Contemporary Design

Canal and river boats can have a reputation as being pokey, damp and without enough space to swing a proverbial cat! 
Thames Solar Electric challenges this idea by providing innovative solutions for a life afloat.
The design of The SunFlower - the pioneering prototype - is modern, spacious with clever storage solutions at its heart.

Open-plan Living Area

At 64 square metres (640 square feet), the interior is bigger than some London flats. Half of this is a 3.6m (12ft) wide open-plan kitchen/lounge area which offers a surprising amount of space for everyday living. 

The Lounge

A large corner sofa provides comfort and flexibility. Its modular design enables it to reconfigure into low level dining seats with a table or into an extra double bed for 6 berth capacity. A walk-on wine cellar is cut into the solid floor and an HD TV is set into the wall.

The Kitchen

Fully fitted contemporary style with the highest rated energy efficient  appliances - induction hob, integrated oven, washing machine, dishwasher and fridge freezer. A bespoke kitchen island doubles as a breakfast or drinks bar and can be moved on wheels to make maximum use of the space.

The Atrium

The entrance is a triple glazed glass atrium which allows light to flood into the boat. The top hatch is assisted by gas lifts and double doors pop open via electronic keypad. No more sliding hatch to expose the interior to the elements.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom has a kingsize double bed and fitted wardrobes with drawers. Under the bed is one of two water tanks. 

Bedroom lighting

The master bedroom has a false ceiling embedded with fibre optic lights. There are also two beside lights and a central reading light.

Front deck

Situated at the bow the master bedroom has glazed doors which open out onto a secluded front deck with waterproof cushioned seating and superb river views.


Designed as a wet room with an overhead rain shower. A full-sized bath offers onboard relaxation. A mirrored wall and inset cabinet helps the space seem even larger.

Second bedroom

A bright room with a large tinted window for privacy. The double bed lifts up to offer sizeable underbed storage. Built-in bedside shelving doubles as a bedside table.

Pull-out office

A wheeled wardrobe offers multiple storage solutions. Hanging space above, shelves below and a clever pull-out office desk for those days working from home.

Secret cupboard

Moving the wheeled wardrobe reveals a cleverly concealed utility cupboard for the ventilation and water filtration systems plus the hot water storage cylinder.

The passageway

Abstract inset shelving makes maximum use of the under gunwale space - an area often wasted on boats. Pocket doors save space by sliding into the walls. Motion sensor lighting illuminates the passage at night.

Outdoor entertaining

At the rear, by the steering controls, is a large wraparound seating area with waterproof cushions for outdoor hosting and relaxation. Here there is space for up to 10 people.

Upper deck

Whilst two thirds of the roof is fitted with solar panels, one third is reserved as a sun deck for additional entertaining or relaxation. Perfect for beanbags or deckchairs.


Inspired by the super yachts, an innovative built-in stairway leads to the upper sun deck. You won't find these on a regular canal boat.


Large tinted windows offer privacy from other river users by day but flood the inside space with natural light. They also help provide solar gain for extra warmth in winter.

For more photos of the build process andThe SunFlower, click Gallery button below. 
For more videos, see You Tube (click icon at end of this page).
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