4 of the best practical classic boats for sale for under £40,000

There’s something rather enjoyable about compiling a selection of practical classic boats up for sale, writes Nick BurnhamI’ve been in the industry so long that many of the current so-called old-timers are often boats I saw back in their first flush of youth so it’s great to see that many of them are (also) still going strong. It’s also fascinating to look back along the timeline of some major manufacturers and see […] This article 4 of the best practical classic boats for sale for under £40,000 appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

4 of the best practical classic boats for sale for under £40,000

There’s something rather enjoyable about compiling a selection of practical classic boats up for sale, writes Nick Burnham

I’ve been in the industry so long that many of the current so-called old-timers are often boats I saw back in their first flush of youth so it’s great to see that many of them are (also) still going strong.

It’s also fascinating to look back along the timeline of some major manufacturers and see what they were building in those earlier days, and how the ethos of ancestry influences (or doesn’t influence) current thinking.

With this in mind, I’m bringing you a dash of déjà-vu with a Bertram 25 that you might have seen before; one of Sealine’s early flybridge boats; a very sporty number from Sunseeker; and a pragmatic Fairline.


Sunseeker 37 Tomahawk

Built: 1989
Price: £39,995

The very first sentence of our Tomahawk 37 review was ‘ABSOBLOODYLUTELY marvellous!’ It rather gave the conclusion away, but then one look at this boat and the conclusion is forgone anyway.

A Don Shead-designed hull gives it race pedigree and it looks like it’s doing 40 knots while still in the dock. Age, it’s fair to say, has not withered it.


The Tomahawk 37 is an out and out high-performance craft, and the interior echoes similar sized and similar concept muscle boats from the USA of the era with a double bed narrowing to a point right at the bow, a horseshoe of seating and a compact galley aft opposite an equally compact heads.

It’s the interior of a boat designed to be perfect on the outside whatever the subsequent compromises inside, but it actually works well for weekending and you can always refresh the upholstery.


You have to clamber over the saloon sofa to reach the double berth in the bow


Outside is where the gains are made – the boat looks sensational. In fact I’d go as far as to say that there probably isn’t anything made today that looks quite this good.

The cockpit is kept low to the benefit of aesthetics and centre of gravity, so there’s a big sunpad over the motors and then you drop down over the rear bench seat into the cockpit with its pair of rotating bucket seats forward.


Performance is what this boat is all about. The twin 7.4 litre Mercruiser petrol engines churn out up to 330hp. When we tested this boat with twin 330hp engines we achieved 45 knots and cruised at 35 knots (at which speed the engines were burning an impressive 128 litres an hour).



Best of all is how the Shead-designed hull handles the sea. We took it out into the rough and found it would cruise comfortably downwind at 38 knots.

After 10 miles we turned around and braced ourselves for a slow, wet and uncomfortable bash upwind. We couldn’t have been more wrong – to our pleasant surprise, within a few minutes we’d eased back up to 38 knots in complete comfort.


LOA: 36ft 8in (11.2m)
Beam: 10ft 6in (3.2m)
Draught: 3ft 7in (1.1m)
Displacement: 5.5 tonnes
Fuel capacity: 780 litres
Engines: Mercruiser 7.4 litre 330hp petrol engines
Location: Southampton
Contact: Sunseeker Brokerage

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Sealine 305 Statesman

Built: 1987
Price: £24,950

Launched in 1986 as an evolution of the Sealine 30, one of the many interesting things about the Sealine 305 Statesman is that it was designed by the company’s Managing Director (and founder), Tom Murrant.

It’s hard to imagine the MD of a large boat-building company getting his pencils and drawing board out these days. Back in the day it was the flagship of a range that started at 18ft – another sign of the times.


Sealine created two distinct layout options for this boat (another rarity these days). This boat has a double berth offset in a forward cabin and then an L-shaped galley on the lower deck opposite the heads.

Step up to the main saloon to discover a single helm seat to starboard with a sideboard behind it and a large sofa stretching along the port side

The alternative layout moved the galley up to the saloon, utilising the sideboard area, which left space for a second cabin on the lower deck with a double berth underneath the saloon.


Offset berth and dark furniture look rather dated but it’s a lot of boat for the money


The 305 was a very sharp-looking boat when it launched, and it still looks good today – well proportioned with neatly angled saloon windows, although the dark grey hull band dates it.

Sealine invented flybridge stairs but this boat predates that so access is by a ladder. Scale it and you’ll find seating for four as well as the upper helm.


