ON THE WA­TER

Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

Hud­son shells are sub­stan­tially built and sit well in the wa­ter, and this one is no ex­cep­tion. An­other typ­i­cal trait is that, at first at­tempt, the steer­ing feels very heavy. How­ever, while it does take some ef­fort to move the tiller, once your cor­ner is com­plete, the rud­der cen­tres it­self. It’s be­cause the rud­der stock is set at an an­gle and it also means that you can be pretty sure the boat will keep go­ing in a straight line if you let go of the tiller.

The helms­man is pro­vided with a chunky steerer’s step just in­side the hatch to stand on, and the few con­trols are easy to reach. The view from up there is pretty com­mand­ing. Even though there’s no hospi­tal si­lencer, the Beta en­gine doesn’t sound ex­ces­sively loud.

In-line bed should pro­vide more length

Loo is de­signed to keep things sim­ple

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