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Crafts­man and off­shore racer Pål Sol­lie founded Gold­fish in 1991 and has been pro­duc­ing very high-per­for­mance boats for the leisure mar­ket and the mil­i­tary ever since. Qual­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail shine through­out each and ev­ery prod­uct of the lit­tle­known but highly-re­spected yard, but above all, Pål’s boats are built to go hard and fast, and this rare sportscruiser ver­sion is cer­tainly no ex­cep­tion.


It’s called a sportscruiser, and by Gold­fish stan­dards the in­te­rior is pos­i­tively lux­u­ri­ous, but don’t ex­pect a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to a 32ft Sealine. Head­room is limited and there is just the one dou­ble berth plus a set­tee. It’s beau­ti­fully trimmed though, and the heads is in a sep­a­rate com­part­ment, mak­ing overnight­ing a far more civilised and com­fort­able af­fair.


Press a but­ton and the gal­ley swivels up through 90° on the port side of the cock­pit, con­tain­ing a sink with hot and cold wa­ter, a stove and a fridge. The dou­ble helm seat is a nifty ar­range­ment that flips over to pro­vide bol­ster cush­ions for the helms­man and nav­i­ga­tor, and aft-fac­ing seat­ing for the cen­tre of the cock­pit, aug­mented by a flip-up ta­ble. Back aft, a long sun­pad stretches across the top of the en­gine space.


So it’s nar­row (less than 9ft wide), it’s low, and there are 25ft boats with big­ger cab­ins, so what’s the point? Well, apart from look­ing ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, the point is to go very, very fast. A pair of Yan­mar 6LP-STZE engines fire 600hp through two Mer­cruiser Bravo 2 legs to give a 50-knot top end and very smooth and com­fort­able cruis­ing at 35 knots. It’s ef­fi­cient, too, with the dealer claim­ing seven gal­lons an hour at cruis­ing speeds.


Un­usu­ally for a Gold­fish, the hull is not stepped. But it is scalpel-sharp, cut­ting through rough seas with the confidence of a sur­geon’s slice. It’s not the ul­ti­mate top speed that most im­presses with Gold­fish boats, it’s the way that they keep go­ing al­most ir­re­spec­tive of con­di­tions.

Helm seat flips to pro­vide bol­sters for nav­i­ga­tor and helm, plus rear-fac­ing seat­ing

The fan­tas­tic open-plan cabin is em­blem­atic of the boat’s high-per­for­mance bent

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