The Boat’s is Sold

“C’Est La Vie” is a well maintained and striking example of this popular Stevens 1240 DL model. Her warm teak interior is both spacious and well laid out for long term live aboard cruising or short holiday breaks.

The boat has been sold to a Parisian couple who we know will take good care of it.

C'est la Vie on the Seine

C’est la Vie on the Seine

Smelne (Stevens) Yachts are situated in the north of Holland and have been successfully building a range of quality steel motor cruisers since the early 1960s. Building approximately twenty five new boats per year, they have earned themselves a          reputation for highest quality and good design.

Nuala & I  have taken this boat from Ireland to Dover, England by truck. From there we have motored the boat  from Dover to Calais and onto Paris,  Strasbourg before finally reaching Berlin.

We then travelled from Berlin back up the Rhine to Koblenz, up the Moselle river through Luxembourg and onto Metz in France. From there we travelled down the canals in France to reach Chalon sur Saone where we are currently moored for the winter.

Stern view of boat

Stern view of boat

We have had a trouble free trip and the boat has easliy managed sea, canals, Seine, Rhine and Berlin Lakes. The boat was surveyed and overhauled by us in Ireland before we left. This included full engine service – varnishing of the teak decks- upgrading propeller- replacement of anodes- electrical survey- new inverter- new batteries.


Vessel name:    C’est la Vie       Vessel type:       Aft Cabin

Builder:  Smelne Yachts Model: 1240DL    Year constructed: 1995

No. of engines: 1  Volvo TMD 41 Engine power:   140 HP

Fuel type:  Diesel   Average Consumption: 3.5 litres/hour

Hours on Engine 1790   CUPA Bow truster Length over all:  12.4 meters

Draft:  1.2 meters   Minimum  Air Draft 2.8 meters Maximum Air Draft 4.3 meters

Hull material:     steel          Hull type:       Displacement

Fuel capacity:     800 litres         Water Capacity: 2 x 225 litres  Waste Water: 350 litres

Over view of Boat

Large Saloon with panoramic views

Large Saloon with panoramic views

Very solid safe boat, fitted with a very reliable engine. Build quality superb  with no short cuts taken. The boat will cruise econonically and comfortably at 12 kilometers per hour but has plenty of spare power when needed. Panoramic salon with large sofa seating, table. Kitchen with dinette. Forward cabin with V berth ( converts to double or office). Spacious aft cabin with central double berth. Separate WC and shower.

view of cockpit area

view of cockpit area

Large Aft Deck area for eating out or socialising. Wide walk ways make moving around boat easy and safe. By taking down radio arch ,canopy or windows the boat airdraft can be reduced from 4.3 meters down to at lowest 2.8 meters. Thus the boat will fit on all the canals in Europe.

COMFORT Sleeps 4/5 people : One forward cabin with two single beds ( which can convert to double bed) and one aft cabin with walk around double bed. One Person can sleep on Saloon Sofa. 1 toilet and 1 shower.


Engine bay under saloon floor

Engine bay under saloon floor

  • Engine room fire extinguisher.
  • 2 x 95 Amp and 2 x 180Amp batteries (new) .
  • Battery monitor (new).
  • 2500w Sterling Power Combi Inverter ( new) Shore Power w/Battery Charger
  • All lights (except shower / bathroom lights) changed to LED lights Power consumption at 0.2 watts per hour is exceptionally low and boat can manage for up to six days without shore power. Thus we have found no need for a generator.
  • Navigation Equipment : electric compas. speed guage. depth guage.


  • SMEV Gas Oven

    Dinette - galley area

    Dinette – Galley Area

  • 3 Ring Gas Hob
  • Extractor Fan
  • 12v/240v electric/gas 60L Electrolux Refrigerator
  • Tiled Galley Worktop
  • Microwave oven /grill
  • Under counter LED lights
  • Round Stainless Steel Sink w/H& C Water
  • Intregrated waste bin
  • C-Shaped Dinette w/Round Teak Table
  • Escape/Ventilation Hatch


Saloon facing Aft

Saloon facing Aft

  • Eberspacher Cool/Warm Air Heating
  • TV antenna
  • CD Radio Stereo
  • C-Shaped Sofa
  • Teak Table
  • Clock, Barometer & Hydrometer
  • Book shelves
  • Drinks Cabinet
  • Two 12 volt table lamps
master cabin- free standing double bed

Master Cabin- Free Standing Double Bed

AFT CABIN • Large French Style offset Bed

  • Reading lights
  • Port & Starboard Sliding Windows
  • 2 x Aft Opening Porthole Windows
  • Aft Escape/Ventilation Hatch
  • Large Double Wardrobe
  • Various Storage Cupboards
  • Door to Hallway w/Access to WC & Shower

FORWARD CABIN – 2 x Single V Berths ( which converts to double bed).

forward Cabin

forward Cabin

  • Converts also to an office
  • 2 x Double Door Storage Lockers Under Berths
  • Wardrobes to Port & Starboard
  • 2 x Lockers Under Deck Side
  • 2 x Reading Lights
  • Doorway to Galley & Dinette Area
  • Outlet for Heating


WC/ Washroom

WC/ Washroom

  • Manual Flush WC
  • Holding Tank w/Pump Out
  • Basin w/Hot & Cold Water
  • Double Door Storage Cupboard
  • Opening/Sliding Window
  • Mirror
  • 240V Outlet


Shower / Wet Room

Shower / Wet Room

  • Large Shower/Wet Room
  • Basin w/Hot & Cold Water
  • Double Door Storage Cupboard
  • Opening/Sliding Window


boat out of water

boat out of water

side view of boat at St Goar

side view of boat at St Goar


3 Responses to The Boat’s is Sold

  1. … a beaut of a boat! Bon voyage, Mags x


  2. John Martin says:

    We are friends of Genevieve and Bills aboard River Pipit. They sent us your website. Thank you. You will have a wonderful year. We are shopping for our next canal boat arriving in Paris in October. Does your boat have two heads and two showers? Bonne annee!

    Hi Our boat has one toilet and separate shower. We would have preferred initially ourselves to get a boat with two toilets and showers but this boat was so good we bought it. It amazing how easy you can manage and we have had up to 5 adults on board for over a week and it was fine.


    • agclontarf says:

      Hi John

      The boat has separate toilet and shower. We ourselves when looking for a boat would have preferred one with two toilets and showers but this boat was so good we bought it. We have had up to five adults on the boat for over a week and there were no issues


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