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 www.finnmaster.fi
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