Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

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.

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