Chart ta­ble

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heads com­part­ment from the sa­loon.

You can choose be­tween one or two aft dou­ble cab­ins. This boat has the lat­ter lay­out and, al­though cock­pit stowage suf­fers as a re­sult, it does of­fer three de­cent sized dou­ble berths on board. Like the rest of the boat the ve­neer grain matched and there were some neat touched like fab­ric-cov­ered shelves by the head of the bed and spring-damp­ened mag­netic door catches that took the fe­roc­ity out of the mag­netic at­trac­tion. The lid of the 7cm (3in) deep, for­ward­fac­ing chart ta­ble is hinged in­board. It slides for­ward and aft, but only fric­tion stops it mov­ing. If you have any­thing small and nar­row on the chart ta­ble when you open it, it’s go­ing to end up ei­ther down the gap made by the hinges, or be­hind the slid­ing mech­a­nism. Out­board, the lock­ers con­ceal the in­stru­ments, so when you’re not us­ing the chart ta­ble it can be slid aft and you can have the lock­ers lids down mak­ing it all very neat. There is an in­fill for the space un­der the ta­ble, so by shuf­fling of cush­ions you gain an ex­tra sa­loon seat and sea berth. It’s worth not­ing that, with the sa­loon ta­ble raised, the chart ta­ble has to be slid aft to al­low ac­cess to the port seat­ing.

If I was it was a lit­tle taller than 1.78m (5ft 10in) I might worry about hit­ting my head on the ex­truded alu­minium han­dle on the edge of the raised locker lid. The locker for­ward is deep enough to hold pi­lot books, and all the lock­ers have high lips so their con­tents will stay there.

Un­der the chart ta­ble seat is another draw al­though I felt this one wasted space and was less use­ful.

With­out the head­rest ques­tions cov­er­ing the roll-top lock­ers it’s pos­si­ble to ap­pre­ci­ate the grain and see out of the hull win­dows

The un­der-seat draw­ers are ex­cel­lent: what they lose in stowage, they gain in con­ve­nience

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