With stylish looks, a good hull and plenty of space in the cabins the Beneteau Gran Turismo 38 is a great secondhand buy. Chris Jefferies guides you through it
If you are looking for a practical and stylish 40ft sportscruiser then the Beneteau Gran Turismo 38 is bound to be on your list.
A development of the Monte Carlo 37 the 38 had numerous improvements, most noticeably a central helm position and serious hike in the standard of materials, finish and and perceived quality.
Its cockpit delivers on space with a huge seating area opposite a well equipped wet-bar and the GRP sunroof means you can open yourself up to the elements – or, indeed, shut them out – in an instant.
Below decks the master is most likely the forward cabin with guests treated to a spacious and well laid-out twin cabin amidships. Neither is ensuite but share a wet room just aft of the galley.
The twin Volvo Penta D4 260hp motors came as standard with a sterndrive joystick and should just about nudge the 38 over 30 knots.
Read the full Used Boat report in the July issue of the magazine.
The Beneteau Gran Turismo 40 marks a new dawn for the French yard's good value sportscruiser range, as Nick Burnham