Designed by naval architect Bill Dixon, the Sealine C430 offers a versatile layout, but does the voluminous interior lead to compromises out on the water?
Dark clouds are hanging in a menacing sky as a brisk breeze sighs through the swaying treetops lining the banks of the River Hamble around Mercury Yacht Harbour’s basin. It isn’t an ideal day for boating, and with the wind set to increase, it’s looking likely that we’re going to have the Solent to ourselves.
If this boat was a sportscruiser of old, then the prospect of peeping through a flapping letterbox in the canvas canopy and getting the odd soaking might lead you to retire to the warmth of the yacht club and see what the next day brings.
However, the modern breed of enclosed hardtop sportscruiser, like the Sealine C430, turns this on its head. If, on marginal days, you really fancy getting the boat out and heading for a waterside lunch, you can do just that and wear nothing more than a T-shirt.