GAL­LEY

Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

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.

SA­LOON

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

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