SA­LOON

Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

There’s more to this sa­loon than meets the eye. At first, it ap­pears there’s not much in the room, other than a built-in sofa with a mag­a­zine rack at one end, and a hearth made of Welsh slate car­ry­ing a diesel Lock­gate Re­fleks stove. But, hid­den away, there’s a mini of­fice.

A panel in the bulk­head drops down to pro­vide a desk with a com­puter screen at the right height for one of the break­fast bar stools. Below this, there’s an­other door which re­veals the com­puter tower and a printer; this cup­board bor­rows some space from un­der­neath the dinette.

There’s qual­ity work­man­ship on dis­play here too as the wood ve­neer pat­tern on the wall matches up with the drop-down doors. It’s a good way of keep­ing ev­ery­thing out of sight, although sit­ting at the desk might prove to be a lit­tle close to the stove in the win­ter.

Op­po­site the sofa an­other drop-down flap re­veals a flat-screen TV. A Bose sound sys­tem has five speak­ers plus a sub-

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