Sealine fitted this model with petrol and diesel engines, all twin sterndrive installations. Conveniently, we tested it with both – a pair of 130hp diesels (200hp diesels were also offered but were considerably heavier) and a pair of 210hp petrols.

Predictably, the diesels were more economical – at 20 knots they used 40 litres an hour (the petrols used 60lph). However, the petrol engines were noticeably quieter and faster too – 33 knots versus 27 knots.


Some boats had a galley-up layout in place of this one’s sideboard and lower galley


We took the 305 out to be tested in a Force 4 and reported that she was sensitive to outdrive and trim tab position, but that once she was mastered, “the boat coped well with the seas, in all directions”.


LOA: 30ft 2in (9.1m)
Beam: 10ft 1in (3.1m)
Draught: 2ft 10in (0.9m)
Displacement: 5 tonnes
Fuel capacity: 600 litres
Engines: Twin Volvo Penta 210hp petrol engines
Location: Lincoln
Contact: Burton Waters

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Bertram 25

Built: 1963
Price: £24,995

Those of you with long memories and a loyal following of this ‘Find Me A…’ feature might be scratching your heads right now and thinking ‘haven’t you shown us this boat before?’

To which the answer is yes, it appeared in the June 2015 edition. But it’s a very different looking boat to the one we showed you in the magazine back then.

Essentially of course, it’s still the same classic 1960s Bertram with a racing pedigree – in fact, you can see it in action in the video below, being raced by a man sporting a yachtsman’s cap.


The big news is inside. Last time this boat graced these pages, the interior was stripped bare awaiting a refit. Now there’s a comfortable-looking dinette, a small galley unit complete with two-ring gas burner and even a toilet and sink in the heads compartment. It actually makes this old thoroughbred an entirely useable little cruiser.


On the outside, a much-needed cockpit canopy now shields a pair of recently added swivel seats for helm and navigator, and there’s a cushion aft over the engine box to create extra seating.

The outside of the boat has been left (quite rightly) mostly original with just a stainless steel and teak bathing platform added.


Recent refit transforms the interior into a thoroughly fresh and practical little cruiser


About the only thing going for the boat in its original state was the Yanmar 315hp engine. Or so it seemed. Sadly, after many years of inactivity it seems that the motor didn’t take kindly to strenuous exercise and protested in a permanent way.

So instead, the boat now sports a Mercury V6 TDI 260hp diesel. The broker reckons about 30 knots is the likely top end. It’s not yet been put to the test, but that sounds about right.


What hasn’t changed, of course, is the legendary Bertram hull. Designed by Ray Hunt, one of the godfathers of the deep vee performance hull (along with Sonny Levi), this is Ground Zero for almost every fast planing motor boat that followed.


LOA: 25ft 0in (7.6m)
Beam: 9ft 11in (3.0m)
Draught: 3ft 0in (0.92m)
Displacement: 3.8 tonnes
Fuel capacity: 418 litres
Engine: Mercury 260hp TDI diesel
Location: Poole
Contact: Parkstone Bay Yachts


Fairline Mirage 29

Built: 1985
Price: £20,500

Started by Jack Newington in 1963, Fairline was formed in Oundle on the banks of the River Nene. Its first new boat was a 19ft river cruiser and a 20ft version followed.

It was when Jack’s son Sam (who eventually took over the business and became ‘Mr. Fairline’) joined the company that the decision to make fast planing boats was taken.

The 25ft Fury was the first in 1971, then a Holiday 22 and a Vixen 19. In 1974 Fairline launched its two biggest boats, the Mirage 29 and Phantom 32.


Fairline built two versions of the Mirage 29; an aft cabin layout and the far more popular aft cockpit version you see here. There’s a separate cabin forward with vee berths (an infill converts it to a double) and a large dinette that creates a further two berths opposite a single berth/settee.

The galley and heads sit in the aft corners of the cabin. Big windows give a far better view than a modern, similarly sized sportscruiser.


Interior may look dated but it is practical, spacious and enjoys plenty of natural light


The vast majority got an open-backed wheelhouse sheltering a pair of helm seats, while at the back of the boat a bench seat across the transom unfolded to double width to create sunbathing space.

There was an open cockpit version with just a windscreen (a folding canopy gave weather protection), but it was rare.


The Mirage was fitted with the ‘newfangled’ sterndrives, which put the engines right at the back of the boat (except the aft cabin version which had shafts).

Single or twin installations were offered, in petrol or diesel guise, giving a variety of options depending on whether the boat was to be used for inland cruising or offshore bruising.

Largest was a pair of AQAD 30 130hp diesels which gave about 20 knots. This boat has been re-engined with the newer ADP 31 150hp motors, so expect a knot or two more.


