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Old 06-09-2006, 06:35 PM   #1
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Family friendly cruisers - advice please

I know that this is a performance based forum, but wondered if anyone has any experience with family friendly cruising boats? Our requirements are for a boat with space for a husband, wife and 3 young children to sleep on, but also a craft that is fun for a ladís trip to France etc.

A Windy would be the preferred weapon of choice, but the budget of £50k wonít allow.

Has anyone had experience of a Sunseeker Portofino 34? There are a few 10 year old ones about at the moment, which have been re-engined. I am told that the older Sunseekers are well made Ė possibly better than the current ones. Does anyone know if this is true?

Another boat which looks pretty good is the Cranchi Endurance 31. Again anyone have any experience of this model?

Any advice on these, or other boats which may fit the bill, would be gratefully received.

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Old 06-09-2006, 06:43 PM   #2
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There are some very nice Princess 28's around with diesels which are retailing around the 30k bracket. They would cruise around 25knts and have excellent accommodation. There are also a lot of them around with V6 petrols but i would steer clear of them 'cause of the fuel costs. I was looking at a couple recently for a friend and was very impressed. They are circa 1990 and some have very low engine hours and very clean and tidy. Well capable of crossing the Channel. Hope that will give you some guide. Good luck.
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Old 06-09-2006, 07:31 PM   #3
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There are some very nice Princess 28's around with diesels which are retailing around the 30k bracket. They would cruise around 25knts and have excellent accommodation. There are also a lot of them around with V6 petrols but i would steer clear of them 'cause of the fuel costs. I was looking at a couple recently for a friend and was very impressed. They are circa 1990 and some have very low engine hours and very clean and tidy. Well capable of crossing the Channel. Hope that will give you some guide. Good luck.
Thanks for that, Iíll do a search on them.

Couple more questions to fire out Ė Is there an acknowledged pecking order for quality/residual value etc between Sealine, Fairline, Princess & Sunseeker? If so, did I get it in the right order?

Also is it fair to assume that a British boat will handle our waters better than an American or European one?

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You can't go wrong with either Sunseeker, Princess or Fairline. All good sea going boats, well designed and hold their prices quite well. I have no experience of Sealine so can't comment. Shouldn't waste your time with anything else. In my opinion.
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Brambles, co-incidently I have a Sunseeker Portofino 34, for sale at the moment, she can be seen on the Fairline Poole website, I enclose a pic. She is a really great family boat, we have owned her for three years, now would like something a bit bigger. PM me if you would like to see her, even on a non interested to purchase basis ! SIMON.
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Id heard Elton or Jacko were the mast.ers
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Re: Family friendly cruisers - advice please

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I know that this is a performance based forum, but wondered if anyone has any experience with family friendly cruising boats? Our requirements are for a boat with space for a husband, wife and 3 young children to sleep on, but also a craft that is fun for a ladís trip to France etc.

A Windy would be the preferred weapon of choice, but the budget of £50k wonít allow.

Has anyone had experience of a Sunseeker Portofino 34? There are a few 10 year old ones about at the moment, which have been re-engined. I am told that the older Sunseekers are well made Ė possibly better than the current ones. Does anyone know if this is true?

Another boat which looks pretty good is the Cranchi Endurance 31. Again anyone have any experience of this model?

Any advice on these, or other boats which may fit the bill, would be gratefully received.

Cheers

Ian

Looks nice http://www.essexboatyards.com/stockl...e-Targa-28-583
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Thanks for the replies. A Portofino or Targa look favourite right now. We're going to wait until after the Southampton Boat Show. Apparently owners of some of the boats currently on brokerage may be more receptive to an offer then.

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PS: Turnip 1 - I bow to your superior knowledge on that subject

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Thanks for the replies. A Portofino or Targa look favourite right now. We're going to wait until after the Southampton Boat Show. Apparently owners of some of the boats currently on brokerage may be more receptive to an offer then.

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Sounds as though you are going to pay more than you originally expected. Both are real nice boats though, for the family man.
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Sounds as though you are going to pay more than you originally expected. Both are real nice boats though, for the family man.
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A "wife's invoice" could also be required to keep the peace

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