Is There Such a Thing as a Perfect Power Boat? – Probably Not

When going through the process of buying a boat consciously or subconsciously a list of the important features are determined and then the process of elimination starts. A short list of brand options that ticks as many of the boxes as possible is determined. Of course price is critical and the brand options go hand in hand with the amount you are prepared to pay.

Before buying my current boat, I had owned three fly bridge power boats and one sail boat over the past 30 years with each serving specific needs at the time. My previous boat was a planning hull fly bridge cruiser.

When buying my current boat I had fairly simple requirements. Those were practical easy on board living (no fly bridge) safety and running economy and importantly meeting a budget. We looked to cover safely offshore from a minimum Port Hacking to Broken Bay and perhaps a little beyond.

There were not many boats ticking all the boxes but the range of Integrity Motor Cruisers stood out covering most of our criteria.

We met Adam Workman from Integrity at their Bayview brokerage [Performance Boating Sales] and he showed us over a 34ft Integrity which although out of our price range at the time met all requirements and we fell in love with its design concept for easy on board living.

Adam mentioned the Integrity agents in Queensland were selling an Integrity 32 Express Cruiser although a couple of years old had done only 40 engine hours and was as new. We researched the boat and decided to travel from Sydney to Queensland to inspect and immediately fell in love with the 32ft Integrity.  It was a smaller version of the 34ft we saw in Sydney but ticked most of the boxes. The helm door making easy access to full walk around decks for quick and easy docking is a feature. There are adequate quality made storage hatches and the galley is very functional. The table folds out to be large and of impressive quality. A separate head and shower are of a size expected in a much larger craft. We are very sun sensitive and the large under hard cover cockpit provides a sensational outdoor living area.

We regularly travel between our home port of Port Hacking and Broken Bay and the boat feels safe and capable. In the right conditions it has the ability to take us many sea miles far away from our home port. It is not a fast boat but offshore we cruise at around 8 knots all day using very little fuel. At this speed it has a huge range. It also carries plenty of water making it a very easy live on board boat long term for a couple and even for another two guests for shorter stays.

Thanks to Adam and the Integrity team for introducing us to the Integrity range. We have owned the boat for 2 years and love being on board.

– by Stan Morrison