Canal Boat - - Liveaboard - DORSET, Con­tact: fi­nesse­ 07852 210375

THE LONGER OF the two boats on show by Fi­nesse is based on a fan­tas­tic Cow­per shell by Jonathan Wil­son.

There’s plenty to en­joy from the ma­jes­tic bow and pro­trud­ing handrails, to the flat roof, the riv­ets and de­tail­ing.

It’s been made to look as though there’s a tra­di­tional en­gine in­side, with side doors where the en­gine room would be, along with a pi­geon box and a riv­eted panel in the roof. There isn’t a vin­tage en­gine though, be­cause tech­ni­cally this boat is very mod­ern and very high spec.

The en­gine is a Beta 50 in a co­coon for quiet­ness and there’s an Onan gen­er­a­tor in the en­gine hole, too. Rather than an in­stru­ment panel, there’s a screen on which you can log-in that shows di­als and gauges, as well as all sorts of other in­for­ma­tion. There’s a Master­volt 3.5kW in­verter/charger.

The fit-out is typ­i­cally stylish and lux­u­ri­ous. The gal­ley is at the rear with grey units and Co­rian work­tops, while the dinette fea­tures a ta­ble that goes up and down elec­tri­cally. The sa­loon is open plan, with a mid-cabin ahead of it. The shower room has smart tiles and a float­ing basin unit. The main cabin is at the bow.

Fi­nesse say 70ft boats start at £180,000, but this one is built to such a high stan­dard and spec it must have cost con­sid­er­ably more.


A fan­tas­tic shell with a fit-out to match, and lots of high tech kit.

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