For a boat that can trace its ancestry back to North Sea pilot vessels, the Elling E3 is a surprisingly refined package.

Take the high-gloss teak table in the saloon or the electrically opening sunroof over the helm station – just two of the reasons why this model has proved such a hit on the Continent.

However, it’s rugged self-righting hull and go-anywhere seafaring abilities play just as big a part in this broad European appeal.

In this video we jump on board a 2005 model that is up for sale through Ancasta in Falmouth for £240,000.

We guide you through all the layout variations and optional extras (and there have been quite a few!) that Elling has offered over the past 15 years.

To watch our Used Boat report on the Elling E3 click on the video above, and for our full write-up pick up the July edition of Motor Boat & Yachting, which is out on Thursday (June 4).