THE OWNER

Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

NICK CLACK AND ALI ROBERTS lived in Lon­don un­til quite re­cently, but de­cided to move to Bris­tol where many of their friends live and where they thought the qual­ity of life would be bet­ter. It was only hav­ing made that de­ci­sion that they started con­sid­er­ing a boat to live on. They have some ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing taken hire boat hol­i­days, and hav­ing friends with boats.

Af­ter look­ing for a used boat, they re­alised it was al­most im­pos­si­ble to find one with three bed­rooms so they started con­sid­er­ing builders for a new boat. As part of their re­search they vis­ited the fac­tory in the Czech Repub­lic, and were im­pressed by what they saw. Tu­lak is Czech for ‘wan­derer’, to re­flect the boat’s roots.

The fo­cus on the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pects of the boat is ex­plained by Nick’s job. He was un­til re­cently an en­ergy cam­paigner with the Cam­paign for the Pro­tec­tion of Ru­ral Eng­land and is now be­com­ing a home en­ergy as­ses­sor. Ali is a so­cial worker, work­ing in Glouces­ter­shire.

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