2000 - 3-4 berth
"Owl & Pussycat"
Built by ourselves in 2000 to an extremely high specification, “Owl and Pussycat” is an excellent example of the well thought out features and attention to detail people have come to expect from a wilderness boat.
Benefiting from such additional features as additional insulation, secondary glazing, and a high capacity solid water tank makes it a well equipped long range boat capable of cruising in all seasons. The two cabin layout provides a forward saloon area with double demountable dinette tables which at night become two long single berths or a large double, a generous well-equipped central galley, a shower/toilet, and a two rear berth cabin. The starboard side berth in the rear cabin can be converted to additional worktop space if required.
The galley contains, amid good working surfaces, a high-quality stainless steel “Smev” cooker (3 burner hob and thermostatically controlled oven with built-in grill), a stainless steel sink and drainer, generous storage below with slide out shelves together with a “Waeco” 60 L electric fridge with freezer compartment. There are useful, high level storage shelves and cupboards on both sides the galley. Centrally overhead, there is a small openable sun roof. Water is provided by a 186L solid water tank, there is a level gauge and a Whale aquasource water filter
The boat can be heated using the 4kw “Boatman” multi-fuel stove, however due to the high level of insulation it is not often needed. There is a small fan on top the of the stove which helps heat distribution during winter cruising. Hot water is provided by a Propex Malaga 4 storage heater which can be run off gas or 240v (when hooked up ashore) and it has plenty of capacity for hot showers with minimum recovery time. The toilet/shower compartment, just aft of the galley, provides a compact shower tray and when in use the doors open across the corridor to provide a drying and dressing space. The toilet is an electric flush Porta-Potti 465. Opposite the toilet compartment is a wardrobe which provides hanging space, shelf space and houses the water heater.
On the aft deck, 3 top entry lockers provide one deep locker to the floor of the boat (sufficient for folding chairs, BBQ and even a folding bike ! ), and the other 2 are dedicated to LPG and outboard fuel which are fire-retardant lined to BSS requirements.
Included with the boat is a small catalogue of spares, including a spare water filter, water pump, engine oil filter, and propeller.
Soft furnishings: The cushions in the saloon cabin and one of the rear berths are of 6 inch double-density foam and have been re-covered recently with a hard-wearing check fabric. Cushions for the 4th berth are available. Some of the windows had professionally made replacement curtains fitted at the same time. The remaining windows/door openings have thermal roller blinds with integral fly screens.
Storage, as with most Wilderness interiors, is extensive and in the rear cabin, there is access to a cavernous storage area under the whole of the cockpit floor; in this case the entrance is occupied by an ingenious pull-out drawer for storage of stove logs or other equipment.
There is one heavy duty 110A/hr leisure battery supplying both engine starting and domestics which is accommodated in one of the external lockers in the cockpit area: It is charged from both the outboard engine and from one of cabin top solar panels.
The electric fridge is run by a totally separate system involving a dedicated heavy duty 180A/hr battery which is supported by 3 of the roof top solar panels. Lighting through-out the cabins is a mixture of low energy fluorescents and LED’s.
An “Alpine” radio/CD player is fitted above the galley and has 4 speakers around the boat. There are 12v jack sockets for TV, computer/phone charging and other appliances. The 240v system provides 13 amp plug sockets around the boat and the system is protected by a residual-current breaker; a 25m shoreline is included.
The boat is powered by a very quiet and economical 4-stroke tiller-steered YAMAHA 9.9hp engine which has both electric start and power tilt useful for de-weeding or the shallow water exploration of river back-streams. The engine has been regularly serviced and is reported to be running well.