54′ Narrow Boat ‘Serendipity III’


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A uniquely styled narrow boat along the lines of a traditional commissioner’s launch believed built in 1992 by Peter Newman of Derbyshire. The vessel was surveyed in 2018 and underwent considerable works in both 2018 and 2022, including hull blacking and maintenance to the forward timber superstructure in particular, but this now has areas that are in need of urgent attention. For the right person, ‘Serendipity III’ represents an exciting opportunity to bring a very attractive vessel back to her former glory, but it will require time, money and expertise. For anyone that is genuinely interested, the vessel is available for viewing 7 days a week by prior appointment only as it is lying away.

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



Steel plate – 12.7mm (1/2 inch) base plate, 6mm hull sides, 5mm/6mm/7.8mm decks, 5mm steel superstructure, and sapele mahogany timber superstructure, steel pigeon box. Cruiser style stern with a helm’s pedestal, a pair of aft mahogany doors and sliding hatch, a pair of timber, glazed forward cabin doors, forepeak gas locker, well deck, brass dome vents and port hole windows, brass hand rails and deck fittings, forward cratch frame and blue fabric cover, blue aft deck tarpaulin. Black painted hull and side decks, navy blue painted steel superstructure, varnished timber superstructure with blue panels, cream painted roof. Hull last blacked with bitumen paint January 2022.

Forward doors lead to-:
Saloon – removable step with access to water tank and pump, a pair of built-in bench seats either side that can be used as single berths, storage beneath, two corner storage units, multifuel stove on a plinth with a tiled surround to starboard, a small low level table with a seat to port.
Galley – built-in hardwood base units in a ‘galley’ style layout with lots of cupboards and drawers, green ceramic tiled work surfaces, upstands and splash back, bulkhead mounted crockery and glass rack, white ceramic sink with an antique style brass mixer tap, drinking water tap, LPG cooker and hob, under-counter fridge/freezer.
Starboard side corridor to-:
Bathroom – hip bath with brass mixer tap and shower attachment, patterned ceramic tiled walls around bath, shower rail and curtain, built-in vanity unit with an oval bowl wash basin, brass hot and cold taps, brass port hole mirror, electric flush and portable toilets, frosted glazed windows.
Main (aft) cabin – built-in fold-out double bed with storage and hot water calorifier tank beneath, hanging locker and shelving to port, small locker to starboard, further storage drawers in the companion way to the aft deck, pigeon box.
The interior is predominantly fitted in solid wood with tongue and groove panelling side and head linings, hardwood joinery, carpet and vinyl flooring, floral curtains and window blinds, brass furnishings and a range of wall and ceiling mounted cabin lights. Standing headroom in the saloon, galley, corridor and bathroom is 5’11” and in the aft cabin 5’6″.

BMC 1.5L 4 cylinder 35hp diesel engine coupled to a PRM 2:1 reduction gearbox and conventional shaft drive. Single lever control, RPM, temperature, voltage and oil pressure gauges. Recorded engine hours 2767. No servicing data.

Morso Squirrel multifuel stove and steel chimney, LPG cooker with oven, grill and four ring hob, fridge with freezer compartment, water filter, electric flush toilet and portable toilet, steel water tank, fire extinguishers and blanket, hot water calorifier tank with immersion heater fitted, 2 x 13kg and 1 x 6kg LPG bottles.

12v – 1 x engine cranking battery, 1 x leisure batteries, alternator, plug sockets, cabin lighting, galley fan, domestic water pump, shower drain pump, fridge with freezer compartment, navigation lights.
240v – Shore power leads and hook-up, consumer unit, Sterling 25A battery charger, plug sockets, 1kW immersion heater.

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.



For Sale


Upware Lock Marina


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

Boat Safety Certificate

Expires 23/03/2027.

Vessel Name

Serendipity III

Vessel Condition


Vessel Type

Narrow Boat


Peter Newman


Peter Newman


Commissioner's Launch

Year Constructed

Believed 1992


2 + 2



Number of Engines


Engine Model

BMC 1.5

Fuel Type


Drive Type

Shaft drive

Cruising Speed

4 mph

Maximum Speed

6 mph

Length Overall

54'4" (16.55m)


6'10" (2.08m)

Maximum Draft

2'5" (0.70m)

Bridge Clearance

6' (1.80m)

Cabin Headroom

5'11"(1.80m) reducing to 5'6" (1.68m) in aft cabin

Hull Material

Steel plate (believed 12/6/5mm)

Hull Type

Flat bottom

Hull Colour


Keel Type


Dry Weight

20 tons (estimated)

Fuel Capacity

150 litres (33 gallons) – est.

Water Capacity

450 litres (100 gallons) – est.

Waste Holding Tank