Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

How would you ex­pect a boat re­ferred to by its own­ers and builders as “The Pig” to han­dle? Well, it’s any­thing but a pig. It’s no sur­prise that an Alexan­der shell swims very nicely and han­dles im­pec­ca­bly. The boat re­sponds to the tiller and turns well. Mark was keen to keep things tra­di­tional, so there’s no bow thruster. There is, how­ever, an Ax­iom pro­pel­ler, which is claimed to im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency and stop­ping dis­tances.

At the helm, the large hatch means there’s room for crew to stand in­side, and the sound in­su­la­tion works well so there’s very lit­tle noise from the en­gine. at the other, mak­ing a big open-plan room. I sup­pose the land equiv­a­lent would be hav­ing a kitchen-diner right across the back of a house, open­ing out on to the gar­den. Ei­ther way, it’s good to see own­ers who are pre­pared to play with the design of a boat to make it fit their needs. That’s what be­spoke boat build­ing is all about.

As far as price is con­cerned, this boat cost £170,000. That’s a big sum but, at 65ft, this is quite a long boat, and the plen­ti­ful stor­age and clever so­lu­tions mean there’s a lot of wood­work on board.

is one of two boats Fern­wood are bring­ing to the Crick Boat Show this year, so you’ll be able to see for your­self how the un­usual lay­out re­ally does work.

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