This brand from the makers of Hydrolift has been making waves in Scandinavia so we put the Cormate T27 Supermarine to the test from its new UK base in Poole
Power to the petrol
Part of what makes helming the T27 in these conditions so enjoyable is the fact that it has a naturally aspirated petrol engine with almost no lag between inputs on the throttle and an increase in speed.
For heaving the boat out of troughs the immediacy of the V8 is hugely advantageous – and it sounds terrific as it does it.
This storming performance aside, there are plenty of other strings to the Cormate’s bow.
Like a beautifully finished and cleverly laid out cockpit with plenty of space to relax and dine and below decks is a comfortable double berth with a proper toilet and sink.
Okay, you’re not going to want to spend a week on board but for the odd overnight or to shelter from the weather it is great to have, especially if you are changing up from a centre console boat or a RIB.
It’s a beautifully made bit of kit, too, with lashings of teak and timber on the bulwarks and helm station, chunky stainless steel and pop-up cleats all round.
It’s not a cheap boat but then again it feels reassuringly expensive, and when you consider that the rivals come from Windy, Chris-Craft and Goldfish it has to.
You can read our full report on the Cormate T27 Supermarine in the April 2016 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting.
More information: Fine Design Marine. Tel: +44 (0)1202 465327 Web: www.cormate.co.uk
The name may be unfamiliar on these shores but it won't be for long. The T27 combines gorgeous lines with a fearsome hull and huge performance to deliver one of the surprise packages of the year... and it's only February.