Go­ing GRP at Lon­don

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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.

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