Glazed doors open from the stern deck into the boat; they have clever blinds enclosed in the double glazing and are
opened and closed using a magnet.
Steps with storage inside take you down into the galley, with cupboards alongside. As well as the usual electrical cupboards, there’s one which is a larder unit with pull-out wire racks. The calorifier is also here at the stern.
At the bottom of the steps there’s a built-in pull-out dog gate, a far more elegant solution than one added later.
The galley itself is a stylish space. The worktops are by Minerva, and although they feel cool like stone are actually a manufactured product. There’s a stainless steel sink while the tap provides filtered water.
There’s plenty of storage space, with large cupboards and a wine store in the floor. There are also high-level cupboards, but these are limited to the corners and are set at an angle, so they don’t feel oppressive.
Equipment includes a smart Thetford three-burner hob and a full-size oven by Candy. There’s a 12v Shoreline fridge hidden behind a door and a matching full-size freezer. Karen opted for a freezer rather than a washing machine, on the grounds they’ll pop home periodically during their longer cruises.
Turned on with a kick and set into the plinth at floor level is a vacuum unit. The idea is that you sweep the floors and direct the dirt towards the unit.
A half-height bulkhead divides the galley and the saloon. It also contains a very nice drop-leaf table which pulls out on runners to make access easier. Having a freestanding table which can be hidden away makes the space very flexible.
The built-in seating has a curved L-shape, with drawers in the base. This also converts into a guest bed. There’s room for an additional armchair, too.
There’s a side hatch on each side of the saloon, complete with glazed inner doors. The radiator is a smart column design, in an anthracite finish.
At the forward end of the saloon is a large unit which incorporates a hearth featuring a small Lockgate Refleks diesel stove. While it might be small, it still throws out plenty of heat. There’s a flat-screen TV above, and alongside there are glazed cupboards and shelves. All in all, it makes a good focal point.
Behind the dog gate, steps to the stern