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The trou­ble with test­ing new boats is pre­cisely that – they’re new. Un­like car com­pa­nies, that hap­pily run en­tire fleets of brand new ve­hi­cles for jour­nal­ists to abuse (aka road test), boat man­u­fac­tur­ers are a lit­tle more cir­cum­spect. Even hull No 1 is sold to an owner and the last thing he or she wants is scrib­blers like us crawl­ing all over it, rack­ing up en­gine hours and try­ing to find the lim­its of its ride, han­dling and per­for­mance. As a re­sult a lot of our boat tests are re­stricted to a few hours pound­ing up and down a stretch of wa­ter, putting it through its paces in the lim­ited time the boat is avail­able to us.

Don’t get me wrong, you can still learn a lot from this but not as much as you can if you use the boat for a more ex­tended pe­riod, just like an owner would. Af­ter all, what po­ten­tial buy­ers want to know is how well it would fit into their lives not just how fast it goes flat out or how many cab­ins there are.

I had the plea­sure of do­ing just that in a WINDY 27 SOLANO over the course of a lengthy day trip from Lyming­ton to Poole and back that tested very as­pect of its re­mit as the think­ing man’s sports­boat, and came away so much bet­ter in­formed about its ca­pa­bil­i­ties and lim­i­ta­tions. I hope my story on p80 re­flects that.

We’re do­ing an even more in-depth overnight ex­er­cise on the BENETEAU SWIFT TRAWLER 47 next month and plan to pub­lish more of these sim­u­lated own­er­ship tests in the months ahead. We trust you agree they are worth the ex­tra time and ef­fort in­volved.


If you think the COCKWELLS TI­TIAN TEN­DER on p10 looks good on pa­per, wait un­til you see it glid­ing along in the video on our web­site, Face­book or Youtube chan­nel. You can also en­joy a tour of the so­lar-pow­ered SILENT 55, check out a sec­ond­hand AQUASTAR 45, see the WINDY SOLANO in full flight and learn HOW TO BERTH A BOAT with one bro­ken en­gine.

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