'Plato' - Detail and Specification
The primary remit from the client
was that the boat was to be residential as well as for cruising,
and that he had clear ideas about the layout, materials and finishes.
Forward of the engine room, the
boat was to be modern, clean and sharp, but still easy to clean,
and to have a warm 'feel' to it as well as being cosy in winter.
We were to fit the boat out with white oak T&G, white oak
faced MDF for bulkheads & furniture etc., engineered oak flooring,
and stainless steel, chrome and brushed nickel fixtures and fittings.
We started the interior from bare
steel, the finished product can be seen in the tours.
The nitty-gritty . . .
The Shell. LOA
- 70', beam - 6'10", draught - 2'8", steelwork - Jonathan
Wilson, propulsion - Beta JD3 'Tug' diesel engine, steering/handling
- probably the biggest rudder I've seen on a narrowboat other
than butties, and a Vetus bow-thruster.
- 5x 135Ah leisure batteries, 1x starter battery, twin alternators,
providing ample power for the 12V distribution throughout the
boat for lights, pumps etc. 240Vac distribution
for domestic equipment sourced from a Sterling 3kW pure sine wave
invertor/charger combi or external shore power/generator.
Squirrel solid fuel stove in lounge. Epping solid fuel stove with
hot plate, warming plate and oven in Boatman's Cabin. Kabola diesel
boiler in engine room providing heat to radiators in the lounge,
the corridor between galley and bedroom, the bedroom itself, a
heated towel rail in the Bathroom a finrad in the Boatman's Cabin
and a heating coil in the calorifier. To keep all this heat in
- sprayfoam insulation to the entire shell from the base plate
Fresh Water. 150
gallon stainless steel tank, 15 gallon calorifier for hot water
heated from the engine, the Kabola boiler and an immersion heater
when on shore power.