A spacious shower was high on Karen and Ian’s wish list, so the quadrant here is a generous 900mm. Cleverly, the rainfall-style shower head is built into the ceiling, giving maximum height and a very sleek look. There’s a small amount of storage space between the shower and the cabin side.
A unit topped with a grey Minerva worktop is in the opposite corner and this continues under the gunwales to provide extra cupboard space. The basin, which sits on top, is a striking deep oval design.
The loo is a Vetus macerator unit, hidden out of sight behind the door to the cabin. The tank is across the boat at the
stern. That means there’s a significant length of pipe between the two. However, Bourne have used rigid pipe because it’s not prone to become porous like flexible pipes can; and it runs along the boat under the gunwale, so material is pumped downhill to the tank.
On the outside of the boat, there are two pump-out points. One would be used when visiting a normal pump-out machine. The other is for a built-in self pump-out system. The pump is in the engine hole and can be used to pump from the tank into a container, which could be emptied at an Elsan station. It’s a facility that might be used only very occasionally but it’s always good to have options.
The first thing you notice about the cabin is that there are two single beds rather than a double. Karen says the design of the room was the subject of much debate but as they didn’t want to have to make up a bed each night, didn’t want to have to climb over each other to get up and wanted a clear route through to the bow doors, the two singles became the obvious choice. Another advantage is that they can have different mattresses.
There’s masses of storage, so much in fact that Karen says she doubts they’ll ever fill it all. For a start, the beds lift on gas struts to provide access to the space in the bases.
Then, at the foot of one bed, there’s a wardrobe while the other has a dressing table with a stool and a mirror.
There are high cupboards at the head of the beds, with reading lights underneath.
Then there are more wardrobes either side of the bow doors. There’s also another dog gate here.
Stylish fittings extend to the bathroom
The spacious shower was a must
Now that’s what we call a shower