Can a Chinese-made, Irish-designed boat have mass appeal?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Motor Cruiser Sales Rhein 42SE

Overall score:78%


  • Spacious, with a serious amount of well executed joinery.


  • Some keener pricing would not go amiss.


Motor Cruiser Sales Rhein 42SE

Price as reviewed:


Here is a bit of riddle for you. What is built in China for an Irish company and takes the name of a major European river?

If all this sounds a little odd rest assured that the yard is well versed in building bigger – although difficult to imagine better craft – and that the company behind the whole thing is a successful distributor of Dutch makes like Zijlmans and Pedro.

Indeed it is because their customers wanted something akin to a steel boat in looks but with extra pace that Motor Cruiser Sales based on the Shannon decided to commission what amounts to a single-engined trawler yacht.

Does anything get lost in translation? You can find out in August’s edition of MBM.


Displacement:13.5 tonne
Fuel Capacity:350gal
Beam:13ft 6in
Air Draught:10ft 0in
RCD Category:B
Length Overall:41ft 10in