Craft in preparation, due in soon. Full spec and further pictures to follow.
Whitefield is a very well known boat on the canal system. Exhibited at Crick in 2008 and subject to several media reviews, she is now coming on to the market and offers somebody the opportunity to purchase a truly unique craft.
Originally designed to give the feel of a Mediterranean yacht for the inland waterways, she has a genuine, luxurious feel throughout and features technology still absent from most new narrowboats.
She has a large, square cruiser stern with seated helm positions. The boat is steered by ‘fly-by-wire’ joysticks rather than a traditional tiller, although a tiller can be used in an emergency or if preferred. While the joysticks may take some getting used to, when mastered the benefits become obvious. Video from cameras mounted at the bow give the steerer a clear view of what is happening up front and there is also the option of remote control.
The rear bulkhead, doors and the huge sliding hatch are all made from smoked glass. Entering the boat through here, the first room is a small social space offering and extension to the back deck. This can also be used as an office with space to work at a laptop for example. This area also features a hand basin, washing machine and the first of 5 T.V’s. There is also a small toilet cubicle.
The master bedroom is next. This features a cross double which is raised or lowered electrically. There are large wardrobes either side of the bed which are heated by the central heating to keep clothes dry and warm. Further storage is provided by overhead lockers as well as under the bed itself. This room also features the 2nd TV which swings out from the wall.
Moving towards the bow the next room is the walkthrough bathroom. This is a wet room with fold out, glass shower screen to prevent the whole room getting soaked. The room has a modern, grey and yellow colour scheme with the ‘as to be expected’ feel of quality. This room also features a large handbasin and macerator pump out toilet. Finally, TV number 3 is located in here!
The galley is a cross-over style to maximise the space and offers bags of storage. There is no gas on this boat so cooking is via an electric hob and oven. Slide out racks provide storage in otherwise wasted areas. The galley also features a domestic fridge, dishwasher, hidden waste bin, extractor fan and the 4th TV.
The forward area of the cabin is the dinette and saloon. This area includes a programmable lighting system, with downlighters and uplighters allowing you to set the mood. The dinette features a curved, leather seat with storage underneath and removeable glass table. The large leather sofa in the saloon again offers storage underneath which also pulls out to act as foot rests. A full height unit houses air conditioning outlets as well as storage and a Dimplex Living Art fire which, as well as providing heat can show the image of an actual log fire or various landscapes or scenery. The fifth and final TV is located in the starboard unit and rises out electrically when required. A surround sound system is also fitted.
Throughout the boat is lined in ash and oak with padded fabric panels in places as well as aluminium fronts on cupboards in the bedroom.
Other features include: Cummins 7kw generator, hydraulic bow and stern thrusters and air conditioning. Propulsion is provided by a cocooned Beta marine 50hp with hydraulic drive.
This boat will be arriving at Barbridge in the near future and a full spec and pictures will be available soon.