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THRILL SEEKER We test three very dif­fer­ent 30-35ft boats to see what your money can buy

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One of the joys of shop­ping for a new boat is the sheer amount of choice and va­ri­ety on of­fer at any given size or bud­get. Take th­ese three craft from the 30-35ft sec­tor as a prime ex­am­ple. We have the thrill seeker: the XO Cruiser. This is a white-knuckle, edge-of-your-seat sports­boat with a ra­zor­sharp alu­minium hull and a thump­ing great pair of 350hp Mer­cury Ver­a­dos. Its top speed is a whisker un­der 50 knots. It’s a rip­snort­ing point-to-point spe­cial­ist that will gob­ble up any­thing you can throw at it and pro­vide rea­son­able ac­com­mo­da­tion once you’ve fin­ished.

Now let’s flip to the other end of the spec­trum: the week­end cot­tage in the shape of the Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 Sedan. It may be made of metal, but that’s where the sim­i­lar­i­ties with the XO end. This is a gen­teel in­land cruiser with a level of home-from-home com­fort that few ri­vals of this size possess. It ma­jors on

stor­age space and prac­ti­cal­ity and, with a sin­gle 75hp diesel en­gine, it’s most at home me­an­der­ing along in­land wa­ter­ways. It’s a boat that dou­bles up as a water­side prop­erty that can be en­joyed even if the weather pro­hibits you from leav­ing your berth.

Some­where in be­tween th­ese two is the Sea Ray 320 Sun­dancer: the party boat. This is an ar­che­typal fam­ily cruiser with a safe, so­cia­ble cock­pit and enough sun­bathing and seat­ing space for many happy hours soak­ing up the sun. It has four de­cent berths and a proper toi­let for week­ends away. Sea Ray’s trim pack­ages make it easy for cus­tomers to spec a boat that suits their needs. It’s funky and a lit­tle bit flash in places but pro­vides the per­fect step up for a fam­ily to go a lit­tle fur­ther afield and en­joy time on the water to­gether.

All three of th­ese boats will re­lieve you of £250,000 but they each use it in very dif­fer­ent ways. Over the next 12 pages, we as­sess their strengths and weak­nesses to get a taste of the di­verse style of boat­ing they of­fer within sim­i­larly sized and sim­i­larly priced pack­ages.

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