Friday 18 March 2011

Pick of the week - Carapace

Again from ABNB : Carapace 

Positives : Ticks pretty much every box, has travel power, solar panels
Negatives : We aren't keen on the strange rear slider, the two half mattresses would be a nuisance for making up the cross bed.  I'd rather a smaller fill in section of mattress.

Price: £62,500
Length: 58ft 6in  
Builder: Neil Hudson  
Fitter-out: Severn Valley Cruisers  
Year registered: 2005  
Style: Trad  
Safety Certificate: Bss May 2013
Engine: Shire 45 diesel  
Bowthruster: None
Plating: 10/6/4
Last blacked: 2011
Fit-out materials: Oak trhoughout with out trim 
Insulation: Spray foam
Headroom: 6ft 4in  
Berths: 2+2  
Berth sizes: 6ft 3in x 6ft 0in perm cross bed double OR 6ft x 4ft lengthways double; 6ft 3in x 4ft 0in Pullman dinette
Mains Power: Landline, 1800W Inverter, 3.5kVA 230V Travel Power alternator
Cabin heating: Diesel central heating powered by Webasto & Bubble stove  
Water Heating: C/heating + engine + 230V immersion > calorifier  
Water tank: 140galls Stainless steel
Cooker: Spinflo Midi Prima oven & grill - gas  
Fridge: 12V 4cu ft fridge (12V freezer also available) 
Washer/dryer: Zanussi Aquacycle compact washer  
WC: Thetford Swivel seat Cassette 
Shower: /in tiled cubicle with curtain
Other: Special rear slide gives good headroom. 50% lights LED. Solar panels, One private owner from new.


Peter Berry said...

Fit out quality looks great.
Rear hatch will have been done due to being low headroom in trad stern entrance, perhaps the owner is very tall. Also looks like solar panel might be mounted on it to provide angle to the sun. To replace, would be negligable cost to fabricate a standard hatch, but solar panels work better angled towards sun, so would be moved on to roof mounting brackets.
Have read reports of Servern Valley cruisers fit outs being of high quality, but have no personal experience. ABNB are noted as only dealing with high end sales though, so a good indication.
50% LED lights could be a bonus. They make a huge difference to power consumption, but the replacement LED bulbs to convert standard filament ones cost £7.50 each, so somebody else has stood the cost.
Many cross bed mattresses are like this. Looks like it makes a nice big bed though.
Has immersion heater, so you could heat water from shore power if you should want to book a marina berth for a longer stay in one place, and heating not on in summer.
Remember travel power requires engine to run no less than 3000rpm, so washing would still be best done whilst on the move.
I would have preferred pump out loo, but that's just me.
As far as I am concerned, thruster not required, some might disagree. Good steerers can do it without!

Elly and Mick said...

Thanks Peter,
The bed makes up to be a full width in-line bed. It's just that you couldn't leave it semi made up to put it away in the morning. But we think that we might be able to get away with leaving a cross bed made up a lot of the time and just use the bow door for coming and going. And yes, we'd rather a pump out loo as well. As for the bow thruster, we aren't fussed about them at all.