Banks-Martin may be a new name in boatbuilding, but the company’s two directors have a background in iconic British boat brands. Based in Kidderminster, the business is looking to build on the traditions of the past while introducing a higher standard of craft to the inland industry.
The Beaulieu 30 is the first of its range of boats aimed at river cruising. Tingdene Boat Sales have been appointed the retailing agents from all nine of their offices as the Banks Martin 30 and other planned models fill the gap in the marketplace for High end inland craft.
At first glance the boat appears much bigger than its just-under 30ft length would suggest, and it certainly looks far more refined and modern than many of the surrounding GRP cruisers on the river. It has a low-wash semi-displacement hull, ideal for low-speed cruising.
The Banks Martin Beaulieu 30 is designed in two versions – hard top or soft top with folding screens, then either propulsion from inboard diesel or electric, electric / hybrid or outboard.
The boat is designed in line with her designed use in the inland waterways, featuring low side decks which are flat around the entire boat, a bathing platform astern and flat walkthrough access to the aft cockpit.
Inside the Banks Martin Beaulieu 30 is very light and spacious with all around cabin windows, glazed skylights, and an open plan cabin, with seating in the form of dinette or sofa, entertainment area, large galley, and berths forward (double or vee berths) this can be separated into two by the optional curtain or bulkhead forward. A generous sized wet room featuring shower and heads, of dimensions rarely found on 40ft-plus boats. Aft, you find a separate sleeping areA, single on the shaft drive boats and double with outboard, hydraulic drive and e-drive options.
You can read more about the Banks Martin Beaulieu Boats range here.