WINDY COHO

BUILT 2015 PRICE £134,950

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The Windy Ghi­bli has al­ways been one of my favourite boats for its com­bi­na­tion of looks, qual­ity, speed and han­dling, so when Windy re­placed it in 2014, I hoped that they wouldn’t lose the essence that made the Ghi­bli great. I need not have wor­ried. Windy took a great boat and made it bet­ter. With the same hull and pro­por­tions, only a slightly longer bathing plat­form al­tered the ba­sic di­men­sions, but changes like a resin-infused hull con­struc­tion proved that this was no lazy makeover.

IN­TE­RIOR

The Ghi­bli was never a cruiser, more a day­boat with overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion, so Windy scrapped the dinette in the small cuddy cabin and fit­ted a proper dou­ble bed in­stead. The logic was that you rarely spend much time sit­ting in­side th­ese boats, so why not make it more com­fort­able to sleep in? The heads is still present and cor­rect, and there’s a diesel-fired ce­ramic hob built into the small gal­ley unit.

EXTERIOR

The cock­pit lay­out of the Ghi­bli worked well, so the Coho is largely un­changed, with a pair of bucket seats for helm and nav­i­ga­tor and a gen­er­ous seat­ing area aft with a back­rest that slides out over the sun­pad. But given that this is now the liv­ing area of the boat, Windy felt that it should be eas­ily en­closed, so the cock­pit canopy is con­ve­niently stowed out of sight on a frame­work that lifts quickly and eas­ily into place on as­sisted gas struts. Exterior styling is a lit­tle sharper too, with sexy an­gled hull win­dows re­plac­ing oval port­holes.

PER­FOR­MANCE

I drove the very first Coho Windy made. Fit­ted with a 6.0 litre 380hp V8 petrol it howled its way to 42 knots. This ex­am­ple is fit­ted with the far more eco­nom­i­cal but even more pow­er­ful Volvo Penta D6-400 for a 44-knot top end and the abil­ity to cruise at 40 knots!

SEA KEEP­ING

40-knot cruis­ing abil­ity would be point­less with­out a hull that could match it, and that’s where the Coho shines. The deep vee-hull of­fers a won­der­fully smooth ride for its size, even in prop­erly lumpy seas, but find some­where more shel­tered and an­other facet comes to the fore – sling­shot cor­ner­ing that gets bet­ter the harder you turn. As an open day boat for guests or a fast but ef­fi­cient week­ender for a cou­ple, it’s hard to beat.

The cock­pit echoes the lay­out of the Ghi­bli – a good thing – with a pair of bucket seats

The cabin now has a fixed dou­ble berth in­stead of a con­vert­ing dinette

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