Name: Mark Cluer Cur­rent boat: Ferretti 165 Berthed: St Raphael, South of France

Motorboat & Yachting - - Classified -

Spend­ing an imag­i­nary for­tune on boats is cer­tainly not a chal­lenge, es­pe­cially as the running costs are cov­ered for 10 years! As many boat own­ers will agree, boats al­ways of­fer us com­pro­mises, so this is a great op­por­tu­nity to try to cover as many bases as pos­si­ble.

FERRETTI 780 PRICE : €3,240,000 + VAT (new)

First on my list, and the boat that will take the largest chunk of my wind­fall as well as the crew mem­ber, is a new Ferretti 780. I have al­ways been a Ferretti fan since crawl­ing over one at a boat show in the late 90s, and the 780 just about fits into the ‘man­age­able by me and my wife’ cat­e­gory. It’s un­der 24m, mean­ing I don’t need a com­mer­cial ticket, and gives plenty of room for our young kids, space for lots of toys, in­clud­ing a fast jet RIB, plus am­ple room for the odd guest. I would moor her in the South of France to con­tinue our re­cent ex­plo­ration of the Med. We’d cer­tainly eat through the fuel bud­get.

FLEM­ING 55 PRICE : £800,000 (sec­ond­hand)

The Flem­ing 55 is a won­der­ful craft and will help scratch my ad­ven­tur­ous itch – I have al­ways wanted to ex­plore the UK and north­ern Europe in a boat that will shrug off tem­per­a­men­tal weather and look af­ter us well. To work within the bud­get, I’ll be look­ing for a well-loved used ex­am­ple, which will ini­tially be based in the UK. We’ll then move her over the North Sea to ex­plore Scan­di­navia, leav­ing the boat in dif­fer­ent mari­nas be­tween trips. I’ll make sure I keep a proper hand­writ­ten log book that can be pub­lished posthu­mously – Ad­ven­tures of a 120-year-old mo­tor boater!

THAMES SLIP PER LAUNCH PRICE : £30,000 (sec­ond­hand)

There is some­thing mag­i­cal about the Thames, and even more so on a balmy sum­mer’s evening, glid­ing along, barely dis­turb­ing the wa­ter in a clas­sic wooden Slipper launch. This would be my an­ti­dote to a hard day at work, moored some­where near Cookham, within an easy cruise of Clive­den Reach one way and Marlow the other. A ‘sans kids’ es­cape, we’d be found drop­ping the hook mid-stream, en­joy­ing a glass of wine while we watch the sum­mer evening drift by be­fore head­ing back to nor­mal­ity a cou­ple of hours later. The rules: you have re­cently won £5 mil­lion in MBY’S imag­i­nary lottery, the only stip­u­la­tion is that you must spend your win­nings on three boats. Your berthing and running costs are cov­ered for 10 years, in­clud­ing one crew. What would you buy, where would you keep them, and why? Send in your sug­ges­tions to mby@ti-me­dia.com

ABOVE L E F T: A brand new Ferretti 780 would ac­count for the bulk of Mark’s fic­tional bud­get ABOVE RIGHT: A sec­ond­hand Flem­ing 55 and clas­sic Thames Slipper launch would pol­ish off the rest

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