BOAT TEST: BOURNE SEMI-TRAD

Karen and Ian Corless wanted the ‘per­fect’ boat for wind­ing down, so they had this one built and it’s on dis­play at this year’s Crick show

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No ex­pense spared for cou­ple who added plenty of ex­tras for lux­ury cruis­ing

Peo­ple buy boats for all sorts of rea­sons, but there’s one type of buyer we see prob­a­bly more than any: they’re the cou­ple who are ap­proach­ing re­tire­ment, have done some boat­ing hol­i­days in the past and want to spend much more time afloat when they fi­nally stop work.

That’s ex­actly the sit­u­a­tion Karen and Ian Corless were in. They have a busi­ness which they want to wind down, and they were look­ing for some­thing they could do to­gether in the sum­mer months. The an­swer was their boat, Grape

Es­cape, built for them by Bourne Boats for ex­tended cruis­ing. As you might ex­pect, it’s a go-any­where length, pro­vides com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and has quite a few ex­tras to make life afloat that lit­tle bit eas­ier.

As such, it’s a very sen­si­ble choice for Bourne to take to Crick as one of their two show boats. Af­ter all, there are prob­a­bly quite a few buy­ers out there who are hav­ing the same thoughts as the Cor­lesses, and this is a great ex­am­ple of how to meet all those re­quire­ments.

WORDS ADAM PORTER PIC­TURES ANDY R ANNABLE

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