In spite of working to a budget, Steve was determined to order a good quality shell and immediately took to the people at Colecraft Boats. They built him a 58ft semi-trad, which is instantly recognisable as a Colecraft because of its bow which looks quite short and flared, and with a relatively dainty-looking stem post.
And it’s not just a standard shell, either. Steve has had T-studs at the stern rather than dollies because he finds them easier for mooring up. He’s also had a storage box built onto the roof which holds a couple of solar panels. So that the box doesn’t make the boat too tall, the height of the main part of the shell has been reduced by a few inches; this obviously has a knock-on effect on the headroom inside, but it’s still a very acceptable 6ft 4in, which is more than enough for most people.
The semi-trad stern has doors at the rear, and lockers down both sides. There are also rings, to provide somewhere for the couple’s two dogs to be secured. Access to the engine hole is via deckboards, which can be locked in place from inside. There’s a gas locker in