A fast, twin-diesel fisher with some real cruising pedigree

Product Overview

Overall rating:

80%
Overall score:80%

Pros:

  • Low price, good build and performance

Cons:

  • Tight helm seat and mid-cabin berths, noise levels

Product:

Blackwater Motor Yachts Sport Fisher 35

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£152,165.00

Forget the as-tested price, you can pick up this 34-footer for a snip under £100,000 with the twin 245hp engine option – not at all bad considering that sum traditionally buys you something in 28ft territory.

That price is no underpowered bare-boat smokescreen either – the twin 245hp diesels pack plenty of punch. For that price you might expect corners to have been cut, but we couldn’t find fault with the mouldings, and the engineering looks in good order, while there is plenty of substance to both the spec and the joinery work.

That said, this is a no-frills build. All the right practical elements are included and it is comfortable where it needs to be – it just isn’t massively sophisticated.

The cockpit of the Sport Fisher is the real highlight, offering 10 square metres of uncluttered deck space.

The wheelhouse is cosy, due to the prominence given the cockpit, and the accommodation is comprised of a double island berth forward and very tight mid cabin.

The test boat had twin Yamaha 275hp engines, which pushed the boat on to 36 knots, while the hull returned a comfortable, unconcerned ride. On the downside, engine noise was a bit of an issue.

Tested July 2009

Verdict

There are wrinkles to be ironed out, but given the price, power and ride, this is a new name we're happy to get behind.

Details

Top Speed:36 knots
Cabins:2
Beam:12ft 3in (3.74m)
Length Overall:34ft 1in (10.40m)
Engines:twin Yamaha 275hp