Canal Boat - - Crick Boat Show -

Silent Wa­ters 66ft trad £160,000

This is a boat we tested last month, and was the only boat in the show with a fully tra­di­tional lay­out and a vin­tage en­gine. The Gard­ner 2LW sits in an en­gine room at the heart of the boat, and makes a fan­tas­tic noise when it’s run­ning. The en­gine room at the back cabin are fit­ted out us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of oak and teak, which gives a mod­ern twist on the tra­di­tional scum­bling. In the rest of the boat, there’s a sa­loon with a huge sofa at the bow, fol­lowed by a galley with a Welsh dresser. The cabin is in the cen­tre of the boat, with an off cor­ri­dor bath­room, with a bath, next.

The shell is a Sheer­line Josher by Tim Tyler, and looks mag­nif­i­cent on the wa­ter. It has Vic­tron lithium bat­ter­ies, which cost a small for­tune, but of­fer very fast charg­ing and a large ca­pac­ity — and should last far far longer than nor­mal bat­ter­ies.

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