The Corsiva Coaster 720 GT is great for low and high speed day boating, but with the potential for over-night stops too
That puts it head-to-head with the acknowledged masters of small boat value for money, the French.
The 720 also exhibited impressive composure at both ends of the speed spectrum. Pottering along the Itchen river on our way out into a choppy Southampton Water, it needed almost no attention on the wheel whatsoever, a boon for those who intend to use it on the inland waterways.
Only in quartering seas did it need correction on the wheel, and how often do you find those on the river?
Yet the 720 GT also remained unflappable when it was hurtling along at up to 33 knots, courtesy of the 150hp Mercury outboard fitted to our test boat.
And not just in a straight line, in extremely tight turns too. However, if that composure tempts you into fitting the largest 200hp option in pursuit of the theoretical 38 knots on offer, I’d highly recommend fitting some good fast-acting trim-tabs.
Quite how it manages to provide such an easygoing ride in bumpy conditions with such obviously flat aft hull sections is a mystery, but it’s certainly a welcome puzzle.