Raised helm position gives good visibility and protection for the skipper


Relatively small engines for its size means that the Mirage has a relatively flat hull to help it plane easily. As a result head sea performance can be hard-going in rough weather but the flip-side is good fuel economy in flatter conditions and the ability to stay on the plane at lower speeds.


LOA: 29ft 0in (8.8m)
Beam: 10ft 1in (3.1m)
Draught: 2ft 9in (0.8m)
Displacement: 3.2 tonnes
Fuel capacity: 500 litres
Engines: Twin Volvo Penta ADP 31 150hp diesels
Location: Guernsey
Contact: Lovell Yachts

First published in the April 2021 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting.

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Princess Looks Forward With Y72

Designed with Olesinski and Pininfarina, the Y72 shows off a distinct new hull glazing, while building on the interior styling of the Y85. The post Princess Looks Forward With Y72 appeared first on LUXUO.

Princess Looks Forward With Y72
The flybridge includes multiple social areas

Princess has launched the Y72, the new entry-level model for its Y Class range of motor yachts. The Y72 features similar design language seen on the Y78 and Y85, while exhibiting expansive full-length hull windows in a style that will be replicated on the Y95 due to launch in 2022.

The Y72 has been designed with Olesinski, the builder’s long-time partner for naval architecture, and Italian design house Pininfarina. The yacht has an overall length of 74ft 9in including the pulpit (which adds 19in) and a beam of almost 18ft.

Influenced by the Y85, the Y72 is available in a selection of different timber options with extended teak appointed as standard. Galley worktops are supplied in quartz and all bathrooms feature formed solid surface worktops, with floors in either solid surface or in optional marble, granite or quartz.

A single, curved band of glazing stretches across each side of the hull

Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman and CEO of Princess Yachts, said: “I am immensely proud of the Y72, which represents the ‘next generation’ of Princess luxury yachts. She has it all: 34-knot performance, beautifully laid out and spacious living areas, and a luxurious fitout.

“Above all, her exterior design brings striking simplicity and sculptural elegance that stands alone in the market. Rather than crowd her with dozens of aggressive two-dimensional design elements, we have focused on meticulously surfaced and sculpted three-dimensional forms that are astonishing to see in real life. She is unmistakably a Princess but taken to another level.”

Outdoor areas include an optional extended hardtop with electric opening louvered roof section or glass panel, offering two seating areas and aft sunpad. The large C-shaped dining area, appointed with handcrafted teak table, is opposite a wetbar with electric barbecue, sink and drawer fridge. The aft sunpad can also be replaced with three sunbeds or optional crane to lift and stow a Williams Sportjet 395 or equivalent tender.

The elegant foredeck includes an adjustable triple sunpad

The foredeck offers a C-shaped seating area and sunpad, while aft, a high-low bathing platform can accommodate and deploy a Williams SportJet 395 or a jetski.

The cockpit connects to the main saloon via a sliding patio door opening to starboard, with hinge-up window above the aft galley bar top. The open-plan galley includes an island bar with optional stools for informal occasions and is opposite the dining area.

The aft galley and dining table lead to the saloon

Forward is a C-shaped sofa to starboard and a Princess Design Studio coffee table featuring a smoked grey glass top and a sculpted hardwood base, while opposite is a smaller sofa.

The dual-helm station with Bőning monitoring and controls for all engine instrumentation is complemented by a raised forward L-shaped sofa. On-board entertainment is provided by a 55in UHD LED TV that can be raised and lowered electronically, plus a DVD and Blu-ray system complemented with a Naim audio system also fitted in the flybridge and master stateroom as standard.

The saloon has a C-shaped sofa to starboard, facing a two-seat sofa

A private staircase forward on the port side leads to the full-beam owner’s stateroom amidships. The sophisticated owner’s stateroom is furnished with a sofa, dressing area and vanity desk wrapped and stitched in Livorno Stone leather for a contemporary finish.

Luxurious surroundings exude from the owner’s stateroom with architecturally inspired feature panels, fresh linen wallcoverings and a bronze tint mirror to compliment the scheme.

The master stateroom benefits from a private stairway

Forward are three guest cabins that benefit from the full-length hull glazing and are accessed by stairs by the helm station. An additional ensuite cabin with two single beds is positioned aft for crew or occasional guests.

The Y72 is fitted with twin MAN V12 engines, either 1400mhp or 1650mhp, the latter powering the yacht up to 34 knots. Options include gyro or fin stabilisation.


The X95 will make its boat show debut at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, joining seven other Princess models on display.

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