New £390,000 sportscruiser is gunning for Fairline's Targa 50 and Princess's V52
The new C48 is based on the same hull as the SC47 sportscruiser but boasts a solid GRP hardtop with two big glass panels set into the sliding sunroof, instead of a full-length retractable soft top, and a four section sliding patio door.
This means the deck saloon is just as safe, comfortable and luxurious in all weathers as the flybridge boat but with the benefit of a single-level living area and that big opening sunroof over the helm.
The cockpit has been redesigned to make the most of this indoor/outdoor living area with a transom bench facing into the saloon and a table that slots into place either inside or outside.
A retractable awning provides shade, while the wet-bar and storage units have been pushed to the sides to open up the flow between cockpit and saloon.
Sealine’s characteristic wraparound windows and windscreen maximise light and views in the saloon, while opposing white settees (one of which converts into an additional berth) create a bright, convivial atmosphere.
There’s a pronounced step up to the helm area, to ensure plentiful headroom in the owner’s cabin below, but this will also help provide a clear view ahead from the four forward facing seats.
The galley is set on a mezzanine level opposite the helm so the chef can be part of the action.
Down below the full-beam owner’s suite gains additional space in front of the bed, thanks to a repositioned bulkhead, while the two guest cabins – one double, one twin bunk twin – share a separate heads and shower room.
There is also a small crew cabin above the Volvo IPS600 drives and space for a tender on the optional extended hydraulic bathing platform, allowing Sealine to claim that the C48 competes directly with the likes of the Fairline Targa 50 and Princess V52, despite being almost £150,000 cheaper and easier on the fuel.
The C48 will make its debut at the PSP Southampton Boat Show in September with a starting price of £392,000.