Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

This is un­doubt­edly a very fine boat. It’s based on a lovely high qual­ity shell, has a stylish fit-out in­cor­po­rat­ing some ex­cel­lent ideas, and makes use of the lat­est hy­brid tech­nol­ogy.

Of course a boat like this doesn’t come cheap. Its price tag of around £175,000 is a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money (and, in­ci­den­tally, sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the other Bourne boat on show at Crick). The hy­brid pack­age adds a few thou­sand to the price ( but will re­duce fuel costs), and things such as the un­der­floor heat­ing also add ex­pense. With things like that, it’s not just the cost of the com­po­nents, it the ex­tra time it takes to in­stall and com­mis­sion.

So per­haps the poll­sters would have pre­dicted that this boat would take the sil­ver­ware for favourite boat, be­cause while there were lots of in­ter­est­ing boats on show this year, this one man­ages to mix a clas­sic ex­te­rior, top qual­ity in­te­rior, and tech­nol­ogy which of­fers real ad­van­tages. That’s clearly a win­ning com­bi­na­tion.

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