Felonious Mongoose, 60′ Tim Tyler / Braidbar Trad 2009 Diesel Hybrid.
Felonious Mongoose is a classic example of a Braidbar quality boat, fitted out in Light oak and ash which hides a revolutionary hybrid drive system – allowing you to cruise along and enjoy the natural sounds of the countryside – occasionally interspersed with the whistle of a kettle! The power train is based on the Beta Greenline 43 and is powered by a sumptious bank of 2V deep cycle PB batteries – giving 875Ah! She was the 2009 Crick Show boat.
Entering the boat from the good sized open deck at the front end there is plenty of storage in a seat locker. The glazed front doors lead down into the wonderfully bright saloon area. Unusually, there is a side hatch here starboard side along with ceiling prisms so light floods in showing off the lovely trademark Braidbar woodwork. Light American Oak for the most, ash T&G to the upper cabin sides and reclaimed oak planks on the floor which have been ‘burned and oiled’ to give an antique finish. The satellite TV and media cupboard sits opposite the stove and two comfortable reclining armchairs with footstools fill the space with plenty of shelves for books or ornaments. The comprehensive electronic entertainment centre is co-ordinated with a system that pipes sound throughout the boat giving more options than I have seen on any other vessel.
The galley is well designed, with a central walkway and overhead cupboards above a granite worksurface on one side and dresser style wood units on the other. Another side hatch on the port side is shared by the galley and pullman dinette, which is raised with more storage underneath.
The full width crossover bathroom comes next, with a large quadrant shower unit, saniflow macerator toilet and vanity unit. The calorifier is hidden away here as well at the rear of the airing cupboard.
The main cabin features a pull out bed which extends to 5’ wide – currently only a double mattress is fitted. A double wardrobe with drawers to one side and overhead cupboards are added to the underbed storage in this area.
From the bedroom we come to the engine room with its electronic wizardry and battery storage. Simple speed controls are fitted to the electric drive alongside a more traditional morse throttle control if using the Beta 43 direct. She is also remote controlled for single handed locking!
Up the steps to the rear steering position, an unecumbered view along the sleek lines of this Tyler shell with scrolled cants and handrails. Felonious Mongoose is truly a boat for the connisseur to enjoy – and nobody will hear you doing it. It leads the way in boat propulsion and electrical generation – without sacrificing any of the style.
Felonious Mongoose, 60′ Tim Tyler / Braidbar Trad 2009 Diesel Hybrid