Kingswinford West Midlands UK|
A Les Allen shell and therefore highly sought after in a popular length, that whilst serviceable, is looking “Tired” and so is in need of updating.
Sadly the owner has recently passed away and so the amount of information we have for this boat is limited.
Boat Safety Certificate: Valid till May 2023
No of Berths: 4 – Comprising 4 bunk beds. Room in living area to add a sofa bed or fit a dinette/bed conversion.
Insulated With: Polystyrene
Auxiliary Power/Aids: 1 starter and 2 leisure batteries (1 leisure not connected); Sterling Propower Q 1800w inverter; Master Model TG950 2 stroke generator; 4 photonic universe solar panels.
Heating and Cooking: The main heating source is a Hamlet Hardy 4 multi fuel stove in the living area.
Hot water is supplied via a Morco gas geyser, the advantage here being that supply is instant as you don’t have to wait for the engine or an Eberspacher to heat the calorifier first.
An LPG cooker comprising 4 burner hob with combination grill and oven below is located in the galley.
Safety: In line with Boat Safety Scheme, fire extinguishers are located in the engine room and cabin plus there is a fire blanket in the galley. There is also a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
The interior is traditional with ceiling and upper sides lined in ornate tongue and groove with varnished finish. Lower sides have boards with a light scrumbled finish. This is repeated on all cupboard doors and units.
The floor is lined with practical vinyl tiles in a stone look finish in the living and galley areas. The bedroom is carpeted in dark oatmeal with fawn squares and the bathroom is tiled, these having a marble finish.
Windows feature throughout to let in plenty of light. These have a top hopper to allow in fresh air on warm days. For night time, there are pale sage curtains that have brass hold backs; in the galley and bathroom these change to roller blinds.
LED spot lights are inset into the Ceiling at regular intervals. These are enhanced in the living area by 4 wall lights that replicate oil lamps.
Living: The extensive living area is accessed from the open front deck. The bulkheads either side are solid for greater security but the entry doors have inset glass to add light and a view forwards. These split so that the lower halves can be shut, ideal for smaller crew and pets.
As you descend the steps there is a unit with log store below on the starboard side (Right as you look forward) and the Multi fuel stove opposite.
Within the shelving is a car stereo linked to speakers in the ceiling.
The stove is set on terracotta tiles with fireboard surround.
The living area is generous in size and is open plan leaving room for a small sofa or 2 easy chairs plus bistro dining furniture. Alternatively a dinette could be added with the facility to convert into a double bed.
There is a small flat screen TV attached to the wall. Adjoining the galley is a small side board that matches the lower cabin sides and the unit to the side of the entrance steps.
The passage style galley is also of a good size with plenty of storage and workspace.
The units are finished off in the same scrumbled finish as the lower cabin sides and worktops are light charcoal melamine.
As you enter from the living area on the starboard side the run begins with the cooker. This is finished in enamelled chocolate and has a pull down cover. Units are then a mix of drawers and cupboards, insert above the latter is a stainless sink and drainer.
Opposite the units offer further cupboard and drawer storage and also house the 12v work top height fridge.
Unfortunately the mushroom vent in the galley is leaking and so needs urgent attention.
Tall cupboards separate this area from the bedroom, these are currently unfitted but would easily offer an extensive mix of shelving and wardrobe storage.
The bedroom is designed for crew; comprising of bunk beds on either side to accommodate 4.
The upper bunks could be converted into storage, leaving 2 single beds below; although this would cover the windows. Alternatively the area could be modified to take either a small fixed double or a wider double cross bed.
At the base of the portside bunk is a set of drawers, opposite is an inset for the shower in the adjoining bathroom.
The bathroom is where most works are required and it is probable that most would want to extend it by taking out the drawers in the bedroom and establishing a new bulkhead at this level.
As you enter from the bedroom the shower is to the right. This is very small by modern standards and compared to the rest of the fit out is poorly finished with white tiles and provision for a curtain.
Opposite is a vanity with storage, inset sink, mirror and burnt orange tiles. Units are again in the same finish as the rest of the boat.
A free standing chemical toilet then concludes the bathroom, set down next to the exit door and very much in the way, hence the suggestion that this area needs extending.
This has a white tiled surround to match the shower.
The cabin concludes with the engine room, with open engine that is easy to access for maintenance. This space is also ideal for drying out wet gear after a rainy day’s cruising
It is anticipated that the engine will require a good service but it was on working order when the beneficiaries bought the boat into the marina to sell.
External:The front deck has a cratch board with inset glass but only a temporary canopy. As such the new owner would need to decide whether to obtain a new canopy or ditch the cratch in favour of having a completely open front deck. Whichever, there is room here to add a couple of bench locker seats and drop in table for alfresco dining.
At present the deck is lined with anti-slip matting and has steps on another gunwale for easier access.
The rear counter is plain to be in keeping with a traditional working boat look.
External access is provided via the gunwale linked to an integral handrail within the roof. Paintwork on the cabin sides comprises traditional green panels with red background and yellow coach lines and is reasonable condition.
The hull appears overdue for blacking. Given the reputation of these Allan boats then we do not anticipate that this will be too detrimental on the condition of the steel for the age of the boat.
Morning Glory is an attractive looking traditional narrowboat that is ideal for the canal enthusiast that values owning a boat from a heritage builder.
She is fitted out for a family or crew to use but could be easily adapted for live aboard use.
Originally her fit out would have given a clever balance of traditional v. modern and whilst it now looks old fashioned and tired, the lack of warping in the wood suggests that this fit out was well done. There is some evidence of water ingress, typical for a boat of this age but on the whole it appears quite possible to build on what is there as opposed to having to completely gut for a re-fit.
As such Morning Glory is usable in her current state.
A selection of ropes, mooring stakes, lock windlasses and other cruising essentials is included but we would recommend that this is checked and enhanced before the new owners voyage too far.
|Vessel name:||Morning Glory|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Length over all:||52'|
Whilst every care has been taken in preparation, the correctness of these particulars are intended only as a guide and do not constitute a term of contract. Prospective buyers are strongly advised to check particulars and where appropriate, have the vessel fully surveyed/inspected.
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.