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HERE’S A STRIK­ING look­ing boat that’s loaded with tech­nol­ogy. It’s based on a ColeCraft shell and has a large cruiser stern sur­rounded by cruise ship-style rail­ings. Set into the rail­ings are taff seats that move up and down elec­tri­cally, depend­ing on whether you want to sit or perch. There’s also a screen linked to a cam­era at the bow which can look left and right as you turn out of the ma­rina, and has a 36x zoom so you can see from one end of a tun­nel to the other. It also has night vi­sion, should you ever need it. In­side, there’s a Sonos sound sys­tem through­out the boat (which we’re told has a sub­woofer than can make the wa­ter round the boat vi­brate!), built in Wi-Fi and an alarm sys­tem.

This is a re­verse lay­out boat, with the gal­ley at the stern. The dinette has a glass ta­ble, and the sofa in the sa­loon has a mag­a­zine rack built into the end, plus an arm that flips down to ex­tend the sit­ting length. An at­trac­tive blue lam­i­nate is used in the through shower room, both in the quad­rant shower cu­bi­cle and on the unit doors. There’s un­der gun­wale cup­boards and a heated mir­ror. In the cabin, the cross bed is elec­tric, so the fill-in sec­tion lifts up at the touch of a but­ton.

The boat is pow­ered by a Beta 50 en­gine, with a 3.5kW Travel Power gen­er­a­tor. There are also Side Power hy­draulic bow and stern thrusters. The elec­tri­cal sys­tem is 24v, with six Rolls AGM batteries and a Vic­tron 3kW in­verter. So­lar pan­els to help to keep the batteries charged. The price re­flects the num­ber of ex­tras on this boat; Fern­woods of this length start at around £150,000.

Ver­dict: More tech­nol­ogy than you can vi­brate a canal at.

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