MY FAN­TASY FLEET

Name: David Vinell Cur­rent boat: Sealine SC35 Lo­ca­tion: Hayling Is­land

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uch of the ap­peal of mo­tor boat­ing for me is about ei­ther ex­plor­ing new wa­ters or be­ing able to com­pletely re­lax in fa­mil­iar sail­ing lo­ca­tions, and my choice of fan­tasy boats re­flects this.

HARDY 6 5 PRICE : £2.2mil­lion

The Hardy 65 would be my choice for longer pas­sages to north­ern wa­ters. With 6,100-litre fuel tanks, it would have the range to cover hun­dreds of miles with­out re­fu­elling.

The own­ers’ mid­ships cabin, a ca­pa­ble gal­ley and mul­ti­ple seat­ing ar­eas would en­able us to spend weeks or months afloat in com­fort, whilst ‘small ship’ fea­tures such as the walk-in en­gine­room, wa­ter­tight doors and sea­wor­thy hull de­sign would in­spire con­fi­dence if the weather took a turn.

Ini­tially I would keep the boat on the south coast and cruise across to the Nether­lands, then I would head to­wards Nor­way to dip in and out of the fjords. From there, I would head to Den­mark and into the Baltic Sea.

PRINCESS S65 PRICE: £2.1m

The Princess S65 would be my Mediter­ranean boat based in Port Gri­maud, France. A lighter hull, 2,800hp and a 38-knot top speed would give me the op­tion of get­ting to my favourite an­chor­age just a lit­tle sooner. Once there, the gy­ro­scopic sta­biliser would be work­ing to min­imise the ef­fects of waves and wash, and the hy­draulic bathing plat­form would make it easy for me to de­ploy the Jet RIB and pad­dle­boards. I like the way that the de­sign al­lows the sky­lights to brighten up the sa­loon, and hav­ing four cab­ins would mean that friends and fam­ily could stay. But mostly it would be about an­chor­ing up, snorkelling, swim­ming, hav­ing lunch on board, then re­turn­ing for din­ner at a nearby port.

WINDY ZONDA 3 1 PRICE : £296,300 inc VAT

The Windy Zonda 31 would be my fast week­ender for use around the So­lent. Con­trary to what some peo­ple think, speed is a good thing, so I’d spec­ify the twin V8 petrol en­gines which would give me the op­tion of 55kts whilst play­ing sweet V8 mu­sic. Hav­ing over­taken the Portsmouth to Ryde hov­er­craft, the Fast­cat ferry and any jet-skis, I would drop back to a steady 35-knot cruise and head to­wards one of the many op­tions for lunch, or an overnight stay if it was just the two of us on board. Ul­ti­mately this boat is de­fined by its han­dling and the open sports boat driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, which would be a con­stant re­minder of the rea­son I’d bought it in the first place. You have won £5 mil­lion in MBY’S fan­tasy lot­tery, which you have to spend on three boats. What would you buy and why? Send your sug­ges­tions to [email protected]­dia.com

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