Corita B


General Information
We bought Corita B at the end of September 1996. Since then we have spent, on average, about six weeks each year working like dogs to bring her back into shape. (Any new owner would have to plan at least that amount of time to maintain and continue upgrading her!) When in the northern part of France we have cruised with guests between the 1st of June and the end of September to the beginning of October each year; when in the south (Canal du Midi) we begin cruising with guests at the beginning of May. In the seven seasons that we have cruised throughout France, Corita B has fired up and cruised every day as planned - except once, in 1997, when the water reticulation pump that circulates water to taps, toilets etc broke and we had to wait one day for the required spare part. Fortunately we were in a very pleasant village and were able to connect the ship's water system into the town system and thus kept pressure to all taps etc.

Corita B is registered on the full British Registry. (Means one can raise a mortgage on her and ownership of up to 64 shares can be registered). Her Certificate of British Registry shows that

  • Her official number is 398625
  • Her length is 23.46 metres
  • Her breadth is 4.14 metres
  • Her draft is 1.40 metres (I've measured this several times at max 1.15 metres)
  • Her airdraft at the transverse extremities of the wheelhouse is approx 3,0 metres
  • Her gross tonnage is 58.08 tonnesWith these dimensions she can cruise all the VNF waterways in France (including the Nivernais & the Midi), the recognised waterways in Belgium, Holland, Germany and all the way down the Danube to the Black Sea if you wish. Her size limits her cruising range in England.
  • Systems

    She is propelled by a 120 HP Bussing 6 cylinder diesel engine, vintage late 1950's. Bussing were taken over by MAN towards the end of the 1960's. I have managed to obtain a spares manual for the motor but have not been able to source any spares. Fortunately I haven't needed any. I do an oil change about every 100 hours engine time and find I do not need to top up with oil between changes. I think that a top end overhaul to restore full compression will be needed within the next couple of years. There are waterside workshops capable of doing this. Otherwise I expect the engine to outlive me. The diesel day tank is approx 200 litre capacity with approx 400 litre capacity in reserve tanks. An electric pump transfers diesel from the reserve to the day tank. On the canals we use between 3,5 and 4,5 litres of diesel per hour of cruising.

    The engine is coupled to an ex American tank gearbox. I am told this is almost indestructible. It has a mechanical clutch.

    There are two steering posts; one mounted on deck at the stern, above cabin 4, and one in the wheelhouse. The stern post is the one used mostly.

    There is a 6.5 kvA aircooled, diesel driven generator mounted in the engine room for days when it is not possible to connect to shore power. This generator is quite noisy so cannot be run at night.

    The boat can load approx 4 tonnes of water in a bulkead tank located between Cabin 1 and the forepeak. Water is reticulated by a hydrophore pressurised to up to about 3 bar by a 24 volt DC electric pump.


      There are two battery banks; 12 volt, 250 amp-hour and 24 volt, 250 amp-hour and a 240 volt ac system driven by shore power or the generator.
    • Two engine mounted alternators, each of about 50 amp capacity, charge the battery banks when the boat is cruising. When on shorepower or when running the generator the battery banks are charged by Sterling Power Products 4 stage digital chargers; a 40 amp charger on the 12 volt bank and two 25 amp chargers on the 24 volt bank. (The old 30 amp 12/24 volt charger is still connected as back-up)
    • There is a small -24 volt, 400 watt - sine wave invertor which powers a TV, CD player, computer and charges cellphone batteries etc.
    • The 12 volt batteries power a 120 litre refrigerator in the kitchen via a 600 watt invertor, some lights and the engine gloplugs when starting up.
    • The 24 volt batteries power the invertor, the bilge pumps, the water reticulation pump, some lights and the engine starter motor.
    • There is a washing machine in the galley, two vacuum cleaners (one for household and one for engine room) and 240 volt plug points in each cabin for hair dryers etc.
    • These 240 volt items work only when on shore power or when the generator is running.

    The stove, hot water geyser and saloon (drinks) refrigerator are gas fired. Four gas cylinders are stored in a locker above the water tank. The hotwater geyser copes easily with the washing and shower requirements of 8 people aboard.

    This layout is fairly accurately proportioned.

    • Each of the four cabins is en-suite and comprises a standard size double bed, a shower, a toilet and washbasin; some drawers and a small amount of hanging space.
    • The saloon has cupboards down each wall; a dining area with an oak dining table capable of seating 8 and 6 chairs (bring down 2 chairs from deck when seating 8); a lounge area seating about five on a loose fitted couch facing a TV (Free to air satellite channels).
    • A 'captain's table' - coffee table with drawers and storage.
    • A bar refrigerator for beers etc. A radio and CD player.The galley has the usual cupboards, a gas stove, a washing machine and a small refrigerator and a sink. The water heater is mounted in one corner.
    • The four large windows down each side of the saloon and galley are fully demountable so as to make the most of any breeze during hot weather.
    • The forepeak is stripped out at present. The intention was to fit it out as a small workshop / office. This will not now be done.
    • The deck above cabin 3, the galley and the saloon is carpeted and set up for use as a terrace.
    • Guests tend to spend most of the day on this terrace where we have a large garden table and chairs. When moored we can erect a canopy which shades most of the terrace area above the saloon.
    • The deck area above cabins one and two provides storage for the bicycles, hose reel etc.

    Normal, household equipment - linen, towels, cutlery, crockery etc to house, feed and water eight or nine people aboard. Four bicycles; a selection of power & hand tools - angle grinder, drill, electric saw, ring & socket spanners etc; hosepipe, electric cable extensions, mooring ropes etc. All that is needed to cruise away with up to nine people aboard.

    PRICE : 160 000 Euros

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