ON THE WATER
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.