The boat's attractions are obvious: it's a small, sporty weekender, with sleeping accommodation for six and has a top speed of 40 knots
In 1989, naval architect Andrew Wolstenholme produced a design for a fast offshore cruiser called the Falcon 27, to be built by Falcon Sportsboats in Norwich. For a small East Coast boatbuilder it was a very successful model. “On paper,” as we wrote at the time, “the boat’s attractions are obvious: it’s a small, sporty weekender, with sleeping accommodation for six, and, with the right engines, a top speed of 40 knots.” Following a boat test, we were equally positive in our conclusions.
“They’re popular craft, and well used,” say Walton Marine’s brokerage department. “Most of the boats we see average 50 hours a year, but we frequently get two or three-year-old Caprioles with 400 hours on the clock. They’re also the biggest cruisers you’ll see on the Thames above Osney Bridge.” As a result, second-hand prices are quite high: £40,000-plus for a 1995 Carpiole 27, £50,000-60,000 for a two to three-year-old 850. But costs are relative: a new 900 with a Nanni 43hp diesel will set you back £71,610.