Five-berth beauty

1982 60FT FIRE­BIRD £35,950

Canal Boat - - BACK CABIN -

This Stoke-on-Trent boat has ele­gant lines and ad­di­tional fea­tures that give a tra­di­tional style and great han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics.

With an en­hanced by riv­ets down the stem post and at the aft end, the el­lip­ti­cal Stoke boats counter makes for eas­ier ma­noeu­vring away from the bank side.

Safety when travers­ing the gun­wales is aided by easy grab raised handrails. Fire­bird is ideal for high days, long hol­i­days or even res­i­den­tial use, with the spa­cious lay­out and three wardrobes, ideal for two but able to ac­com­mo­date up to five adults.

Sleep­ing ar­range­ments are a per­ma­nent dou­ble, a mid­ships dinette which in­stantly con­verts to a sin­gle, with a sofa bed in the for­ward sa­loon pro­vid­ing the fur­ther two berths.

Un­usu­ally Fire­bird fea­tures two stoves in the sa­loon, the con­ve­nient Lock­gate diesel stove not only acts as a room heater but silently pow­ers the ra­di­a­tors by grav­ity, but if you pre­fer to use solid fuel, then at the other end of the sa­loon is the Vil­lager stove.

Nar­row­boats nor­mally are fit­ted with ei­ther a shower or a bath, but in this in­stance there is a com­bi­na­tion of the two.

Pow­ered by a BMC 1.5 diesel with a Hurth HBW100 me­chan­i­cal gear­box, Fire­bird is fit­ted with tra­di­tional fea­tures in­clud­ing a pi­geon box, a hard­wood, glazed cratch and brass­work.

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