This brand from the makers of Hydrolift has been making waves in Scandinavia so we put the Cormate T27 Supermarine to the test from its new UK base in Poole
To be precise, it was five days between seeing the boat on Fine Design’s stand at the London Boat Show and moving off the pontoon down in Poole.
Why the haste to test it? Well just look at it, that’s a pretty good reason. Sleek, taught, wonderful proportions with sumptuous retro touches like the round ports and (slightly vulnerable) teak inserts around its pert rump.
Then there is what lies beneath the skin, that being a 24-degree, single step hull with a sterndrive and 6.2 litre 350hp Mercruiser V8 firing it through the water.
That equates to a top speed of 50 knots on the nose and the ability to cruise comfortably from anywhere between 18 and 45 knots.
Poole bay dished up a cauldron of nasty seas for our trial combing a rolling swell with prickly spikes of chop and deep troughs.
As boat tests go it couldn’t have been much more testing but the Cormate was absolutely in its element, bounding from crest to crest with laughable ease.
It’s the mark of a good hull when you brace for enormous impact and it doesn’t happen and the Cormate landed softly and without fuss no matter what I threw at it.
It became a perverse challenge to get the hull to slam but no matter how fast I catapulted the boat off the back of a wave, or how far into a trough we landed, the hull never grumbled.