Boat type: Trad
Canopus is a spectacular boat that replicates the hull of a Small Northwich Star Class motor with an interior fit out by Rex Wain and Dave Gumby (Brinklow Boats). Combine this with David Harris‘s steelwork and you have a boat firmly in the Rolls Royce end of the narrowboat building league, and it shows.
The shell is highly detailed with replica rivet work and a faithful reproduction of the Woolwich style of bow and the graceful lines of the whole shell. The bow has a large open well deck, and steel outer doors protect the glazed solid oak doors that give access to the saloon. Inside the cabin utilises solid wood, with maple tongue & groove framed by solid oak, and a solid oak floor. The galley beyond has oak block worktops, and is fitted with gas cooking, a microwave and an integrated washing machine. A centre cabin follows, which provides a permanent double berth, with the bathroom beyond.
This opens into the engine room, where there is a fine example of a marine Lister JP3 with its original Lister Blackstone gearbox. It is in excellent condition and was refurbished prior to being fitted into Canopus. To see and hear it in action is a marvel to behold. Finally there is a faithful reproduction of a back cabin, scumbled throughout and with all the traditional fittings, from lace plates and drop down table to drop down cross bed.
Power for the boat is 24v throughout, with a 24/12v converter for a couple of items such as the horn. 230v power is provided by a 24v/3kW Victron inverter/charger unit, and land line electric hook up.
To give extra assistance in manoeuvring this 65ft boat, a 10hp bowthruster is installed.