Our latest creation, Hawk, is off the drawing board and in our industrial unit in Llangattock, just a few miles from our base near Abergavenny. Each year we build a new boat, and this time we’ve decided on a classic Inspection Launch style bow (front of the boat) with an open cruiser deck at the stern (rear of the boat). At 52ft 6 inches long and 6ft 10 inches wide, she is a traditional narrowboat sleeping up to 6 people, and will have a similar layout to one of our existing boats, Falcon.
The steel shell was fabricated by Jim and his team at Alexander Boat Builders in Stourport-on-Severn. It’s the first time we’ve worked with this company but we’re delighted with the steel shell.
It arrived last week and was gently craned off the back of a low-loader.
There was relief all round once it was safely manoeuvred into the industrial unit.
Work on Hawk now starts in earnest. We’ve got four very busy months ahead, preparing her to join the rest of the fleet (or should that be flock – all our boats are named after birds of prey). Firstly we’ll paint her in Beacon Park Boat’s classic colours of green and cream and prepare the inside for the spray foam insulation which ensures that it’s cosy inside during the chillier weather. She may look rather odd at the moment but we’re sure she’ll turn out to be highly attractive by the end of this year, ready for her first guests to hire her on Saturday 21st March 2015. Our team of talented craftspeople will make sure of that. Here’s the typical work that goes into building each of our bespoke boats.
Believe it or not, she’s already booked for that first week next March. Regular visitors from Finland who spend 3-4 weeks on the Mon & Brec every year have snapped up the opportunity to be the first holidaymakers on Hawk! Other dates are now bookable online.
Keep an eye on this blog and you’ll be able to follow Hawk’s progress over the next 4 months.