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LAST YEAR, Stoke Boats showed a boat with a fully painted in­te­rior and the idea seems to have caught on with their cus­tomers, as this year’s boat was also fully painted in­side. This time the in­te­rior was white, giv­ing a very con­tem­po­rary feel.

The lay­out is a bit dif­fer­ent from the norm, as the own­ers wanted the boat to be com­pletely see-through – so you can stand at one end of the boat and see the other. The gal­ley is at the stern and fea­tures sparkly white work­tops. The sa­loon has a Ham­let stove and fixed benches ei­ther side that con­vert into a dou­ble bed. The bath­room is the most un­usual area, be­cause at first it ap­pears to be just a cor­ri­dor with cup­boards. But the doors open to close off the room from the rest of the boat. On one side there’s a hip bath, while on the other there’s a loo and basin unit. The main cabin at the front has more fixed benches ei­ther side, which con­vert into the bed. The rea­son for the un­usual lay­out is that the own­ers in­tend to use the boat for en­ter­tain­ing as much as cruis­ing, so there’s plenty of room for friends to spend a day on board.

Stoke Boats build their own shells, and the qual­ity of the steel­work al­ways looks good. The en­gine is a Beta 43, and there are four 160Ah batteries and a 3kW Vic­tron in­verter.

Ver­dict: Quirky lay­out and a con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior from a ver­sa­tile builder.

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