GOLDFISH 32 SPORT CRUISER
BU ILT 2000 PR ICE £110 ,000
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