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YAHOO. Thursday 3rd February 2011
Thu 3rd Feb 11 - 14:44

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A houseboat that featured on an episode of 'Grand Designs' has washed up on a beach in Essex.

Grand Designs Houseboat 1

The 100ft vessel, which is covered in graffiti and has broken windows, was featured on the Channel 4 programme back in March 2007.

Grand Designs Houseboat 2

Viewers of the show will remember that London couple Christopher Miller and Sze Lui Lai were unable to complete the difficult project, despite spending £80,000 on the restoration.

Grand Designs Houseboat 3

The boat, which is made from reclaimed timber and corrugated iron, is believed to have remained moored - and unoccupied - in the Thames Estuary since the show aired.

Steve Morgan, who runs a cafe near the beach, told Metro: "I did not know what it was at first. Then I saw the roof and realised it was the boat from 'Grand Designs' - it looked very strange just sat there opposite our cafe. We have had loads of customers down here, all talking about it."

Reports suggest that the boat washed up after breaking free from its mooring over the weekend. It isn't known if the couple featured in 'Grand Designs' still own it.


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