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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.

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