BUILT 2015 PRICE £134,950
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.
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.
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.
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!
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