ON THE WA­TER

Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

Glynis and Michael en­joy hav­ing friends on board, so the semi-cruiser stern deck suits their needs very well. Not only is there enough room for sev­eral crew, but the lock­ers give them some­where to sit.

The Morse con­trol is on a col­umn at the end of one of the lock­ers so it’s rea­son­ably com­fort­able for the helms­man, al­though it’s a bit lower than it would be in a semi-trad or trad. The en­gine panel is in­side the boat, so the di­als aren’t im­me­di­ately vis­i­ble.

We’ve al­ways liked the way Cole­craft shells han­dle but, for once, we were ham­strung on the day of the test when one of the in­nu­mer­able win­ter storms sud­denly swooped in and thor­oughly scup­pered our test cruise plans (not to men­tion our ex­ter­nal pho­tog­ra­phy...); but Glynis and Michael as­sure us this boat is no ex­cep­tion to the usual pleas­ant Cole­craft han­dling.

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