MGM BOATS IKE 60FT SEMI-TRAD
MGM MISSED last year’s show, but are back with a really unusual and charming boat. Ike is based on a shell by Nick Thorpe and he’s done a superb job of giving the owners what they wanted – a boat that looked a bit like a tug, but without losing cabin length. So the forward bulkhead has a planked effect, there are no windows in the front doors and there’s a rail across the top. Towards the stern there’s a ladder built into each cabin side to make it easier to get up onto the roof. Nick Thorpe found a photo of an old boat that had such an arrangement.
Inside, this standard layout boat has an American white ash fit-out, with painted cabin sides. The floor is ceramic tiles in a wood effect, but this changes throughout the boat. The saloon has a solid fuel stove, while the dinette is raised and has a check fabric.
The galley is one of the high points of the design, with the ideas all coming from the owners. They’ve used multi-patterned tiles that give a Mediterranean feel, especially when combined with blue painted unit doors. There’s also a wall of little drawers between the galley and dinette. The shower room is another design triumph, with black and white tiles on the floor and walls. The cabin, at the stern, has a cross bed and plenty of storage.
The engine is a Barrus 45 and there’s a 2kW Victron inverter.
Verdict: Charming and full of style.