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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.

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