The Frauscher 1414 Demon may look the part, but how did it fair in big seas off Mallorca? Jack Haines gets behind the wheel
The Frauscher 1414 Demon may look like a thoroughbred racer but there’s far more to this ice cool sportsboat than meets the eye.
Sure it has a blade-like, twin-stepped hull and beautifully sleek body and very little in the way of protection but there is real class in the way this boat is built and an amazing interior too.
The open plan saloon has a spacious, convertible dinette forward and a neat galley tucked by the companionway steps but it’s the midcabin where the real surprise is. It has a huge double bed, plentiful headroom, lots of light and a credible amount storage.
Next door there’s a fabulous ensuite with a separate shower and bags of natural light.
The cockpit centres around an arrowhead-shaped table that folds out to deliver plenty of alfresco dining space and is adequately served by a well stocked wet-bar.
The conditions were tricky – to say the least – on test and not the sort that show the Demon at its best but for such an open boat it handled the boiling sea incredibly well.
The top speed with the twin Volvo Penta 400hp diesels we had on test is 38 knots but we couldn’t get past 25 knots, such were the size of the waves. The 1,100hp petrol version will apparently top 45 knots.
You can read the full report on the Frauscher 1414 Demon in the October 2016 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting.
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