Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a 70ft tug style historic boat. She originated from Birmingham as a riveted iron butty in 1895. In March 1982 she was taken by lorry to Medway Bridge Marina where she was converted into a boat to liveaboard. From 1986 until 2000 she was then moored at Tovil Bridge Boat Yard in Maidstone. In 2000 she underwent several repairs.

From 2002 the vessel was converted back into a working boat to sell painted narrowboat goods until 2004 where she underwent major works including a steel bottom welded onto the iron hull, a new back cabin and a Beta Marine Tug engine fitted. The following year the main cabin was added and the vessel cruised the canals. Since 2012 the vessel has been used as a liveaboard with the current owners having a full repaint and blacking in 2016.


Internally, the vessel has a traditional back cabin as you would expect and an engine room with twin side hatches that houses the Beta JD3 Tug engine. She has 4 berths with the boatmans cabin converting into a double bed and a fixed double bed too. The walkthough bathroom contains a Porcelain cassette toilet, vanity basin and shower. The galley is equipped with a Belling cooker, 12v Inlander fridge, space and plumbing for a washing machine, breakfast bar and ample workspace. The hot water is supplied via a calorifier, immersion and back boiler, with the back boiler also suppling the central heating. There are two solid fuel stoves at either end of the boat. The electrical systems on board are well set up for a liveaboard including: 240v landline, Victron MultiPlus 3000w inverter / charger, 1 starter and 6 leisure batteries, 4 x 375w Victron solar panels with MPPT Victron SmartSolar charge controller. The BSC is valid until April 2025. A fantastic opportunity to own a piece of British canal history.

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