43′ Narrow Boat ‘A Little Desperate’ SALE AGREED


Please Click Here for Printable Details – A Little Desperate

‘A Little Desperate’ (previous name ‘Kestrel II’) is a tug style narrow boat that has been in the same family ownership since 2011. She is now in need of some work, in particular the external paintwork and blacking (last done in 2017), but in the right hands we are sure she would make someone a lovely boat. At 43′ in length, she is easy to handle and moor, and able to navigate all parts of the inland waterways system.
We are open for viewings for 7 days a week, but by prior appointment please.

Please email us your enquiry. info@fishandduck.co.uk.



Welded steel plate (thicknesses not known), Josher style bow with false rivets, access doors and hatch bow and stern, brass port hole windows, dome vents and roof fittings. Grey painted side panels, red roof and foredeck, black side decks and hull. Rockwool type insulation. Stainless steel water tank located beneath foredeck. Diesel tank located beneath aft cabin floor.

From the forward doors and sliding hatch with steps down to-:
Saloon – small storage locker to port with shelf above, shelf unit and multifuel stove to starboard, two port hole windows, free-standing sofa and stool.
Galley – a linear galley with base units on both sides, wooden work surfaces, tiled splash backs, ceramic sink with a mixer tap, free-standing cooker, fridge, two port hole windows.
WC/Shower room – walk-through bathroom with tiled walls, a shower tray, mixer tap and shower attachment, shower curtain, cassette toilet, vanity unit with wash basin and mixer tap, heated towel rail, two port hole windows.
Engine room – access to the engine and electrical systems, hot water calorifier tank, half doors on the port side.
Aft cabin – with restricted headroom, two single berths lying fore and aft with storage beneath, port hole windows, steps, doors and hatch to the aft deck, engine control panel.
The interior appears to have a DIY fit-out with various additions and alterations made over the years using a combination of ply and tongue and groove side and head linings, wood laminate and carpet flooring, rails and curtains.

Thornycroft 1.8L diesel engine located in a midships engine room. Temperature, oil pressure and voltage gauges.

Fire extinguishers and blanket, hot water calorifier tank, 2 x 6kg LPG bottles, LPG cooker, dual voltage (12v/240v) fridge, CO alarm, Thetford cassette toilet, Carabo multifuel stove, Ecofan, ship’s clock, anchor, fenders, mooring ropes, barge poles, boarding plank and life ring.

12v – 1 x engine battery, 2 x leisure/domestic batteries, cabin lighting, domestic water pump, shower drain pump, Sterling Power Management system, 1800W inverter, Sterling galvanic isolator, horn, tunnel light, navigation lights, plug and USB sockets,
240v – shore power connection, consumer unit, immersion heater, heated towel rail, plug sockets.

Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed.  They are intended only as a guide, and they do not constitute a term of any contract. The Vendor does not make or give, and neither the Broker nor any person in its employment has any authority to make or give, any representation or warranty in relation to this vessel, in respect of which any Purchaser must rely on his own inspection.  A demonstration of the vessel will be conducted once a Sale and Purchase Agreement has been signed by both the seller and buyer and a 10% deposit has been paid into the broker’s client account.

Additional information




Lying Away


Fish and Duck Leisure Ltd as broker on behalf of the seller

Boat Safety Certificate

Expires 10/11/2026.

Vessel Name

A Little Desperate

Vessel Condition


Vessel Type

Narrow Boat


Evans & Sons


Evans & Sons


43 Trad

Year Constructed



2 + 2



Number of Engines


Engine Model

Thornycroft 1.8L

Fuel Type


Drive Type

Shaft drive

Cruising Speed

4 mph

Maximum Speed

6 mph

Length Overall

43' (13.10m)


6'10" (2.08m)

Maximum Draft

2' (0.61m)

Bridge Clearance

6' (1.83m)

Cabin Headroom


Hull Material

Steel plate

Hull Type


Hull Colour


Keel Type


Dry Weight

10 tons (estimated)

Fuel Capacity

150 litres (33 gallons)

Water Capacity

545 litres (120 gallons) – estimated