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Van Lent & Zonen 50 ft Steel TSDY 1960



Van Lent & Zonen 50 ft Steel TSDY 1960

Designer Van Lent
Builder Van Lent
Date 1960
Length overall 49 ft 10 in / 15.2 m
Length deck 49 ft 10 in / 15.2 m
Length waterline 47 ft 11 in / 14.6 m
Beam 12 ft 2 in / 3.7 m
Draft 3 ft 11 in / 1.2 m
Displacement 23 Tonnes
Construction Welded Steel
Engine 2 x Perkins 6 354 Diesel
Location France
Price EUR 98,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



Into her 2nd half century BILLOW restored is a fine example of the Van Lent marque. Retaining her outward origins with the characteristically imperious raised foredeck and superstructure, she has been thoroughly overhauled and modernised internally to provide practicality and comfort. She is moreover versatile enough both for sea crossings and with her quite shallow draft, the inland waterways now so accessible for exploration at leisure.



A motor cruiser capable of sea going, river and canal work, BILLOW was constructed in 1960 in Holland and displayed at the Amsterdam boat show. Part I registered and with her original Blue Book, she then spent the first 5 years under the White Ensign on the river Thames, owned by a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

In 1973 she was bought by the founder of Anglian windows and spent 9 years in the South of France, returning to Norfolk via the Bay of Biscay to reside on the Norfolk Broads. After some years in air conditioned dry storage, her first major refit was conducted in the 1990s when she received new Perkins engines.

BILLOW continued under the same ownership until 2002 when her next owner intended to restore her to her former glory in slow time. In 2007 after the initial work of the refit, she changed hands again to the present owner who completed her to the fine condition she is in today. This work included extensive hull work and a complete re-wire as well as complete overhaul of the engines, pumps, pipe work and controls plus new shafts and rudders; all under the watchful eye of a marine surveyor. All the equipment offered was installed during her recent refit. she has been cruising the waterways of central France.


Construction and finish

- 6 mm ship builders grade steel hull plating coated with 5 mm epoxy
- 2 part epoxy topcoat
- The deck is teak planked over 25 mm marine ply
- Metal frames and knees secured to the hull by weld fusion
- Spray foam insulation above the waterline
- Oiled teak external joinery


Accommodation and domestic equipment

The accommodation has been beautifully restored with solid cherry and tulip panelling throughout and Brazilian walnut cabin sole. A large airy saloon with sliding roof and extensive glazing provides good all round visibility and ventilation. A comfortable helm position to port has a comprehensive control panel for all the ships systems. There is warm air heating to the 3 main accommodation areas.

- Benson bed settee (2019)
- Solid oak topped drop leaf table
- Fold down flat screen TV
- Radio / CD HIFI system with input for an ipod and multiple speakers (2019)
- TV with Blue Ray (2019)
- Chilled wine cabinet

- Very large private double master cabin
- En suite wet room, including multi jet shower and electric fresh water flush WC
- Extensive stowage

- Large and airy galley
- Stainless steel carousel in cupboard maximises use of storage space
- Touch screen 230 V oven and grill with separate warming drawer (2019)
- Wallas diesel ceramic hob (factory refurb 2019)
- AEG Eco friendly washer / dryer
- Frigoboat’ stainless steel fridge with keel cooler system (refurb 2019)
- Washing and a deep draining sink
- Black granite worktops
- Dining table which converts to comfortable double berth
- Original cocktail cabinet at galley entrance
- Jacuzzi bath with air and water jets and an over-bath shower
- Wash basin
- Electric fresh water flush WC

Aft deck
- Very large lazarette for stowing spare lines, shore cables etc
- Davits for launching and recovery of the dinghy
- Bimini


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- Guardrails
- Large Danforth bower anchor 80 m galvanised 10 mm chain
- 2 x anchors
- Grapnel
- Mud weight
- Electric anchor windlass with remote control
- Plough kedge anchor at stern c 4 m chain and 50 m nylon rope
- 8 x Chromed brass alloy deck mooring cleats
- Stainless steel and aluminium passarelle with rope guardrail extending c 3 metres
- Dinghy
- Single short mast forward for burgees
- Ensign staff to the stern.


Mechanical, electrical and tankage

- 2 x Perkins 6 354 140 HP diesel engines in oil tight bay
- Engines serviced; new belts 2019
- 2 x Borg Warner Velvet Drive gearboxes
- 2 x Stainless steel shafts to 2 x 3 blade propellers
- Hydraulic steering is either from deck house helm or the upper conning position
- 1300 Ah Barden batteries for 12 V domestic circuits
- 2 x 150 Ah engine batteries (1 x new 2019)
- 2 x 130 Ah anchor winch batteries
- 1 x Generator start battery (2019)
- 2 x 90 A engine alternators
- Vitronix 4000 shore power inverter charger
- Shorepower cable and deck plug new 2019
- Mains system safety checked 2019
- Extensive LED lighting system throughout
- Saloon light dimmer
- Vetus 4 KVA diesel generator (rebuilt 2019)
- 2 x Bosch 12 V 300 W solar panels
- Webasto fan heating, ventilation and 2 cylinder hot water system (service 2019)
- Engine calorifier and immersion heater hot water options
- Built in main 600 litre fuel tank accessible for inspection and cleaning
- 2 x Stainless steel domestic water tanks exceed 2000 litres total
- 2 x Stainless black water tanks exceed 2000 litres total with macerator and pump out
- 2 x Polypropylene shower drain grey water tanks c 60 litres total
- 1 x 80 litre Polypropyline diesel tank for domestic heating and cooking


Navigation communications and electronics

- Garmin GPSMap 5012 integrated electronic system with touch screen operation and headset
- Multi function display for chart plotter, radar, and fish finder
- System capable of further integration, with AIS, video cameras etc
- DSC VHF radio
- Portable radio
- Raymarine autopilot with commercially rated steering pump
- Electronic throttles and remote conning position
- Remote tank monitoring system
- Remote searchlights fore and aft
- Battery management system



- Full complement of 3 x fire extinguishers, fire blanket, horseshoe and strobe light,

- 4 x Electric bilge pumps with floats and manual switches
- Manual bilge pump


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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