Is the price tag justified for MasterCraft's pioneering twin-tipped cruiser?
MasterCraft have built sea boats for years, but their reputation in the UK hangs on their award-winning tow-boats. The 300 could change all that. It’s a proper compact sportscruiser and the first twin-tipped weekender ever built.
On the face of it, the £400,000 price tag (as tested) seems wildly high for a 30-footer. Take a closer look, though, and the reason becomes clear. The build quality is good enough to rival boats twice the size. The mouldings are battleship-solid, and every locker and cubby is beautifully smooth.
Top speed on test was 33 knots, two knots down on MasterCraft’s claim. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the handling, though. Being able to chuck the boat into lock-to-lock turns, safe in the knowledge that the shafts will keep it solidly planted in the water is fantastic.
The sleeping quarters are only really suitable for a couple weekending on board. Technically there are two double berths in the open-plan cuddy but the mid-cabin is more mid-coffin, even if the berth itself is very comfortable.
Is the £400,000 justified? If you want a stylish, exciting boat that is the very definition of quality, then yes it is.
- Very well built, quality mouldings, fun ride, large cockpit
- Expensive, small mid-cabin
Price as reviewed:
Great fun and very well put together - but you pay for it
Displacement: 5.6 tonnes (light)
Top Speed: 33 knots
Fuel Capacity: 166 imp gal (758 litres)
Beam: 11ft 0in (3.35m)
Water Capacity: 25 imp gal (114 litres)
RCD Category: B (for 12 people)
Length Overall: 33ft 9in (10.29m)
Engines: Twin Cummins QSB4.2, 350hp @ 3,600rpm, 6-cylinder 4.2-litre diesels
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