55 ft Branson Katherine “Ollie“

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 Ollie was designed by Branson and built by Classic Narrow boats of Chorley for the company owner. She is a Branson Katherine ctegory 'C' class barge has been very well fitted out. Please note that Ollie does needs some work to bring her back the condition that it is seen in the pictures as only essential maintenance has been done during the pandemic.

This barge is now for sale at the NEW PRICE of £110,000 


Ollie is completely self sufficient, by this I mean that you do not have to be plugged into the mains, on board there is a 3.0 Kva, water cooled  generator and 4 solar panes that will produce 1Kva on a bright day - it is therefore possible to go cruising and moor without shore side support.

In addition she has the folliowing features:

 Fore deck with raised toe rail, fitted anchor winch with anchor through deck side, hatch to forward lazerette and gas locker. Side decks leading aft of approximately 10" width , handrails set into the cabin top. Cabin top ideal for lounging and relaxing also housing 4 solar panels giving 1kw of solar. Aft deck with space for a couple of chairs raised toe rail with warp holes and 2 bollards. Aft cabin roof with hand rails and self searching satellite tv dish.




Accessed from the side decks to port and starboard via hinged doors, centrally located helm station, space for table and chairs for alfresco dining, hatch to engine room, doors to forward and aft cabins. Surrounded by full folding wooden framed hinges.



Accessed via 4 steps from the wheelhouse. 4'06" island double bed, centrally located with headboard FT and 4 draws underneath. Side cabinets to both bedsides, bedside lights fitted in base overhead  cupboards and the satellite control. 4 port holes with blackouts. Double wardrobe to starboard side and single wardrobe to port side with dresser table and mirror and 3 drawers underneath.



A large and spacious cabin with the galley being open plan to the saloon and located aft and to starboard with stone type worktops, cupboard space beneath and above, fitted with domestic sized 4 burner hob and full size gas oven and separate grill, microwave, 240v fridge/ freezer and a domestic size sink and drainer. To port sideboard with further storage below. Adjacent to this a loose standing table with four chairs, which extends to sit 6.

To the bow a large L shape ivory leather sofa accommodating 6 comfortably or sleeping 2 occasionally, Diesel bubble stove to starboard on tiled plinth. Flat screen TV fitted to wall below windows with satellite dish feed.




Located below the forward deck with a full size domestic shower cubical with solid door, toilet located to port and wash basin to starboard side both home sized. Storage lockers located to both port and starboard with access to services.





Full size double bed (4ft 6in)

New memory foam mattress (£500)

4 drawers beneath bed

2 bedside cabinets

Overhead lockers with down light bedside lights

Radiator with cover

4 port lights with cover

Houdini roof hatch with blind

TV aerial connection

Satellite TV dish controls

Fitted Carpet



Centrally located helm

Full engine instrumentation including Rev counter, Oil pressure, battery condition, rudder angle indicator

Lowrance GPS chartplotter

Simrad Ships radio

BCS Bow thruster control

Single lever throttle control

2 helm stools

Storage cupboard

Removable aluminium roof

Full folding screens

2 doors to side decks

Chains and pins for mooring



48" television

Digital satellite receiver

Bubble diesel stove

Ivory leather corner suite

Floor rug

Oak bookcase

2 gimbaled chrome wall lights

12v led lights throughout

Solid Oak floor

6 stainless steel 240v sockets

2 tv aerial sockets

Oak stacking coffee table, nest of 3

4 port holes with top openers and covers

all windows and port lights of chrome with solid oak surrounds

2 central heating radiators with covers



Fitted cupboards and draws

Belling 60cm stainless steel gas hob

Belling oven with separate grill

240 v LEC fridge/freezer

Russell Hobbs microwave

6 stainless steel sockets

Oak dining table with 4 chairs

Stainless steel sink with oak cover

Stainless steel drainer with oak cover

Pillar chrome mixer tap

4 picture windows in aluminium frames

Steps up to wheelhouse



Full size shower cubical

Domestic size wash basin on plinth

Saniflow / Sanimarine Electric Macerator toilet

Towel radiator

2 portholes with covers




Work bench

Hotpoint 6kg washing machine

Eberspacher D5W hydronic heater boiler



Spare propeller

Victron 3KW Multiplus

Sterling galvanic isolator

3 x 200amp rolls agm batteries

Outback 80amp solar panel controller

1 x engine starter battery

Hot water calorofier ( allows to heat hot water from engine, central heating and 1KW immersion heater

Paguro 3000 - 230v 50HZ watercooled marine generator with remote panel. It was new November 2015 £5787.00




Fuel gauge

Fresh water gauge

Control switch for the inverter charger

Control panel for the onboard generator

Battery monitor

12v distribution board



sterling 24V 25AH battery charger (for anchor and winch and bowthruster battery)

Folding anchor
Anchor chain storage
L x B x D: 17.0m x 3.7m x 0.8m
Year built: 2008
accommodation: Well fitted out accommodation
Displacement: 28.0
Engine: Beta marine
Price: 110000 GBP in other currencies
  • 153,065 USD
  • 948,096 DKK
  • 110,000 GBP
  • 139,805 CHF
  • 197,754 AUD
  • 187,821 CAD
  • 212,710 NZD
  • 2,205,929 ZAR
  • 127,501 EUR
Location:Kenett and Avon Canal (near Hungerford)
Bow thrust:24 Volt with 2 batteries
Flag: British
VAT status: Paid
Extras: Asking price is now £110,000, a bargain for this Category 'C' vessel. Possible live aboard mooring, Ideal live aboard or cruising barge. Delivery through the Kennet and Avon canal is now under way and Ollie is now nearing the river Thames

Please contact me for detailed specifications and/or viewing appointment.
++44(0)7757279336 / [email protected]

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