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JD NAR­ROW­BOATS build their own shells and fit them out, and boats with ex­tended cab­ins in­stead of a well deck have be­come one of their spe­cial­i­ties.

Trafalgar, owned by an ex-Navy man (hence the name and the Nel­son ref­er­ences through­out the boat) is a great ex­am­ple of how sac­ri­fic­ing that out­side space gives you a lot more room in­side; in­ter­nally, the boat seems to go on and on. These are un­doubt­edly very good value boats.

It’s a re­verse lay­out, with a small back cabin at the stern. The benches here con­vert into a cross bed. The gal­ley comes next, with an L-shaped run of units on one side and a shorter run on the other.

The sa­loon has a large sofa, and the first in­di­ca­tion that the owner likes a bit of bright pink, with some colour­ful cush­ions. The walk-through shower room comes next.

Be­tween the shower room and the for­ward cabin is some­thing of a bonus room, with wardrobes one side and a desk or dress­ing ta­ble the other. The cabin it­self has two sin­gle beds, but they can be con­verted to a dou­ble.

A Beta 43 en­gine pow­ers the boat, and there’s a 55kgf bow thruster. As well as a 3kW Vic­tron in­verter, there’s a Travel Power en­gine driven gen­er­a­tor.

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