Evolve On a Solar Powered Narrowboat


When Tim Knox, founder of Mothership Marine, wanted a stunning kitchen for his company’s remarkable solar-powered narrowboat, he chose Bushboard Evolve worktops in Caldiera for the worksurfaces.

The Mothership Electric Narrowboat concept is the first of its kind. She is a purpose built solar-powered boat with an electric motor supported by a backup generator. The idea born of many uncomfortable water-based outings like sailing and rafting, combines boating with the facilities and cosiness of a family home – hence ‘Mother’.

Tim Explains “For my wife Sue, boating, canoeing and rafting have been a source of terrific family enjoyment. Now the children are older, I felt she deserved something a little more luxurious.


When it came to fitting out the interior Mothership worked with Morris and Co to develop interiors that celebrate the Arts and Crafts movement of the 19th century whilst resonating modern day chic. The kitchen was hand crafted to fit the narrowboats slender proportions using reclaimed wood from a hospital in Wiltshire, with steel surrounds fitted to the doors to create the retro feel.

The selection of Bushboard Evolve worktops finished the kitchen in a modern and understated way. Tim again, “The Evolve surface is simple to work with, light and easy to handle. It meant we could cut it on site to the exact requirements of the galley and accommodate an undermount sink and a small format hob.

Evolve worktops are entirely waterproof and super tough thanks to a fully solid core. At 12.5mm thin, their slim profile helps remove bulk from a vessel where space is truly at a premium.


In the Mothership, Tim says the family now have a boat that can be comfortably used all year round.

“Being able to create curves and upstands so easily really finished the kitchen perfectly. The Mothership Narrowboat reflects a real meeting of ideals between the Arts and Crafts movement and modern-day conservationists – both celebrate the natural world and wish to preserve and protect it.”

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