Canal Boat - - Boat Test -

This is a very fine boat. It’s built on a very pretty, high qual­ity shell. Out­side it’s tra­di­tional yet bright. In­side, there are lots of good stor­age ideas, and the qual­ity of the work­man­ship is top notch. And it has the lat­est hy­brid tech­nol­ogy, of­fer­ing pretty much silent cruis­ing.

Of course a boat like this doesn’t come cheap. It’s long for a start which al­ways adds cost, and the hy­brid sys­tem adds sev­eral thou­sand pounds. In to­tal, this boat cost around £180,000. That’s a lot of money, but as Lau­rence points out, it’s his home and he wouldn’t be able to have a life­style like this in a flat.

It’s in­ter­est­ing that with so many Crick boats this year flaunt­ing their moder­nity, that a re­ally rather tra­di­tional look­ing boat took the top spot in the vote. Per­haps it shows that mak­ing the most of the lat­est tech­nol­ogy can be done in a sub­tle way, while main­tain­ing the tra­di­tions of the wa­ter­ways.

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