This is undoubtedly a very fine boat. It’s based on a lovely high quality shell, has a stylish fit-out incorporating some excellent ideas, and makes use of the latest hybrid technology.
Of course a boat like this doesn’t come cheap. Its price tag of around £175,000 is a significant amount of money (and, incidentally, significantly higher than the other Bourne boat on show at Crick). The hybrid package adds a few thousand to the price ( but will reduce fuel costs), and things such as the underfloor heating also add expense. With things like that, it’s not just the cost of the components, it the extra time it takes to install and commission.
So perhaps the pollsters would have predicted that this boat would take the silverware for favourite boat, because while there were lots of interesting boats on show this year, this one manages to mix a classic exterior, top quality interior, and technology which offers real advantages. That’s clearly a winning combination.