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as Portelet Bay, or use your boat to explore the crystal-clear waters of Alderney, Herm or Sark. If you want to venture further afield there are several French ports within easy cruising distance. Perhaps one of the best things about owning a boat here is the knowledge that you will never be too far from it, so if the sun is shining you can simply nip down to the marina, jump on board, slip your lines and be out in open sea. One word of warning though – as all Channel Islanders know, beneath the water’s surface lie concealed rocks and strong tidal streams, so always plan your coastal hops. Choosing a boat is very much down to personal priorities. Think


Boaters in Jersey and Guernsey can revel in the fact that they pay up to 50 per cent less to berth their boats than their UK neighbours


Choosing your boat


If you’re looking for quality, there are a number of British builders worth splashing out on. Here is a taster of just some of the boats currently on the market in Jersey


prinCeSS V62 This heavenly sportscruiser has generous accommodation, handles like a dream and gives a blistering performance, earning it the accolade of ‘Sportscruiser of the Year’ in the over-45ft category at this year’s Motor Boat of the Year Awards. There will also be a V52 model available from March 2011. From £1 million (ex VAT) Dealer: Freeport Marine, 01534 888100, www.freeportmarine.net


SunSeeker portoFino 48 Sunseeker is a brand synonymous with glamour, from its starring roles in the James Bond films to its celebrity endorsements. The Portofino 48, at the smaller end of its range, is a sportscruiser which comes in a hardtop or open design with a central saloon, huge windows and spacious accommodation for four people. From £485,986 (ex VAT) If you’re looking for something a bit bigger you can get


a second-hand Manhattan 56 (a flybridge design) for around £420,000, while bigger still, you can pick up a Sunseeker 75 Yacht for a cool £1.65 million. You will need to ensure you can secure a berth though – Elizabeth Marina in Jersey can only accommodate boats up to 74ft. Dealer: Channel Islands Marine, 01534 767595 (Jersey), 01481 716880 (Guernsey), www.cimarine.co.uk


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about what you want to use the boat for – cross-Channel expeditions, pottering around the coastline, day trips? How important is on-board accommodation and how much entertaining do you expect to do? Boat shows are good places to buy a boat, or at least do some


decisive research – you’ll find experts there from across the whole industry. The Jersey Boat Show, which launched in 2008, is held every May in St Helier and attracts some of the biggest names in the marine industry, from British builders such as Sunseeker, Fairline and Princess, alongside some big European players such as Beneteau and Jeanneau. Dates for next year’s show should be released shortly. n


SALLY COFFEY is News and Features Writer for Motor Boats Monthly


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