Birchwood TS 49

Engine project or houseboat
£59,950.00 ReducedUnder-Offer
  • Boat REF#  ·  325062
  • Length  ·  15.84m
  • Year  ·  1990
  • Construction  ·  GRP
  • Underwater profile  ·  Semi-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  6
  • Engine  ·  2 x diesel 425hp, Caterpillar CAT 3208 (1990)
  • Lying  ·  Eastbourne
Boatshed Eastbourne
Boatshed Eastbourne
Tim Kingston

Extra Details

Designer E Andrews
Builder Birchwood
Lying Eastbourne
Fuel capacity 2,200.0 ltr (484.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 450.0 ltr (99.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 230.0 ltr (50.6 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 2 x diesel 425hp
Engine make and model Caterpillar CAT 3208 (1990)
Engine Hours engine1= 951
engine2= 1181
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 4 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 14 knots
Max speed (approx) 27 knots
Generator Hours Generator needs serv

Engines regularly run


Length 15.84m
LWL 14.81m
Beam 4.85m
Draft Min 1.28m
Draft Max 1.28m
Airdraft 4.30m
Displacement 18,000kg (39,690.0lbs)
Headroom 2.00m
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

24 volt battery, 240 shore power voltage, 8 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Semi-Displacement
Finish Gelcoat finish


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 3
Sink 3
Shower 3
Heads 3 heads (Electric)

One heads used only for storage

4 burner Electric Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system
Cockpit shower

One heads used only for storage

4 burner Electric Stove

Deck Gear

Swim Ladder
Instrument Covers
Cockpit Enclosure
Bow Thruster

Electric windlass (with remote control)
dinghy ()
5hp outboard, Mercury, Short shaft ()

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Chart plotter
Navigation lights
Depth sounder
Radar Reflector

Safety Equipment

Life jackets
Swim ladder
MOB System

3 bilge pumps (0 manual / 3 electric)

Broker's Comments

*** Engineering report available for £100, direct with surveyor ***

This Birchwood TS49 has recently been assessed after an engine inspection. The engines turn over and purr but need a major service.

The owner has done her best to look after them with regular running but has not the strength or ability to get into the engine bay and assess all the components.

Details available to serious enquirers. It is a suitable project boat for people who like big engines. That is why it is being offered at this price - investment is needed.

The saloon is big enough to entertain a dozen guests and the cockpit has a smart cover protecting it. The two large double cabins are more like staterooms really, and a third cabin, with twin beds, provide ample sleeping accommodation. There are three heads - one is used as a storage room. The galley has all mod cons and is positioned conveniently between the helm, saloon and forward cabin. The interior and living space is lovely, in fact transporting the boat to a static berth with no intention of going anywher makes this the equivalent of a three bedroom detached house for less than £60k!

The helm is impressive but some of the navigation equipment, though serviceable, is rather old-fashioned by 2023 standards. The flybridge commands an impressive view and has seating for eight people easily.

Labour saving devices include bow thrusters and an electric windlass. There is a generator as well, but it needs servicing. The current owner has not used the water maker.

A few interior areas could do with a bit of TLC but the general condition seems good for a boat over 30 years old and which has been lived in for the past decade.

If you are looking for an affordable prestige cruiser for coastal, blue-water or river passages then consider this. But sort out the engines first.

And as a liveaboard, a holiday home or a weekend retreat, it feels as spacious as a three bedroom detached house at a fraction of the price. Keep looking after the engines and even as a residence you can minimise engine repairs and help maintain resale value.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

11 years

Why are you selling her?


Where have you sailed her?

South Coast inc Solent

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