Songbird is a beautifully maintained steel replica Dutch Barge built by Piper Boats in the UK. Designed and built for extensive cruising in the UK and Europe. She was launched on the Thames in June 2019 and spent the following 2.5 years cruising the Thames before making the sea crossing to France, where she is currently moored in a marina at Auxonne on the river Saone. She is a stunning example of her class and is admired wherever she goes. Tastefully fitted out with a contemporay feel, whilst maintaining its maritime heritage. The wheelhouse is timber built and designed to be removable if required. This also allows for the front windscreen to be fully opened enabling a cool breeze to flow through on hot summer days and giving a more outdoor feel to the cruising experience. With her bow and stern thrusters (controlled either at the helm or via a remote handheld unit) she is easily handled by one or two people.

Builder: Piper Boats Ltd Model: 57 Nivernais Class (RCD Cat C)
Launched: June 2019
Registration: UK Small Ships Register SSR 173459
Berths: 4-6
Engine Model: BETA 105 Diesel rated at 98hp. Keel cooled. Engine hours: 956hrs
Length overall: 17.37m (57’)
Beam: 3.81m (12’5)
Maximum Draft: 0.9m
Hull Material: Steel - 13mm base plate; 8mm hull sides; 5mm superstructure
Displacement: 32 metric tonnes- 37tonnes when fuel and water tanks full
Fuel capacity: 600 litres engine diesel tank;
1000 litres generator, boiler and Refleks tank
Fresh water tank: 1800 litres
Holding Tank: 1000 litres (gauges for all four tanks)
Paint work : Topsides :Jotun two-pack Celum red and Norma cream.
Hull : Jotamastic 90 – Jotamastic 87



The interior of the boat below deck is fitted out in a warm medium/light oak with a solid light oak floor, complimented with off white bulkheads and ceilings.

Songbird has two bedrooms, both with their own ensuite bathrooms each comprising electric macerator toilets, washbasins, storage, shower (large shower to the main ensuite) (second ensuite is a wet room) and heated towel rails/radiators. The main ensuite also has a roof hatch for ventilation. The main bedroom has a king size bed with a firm domestic mattress and extensive storage underneath as well as access to the bow thruster. The cabin also has lots of additional cupboard space as well as a central heating radiator and air conditioning, ceiling lighting and individual bed side lights.

The connecting corridor between the master bedroom and the saloon has several large full-length wardrobes and cupboards together with a large roof hatch. The second bedroom can be used as a dining room or office if required, as the table and seating configuration can be easily transformed from a double bed to a table with comfortable seating. The room has a full hight wardrobe and two sizeable draws for storage. The wall between the saloon and the bedroom can also be lowered to open up the space or raised to add privacy.

The saloon has large viewing windows (all the windows on the boat can be lifted out – (helpful in warm weather)). It also has a large, glazed dog box, giving the saloon a light airy feeling, which can be opened for ventilation together with blind and mosquito mesh. The saloon has a very large radiator and a very attractive and economical Refleks diesel stove. It also has comfortable seating, mood lighting and a 44” Sony Bravia TV with blue ray player, linked to an electric folding Oyster satellite dish on the cabin roof. There are various shelves and storage units, built in. There is also a very large storage area beneath the cabin floor, which additionally gives access to the black tank (tank size 1,000 litres) and the waste pump.

Adjacent to the saloon is the well-equipped galley. Throughout Songbird, all sockets and all appliances except the fridge and freezer (12v) are 240 volts. The galley is set up similar to what you would find in a small apartment. With plenty of worktop and storage space, together with a sink and drainer, four- ring gas hob, gas oven, large fridge and large freezer, microwave/grill, Zanussi washer drier and half size dishwasher. The galley also has a radiator. Coldwater is stored in a tank in the bow which holds 1,800 litres.

The wheelhouse interior is fitted out in mahogany. It has seating and a table which can accommodate 4 people. The table can also be removed, and the area easily converted into a further double berth. External access to the wheelhouse is by the two side stable doors or by the double stable doors at the rear leading on to the specious rear deck. The starboard side dining seating lifts on struts revealing the metal stairs leading down into the well sound proofed engine room. The wheelhouse has a radiator.



Simrad GO9, 9” colour chart plotter with UK and France map coverage, upgraded with AIS send and receive transponder, separate depth gauge and rudder position. Simrad RS35 VHF/DSC Marine radio. Engine gauges, Bow and stern thruster operation switches.


Engine is a BETA 105 Diesel rated at 98hp. Keel cooled. Engine hours: 956hrs. Individual fuel tank- 600 litres. Fuel usage - 1.5 (900 revs) and 2.5 (1,400 revs) litres per hour.
Generator is a Kohler 5kw.- Power and battery charging can also be from the engine, shore power, and an array of 4x 100w solar panels
Boiler is a Kabola Compact 7kw, for both hot water and the central heating. Domestic hot water can also be produced from the engine or an electric emersion heater -Vetus 50ltr twin coil 1kw immersion heater.
REFLEX diesel stove
N.B. The generator, boiler and the Reflex stove all run off a separate tank to the engine and which has a capacity of 1,000 litres
Bow thruster -VETUS BOW 16024D 24 volt
Stern thruster - VETUS BOW9512D 12 volt


Domestic Batteries – 6 x S2-1275AGM
Victron QUATRO 12/30000/120 inverter charger (including solar charge controller)
Victron Isolation transformer
Victron energy monitor
Solar Panels - 4 x Blue solar panels 4 x100w panels
240V Land line connection