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The new gen­er­a­tion of Bri­tish sports­boats is so ex­cit­ing be­cause they all of­fer some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent

How things change. Two years ago, bar the oc­ca­sional high-end RIB or su­pery­acht ten­der, you could have counted the num­ber of Bri­tish yards building gen­uine per­for­mance boats on the fin­gers of one foot. To­day, there are at least half a dozen new ex­am­ples in build or in de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing craft from all three of the UK’S big­gest pro­duc­tion yards.

What’s so ex­cit­ing about the new gen­er­a­tion of Bri­tish sports­boats is that they all of­fer some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. The Fair­line F-type 33 mar­ries cut­ting-edge looks with a wide range of en­gines cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from a pair of eco­nom­i­cal twin diesels to fire-breath­ing V8 petrols on sports ex­hausts. The Princess R35 takes things to an­other level with an all-car­bon-fi­bre hull and ac­tive foil­ing tech­nol­ogy that re­sets the bar for ride com­fort while re­ar­rang­ing your in­ter­nal or­gans with its cor­ner­ing speeds. Then there’s Ice Marine’s Bladerun­ner 45 with its bril­liant sta­bilised mono­hull de­sign and triple D6 en­gines that add se­ri­ous cruis­ing range and re­fine­ment to the mix. And let’s not for­get the exquisite style, fin­ish and brand ap­peal of the As­ton Martin AM37, nor the rak­ish de­sign of Hun­ton’s hotly an­tic­i­pated new 55.

That just leaves one no­table ex­cep­tion – Sun­seeker. We know it has given the green light to a new gen­er­a­tion of per­for­mance craft de­signed in con­junc­tion with Red Bull Tech­nol­ogy but other than that, the project re­mains shrouded in mys­tery. One thing’s for cer­tain though – with ri­vals as good as these, they’ll need to come up with some­thing pretty damned ex­cep­tional to get a look in. We can hardly wait!

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