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FI­NESSE IS A rel­a­tively new name to boat-fit­ting, with the com­pany launch­ing at last year’s show, but bring­ing boats for the first time this year. We were im­pressed when we tested their first boat last year. The com­pany is the boat-fit­ting arm of the well known shell builders, Tyler Wil­son, and now has exclusive ac­cess to Jonathan Wil­son’s steel­work. This boat is based on one of his Josher shells.

Sonoma is a lux­u­ri­ous re­verse lay­out semi-trad, with the gal­ley at the stern. The own­ers have made some bold colour choices for the in­te­rior, but they work fan­tas­ti­cally well. The first ex­am­ple of this is the pur­ple stripey fab­ric on the dinette, which looks first rate. In the sa­loon, there’s a stylish (and well stocked) drinks cabi­net. There’s more pur­ple in the shower room, where a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent shades are used for the walls and the cu­bi­cle. We also liked the float­ing basin unit. The cabin, at the bow, has an in-line bed and high level cup­boards.

The boat is pow­ered by a Beta 50 en­gine and there’s a Ve­tus 95kgf bow thruster. The elec­tri­cal sys­tem is 24v, and has six 120Ah batteries and a 5kW Vic­tron in­verter.

Fi­nesse boats of this length start at £140,000 but we sus­pect this one cost a bit more.

Ver­dict A first class com­bi­na­tion of style and qual­ity.

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