Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

The ex­tra-long hatch means there’s no dan­ger of bang­ing your head as you go down the steps from the stern deck into the saloon. All the treads lift for stor­age. Be­side the steps there is a range of cup­boards. On one side there’s the elec­tri­cal cup­board and a wardrobe, and op­po­site, there’s an air­ing cup­board with the calori­fier in the bot­tom.

In the saloon proper, a Lock­gate Re­flex diesel stove sits on one side on an at­trac­tive sparkly quartz hearth with a drawer un­der­neath, while on the other side, there’s a full height cor­ner unit hous­ing a flat screen TV which can be pulled out on a bracket, and a USB socket.

Un­der­neath there’s a sound bar which was cho­sen by Colin af­ter Krysia ve­toed the idea of hav­ing speak­ers set into the ceil­ing. They also de­cided against some fea­tures we’ve seen on pre­vi­ous Bourne boats, such as nau­ti­cal­style lips on shelf edges, and turned finials – none of which would have fit­ted with the clean look they were af­ter. A ver­sa­tile fold­ing ta­ble is stored un­der the gun­wales, and there’s also an un­der gun­wale cup­board which pro­vides far more stor­age than you might think.

The L-shaped dinette, up­hol­stered in an at­trac­tive grey fab­ric, is on the op­po­site side. There are draw­ers and other stor­age in the base, and a pull-out sec­tion means it con­verts eas­ily and quickly into a guest bed.

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