity for the buyer to live in a beautiful environment, complimented by cutting edge technology for a complete experience on the water. We highly recommend a viewing.


Personal Profile


As you enter Comet from the bow, there are two oak steps welcoming you to an airy living space which is 4 meters long. On your right there is a new Morso Squirrel stove with Spanish slate surround. From the stove, lacquered copper pipework runs along the living room wall to feed one of the heating systems. Throughout the craft pine floorboards, run lengthways, are adjoined using a teak coloured polyurethane, have fixings plugged with oak and are protected with Osmo top oil for a natural finish. Pipe work concealed beneath is connected to a combination boiler providing thermostatically controlled underfloor heating. Looking up there is a houdini hatch in the ceiling providing extra ventilation and light.

At the end of the living space we see the kitchen. On this side of the units there is access to the twin tub washing machine

and a handy switch for the inverter. Sign written switch labels in gold are a recurring feature on board. As you enter the kitchen, you will pass the Pioneer DAB stereo which operates through 4 ceiling mounted speakers, 2 in the living room and 2 in the bedroom. The kitchen is a bespoke design, handcrafted to include a walnut worktop with slate splash back, gold plated tap, refrigerator, full-size hob, oven with grill and mini Belfast sink. There are 4 cupboards with shelving, 4 dovetailed drawers and the all important wine rack. In the corner of the kitchen behind two further shelves lives the combination boiler, controls are accessible through a small door. Opposite the worktop in the kitchen is a full height side hatch. Upon leaving the kitchen you will pass the programmable thermostat for the underfloor heating.

Entering the walkthrough bathroom, the mood changes. The walls have been painted in sumptuous plum eggshell, which has an exciting effect on the senses. The basin cabinet comprises a small Belfast sink, reclaimed antique brass taps which have been surface mounted and a waney edge oak worktop. The bathroom cabinet has beveled edge mirrors and plenty of shelving and a switched vanity light above. There are two oak shelves with copper and brass fiddle rails above the WC. Adjacent to the basin is the wonderful composting WC. The separator is made using recycled plastic and has been mounted in oak boards. Inside the WC there are two containers, for you know what, and a switched extractor fan. Copper pipe makes up the towel radiator which has been hand crafted especially for this space. Unusually large for a boat, the shower enclosure measures 1000x700mm and boasts slate tiles, Bristan gold plated thermostatic shower valve, stone resin shower tray with concealed waste and a bespoke 8mm shower door decorated using gold plated door furniture. Waste water is removed via a Whale Gulper pump. The bathroom has 2 portholes and is made private by two adjoining doors.

Continuing through Comet entering the bedroom, you will notice the colour, trim and wall construction material changes again. The smooth Palmer Grey walls interspersed with log-lap has an instant settling effect. To your right there is a desk area with opening lid to reveal a wide mirror and laptop computer storage. There is an LED lamp, a double socket and a USB charger point. Next to the desk, there is a wardrobe with clothes rail, a high level shelf and 2 large dovetail drawers below. Beyond this is the double bed which lifts up from the side to reveal an LED lit large capacity storage area. Above the bed is another USB charge point, an LED lamp and an oak shelf. Attached to the side of the bed is another bespoke pipe radiator. At the end of the bed are the engine housing, the Control cupboard and a short staircase bringing us to the aft doors and onto the rear deck of Comet. Engine covers and staircase are all easily demountable for ease of access to the engine bay.

The Hull

Being a G&J Reeves hull, Comet has been constructed to the traditional thicknesses. 10/6/4. She had a full out of water survey in November 2016 and she was found to be in fantastic condition. Survey available to view on request.

She has had a complete external paint job, new anodes fitted and been blacked in November 2016.

A subsequent BSS was obtained in December 2016.





2002 Piper 50ft Semi-trad Narrowboat

She has just been updated considerably. Attention has been given to ergonomics, function and aesthetic. reclaimed timbers and low environmental impact materials used for renovation.
I have tested Meteor extensively having purchased her from Wigan and cruised her across the Manchester Shipping Canal then down the Shropshire union to Birmingham. Never missed a beat and is extreamily easy to handle. See below for full spec:

  • New 2500w stirling charger inverter with remote control

  • New 300w solar array with Victron Smart solar MPPT bluetooth charge controller

  • New resawn pitch pine timber floor, finished in osmo wax oil

  • New paintjob outside

  • 1000l Water tank freshly painted in potable bitumen

  • Morso Squirrel multifuel stove

  • LED lighting

  • Igloo 12v fridge

  • New bespoke worktop

  • New Shower cubicle

  • Freshly painted throughout using Dulux Eggshell.

  • USB sockets

  • Gas Hob

  • Gas Oven

  • Calorifier hot water system heated from engine

  • New Fresh water pump

  • New tiling throughout

  • Double Bed

  • Thetford Cassette WC

  • New Ropes

  • Beta 38 Engine serviced January 2019 runs perfectly

  • twin altinators

  • 3 x 110ah leisure Batteries

  • BSS May 2023

  • 10-6-4 steelwork.

  • Survey carried out January 2019 which is transferrable to new owner.

  • 6ft 5 headroom

  • Cavernous storage spaces

  • Side hatch

  • Dining table

  • 2 x 13kg gas bottles

  • New tunnel light



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