BRAIDBAR BOATS MEI LONG 62FT SEMI-TRAD
WE’VE LOST track of the number of times Braidbar has come second or third in the vote for Favourite Boat (and we’re pretty sure they have too), but it’s lots. It’s almost as much a part of Crick as mud, music and beer. This year’s show boat, Mei Long, has many typical Braidbar features – including being runner up in the vote.
The shell is by Tyler Wilson, some of the best handling boats out there, and the classic black and grey colour scheme is complemented by some fine sign-writing and artwork by Andy Russell.
Inside is classic Braidbar, with an ash fit-out and a floor of beautiful oiled oak. There are two C-shaped bulkheads, between the forward saloon and the galley, and the galley and the dinette. The galley has been designed for keen cooks, so there’s plenty of workspace and the worktops are white quartz. As well as a normal oven, there’s a combi microwave. Extra light is provided by a Houdini hatch in the ceiling, while the dinette has a glazed side hatch. There’s a walk-through shower room with a cabin beyond, containing an in-line bed, a large wardrobe, a dressing table and utility cupboard.
The boat is powered by a Beta 43 engine, and there’s a Victron 5kW inverter/ charger. Unusually, this is an all-240v boat. A Wi-Fi router is mounted in the cratch, and many of the sockets have USB chargers.
Classic quality from a top builder.