M Y FA N TA S Y F L E E T
Name: Mark Cluer Current boat: Ferretti 165 Berthed: St Raphael, South of France
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 email@example.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