Finnboat 2012

Read detailed reviews of the Castello 613HT, Aquador 35C Botnia Targa 32, XO 270RS Cabin, Grandezza 27DC, Flipper 670ST, Flipper 670DC, Yamarin 65 Day Cruiser, Yamarine 76DC and Buster XL Pro SC

Grandezza 27 Day Cruiser

We tested Grandezza’s first boat, the 27OC, last year and were mightily impressed by its combination of clever layout and practical detailing. This is the exact same boat but with the hardtop sliced off andour boat is fitted with a 300hp Volvo PentaV8 in place of the more commonly found diesel. While the solid stainless steel framed windscreen looks fine, the boat doesn’t wear it as well as its hardtop counterpart and, for me, its exactly at eye level when sat at the helm. A layout that puts only the berths and toilet downstairs with all the living space in the cockpit, seems to work better under a solid roof too. The 8.1 litre V8 sounds great on start up but strangely starts to get a bit strained and thrashy at higher revs. It just proves how far diesels have come when the petrol option is no longer the silky smooth alternative to a diesel. Factor in a top speed only 1 knot higher for the petrol, and fuel consumption of an eye watering 87lph flat out and 50lph at cruise, and it’s clear Grandezza had it right the first time.
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Price from: £97,500
LOA: 27ft 3in (8.30m)
Beam: 9ft 4in (2.85m)
Engine: Volvo Penta 8.1 GiCE 300hp petrol sterndrive
Max speed: 35 knots

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