THIS IS A fascinating boat for many reasons. A lot of rooms have been fitted into the space; the layout works well and the quality of the fit-out is excellent.
But the technical side is what’s really interesting. Dispensing with a diesel and having an electric motor, a big battery bank, solar panels, and a generator, seems very sensible.
The composting toilet is tried and tested and catching on. The heating system is perhaps more of a gamble, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work.
It’s certainly environmentally friendly, creating heat out of almost nothing, helped along by a little bit of electricity.
Of course, the cost of all this adds up. So while a standard Kingsley widebeam would have been around £150,000 excluding VAT, the highly bespoke Tulak came in at £200,000 excluding VAT. It’s worth noting, though, that a boat this size easily qualifies for zero VAT if it’s a residential one.
Nick and Ali set out to build the most sustainable boat they could. What they’ve achieved is quite remarkable – and credit must go to Elton Moss for taking up the idea and running with it. It might be a complicated boat, but it’s also a very thought-provoking one.