EL­TON MOSS KINGS­LEY 65FT X 12FT BARGE £285,000 INC VAT

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THIS IS THE Cat­e­gory C ver­sion of El­ton Moss’s Kings­ley barge, which means it can go to sea. To achieve that cat­e­gori­sa­tion, the hull is chined rather than square, there’s a min­i­mum dis­tance be­tween the wa­ter level and the decks, and out­lets must have valves or stop­cocks to pre­vent sea wa­ter get­ting in. The owner of this boat is plan­ning to take it to France, by sail­ing it across the Chan­nel. Per­haps to make the cross­ing a lit­tle eas­ier, there’s a dou­ble beer fridge in the wheel­house...

This boat is equipped for hot and sunny French weather. It has air con­di­tion­ing with out­lets in each room; on the roof are 16 so­lar pan­els, that’s 4kW, which on a sunny day will pro­vide enough power to run the air con; there’s some­thing quite sat­is­fy­ing about us­ing the sun to cool you down.

In­side there’s a U-shaped gal­ley with a break­fast bar and a spa­cious sa­loon with a con­tem­po­rary Morso stove and a big TV. There’s a size­able dog box on the roof. There are two bed­rooms, the smaller of which has a dou­ble bed and wardrobe. The main cabin, at the bow, has a hatch above the bed, blue painted pan­els and sub­stan­tial wardrobes. Be­tween the two bed­rooms there’s a shower room that fea­tures a red glass basin and sparkly red fea­ture tiles in the shower.

The Kings­ley doesn’t have to cost this much. Other ver­sions start at £103,000 excl VAT.

Ver­dict:

Highly specc’d boat des­tined for France and a wor­thy win­ner of Favourite Widebeam.

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