Going GRP at London
WHILE THERE WEREN’T any conventional narrowboats on display again at this year’s London Boat show at ExCel in early January, Tingdene Marinas did display a neatlooking GRP Viking 23 which at 6ft 11in wide and 22ft 7in long makes it a go-anywhere boat on the system.
The basic model with a 15hp Mariner engine is £34,146 and for that you get four berths, a galley with a sink, hob, work surfaces, cupboards, and a loo compartment with cassette toilet that can be upgraded with a shower.
The cockpit has a bench seat across the back, plus a single helmseat in the steering position.
At the show Vetus launched the latest in its redesigned M-Line range of engines, this time it was the turn of the 52hp turbocharged M4.56. As with other engines in the upgraded range it has, among other improvements, a water-cooled top cover to absorb engine heat and improve efficiency, a new air inlet filter housing to help quieten things down and a plastic cover over the pulleys and belts to enhance safety and which also looks good.
The keel-cooled version costs £ 9,300 inc VAT with a PRM 120 or TMC 60 mechanical gearbox, and £10,130 with a PRM 150 hydraulic ’box.
Webasto announced it had signed a contract with WhisperPower for exclusive distribution of WhisperPower products in the UK and also revealed its BlueSky sliding hatch electric sunroof which, at around £1,000 we suspect is likely to find its way on to new-build narrowboats soon.