Motorboat & Yachting - - CONTENTS - Nick Burn­ham

TESTED This fly­ing Finn is an ideal step up from day­boat to week­ender

LOA 26ft 7in (8.10m) BEAM 8ft 11in (2.72m) EN­GINE Sin­gle 300hp Yamaha out­board TOP SPEED ON TEST 41 knots FUEL CON­SUMP­TION AT 20 KNOTS 35lph PRICE FROM £102,716 inc VAT PRICE AS TESTED £122,000 inc VAT CON­TACT

Like most Fin­nish boats, the Finnmaster T8 is de­signed to be used. This be­comes ap­par­ent the mo­ment you cast off and dis­cover handy stor­age wells for warps and fend­ers be­neath the decks ei­ther side of the out­board, and more stor­age un­der ev­ery seat, ac­cessed by cun­ningly hinged seat bases. It’s ev­i­dent at the helm too, where the com­fort­able sup­port­ive seat ad­justs not just for reach but also for height, which, in con­junc­tion with the tilt wheel, al­lows you to find the per­fect helm po­si­tion. I in­stinc­tively tend to drive fast sports­boats stand­ing up but in the T8 it felt en­tirely nat­u­ral to re­main seated.

And fast it is – the base en­gine is a 250hp Yamaha but most boats (in­clud­ing our test boat) are specced with the 300hp. Finnmaster has, how­ever, just up­graded the largest en­gine avail­able from 300hp to 350hp. But be­fore you jump glee­fully for the most pow­er­ful op­tion, it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that the 300hp is the same 4.2 litre V6, and thus the same weight, as the 250hp. The 350hp is a 5.3-litre V8 car­ry­ing a near 100kg weight penalty right where you least need it. And in truth the 300hp suits the boat, snap­ping it onto the plane in about five sec­onds and wind­ing out past 40 knots at the top end. And that’s a level of per­for­mance that the boat car­ries well, cruis­ing com­fort­ably and qui­etly at 30 knots, the helms­man and two crew well shel­tered in those com­fort­able triple bucket seats by the high and solid stain­less-steel framed wind­screen. And it’s not all about straight-line per­for­mance: tip the boat into a tight turn with the op­tional fin­gerlight power steer­ing and it banks hard and en­thu­si­as­ti­cally, stub­bornly re­sist­ing cav­i­ta­tion un­less you re­ally abuse it. Be­hind those helm seats, the deep com­fort­able cock­pit cre­ates a great pic­nic or so­cial­is­ing area. The teak cock­pit sole is stan­dard, as is the com­pact gal­ley unit, drawer fridge and canopy that hides on its frame un­der the rear seat ready to be de­ployed. Even items like the bow thruster and hold­ing tank are in­cluded. And while the T8 is os­ten­si­bly a day­boat, take a peek in the cuddy cabin and you’ll be sur­prised how much space Finnmaster has found, slot­ting in two dou­ble berths and a sep­a­rate heads, giv­ing the boat real week­end­ing po­ten­tial for a fam­ily rather

than just a cou­ple.

There is a sur­pris­ing amount of space in the cuddy cabin The cock­pit is deep and com­fort­able with a teak sole

HE LM Seat ad­justs for reach and height and the wheel tilts

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