|Tax Status:||Tax Paid|
Caledonian canal Highland UK|
Lady Andorina is a 65 foot wooden ketch currently being used as bunkhouse-style accommodation on the Caledonian canal in the Scottish highlands.
The boat has 8 bunks for paying customers (in 4 cabins) as well as spacious owners' accommodation with a double bed and en-suite bathroom.
She is offered as a walk-in - walk-out business but for obvious reasons the 2020 season has been cancelled. The new owners will inherit all bookings in place at the time of completion of the sale - bookings are already in place for the 2021 season.
The business has its own website (ladyandorina.com) which takes bookings but the bulk of bookings are taken via Airbnb. Both the website and the Airbnb account will be assigned to the boat's new owners on completion of the sale.
In 2019 she had 1240 visitor nights during the season which lasts between April 1st and October 31st.
The new owners need no previous experience in the accommodation industry and a full handover will be provided.
Lady Andorina is very much a lifestyle business. For the last two years I have worked/lived on her through the season and then spent the winter at home in Australia - I am currently in Australia looking after an aged parent.
As a business Lady Andorina would probably suit a person or couple with a basic understanding of boats and the boating lifestyle, however anyone with a slightly practical bent would be able to take her over and thrive.
It should be noted that there is much scope for improvement of the boat and subsequently the accommodation offering if the new owner wants to move upmarket.
|Vessel type:||Pleasure Yacht|
|Builder:||Astilleros I.M. Ubam|
|Registry:||British (currently lapsed)|
|No. of engines:||2|
|Engine model:||Deutz D-14 (condition unknown)|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||20m|
|Displacement:||44 metric tons|
The boat has 5 cabins sleeping a total of 12 people; a large galley, large saloon, 3 heads, a wheelhouse and a covered quarterdeck.
Full standing room for adults over 6 foot tall throughout the boat.
All cabins have LED lighting (new in 2018) and 240v electricity.
HEADS with Lavac marine toilet and washhand basin
Carpeted CABIN 1 w/ two oak-built bunks & 2x 240v power outlets w/ USB charging; washhand basin; steps to doghouse and lockable, sliding hatch to foredeck.
Carpeted CABIN 2 w/ two oak-built bunks and 2x 240v power outlets w/ USB charging.
CABINS 1 & 2 have a door between them that allow the creation of two separate sleeping cabins.
Spacious galley outfitted with...
- 2 ring convection stove top (new in 2019)
- 1400w Panasonic microwave
- toaster & kettle
- plumbing for a washing machine
Stairs up to ...
A large and bright carpeted saloon with comfortable fixed seating for six and three additional high-quality chairs.
The saloon features a bookcase and large cupboards with a built-in bar fridge.
Elegant, high-quality dining table with folding leafs seats up to 10 comfortably.
Saloon features 4x 240v power points w/ USB charging plus a TV screen and a slightly dodgy DVD collection.
Stairs down to ...
CABIN 3 is a private cabin with two mahogany built bunks and built-in chest of drawers and a wardobe (plus a wash hand basin that is currently not plumbed in).
CABIN 4 is a slightly smaller private cabin again featuring two mahogany built bunks, a chest of drawers and a built-in wardobe.
Both cabins 3 and 4 feature 240v sockets with built-in USB charging points.
Opposite cabin 3 is the AFT HEADS featuring a Jabsco marine toilet and a wash hand basin.
The owner's accommodation is a large single cabin with ensuite bathroom. This cabin is currently being renovated so no images are available.
The cabin features a double bed and a huge amount of built-in storage - all of mahogany.
Aft of the wheelhouse is the quarter deck with covered seating for 8 people. LED lighting to the quarterdeck.
On the aft deck is an al fresco dining area with bench/locker seating for 8 people and table made from timbers recycled from the original mooring pontoon.
The boat was built in a shipyard in northern Spain for a Spanish Marquis in 1951. She's of carvel construction on what look to be oak frames with teak planking and a teak deck.
She was subsequently owned by the Hughes family who were the original owners and developers of Gatwick airport.
Details of other owners are sketchy but British businessman Sir Robert Cowland bought her in 1978 when she still had the original Thornycroft engines. He built, then installed a new main mast at the Marina Club de Mar in Plama, Spain in 1979 before selling her to a German businessman where the trail runs cold.
I found her on the Caledonian canal with topsides badly leaking in 2016. Her previous owner had been using her as a canal cruiser and bed and breakfast but had injured his back in an accident. I and spent a year working getting her watertight again before relaunching her as tourist accommodation.
See our Airbnb page for the reviews...
Lady Andorina comes equipped with enough bedding, crockery, cutlery etc for a business working as an 8 person bunkhouse.
3x fire extinguishers.
Smoke alarms in all areas.
Current BSS certificate valid until December 2021.
Lady Andorina has twin Deutz D-14 diesel engines generating 100KW each, fitted sometime in the mid-1990s.
The engines have not been started for at least 4 years and no decommissioning work appears to have been done on them.
Lady Andorina is effectively decommissioned.
Sails are apparently available but are currently being stored on the previous owner's property and are reputed to be in poor condition.
Mainmast is solid however the mizzen has a split.
Standing rigging is functional.
Horseshoe life buoy with light attached to stern rail.
3x fire extinguishers.
3x smoke alarms.