Echo is a stylish tug with a shell by Coulter Boatbuilders who are a niche market builder of quality hulls with elegant lines. This tug was fitted out by Mark Garlick, who produces boats to a high standard on a one by one basis, rather than volume building.
Echo has a good size tug deck, under which there is a decent space open to the saloon inside. It offers the option for installing a double berth there, either fixed or one that could pull out. At the back end of the saloon a solid fuel stove is installed on a tiled hearth. There are two free standing armchairs, and there is plenty of room for a sofa or other items if preferred. The galley follows, and is open plan to the saloon area. This features solid oak worktops with gas cooking and a 12v fridge. A walk through bathroom area is next, which has a cassette wc and a tiled shower cubicle.
Exiting the bathroom you enter the engine room, in which a magnificent Gardner 4L2 resides. Dating from 1935, the engine was restored in 2005, and it runs very sweetly. Finally there is a back cabin which includes a 4’ 6” wide drop down double berth – wider and as long as many standard fitted doubles in narrowboats – and some attractive traditional decorative painting on the woodwork.
At 58ft, this boat is of a length that will fit all the locks on the connected waterway system in England and Wales, and its looks will certainly turn a few heads in doing so.