Canal Boat - - Liveaboard -

WE TESTED Ortomarine’s first pri­vate boat ear­lier this year ( CB, March 2017), and hav­ing sold that one the firm brought their se­cond boat to the show. As with the first boat, this one is a semi-trad built on one of Tyler Wil­son’s Mike Chris­tian hulls. It’s also a re­verse lay­out, with an at­trac­tive gal­ley at the stern, and a break­fast bar across the boat. The sa­loon has a large sofa bed, a TV unit un­der the gun­wale, and a solid fuel stove. The shower room is very spa­cious and has a large quad­rant shower. The cabin has an in-line bed with a lovely padded head­board and plenty of stor­age space.

One thing we par­tic­u­larly liked on the out­side is the ma­te­rial used on the deck boards. It looks like a grey teak fin­ish, but is ac­tu­ally a type of plas­tic ma­te­rial. It’s also soft, so makes a good sur­face for locker tops which dou­ble as seats.

Tech­ni­cally, the boat looks fairly conventional with a Beta 43 en­gine, a Vic­tron 2kW in­verter and so­lar pan­els. But, as you might ex­pect from a com­pany whose par­ent firm makes au­to­mated sys­tems, there’s more to it than that. There’s a touch-screen in the sa­loon that dis­plays bat­tery mon­i­tor­ing, cal­cu­lates fuel con­sump­tion and in­cludes an on­line tu­to­rial to the boat. In ad­di­tion, there’s re­mote con­trol for the heat­ing and even the fridge, so the boat can be ready for you when you ar­rive.

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