ON THE WATER
The nearest winding hole to Grape Escape’s mooring is about 45 minutes away, so we had the opportunity to test the boat over several miles, once we’d turned 180 degrees just to point towards the marina exit.
What’s more, those miles were part of the twisting and turning Leeds & Liverpool Canal on the outskirts of Burnley, providing plenty of opportunity to see how the boat coped with some very sharp bends.
It’s the first time we’ve tested one of Bourne’s own shells and it handled incredibly well.
It’s not just a matter of the boat going where it’s pointed, a big test is how easily you can get the bow moving without resorting to the bow thruster.
In this case, putting the tiller over and adding a little burst of power was enough to move the bow sideways, just as you’d hope.
The engine is quiet, thanks to a hospital silencer, there’s plenty of room on the stern deck for the helmsman and crew, and on this trip the proud owners demonstrated how comfortable it is to sit and relax at the bow.