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Green Matters is a 60ft traditional Fernwood narrowboat that showcases much of the quality for which the builder, Fernwood Craft & Design, became so well known for. Producing boats for the high end of the market was their forte and this 2007 example was also their showboat at the Crick Show that year.
Based on a Jonathan Wilson shell, as most Fernwood craft were, Green Matters is fitted out in a combination of oak and painted finishes, with plenty of curves built into the joinery to give it a sumptuous, hand-crafted feel. The boat is conventionally laid out, with a saloon at the fore end joined to an open plan galley beyond. The saloon has plenty of built in cupboards and shelves, and an entertainment centre with TV, DAB radio and so forth. A diesel room stove provides plenty of dust-free warmth and there is also Webasto diesel fired central heating throughout. There is a built in leather twin seat settee, with a folding table for dining store next to it, and with ample space for the additional free standing sofa.
The galley has oak block worktops and incorporates gas cooking, an integrated fridge and separate freezer, and a domestic sized washer dryer. A walk through bathroom is next, with a macerator wc, modern quadrant shower cubicle and counter top basin. Following this is the bedroom, which features a 5ft wide cross double, the extension part of which is electrically operated by a bed side switch – another Fernwood feature common in many of their boats. There is also an en suite wc in its own adjacent cabin. Finally the aft cabin is reached up a step, where all the electrics are housed together with the 43hp Beta Marine diesel engine. 230v power is delivered by an inverter and also a Travel Power generator set. Lighting on the boat is 24v throughout. Finally, to aid manœuvring, there is a hydraulic bowthruster installed.
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