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.