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Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

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,

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