The Interior Design
This is where having a designer wife must have came in very handy for the internal design of the Whisper. As will be seen she created an inviting and airy interior mainly from the use of light wood cladding and furniture. This is complimented by black trims and accessories such as the black wood burner, galley worktops, and curtain rods above the ports.
We shall examine the interior of the Whisper by area from aft, using my sketch below;
A set of half-double doors give access from the deck to the Counter, central heating boiler, calorifier, and wet-weather gear storage facilities. Also in here are the engine controls and electrical panels and switchgear for the 12v/230v AC. The extra-large hatch is to allow for the helmsman’s and companion's steering seat, another of Andy's ideas.
The engine is a 4 cylinder 2.2 litre Beta Marine Propgen unit that is fully cocooned and produces 11kV of power at 230Volts. It operates at a constant speed, and this combined with it being fully cocooned and exhausting through a “hospital generator silencer," allows it to runs very quietly. A hydraulic gearbox and trolling mechanism is used to control the prop shaft speed.
This compartment also contains the flushing water tank and the waste holding tank. These are installed underdeck, fore/aft on the port side and are self-balancing. This is a rather great idea of Whisper's owner Andy that prevents the listing that can occur when tanks are installed on opposite sides of the hull.The double bed fits over the Propgen engine enclosure and the tanks.
These are a rather sophisticated version of the normal boat's head, again being very well designed using all the available space. This compartment contains a shower, w/c and wash hand basin all enclosed for privacy.
The utility room contains the washing machine and tumble drier and leads onto the galley where there is a cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, and built-in cupboards under black worktops.
This compartment is the main relaxation area and it contains the usual soft furnishings and a wood/coal burning stove; a storage drawer under the stove allows storage of coal or logs .
That about completes the inventory of the hull internals; this is a very well designed canal boat interior, and, as can be seen from the images, attention has been paid to every detail.