The Boat Show

Today is the Press and Serious Buyers day at the London Boat Show so yours truly went along with his trusty camera and here is a brief description on what he saw.

The 2005 Boat Show – photo by Andrew Taylor

Yes, there were boats there! I was wandering around enjoying all those lovely slim trim crafts and I spied a bunch of press photographers a-leaping up and down with flashguns going off as if it were a November the 5th, or New Years Eve fireworks display.

It seems that a model, who is, or was, Miss England at some time, was draping herself all over a boat. Naturally I had to join in and after I finished I wandered off, only shortly to return. I mentioned to one of the press photographers that I had forgotten to photograph the boat which he found very amusing!

I had to write an article on the larger Gin Palaces and I must admit, my favourite was one of the top of the range Fairline models, The Fairline Squadron 74. The first thing on entering is the sumptious lounge then, as you walk through, a neat dining area and kitchenette.

Then there is the “drivers” position and, next to it, the Navigators position. Looking at the controls, this is definitely a “two man” job. Every bit if electronic gear imaginable was there, and the Navigatior had an extra set of panels on the side with between 40 and 60 switches.

Just past the cockpit were stairs going down. Immediately to the front you see the luxurious double bed suite with shower, toilet, bidet (for washing your…) dressing table for Milady and plenty of space for your clothing and evening dresses.

Then there are two very small cabins (each with two single berths in them) for the nippers, all four of them sharing a washroom with shower. Then the “piece de resistance”, the “Master Stateroom”. Much larger than the guests double bedroom and a bedroom I could get used to living in, let alone sleeping in.

On the upper deck, many of the controls were there in the pilots cockpit. and all over the entire top deck were sunbeds, settees, tables drinks areas and even a barbeque!

At the stern (back) was a small entrance that lead to the huge engine room, and leading off were a double berth room and a single berth room and a shower and toilet room for the crew.

The overal cost of the boat is two million pounds. Running costs per year would be in the region of forty thou’ or so – and this wouldn’t include the crew’s wages, food, laundry and all the “top of stairs” costs.

Nice work if you can get it. But it would be cruel to leave you without a photograph of the boat in action “borrowed” from the Fairline website…

Fairline Squadron 74

There will be communal dreaming sessions every Saturday in West Finchley – all my readers are welcome to join.


  1. #1 by Andrew on Thursday, 6 January 2005 - 5:07 pm

    I hasten to add, the “dreaming sessions” are, in fact “day-dreaming sessions”.That’ll cut down the participants!!!

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