Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

This boat teaches us a few lessons. One is on size – that you can have a per­fectly com­fort­able boat with­out hav­ing to go to 58ft or more. Ad­mit­tedly this has been built as a two-berth boat, but it has ev­ery­thing a cou­ple need and it doesn’t feel cramped or short of space any­where.

An­other is that when some­thing un­ex­pected hits a boat build, it need not nec­es­sar­ily be a dis­as­ter, but there will ob­vi­ously be de­lays and dis­rup­tions to con­tend with.

The com­ple­tion of is a year later than orig­i­nally planned (“we were lucky,” says David, “that Phill had a slot that meant he could work on our boat.”). Some of the other af­fected Hud­son own­ers are still wait­ing for work to start on their un­fin­ished boats.

This has all had an im­pact on cost, though. The orig­i­nal bud­get was around £100,000 and the fi­nal cost is higher, although Lord Trim­ble hasn’t yet worked out ex­actly how much.

The im­por­tant thing is, though, that in spite of the un­ex­pected set­back, a sig­nif­i­cant de­lay, and a fi­nan­cial hit, the fin­ished prod­uct is what the Trim­bles wanted. Now they’re look­ing for­ward to putting a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion be­hind them, and get­ting on with en­joy­ing their new boat.

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