Come rain or shine, the speedy all-weather Sargo 33 will carry you safely and comfortably to your destination
With these three family members all offering essentially the same twin cabin accommodation plan comprising a forward en-suite plus a second cabin tucked beneath the raised dinette area, the result could have been a boat left high and dry with nothing of note to offer.
Instead, the Scandinavian boatbuilder has managed to position the Sargo 33 perfectly.
It doesn’t have the scale to carry the optional full flybridge that the roomier 36 offers, but it definitely breaths far more easily than the 31, not least because the 33 boasts a cockpit door at the rear of the saloon, not just the twin sidedoors of the 31, so movement around the boat is way easier.
Stir in a large sliding sunroof plus an opening rear window, and the result is quite exceptional ventilation through the boat.
Our 33 also had a toilet compartment en-suite to the second heads, tiny by anybody’s standards, but at least it’s a very handy option.
Sargo utilises every scrap of space inside, and the company also makes extensive use of high quality glass fibre mouldings.
The result is as much storage as you could possibly have inside, but in places a design that looks a little fussy compared to its more woody and more homogeneously styled rivals.
Our boat was powered by Volvo’s twin D6-370hp sterndrives, which took us a whisker beyond the 40 knot mark.
However, the 33’s deep-vee hull does not oblige you to drive super-fast. With the legs trimmed in to around zero, if you’re feeling frugal or unhurried it’s quite happy to plane along at a gentle 20 knots.
That bodes particularly well if fuel economy is uppermost in your mind, because there’s a handy single D6-400hp sterndrive option which will offer much improved fuel consumption (courtesy of the greatly reduced drag of the single sterndrive leg) yet still take you to the magic 30 knots.
Just like all the other Sargos I’ve driven, the 33 tracks well but turns very quickly and precisely if you ask it to.
With so much accessible power on tap (there’s a twin Volvo D6 400hp sterndrive version too!) it’s easy to end up hurtling along faster than you planned.
Fortunately though, the 33’s bucket seats, adjustable driving position (the whole dash hinges, not just the wheel) and the great view out at any speed make life easy even for the swiftest helmsman.
The Sargo 33 is at the Southampton Boat Show and can be viewed on berth M223.
More information Sargo Boats UK. Tel: +44 (0)2380 453245 Web: www.sargoboats.fi
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