ZAR 85SL

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LOA 27ft 9in (8.5m) BEAM 10ft 6in (3.2m) EN­GINES Sin­gle 350hp or twin 250hp outboards TOP SPEED tba PRICE from £138,000 inc VAT CON­TACT Boats­mart Tel: +44 (0)2380 8178 3400

This new cabin RIB from the Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer ZAR caught our eye partly due to its ar­rest­ing colour scheme (the show boat had a grey hull and tubes with con­trast­ing tan seats) but mainly be­cause it looked like a re­ally use­able overnighter.

With its so­cia­ble L-shaped seat­ing and ta­ble next to a gen­er­ous wet bar, this is one of those RIBS that is just as en­joy­able to use at an­chor as it is when un­der­way. The SL stands for Sport Lux­ury and an ex­tra wrap of seat­ing around the bow en­sures you can load it up with guests for day trips or make it up into a sun­pad, thanks to its ad­justable back­rests, when there’s just a cou­ple of you on board. There’s even a pull-up bi­mini cover tucked away un­der the rear seats.

The cuddy cabin un­der the cen­tre con­sole is pre­dictably small with a toi­let un­der the bed rather than in a sep­a­rate com­part­ment, but it does make overnight­ing a vi­able op­tion.

We have yet to test a ZAR out on the wa­ter but a de­cent look­ing hull with a fairly deep vee, big tubes and a de­cent amount of free­board should give a dry, sta­ble ride while sin­gle or twin out­board en­gines en­sure there’s no short­age of per­for­mance on of­fer. If you’re look­ing for a fast, fun day boat with oc­ca­sional overnight­ing po­ten­tial, it makes a lot of sense.

The tall bow and big tubes should en­sure a dry ride

L-shaped aft seat­ing and a gen­er­ous wet bar make for a so­cia­ble day out on the wa­ter

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