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Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

When­ever we’ve tested boats with ex­tended cab­ins, we’ve pointed out that they’ll never be ev­ery­one’s cup of tea. But there’s no doubt­ing that the ex­tra in­te­rior space can be very valu­able. And, if like Nigel and Jen­nie you like a huge bed, it can be a way of ac­com­mo­dat­ing it.

This boat avoids one of the com­pro­mises: the loss of the well deck. Ad­mit­tedly the well deck in this boat is tiny and ac­cess isn’t the eas­i­est, but it means there is some­where safe to stand while hold­ing a rope in a lock.

And it makes the boat look less un­usual on the out­side too. In­side, the fitout is sim­ple but ef­fec­tive – and it’s al­ways good to see a builder do­ing so much in house.

And the price is rea­son­able. You could have a boat like this for £100,000 – which rep­re­sents good value.

So this boat suc­ceeds on sev­eral lev­els: it’s squeezes max­i­mum liv­ing space from a short to­tal length; it looks good in­side and out; and it meets the own­ers’ par­tic­u­lar re­quire­ments. In that way, it also shows the value of go­ing to a be­spoke builder, who can built the boat you re­ally want.

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