Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

The gal­ley feels im­mensely spa­cious, thanks to a clever de­sign trick. While the units on one side are the nor­mal depth, those op­po­site are only half as deep. This means the cor­ri­dor be­tween the two is wider than nor­mal.

The cou­ple learned this trick from a hire boat hol­i­day, when they found it tricky to get past each other in the gal­ley. The cup­boards on the slim side still of­fer plenty of stor­age be­cause they go un­der the gun­wales which pro­vide sev­eral inches of ex­tra space. There’s a side hatch with glazed in­ner doors that also helps make the space bright.

The work­tops are sparkly quartz, cho­sen to match Julia’s in­te­rior taupe colour scheme. There’s a milled drainer next to the stain­less steel sink and the tap is con­nected to a Seag­ull fil­ter for drink­ing wa­ter.

Equip­ment in­cludes a Belling oven and four-burner hob, a 12-volt Shore­line fridge and a microwave. Two stor­age boxes set into the floor are kept cool as they ex­tend down to the base­plate. On more mun­dane mat­ters, the shower is a large quad­rant lined with lam­i­nate, and along­side there’s a laun­dry drawer, a few shelves, and ac­cess to the shower pump. The loo is a Jab­sco mac­er­at­ing unit, with a hold­ing tank un­der the bed.

The basin is a smart white one, sit­ting on more quartz work­top and a size­able cupboard. There’s also a heated towel rail and an ex­trac­tor fan.

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