LAYOUT AND FIT-OUT
It might be at the front, but this really is a terrific space, we’d be happy to entertain here lockers like these are missing a section, so the front doors have room to swing open; on this boat, the doors open inwards, so the lockers are complete and maximise the seating and lounging space. To make this a proper outdoor eating space, a table drops down from the front of the cratch. The deck itself (and the one at the stern) is covered in a synthetic teak decking. There’s also an external 240-volt socket and little red LED lights. Underneath the well deck there’s a polypropylene water tank.
At the stern, the diesel tank is larger than normal, extending forward around the curve of the counter because there’s a diesel stove on board.
The handrails have scrolled ends and finger-grips, and there’s a boatman’s beam across the roof. Also up here are built-in supports for Mark’s kayak and paddles: “I like everything to look as though it’s supposed to be there,” he says. The layout is where this boat differs from most others. In essence it’s a variation of a standard layout because there’s an engine room at the stern with a cabin and shower room forward. Then things change a bit; the saloon is in the centre of the boat, while the large open plan space at the bow includes an L-shaped dinette, the galley and a breakfast bar.
The fit-out uses an attractive combination of oak and painted ash panels. Below the gunwales there’s shadow gap tongue and groove; above this the cabin sides are painted, as is the ceiling.
The porthole liners are interesting. At first glance they look as though they’re made of oak – and they also do at a second glance. It’s only when you touch them you realise they’re not wood at all but fibreglass, which has the distinct advantage that it won’t suffer water damage from condensation. What’s more, they’re made in-house, by a member of staff who used to work with fibreglass boats.