The main difference between you and them – beyond the fact that you have basic general knowledge, can spell some words and don’t particularly want to go on a TV show where one of the main prizes is a washing machine – is that you can actually afford to keep a speedboat.
And we’ve found one you certainly won’t want to leave on the trailer outside an estate in South Shields: the Frauscher 1017 GT.
There aren’t many gentleman’s racers on the water that can stack up to the elegance and style of a Riva, but the Frauscher more than makes it into that hallowed few. A European ‘powerboat of the year’ nominee, this is the largest boat that the Austrian company has made to date. But it’s still as nimble as its lighter harbour-hopping siblings thanks to its super-efficient hull design. The extra space from the spacious foredeck and sizeable sunbathing area certainly makes for a superb sundowner sanctuary, too.
When it comes to bombing around on the water, we’re pleased to report it doesn’t fall short in the engine department, either. There are two 320hp Mercruiser engines capable of bringing the yacht to a top speed of 50 knots. So, that would be 80 ponies more than a Ferrari 458? Super, splashing, great.
For more info, go to frauscherboats.com