Sea Otter Barge for Sale, South of France

For Sale £69,000

I retired 5 years ago from Chambers and set off from Brighton to Bordeaux, a trip through France that was the stuff of my dreams. Now we are thinking of stepping back after a great passage to consider other options, and are looking for new owners for our beloved Sea Otter, our constant companion through many happy adventures. More details on our Apollo Duck Advert. 

[Above Photo: Nulife moored on the pontoon at her current home mooring in Buzet Sur Baise]

Sea Otter 12.19 x 3.35m (40ft x 10’6)
Wide Beam Cat. C (Inland and Coastal Waters)

CE Certified Hull. Draft 0.95, Airdraft 2.2m, Displacement 15 tons, 5 tons water ballast in double hull, semi keel provides great stability at sea, rivers, estuaries or canals even from the wash of hotel boats on the Rhone!

Exhibited Olympia Boat Show London by Sea Otter as their flagship build 2004 (year of construction) this boat is ideally suited to a couple seeking the solace and seclusion of European waterways, who enjoy exploring, wild mooring and extended off grid capability.  Nulife provides an ideal base to explore French and the European waterways without breaking the bank. Petite she may be, but Nulife ticks a lot of boxes, providing the comforts and convenience of larger and expensive vessels at a fraction of the cost.

This tardis-like go-anywhere liveaboard is set up for extended off grid cruising with its solar / Rutland wind configuration producing up to 15 amps via a Victron 75/15 MPPT controller (features bluetooth enabled monitoring via Victron Connect App). In winter and on cloudy days a  3KvA  Mastervolt whisper diesel generator ( 440 hrs,  serviced Sept 2020) provides plenty of power on tap and barely audible from below to a well suited Mastervolt 80amp fast charger and 2600 watt Inverter pack.  I have fitted all new battery banks throughout (July 2020) inc 440aH domestic bank (2 x 220 aH Varta), starter, generator starter and bowthrusters and a spare are all new.

Propulsion: Nanni Diesel TDi 5.5 85 hp engine only (1400 hours also just serviced).

Electrics: Mastervolt

Everything else: Vetus Spares are readily available for equipment on this boat

Forward and aft bowthrusters permit turning inside own length, easy to manouver in locks, safe walk through access from wheelhouse to bow door for lock work, consequently very capable of single handed operation on French canals.

Electric main anchor winch. Spare emergency anchor plus 40ft chain. Portable Emergency Liferaft.

Navigation aids include Raymarine radar, Eagle GPS mapping , autohelm, depth / speed, portable VHF set, radar deflectors, fitted compass.

Eberspacher Airtop 5000 heating with 7 day timer.
Hot water calorifier from engine or shorepower) and Webasto diesel water heater.Text based smart switch permits remote control of low wattage heaters (or anything else up to 13amp ) in strategic locations in winter from your phone wherever you may be.

Nulife was used for several years as a liveaboard leisure cruiser, fishing trips etc on English Channel with its residential mooring near Brighton.

In April 2016, Nulife crossed the Channel from Brighton to Calais on the first leg of her three year trip from Brighton to Bordeaux.Currently on annual mooring at Buzet sur Baise, between Bordeaux and Toulouse, (secluded mooring in serviced port with resto and bar, costing Euros 80 per month).

Annual maintenance and winterisation through Castelmoron Nautic, English speaking marine engineer based nearby.

Nulife is comfortable, well appointed and adapted for extended cruising. Sleeps 2 + 2 if using saloon plus occasional one berth in wheelhouse on mattress.

Shoreline fridge, with freezer box (12v)
Zanussi washing machine
Indesit Tumble dryer
Delta Microwave / Convection / Grill combo
Bush built-in Dishwasher
43 litre Winecooler plus an on demand icemaking machine producing 1kg ice per hour
Meaco Zambezi programmable dehumidifier
4 ring cooker grill & burner
3 x Low wattage economical heated towel rails in loo and shower room
Ironing board & iron
Hoover and wet / dry vac
Generous wardrobe and storage for suitcases and large items
4 speaker audio system.
6′ 6 ” double bed

The Huawei B535 4g Wifi Router and Free.Fr SIM provides connectivity throughout and the boat is Alexa enabled.  A smart plug allows remote operation of 13A power appliances capable of programmable daily text temperature alerts ends to any mobile / cell phone. Wifi is also connected to an Amazon Blink camera which allows remote security alerts, monitoring  and image capture.

