Canal Boat - - Liveaboard - ES­TI­MATED IN EX­CESS OF Con­tact: wharf­house.co.uk 01788 899041

TENAC­ITY WAS pos­si­bly the most high-tech boat at the show with elec­tric propul­sion, dual steer­ing po­si­tions and a num­ber of fea­tures de­signed to make life eas­ier for the par­tially dis­abled owner.

Let’s start with the propul­sion. The mo­tor is by Pik­tronic, and is rated at 20kW at 48v. It’s pow­ered by a tonne of batteries, giv­ing 1250Ah (also of course at 48v). That’s a lot of bat­tery ca­pac­ity. Charg­ing comes from a host of so­lar pan­els on the roof, and a 9kva Kohler gen­er­a­tor. Other tech­nol­ogy in­cludes re­mote mon­i­tor­ing of the batteries and other sys­tems, and an alarm.

Steer­ing po­si­tions in­clude the tra­di­tional tiller at the stern, but also wheel steer­ing, in­side, at the bow. To help with this, there are cam­eras on each side of the boat and two at the stern. Wharf House had to come up with their own con­trol sys­tem for the two steer­ing po­si­tions, as one wasn’t read­ily avail­able on the mar­ket.

The fit-out in­cludes a nicely in­laid ta­ble, and a pull-out sys­tem that al­lows the full-size freezer to make use of the oth­er­wise dead cor­ner of the gal­ley. The cabin is in the mid­dle of the boat, with a spa­cious walk­through shower room beyond.

At the stern, there’s an­other cabin, with a sin­gle berth on one side and units op­po­site. This is where the batteries are housed.

Ver­dict: Elec­tric propul­sion, which could be the fu­ture of nar­row­boat­ing.

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