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  1. #1
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    Default Portofino 400 vs V40

    Hi all,

    Anyone have a view on the Sunseeker Portofino 400 against the Princess V40? Did they do the 400 on shafts?

    Thanks.

    Jerbro

    "Can we go to the boat this weekend?"

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Portofino 400 vs V40

    I dont know anything about V40's, but I know they did the 400 with shafts, with the Volvos, Mercs, or if you're really lucky, a pair of Cats.
    Do you have the original owners handbook for your Portofino ? I've got no paperwork with mine :-(


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    Default Re: Portofino 400 vs V40

    Some time ago I helmed one at the RYA Motor Boat challenge final at Southampton, kindly loaned by Sunseeker for the event.

    I hesitate to say anything derogatory, when they were so kind, but.......

    (bear in mind I own a Broom 37 (1992))
    The one we helmed had outdrives and I am not a fan.
    Inside seemed very dark and from memory rather skinny?
    I would think perhaps the V40 would be beamier and therefore have greater internal capacity.

    Still, depends whether you want a big speedboat or a cruiser.

    My opinion only.


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    Default Re: Portofino 400 vs V40

    Yes, I've got the original manual. Should be easy enough to photocopy. Mine's from 91 with the hardtop, but the manual seems fairly generic.

    Jerbro
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    Default Re: Portofino 400 vs V40

    That would be great, I've sent you a PM with details......


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    Default Re: Portofino 400 vs V40

    The V40 would win from all angles, unless you specifically want to be seen in a Sunseeker.

    More internal space, especially with outdrives, and excellent sea-keeping.

    I have driven with outdrives and shafts. Both need their own handling techniques, but on a 40' sportscruiser, outdrives any day. Far easier to use, IMHO.

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