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Esme has now been sold

A rare and much admired historic Luxemotor Esme is a classic Dutch Luxemotor 'Motorvrachtschip' built in 1927 at Makkum in the Netherlands by the famous Amels shipyard. Amels is one of the few Dutch shipyards from that era still working in Makkum and now building steel superyachts for the rich and famous.

After a working life of over sixty years, the ship was converted in the late 1980s by Walter Stamm-Teske, a Zurich born and renowned architect, now Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany. He engaged a team of expert Dutch shipbuilders to help him fulfill his dream of creating a comfortable family home in a beautiful ship which could travel the waterways of Europe.

His use of space and contemporary style in the conversion reflects his architectural skills whilst retaining the original ship's lines and the historic character of the aft cabin and wheelhouse. The result is Esme, the perfect size for full or part time living and cruising with ample entertaining space and comfortable accommodation for six.

  • Two double cabins with bathrooms, adjacent WCs and air conditioning.
  • Two single cabins / offices, converted from doubles to singles but could be easily restored back.
  • Large double glazed wheelhouse with double door access to covered outside social area.
  • Self contained original style aft cabin suite, ideal for guests and with personal outside access.
  • Large capacity water, waste and fuel storage. • Easily handled by two people.
  • Excellent power and off-grid features for independent cruising.
  • Very comfortable winter living with diesel fired radiator central heating and air conditioning for the summer.
  • Recently renewed seven year hull survey and ES-TRIN certification for European cruising.
  • Complete hull makeover, grit blast and repaint in 2018.
  • Winner of DBA - The Barge Association 'Best Classic Barge' in 2009.

After twelve wonderful years cruising the UK and continental waterways, the owners Diana and Chris Grant have decided to move on to new adventures meaning Esme has now been sold and we will decide what to do with this website next year. See the full colour e-brochure here.

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