40-KNOT BAR­GAINS

We track down four top sec­ond­hand per­for­mance boats

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The term ‘high per­for­mance’ cov­ers a mul­ti­tude of sins – you could buy a Fletcher speed­boat with a 200hp out­board and jus­ti­fi­ably claim to own a high-per­for­mance boat. And there are su­pery­achts that can crack on at a fair pace. How­ever, for my four choices this month I’ve cho­sen boats that com­fort­ably exceed 40 knots yet still give a rea­son­ably smooth ride. They are all use­able in har­bour or at an­chor and you can overnight on them com­fort­ably too, even though th­ese kinds of boats are of­ten used as ‘fast com­muters’ to get you quickly be­tween ports or out to an an­chor­age ahead of the pack rather than for ex­tended long range cruis­ing.

But what th­ese boats of­fer most is a thrill, the vis­ceral sen­sa­tion of power and of speed. For all the prac­ti­cal pur­poses of shrink­ing time and dis­tance, it’s the joy of sim­ply cov­er­ing ground (or in this case wa­ter) that shines bright­est.

ask­ing Price : £110,000 BOAT: Gold­fish 32 Sportcruiser Date: 2000 ly­ing: St Tropez con­tact: www.partony­acht­ing.com

ask­ing Price : £134,950 BOAT: Windy Coho Date: 2015 ly­ing: Lyming­ton con­tact: www.berthon.co.uk

ask­ing Price : £195,000 BOAT: Sunseeker Superhawk 43 Date: 2007 ly­ing: Cannes con­tact: www.partony­acht­ing.com

ask­ing Price : £49,995 BOAT: Scor­pion Pi­o­neer RIB Date: 2006 ly­ing: Poole con­tact: www.salterns­bro­ker­age.co.uk

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