BOAT TEST: STEM TO STERN 57FT SEMI-TRAD

Why wait years for a be­spoke build? Adam braves the last blast of win­ter to test a top notch spec boat that is ready to go

Canal Boat - - This Month - WORDS ADAM PORTER PIC­TURES ANDY R ANNABLE

A spec boat is the so­lu­tion for boaters who don’t want to de­lay de­liv­ery or break the bank

With spring in the air, the num­ber of peo­ple think­ing about hav­ing a boat built goes up a bit. But one of the prob­lems with com­mis­sion­ing a new build is the length of time it takes. Some builders have wait­ing lists of up to two years for a build slot, but even in a best case sce­nario you’ll be wait­ing sev­eral weeks for a shell to be built, and then at least a cou­ple of months for the fitout to be com­pleted.

One way of avoid­ing the wait is to look for a spec boat – a boat built on spec, to a stan­dard spec. If your needs are rel­a­tively straight­for­ward, a spec boat can be a good way of get­ting a high qual­ity boat at a rea­son­able price in a quick time­frame. Some be­spoke builders put the oc­ca­sional spec boat into their sched­ules, but Phil Her­ring­ton at Stem To Stern has de­cided to take a dif­fer­ent ap­proach.

Phil has room in his work­shop for two boats, so his idea is to build be­spoke and spec boats along­side each other. It makes sense, be­cause it will make ef­fi­cient use of labour as well as space. His first spec boat had gone into the wa­ter just a few days be­fore we went to look at it.

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