About Billow

A motor cruiser capable of sea going, river and canal work, BILLOW was constructed in 1960 in Holland and displayed at the Amsterdam boat show. Part I registered and with her original Blue Book, she then spent the first 5 years under the White Ensign on the river Thames, owned by a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

In 1973 she was bought by the founder of Anglian windows and spent 9 years in the South of France, returning to Norfolk via the Bay of Biscay to reside on the Norfolk Broads. After some years in air conditioned dry storage, her first major refit was conducted in the 1990s when she received new Perkins engines.

BILLOW continued under the same ownership until 2002 when her next owner intended to restore her to her former glory in slow time. In 2007 after the initial work of the refit, she changed hands again to the present owner who completed her to the fine condition she is in today. This work included extensive hull work and a complete re-wire as well as complete overhaul of the engines, pumps, pipe work and controls plus new shafts and rudders; all under the watchful eye of a marine surveyor. All the equipment offered was installed during her recent refit. Now into her second season, she is cruising the waterways of central France.


General info
  • Current name Billow
  • Build year 1960
  • Yard Royal Van Lent
  • Length 15.24m / 49'11"
  • Beam 3.71m / 12'2"
  • Draught 1.34m / 4'4"

  • Fuel Capacity 600 litres / 158.5 US Gallon
  • Water Capacity 2000 litres / 528 US Gallon

  • Main Engines 2 x Perkins 6453 140 HP diesel engines