Lady Penelope 58ft semi-trad £127,000 Smithwood showed their first boat at Crick a couple of years ago; Lady Penelope is their fifth, so to finish second in the vote for Favourite Boat is a great achievement. Chris Smith is a joiner by trade, and it shows in his fitout which makes use of block work on the hull sides and some of the bulkheads, giving a very tactile, three-dimensional finish.
This is a reverse layout boat with the galley at the stern. It has glossy cabinet doors, composite worktops, and sparkly tiles on the floor. There’s a Belling oven and grill, and a three-burner hob. A Pullman dinette comes next, which converts to a bed. The saloon has an L-shaped sofa and a Refleks diesel stove. The walk-through shower room has acrylic panels on the walls, and a Jabsco loo. The cross bed in the cabin is electrically operated. An unusual feature is electric ballast adjustment; should the boat be listing for some reason, you can move some ballast from one side to the other at the touch of a button.
The boat is based on a Mike Christian shell by Tyler Wilson, and has a Canaline 42hp engine. There are four 110Ah batteries and a Victron 3kw inverter.