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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!