is a 65ft boat, built on a shell by Alexander Boats. The name, by the way, is Welsh for Black Pig – and was chosen because Siân drew the line at the English version of the name (which was also the name of Captain Pugwash’s ship). The blackness has some bearing on the steelwork, because black paint is notorious for showing up imperfections; in this case, though, it shows up how smooth and clean the cabin sides are. The rest of the colour scheme really lifts the black: there are double cream coachlines, red handrails and a cream roof. There’s also plenty of decoration, with Welsh dragons on the bow flashes and the stern doors for Siân, and the crest of Portsmouth on the rear slide for Mark.
The bow is an interesting shape – not the curvy take on a Josher we so often see, but instead something which has the feeling of a Woolwich. Four rubbing strakes help give a feeling of solidity and movement.
There are a few variations on the shell specified by Siân and Mark. This is a gas-free boat, so the locker in the nose provides storage for Mark’s much treasured tandoori oven – and because this would be hard to lift through the normal hatch, there’s access to the locker via doors from the well deck.
The well deck itself has storage lockers both sides, which also provide somewhere to sit. On most boats,