This boat is powered by the ubiquitous Beta 43, chosen because Colin wanted to be confident of having enough power on rivers as well as canals. Access to the engine is by lifting deck boards which extend the whole length of the deck. There are two, the bigger of which is large enough to be slightly ungainly, but once they’re up, you can see that everything has been installed very neatly and there’s plenty of room around the engine.
Colin has also had LED lights installed in the engine bay so he can see what he’s doing if, for example, he’s changing the oil in the rain with the pram cover up.
There’s a sizeable bank of seven 110Ah batteries for the domestic supply; it’s Bourne’s typical specification and means there’s plenty of scope for mooring up for a day without having to run the engine. That’s particularly true on this boat, which has a 240W Panasonic solar panel on the roof, to top up the batteries. Colin’s research found it was one of the most efficient panels on the market. There’s also a battery for the engine, and two for the 75kgf Vetus bow thruster.
There’s a Webasto diesel boiler for heating to complement the Reflex stove. In addition, a heat exchanger on the engine means that the radiators can be warmed up while on the move. It’s a good way of making use of excess heat from the engine and it’s always been a surprise that more boats don’t have one – particularly if you’re a fan of boating in colder weather.
It might not look it, but the cross bed is a full king size