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Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

This boat has a lot go­ing for it. It’s on a good shell and has a re­li­able en­gine, which is al­ways a good start. And the fit-out is good, too – it’s solidly built with great at­ten­tion to de­tail.

Dave How­dle’s years of ex­pe­ri­ence main­tain­ing hire boats re­ally shows through, be­cause ev­ery­thing you’re ever likely to need to get at can be eas­ily reached. You won’t have to take half the boat apart to reach the shower pump, for ex­am­ple. What’s more, the boat is im­mensely stylish in­side and out. There’s the sort of de­sign flare that you might ex­pect on a much more ex­pen­sive boat. And it’s a flex­i­ble de­sign too, so you could have a dinette or stove if you wanted them.

Which brings us to the price – £89,950 is very rea­son­able for this boat, which in­cludes ev­ery­thing ex­cept the loose fur­ni­ture in the saloon. When you con­sider that ev­ery­thing is good qual­ity, that’s lit­tle short of a bar­gain.

This is Ortomarine’s first pri­vate boat and they’re off to a fly­ing start. They’ve got the right peo­ple and knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to draw on. All the in­di­ca­tions are that this ex­am­ple of di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion will be one of those that goes from strength to strength.

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