A beautiful 18.9m Skûtsje Tjalk, Mooi Maisga was built in IJlst (Friesland, Netherlands) in 1898, where she spent much of her working life as a cargo vessel, transporting goods on the Dutch canals under the power of her sailing rig. Over the course of her life she has fulfilled various roles: from racing and carrying cargo, to her present form as a home, and has travelled extensively in the Netherlands and England, as well as further afield: most notably in 1986, when she took part in a regatta celebrating the centenary of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Still rigged for sailing, she also has as a DAF 475 diesel engine, which was probably added in the 1970s. This was also the time her cargo hold was converted to the wonderful living quarters she retains today: a galley with gas hob, gas boiler, washing machine, fridge-freezer and ample storage; a characterful saloon area with dining table, sofa-bed, solid fuel stove, and a built-in retractable digital piano; a central sleeping cabin with small double bed/futon, storage space and wardrobe; bathroom with electric sea toilet (and holding tank) and bath; and a forward sleeping cabin with double bed and numerous storage cupboards/wardrobes.
Currently moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge, Mooi Maisga has made numerous trips out on the river in recent years, either with her sails up or further upstream with her mast down. She retains a full set of sails, and has recently undergone extensive overplating to her hull (2012) and engine work (2014). A joy both to sail and as a home, she is reluctantly offered for sale. Please contact for further details.
|Vessel type:||Sailing barge|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||DAF 475|
|Length over all:||18.90m|
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.