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Choosing your boat VARIOUS STYLES IN PROFILE


Trad-style with short aft deck that only gives room for one person normally. The engine room can be immediately ahead of the deck, as in this boat, or ahead of the aft cabin.


A semi-trad style, with open cockpit aft above the engine room.


Cruiser-style, with a long aft deck, with rails around it, and the engine beneath. This style originated with hire boats but is still popular with private owners.


Tug-style. The long fore-deck is usually completely decked over, with steel plating grooved to simulate wood planking. The space underneath cannot be used for much storage.


Inspection-launch-style, with large saloon windows, and the roof extending over a long forward cockpit. It can have a variety of aft deck arrangements, and a second steering position forward.


Dutch-barge style. Here you have fully-enclosed wheelhouse aft, plus sometimes a cabin behind this, or an open deck. The wheelhouse dismantles to go under low bridges.


Drawings courtesy of Andy Burnett 9


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