boat,” says Phill Abbot, “which is what we do when we carry out refits. It’s got to look in keeping.” So the pair went to the former Hudson yard to look at finished boats, and even inspected a few which happened to be passing through Braunston.
The result is very similar to what you might have expected from a Hudson-built boat. The fit-out uses oak, with a floor of matching Karndean.
The layout is standard and works hard to fit in everything you need in a relatively short space. So the saloon is at the front, followed by the galley. Between the two there’s a breakfast bar; there was no room for a full dinette, but this still gives somewhere to sit and eat. The shower room comes next and is fairly generous in size. The cabin is at the back with the engine room beyond. This has been designed as a two-person boat. David says that since their children have grown up they’re much too embarrassed to go on holiday with their parents! A set of ladder steps leads from the tug deck into the boat, and there’s a sliding hatch above the doors to make access easier. On one side there’s a dark tiled hearth with a small Valor Willow stove, chosen because the Trimbles wanted something that wasn’t too big.
On the other, there’s a glazed unit topped by a shelf which runs down the side of the boat to a set of shelves. The flat-screen TV is mounted on a bracket, so it can be angled out or tucked away. The steps themselves can be moved out of the way, to give access to the undertug-deck storage. There’s a lot of space down here because it extends more than three feet.
A pair of comfortable captain’s chairs provide somewhere to relax and were one of Daphne Trimble’s must-have items.
There are a couple of stools at the breakfast bar, which divides the saloon from the galley. There’s also access on this side to the washing machine, which sits in what would otherwise be a dead corner.