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

Flipper 670ST

This new take of an old favourite, the 630ST, is longer, leaner, sleeker and packed with clever ideas. The aft canopy and framework folds beneath the back seat as before but now the compartment lid lifts out the way on gas struts. Once the canopy is raised it self-supports on further gas struts while the lid is shut, making it a single-handed operation. The cuddy cushions lift against the trailing edge of the hardtop to provide a little privacy for the sea toilet installed under a berth, and that hardtop retracts to open the cuddy up to the elements. Even the ladder in the cuddy allowing access to the foredeck drops to create the double berth base. But the real stand out feature of this boat isn’t what it does, it’s how it goes. With a 200hp Mercury Verado you’d expect it to be quick and it is, but the hull is a revelation. At 30 knots we blast through the turbulent confused chop of the fleet like an arrow through smoke. With more and more throttle applied the hull just soaks it up, giving such a poised and confidence inspiring ride that I end up on the throttle stop at 39 knots, skimming effortlessly across everything we throw at it like an aquaplaning race car, 22° of deadrise flattening the water. It is a truly phenomenal hull.
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Price from: £33,041
LOA: 21ft 10in (6.66m)
Beam: 8ft 2in (2.48m)
Engine: Mercury Verado 200hp petrol outboard
Max speed: 39 knots

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