MY CHOICE

Motorboat & Yachting - - Usedboat - Nick Burn­ham

The Hawk 31 is a per­for­mance thor­ough­bred, and there seems to be a grow­ing in­ter­est in these ear­lier Sun­seek­ers, sev­eral hav­ing been re­fur­bished like the boat you see here. The Princess 385 shows just how much you can buy with £50K, although you need to ac­cept that boats of this age are likely to need some love. The Bot­nia makes an in­ter­est­ing wild­card with its Scandi build qual­ity, sea keep­ing and all-weather pro­tec­tion. But the Jean­neau is the true all-rounder. Re­cent build, pow­er­ful (and cur­rent-model) en­gine, strong per­for­mance, gen­er­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion, huge cock­pit, nicely fin­ished and well equipped. I gen­uinely think there is no finer boat on the mar­ket for un­der £50,000. But not this one – be­cause I’ve just bought it.

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