VERDICT

Canal Boat - - Boat Test -

It’s clear from speak­ing to the own­ers that they thor­oughly en­joyed the build of this boat. Nigel par­tic­u­larly was in his el­e­ment re­search­ing prod­ucts and find­ing ex­actly the right thing. And this feel­ing seems to have trans­ferred to the boat it­self, be­cause ev­ery­thing is very har­mo­nious; it feels like a boat full of joy.

The to­tal price of this boat, in­clud­ing all the things the own­ers have added them­selves, is around £170,000. That’s clearly a lot of money, but this is a boat which has the com­bi­na­tion of a good shell and a top qual­ity fitout, with some great join­ery on show. It’s also worth point­ing out that boat builders are all re­port­ing big in­creases in the cost of com­po­nents re­cently, so more and more boats are com­ing in at this sort of price.

What this boat also shows is that proper col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween a builder and an owner can add a great deal to a build, and that’s some­thing money can’t buy. So if you en­joy your build rather than let­ting it stress you out, the re­sults could just be even bet­ter than you hoped.

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