Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

GUY CHAT­WOOD AND SUZIE RED­MAN have jobs that un­doubt­edly helped them build their boat. Guy owns a com­pany which car­ries out fast turn­around re­fur­bish­ments of flats and of­fice build­ings, and Suzie works with him. So they have ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the sort of things needed to kit out build­ings and boats. And they used their knowl­edge and con­tacts to source many of the do­mes­tic items on board.

This is Guy’s fifth boat, so he should know what he’s do­ing. The first was bought sec­ond-hand. The sec­ond was a sail­away he fit­ted out him­self. Then came a nar­row­beam Dutch barge (which it’s fair to say was his least favourite). Most re­cently, the couple have had a 35ft boat which has served them well.

But with plans for re­tire­ment on the agenda, a big­ger boat was needed, and Suzie No. 2 is it. Once they’ve stopped work, the couple plan to live on board and cruise ex­ten­sively.

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