Shetland Black Prince and trailer for sale

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Location: Billy Keys, Shetland Black Prince, River Avon Worcestershire

Shetland Black Prince and trailer for sale

Post by consumedbynature » Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:15 pm

For Sale – Shetland Black Prince 23ft cabin cruiser with trailer £8950

For sale is our 1982 Shetland Black Prince cabin cruiser (Fizzy) which is suitable for coastal and inland waterways use. It comes complete with a galvanised steel twin axle, braked trailer.
The boat has a valid Boat Safety Scheme Certificate (BSS) until July 2018.
Lying Worcestershire.


The boat is 23' long with an 8' beam and 2'9” draft.

The Black Prince is the strongest, most well laid up GRP boat that Shetland ever made and is as tough as old boots. It is believed that Shetland stopped making the model as they couldn't afford the amount of GRP that was put into the hulls. This is why we bought her.

The boat is ivory coloured original GRP with power steering
Polished hull which is in very good condition for it's age.

Displacement is 2230kgs


Cream upholstery/headlining in the cockpit with blue back rest cushions
Carpeted in arctic blue marine lining carpet throughout. Cream ceiling lining in the cabin and the heads
Blue floor carpet
Navy blue lined curtains
The cabin is insulated to just below the waterline with Armaflex. This is a waterproof, rot proof closed cell foam which has heat and sound insulating properties
Approximately 5'10 headroom in cabin
Double V berth forward with additional foam mattress
Dinette to port which converts to a double
Galley to starboard with a double gas burner
12v Waeco Coolmatic fridge under navigator's seat in cockpit
Sink with manually pumped cold water
Heads compartment to starboard which currently has a Porta Potti due to inland waterways use
All plumbing in place for a sea toilet and sea toilet included with sale
Small hanging locker space to port
Two storage drawers to port
Large storage space under galley
Large storage shelves cabinet under pilot's seat


Single Volvo 230A four cylinder 2.3 litre 120hp petrol engine
Volvo Single Prop (SP) outdrive leg currently fitted with a Volvo LH 15x13 propeller
Bennett Trim Tabs
Power trim
Power assisted steering
Engine bay blower
Soundproofed engine bay
Magnesium anodes fitted 2016 due to fresh water use
Engine last serviced with oil, filter and fuel filter change in 2016
Bellows and water pipe replaced in 2014 and all in good condition
New cam belt 2016


Two 110ah batteries, charged by alternators used for engine starting, electronics and lighting
13 watt trickle charge solar panel to top up the bank of two batteries
Separate, dedicated 100ah 12v battery for fridge charged by a dedicated solar panel
100w rooftop solar panel for fridge on a 10amp MTTP charger (better charging in dull weather than the standard PWM type)
Perko master switch


One 120 litre stainless steel fuel tank
20 litre fresh water tank and 10 litre water tank in the bow


Garmin Echo100 transom mounted Fish finder/depth finder
NASA speed and depth log
Standard Horizon GX1700E DSC VHF radio with built in GPS (allows to plot waypoints and shows course over ground and speed over ground)

Ground tackle

Bruce anchor with approx 20ft chain and 100' of warp
Mud weight

General Equipment

2 x automatic bilge pumps (one in engine bay, one in bow)
Navigation lights
High powered search light
Cockpit light with white light and red light to protect night vision when under way
Stainless steel pulpit rail
Full canopy
Swim platform and boarding ladder
Swim platform fender
4x10m Warps and fenders
Bow fender
Boat hook
All working gauges – new fuel sender installed 2016
AM/FM radio
Automatic engine bay fire extinguisher
2 x manual fire extinguishers
1 fire blanket
Engine spares
Windlass for locks
2 x rod holders


Admiral galvanised steel twin axle braked trailer and it self rights itself on the rollers
The trailer is a roller coaster type which means the boat can be launched and recovered in shallow water
Trailer is plated to 3000kgs and can carry a weight of 2500kgs (the boat weighs 2230kgs)
4x new trailer wheels 2014
New bearings and brake shoes 2014
4 x additional stabilising arms for when in transit

Owner Comments

We purchased this boat in September 2012 and the boat was subject to a full survey. Since purchasing the boat we have carried out a complete overhaul with numerous works. The first thing we did was to remove all of the old anti-foul layers and apply new anti-foul. The boat has been taken out of the water each winter since 2012 and anti-fouled every year.
One of the most time consuming jobs has been to remove the old carpet and fit new marine carpet lining on top of Armaflex insulation. This has made a huge difference to the boat meaning it is cool on unbearably hot summer days and warm & dry without condensation in the winter months.
The engine and leg have both been serviced since we have owned the boat with a new pump and impeller, all new belts including cam belts and replacement bellows. The anodes have been replaced regularly as required to prevent any galvanic erosion.
We had the windows removed, sealed and re-fitted and rebuilt the engine bay in stronger 18mm marine ply. Two marine ply cabinets were made to fit under the helmsman and navigators seats. These seats now turn around to face the rear for socialising when at anchor. One of the cabinets contains a Waeco Coolmatic fridge. This is powered by its own dedicated 100ah battery which is charged by a dedicated 100watt roof top solar panel.

There are numerous videos of the boat on our youtube channel. Just type in “Busy with Fizzy” into the youtube search box. This link may take you to the playlist ... ZHXBKM5fel

We have stayed on board whilst cruising for around 7-10 days on numerous occasions and the boat has been very comfortable. She is well set up for comfortable, economic cruising and everything works. The beauty of having the trailer is that this boat is capable of being towed to and cruised along most of the UK (apart from narrow beam canals). The boat is equally at home on the backwaters of the River Avon or the shores of Lake Windermere as she is rounding the Needles off the coast of the Isle of Wight. We are often complemented on how good and polished the boat looks for its age. This is a turn the key and go package in very good condition.

Please feel free to ask any questions or to request a viewing.

To arrange a viewing contact Billy on 07876 337159 or Louise on 07747 071082

Thank you

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Re: Shetland Black Prince and trailer for sale

Post by Potterpaterson » Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:31 pm

Good day. Two quick questions - Is Fizzy still on the market? Having sold out 32' yacht, our son and myself are thinking about returning to the canals. We have never owned a canal/river boat but for over 30 years, went on the (mainly) midlands canals each Easter in hireboats.

Second, do you have any photographs of the interior (and if possible) the exterior? If so, could you possibly either send a link or e mail them to the 2 of us at

Many thanks

Donald Paterson

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Re: Shetland Black Prince and trailer for sale

Post by consumedbynature » Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:00 pm

Sorry. This boat is now sold. I'm just not able to delete the post

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Re: Shetland Black Prince and trailer for sale

Post by 1209 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:57 pm

What peice for boat

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