M. V. Vrijheid

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After many happy years living aboard as our London residence, Bruce and Caroline are now forced, through family circumstance, to move to pastures new. For them life has now taken a different course and it is time for her new owners to enjoy the privilege of living on this historically-important vessel (Original Rhine barge class) .

Over the course of our 25 years of ownership a continuous programme of improvement and refitting has taken place providing our London residence through the working week and then the added bonus of weekend cruising when time permits. With certification VRIJHEID would make an ideal European waterways vessel.

As shown in the comprehensive service history/maintenance log,  she has been professionally surveyed in dry dock every 4 years, regularly repainted, serviced, improved and pampered. Her hull, superstructure, decks and steelwork are in good condition. Meanwhile below decks a very comfortable interior with all modern day conveniences,  professionally installed, gives a level of comfort enjoy by those living on land.

Living and cruising aboard M.V.Vrijheid is relaxing and easy. She is extremely uncomplicated to helm with a skipper and one crew.

Domestic battery banks deliver mains electricity when away from the mooring through power inverters providing normal services thereby allowing the Fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, and whatever else you may wish for to be used when cruising. A large fresh water tank and more than adequate baffled black water tank (sewage) means you only stop when you want to, not because you have to.

The Aga-style Stanley 80000 BTU oil-fuelled range  is ideal for all cooking needs and produces continual hot water as well as supplying the 14 large radiator central heating throughout the living space.

Sale is to include an extensive inventory including light fittings, fixtures, curtains, new carpets, ship’s spares, tools, warps and hackle, dinghy, Honda 5hp $ Stroke outboard and so much more.


Main engine Single six-cylinder, VOLVO D67A Diesel engine, Serial No: 496263/10487, reportedly fitted 1968 and run some 1500 engine hours in current ownership.
Gearbox NEWAGE COVENTRY Hydraulic Gearbox, Serial No: 0603553 GO295 310 SVR3
Generator 240v/50Hz power supply is delivered via a main engine powered 24V/150 Amp Belmar 9600 Series alternator through two banks of deep cycle floated lead/acid batteries via two inverters.
Inverter MASCOT Electronics – 24vDC/12VDC 20A for instrumentation and auxiliary 12V battery charging
Inverter Statpower Prosine 1800i
Inverter/Charger Heartinterface Freedom 25 charger/inverter controlled by a
Link 2000 Integrated Battery Monitoring / Charger/Inverter Controller
Electrics Main switchboard & consumption meter with auto-change shore to mobile power switching system to include individual RCG protection 240v AC (fused 24vDC & 12 volt circuits)
Batteries Separate engine & domestic banks. Engine crank set: 24vDC @ 175A  Domestic set: 2 banks x 24vDC
VHF Comms. UNIDEN MC 6700 Marine Radiotelephone
Depth Sounder Seafarer 5 ECHO SOUNDER
Dinghy Original Dutch steel with oars
Water Softener Series 155 Programmable Reverse Osmosis Type
Heating/Cooking 2300 gallons (4 x 575 gallon, 6mm Steel interconnected)
Stove Stanley Twin Series 80,000BTU Cast Iron CH/Range. Radiators throughout the ship
Cooking Hob ELECTROGAS propane two burner peizo-electric hob.
Clothes Dryer BEKO – condenser type.
Dish Washer BEKO
Refrigerator Fisher & Paykel / Kelvinator 480 Frost free, Fridge/Freezer.
Dehumidifier Clarke CD1100
 Tanks Large Potable and Blackwater underfloor securely fixed and baffled tankage
Inverter  24vDC / 12vDC – 20A – Wheelhouse utilities power source.


  • Certificate of Gross Tonnage: Certificate No: V30/13902 Vessel fresh water weight 44.1 tons (Hull + Breaks)
  • Copy of Certification (Kadaster) Dutch Ship Register Official No: 2772 B GRON 1952 – De-registered 1993
  • Survey Reports: Originals available for inspection carried out at 4 yearly intervals dating 07/05/1987 to 05/09/2013 inclusive
  • Meetbrief (included in sale) – Providence: Name “Nomadisch” http://mmr.adlibhosting.com/graphics/smbrandg/H2044_034_R.jpg


For further information on Vrijheid or indeed to arrange a viewing you are welcome to contact us.