New model will replace the popular and long-serving 28 Ghibli
Norwegian yard Windy has released details and drawings of a
new 29ft sportsboat model, the Coho. Squeezing in between the 26 Kharma and the 31 Zonda, the Coho will be the smallest Windy available with
twin engines. It will also be one of the first models to be built in Windy’s
new Polish yard, but if it looks as good as this in the flesh, we doubt anyone
will care where it is built.
Taking the Ghibli’s proven deep vee, Hans J Johnsen, hull
design, the Coho is bigger – the waterline length has been extended by 470mm /
1.5ft – and heavier and sports a new cockpit layout. Windy promise that the
onboard experience will be very similar to the award-winning Zonda, so
hopefully we will see the same walnut cabinetry and brushed steel finish in the
boat’s two-berth cabin.
Fitted with a single Volvo Penta D4-300hp diesel engine the base price comes out at £140,000 ex VAT, with twin D3-220hp engines it is £153,000 ex VAT. For the more red-blooded, a single 400hp D6 looks a very exciting prospect at £154,000 ex VAT.
As is becoming increasingly the case, one of the biggest
challenges faced by Windy when launching a new model is finding a new wind
system. Every Windy since the late 1990s has been named after a wind – Mirage,
Mistral, Tornado, Khamsin and so on – and finding new ones must be getting a
bit tricky. We did some investigating and apparently the Coho is a cold air
stream that blows down the Columbia River, in northern Oregon, USA. Not be confused
with the Chinook, which is a warm air system. So now you know.
The boat will make its world debut at the 2013 Dusseldorf
Boat Show, 19–27 January.
LOA: 29ft 1in (8.85m)
Beam: 8ft 9in (2.70m)
Power: Single or twin sterndrive
Max speed: 46knots (51mph)