Nick Burnham finds out if a Karnic 2265 is the perfect starter boat
Despite a six-year production run, 2265s are few and far between. UK importer Yellow Penguin in Poole has supplied only 12 out of the hundred or so built. As a result,
they hold their money well and sell quickly. Every boat we looked at, including the test model, had sold by the time we went to press.
The Karnic is an unusual boat in that it covers a lot of bases, yet despite its diminutive size, it somehow cunningly manages to avoid a sense of compromise. As an all-season runabout or a first boat, it has to be worth some serious consideration.
1. Fading of the coloured gelcoat.
2. Stress cracking on sprayrails and underwater sections from trailer use or wave pounding.
3. Lack of working space in engine compartment may lead to lack of maintenance.
4. Corrosion of outdrive leg.
5. Stress cracking around patio door frame and on forepeak.
6. Water leaks from around windows and escape hatch.
7. Cockpit canopy prone to wear and damage especially around securing studs and poppers.
8. As with any craft fitted with an inner moulding, inspection of internal bildge area is limited. Therefore, external inspection of the hull is important to check for damage.
Price as reviewed:
Top Speed: 35 Knots
Fuel Capacity: 30gal (135lt)
Beam: 8ft (2/45m)
Cruising Speed: 20-25 knots
Length Overall: 23ft 7in (7.2m)
Engines: Mercruiser 4.3 MPI/Volvo 4.3GXi Petrol
Range: 125 miles