SEC­OND PLACE

FAVOURITE NAR­ROW­BOAT

Canal Boat - - Crick Boat Show -

SMITHWOOD NAR­ROW­BOATS

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.

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