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We find four of the most en­joy­able bud­get-friendly boats un­der 30ft

Nichola and Erika met in their teens when they were dinghy sailors at their lo­cal Sus­sex yacht club. They raced to­gether many times be­fore buy­ing a well-worn Hunter Sonata to­gether so they could spend week­ends on board too. Now they’re look­ing to cruise fur­ther afield, but don’t want to lose their com­pet­i­tive edge. With a bud­get of £80-£100,000, they’re look­ing for a per­for­mance cruis­ing yacht around the 30ft mark, with a strong em­pha­sis on the for­mer. That said, when they set off for long week­ends or their an­nual hol­i­days they’d like to be able to sleep, cook, eat and live rea­son­ably com­fort­ably on board – prefer­ably by adding por­ta­ble lock­ers and other items of cruis­ing gear that can be eas­ily re­moved for rac­ing on their re­turn.

These days, if you’re look­ing for an ex­cit­ing new per­for­mance yacht around the 30ft mark you should re­ally take a look at some of the speed ma­chines be­ing pro­duced in France – es­pe­cially along its At­lantic coast. There are the ul­tra-sporty Pogo, Django, Mo­jito and Malango Mini-transat looka­likes, as well as the slightly more cruiseable RM, Jean­neau and Beneteau yachts.

Plus, for the sheer row-away fac­tor, there’s the ab­so­lutely gor­geous Tofi­nou and Black Pep­per high-per­for­mance clas­sics. But which ones can you safely cruise off­shore and live aboard for a few nights in rel­a­tive com­fort? We take a closer look...

Dun­can Kent, yacht tester for 25 years, checks out the used boat mar­ket

Elan 310

Hanse 315

Win­ner 9

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