Motorboat & Yachting - - Editorial -

To Europe’s best mo­tor boat mag­a­zine Nor­mally when we test three sim­i­lar-sized boats back to back, we try to en­sure they are as con­cep­tu­ally close to one an­other as pos­si­ble. This month we de­cided to do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently by de­lib­er­ately choos­ing three brand new boats from three com­pletely dif­fer­ent cor­ners of the mar­ket. The idea is not to choose a win­ner – they are sim­ply too di­verse to make mean­ing­ful com­par­isons – but to show the as­ton­ish­ing va­ri­ety of craft you can buy that are nom­i­nally in the same size and price bracket. From the slow but won­der­fully com­fort­able Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 and the out­ra­geous XO Cruiser to the Sea Ray 320 Sun­dancer, there is some­thing here for ev­ery­one, whether you’re look­ing for a float­ing week­end cot­tage, a fun party plat­form or the ul­ti­mate thrill-seek­ing adren­a­line rush.

En­joy­able as it is to read about th­ese fas­ci­nat­ing new craft, the story that re­ally caught my eye this month con­cerns an­other 33-footer that was bought sec­ond­hand by MBY reader Toby Budd for a grand to­tal of £16,500. This father of two was de­ter­mined to give his young fam­ily a hol­i­day they wouldn’t for­get, and orig­i­nally planned to spend the sum­mer driv­ing through Europe in a sec­ond­hand mo­torhome. Even when a mate of his sug­gested cruis­ing through France to the Med on a boat, he dis­missed it as be­ing well be­yond his bud­get. It was only when he started to look into the pos­si­bil­ity of buy­ing an older boat and do­ing it up him­self that the sums be­gan to add up.

You can find out what he bought and see how he trans­formed a tired but es­sen­tially sound twin-en­gined cruiser into a gen­uinely com­fort­able home from home on p80. It’s the type of in­spi­ra­tional real-world story that makes you want to chuck in the day job and set sail for for­eign shores. Some­thing tells me there may be a sud­den surge in in­ter­net searches for sub-£30,000 mo­tor cruis­ers over the coming days – I know I’ve al­ready had a peek.

“There’s some­thing here for ev­ery­one, whether you’re af­ter a float­ing cot­tage, a fun party boat or the ul­ti­mate thrill seeker”

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