High ceiling cabin height everywhere so no problem if you are 6′ 6″!
Latest spec LED lights throughout including lighting strip entire saloon length
Dedicated larder cupboard with PIR lighting

Compact rear deck and foredeck area for al fresco dining. Galley slaves will appreciate the professional chef’s knife set within easy reach for food prep or when tempers fray locking in, or if your rope gets snagged!

Generous shower cubicle and seperate Vetus macerating loo

Tankage: 450 litre black, 450 litre diesel , 675 litre water tanks.

Bookcases (3)

Build 2004, survey available out water 2017, fully documented with
videos and pics. Hull reported to be in excellent condition at pre sale inspection by Sea Otter’s Managing Director, who carried out pre sale inspection and arranged survey on our behalf.

SeaOtter is a respected UK premium marque with a well established reputation for quality builds and fitouts.

The 85 hp Nanni diesel is well matched with the prop and as a reliable and virtually indestructible motor is the go to choice of French hire fleets for their rugged durability. She offers comfort, safety and reliability at modest running costs and is ideally suited for a couple with occasional guests.

Typical approximate annual running costs include mooring £850 full year at Buzet sur Baise, (or £425 if wintering only), £300 Groves fully comp insurance £300 VNF Freedom Vignette, plus fuel and periodic maintenance. Our second home in France typically costs less than £2000 per annum, about the price of a week’s hire locally.

Cycling the towpath and surrounds is a particular joy. We  travel with 2 Brompton folding bikes, Olivia and Esme. They are not included in the sale may be available by seperate negotiation. They are easily stowable. We also have two full size electric bikes which may be preferred as an option, but these do not fold and are carried on the stern deck or in the wheelhouse. We have covered 3000km on these over 2 seasons without any trouble, including trips Bordeaux to Moissac, into the foothills of the Pyrenees and locally the Valley of the Lot river  and north into  Cahors.

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You Tube Video Clips

Exterior and video of Garonne and Baise River near port of Buzet

Virtual Tour Interior Video part 1

Virtual Tour Video Part 2

Virtual Tour Video Part 3


Front cabin from bow door

Front cabin facing bow door.

Galley both directions

Stern deck area

Lunch on stern


Bow deck, waiting for the lock to fill at Berry


Partial view of Wheelhouse




This demountable Rutland 913 wind turbine fits on the wheelhouse roof, providing additional battery charging in winter months when solar is less available and maintaining off grid capability.


For shore power, Nulife has a Rolec electricity meter and up to 100 ft of heavy duty cable with shore power sockets both stern and bow for convenience


We use our Omnia stove top oven to make bread when wild mooring and out of reach of the morning baguette. As an alternative to running the big oven it’;s useful accessory for off grid living or when a guest’s gluten free diet is an issue!


Routing through France


routes through france

Route plans!wp-15959663195959011137522092374663.jpgand the channel crossing approaching Calais

channel crossing

P & O Ferry close !

hull blacking 2017

Hull Blacking May 2017engine

Nanni TDi 5.25 85 hp engine less around 1400 hrs, just serviced July 2020


Nous avons pique-niqué au bord de l’eau a Vianne!

Just 2 hours from Buzet along the Petit Baise, a beautiful Bastide village dating back 700 years, with free moorings, picnic tables, water and electric at no charge. Two excellent small local restaurants in the square. A favourite haunt.


The bridge across the canal into Vianne


Be careful of fast moving traffic on the tow path and maintain a supply of carrots if you decided as in this case, to embark on the Pilgrimmage to Compostella in Spain. This incredible route traverses from Conques in the east via the nearby port of Moissac, 70k away along the towpath, and westward through the Pyrenees to the Atlantic in northern Spain.


The principal pilgrimmage routes through France and Spain


Galley slave day off…

Auxiliary Crew Cooling Systems include 43 litre wine cooler and an ice making machine


Nearby Cruising Destinations: Vianne 47230, France
Just 2 hours from Buzet along the Petit Baise, beautiful Bastide village with free mooring, picnic tables, water and electric at no charge. Two excellent restaurants in the square. A favourite haunt.

And finally…. our Ship’s Bell – very useful to announce the Apero Hour at 18.00 hrs



Nulife Ship’s Bell