Broom's gamble at delivering a more affordable cruiser without compromising on quality pays off.
Broom has been around for years. Rumour has it that founder CJ Broom gained original inspiration from the ark. But like all manufacturers, Broom is looking to bolster business by seeking new markets.
With that in mind the Norfolk-based yard unveiled two brand new models at Southampton Boat Show cut from a rather different cloth – the 30 Coupe, an aft-cockpit cruiser, and the 35 Coupe you see here, an enclosed deck saloon aft-cockpit cruiser.
Brooms have always been expensive high quality boats, and the thinking behind both of these models is to provide a lower entry point to the range without compromising on quality.
While arguably more modern than its traditional aft cabin range, the styling is still best described as conservative. It has a classic two-box superstructure and a conventional cockpit but closer inspection reveals subtle modern detailing.
The saloon windows, for instance, are flush fitting and frameless and vents in the saloon roof and cabin top are concealed.
The wide side decks are asymmetrical, favouring the port side where a sliding side door next to the helm is a real boon for short-handed boating. Up on the bow a low bench seat provides an ideal place to sit on sheltered river cruises and watch the world go by, and built into the saloon roof is a double glass sunroof, the forward section of which lifts to vent, or slides to let the outside in.
- An interesting venture for Broom into new price and style territory, the 35 Coupe blends aft cockpit practicality and low air draught into a boat that will appeal to a new market sector.
Price as reviewed:
Crucially, however, it hasn't lost the Broom ethos of quality build and finish, combined with huge range of customisable choice. Buyers might have more cash left over than they would from a traditional aft cabin Broom
Displacement: 8 tonnes
Cabins: FORECABIN BERTH 6ft 3in x 4ft 8in (1.91 x 1.42m) SALOON BERTH 5ft 9in x 3ft 8in (1.76 x 1.12m)
Fuel Capacity: 110gal (500lt)
Beam: 12ft 4in (3.76m)
Water Capacity: 82gal (375lt)
Air Draught: 3ft 1in (0.94m)
RCD Category: B
Length Overall: 35ft 1in (10.7m)
Engines: Twin Nanni H4 170 Shaftdrive