Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

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.

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