GLASCOTE BOAT­YARD/DAR­REN ALDRIDGE GLASCOTE 60FT TRAD £120,000

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THERE ARE quite a few boats claim­ing to be the last SM Hud­son – depend­ing on what you mean by last. But this one is a strong con­tender for the ti­tle. Sarah Edg­son, who took over Hud­son’s for­mer yard at Glascote, bought this Hud­son shell when it was the last one left and has had it fit­ted out at the yard by Dar­ren Aldridge. It wasn’t tech­ni­cally a show boat at Crick, al­though it was in the ma­rina avail­able for view­ing through bro­ker ABNB.

The Hud­son steel­work was renowned, and while his char­ac­ter­is­tic take on a Josher bow shape isn’t ev­ery­one’s cup of tea it’s cer­tainly dis­tinc­tive. This was one of only two trads at the show.

The fit-out is in the Hud­son style, but if any­thing more in­ter­est­ing. Nar­row tongue and groove is used be­low the gun­wales and con­tin­ues on all the cup­board doors. The boat has a stan­dard lay­out, with a sa­loon at the bow, fol­lowed by a break­fast bar and U-shaped gal­ley with a Belfast sink and brick pat­tern tiles. The walk-through shower room has a quad­rant shower, a basin unit and Jab­sco toi­let. The cabin has an in-line bed and plenty of stor­age.

The en­gine is a 42hp Ve­tus M4.17. There are five 110Ah batteries, and a 3kW in­verter.

Ver­dict:

Re­quires imag­i­na­tion at present, but could be an ex­cel­lent deal

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