HusFinnish boat manufacturer, Oy Finn-Marin, is in the process of branching out into the world of aluminium boats.

Finnmaster Husky R6

Finnmaster will launch a three-strong range starting with the Husky R6.

The yard is already well known for its fibreglass leisure boats under both the Grandezza and Finnmaster brand names (see Finnmaster 55 BR review and Finnmaster 59 SC review on, but the new Finnmaster Husky range will be entirely dedicated to fast but tough aluminium family runabouts. R&D Director, Osmo Roukala, explains: “We have concentrated on creating a silent, strong and robust hull that is made of 5083 aluminium and which features excellent driving characteristics. All this we have combined with the most modern design.”

The layout features the same ‘Smart Design’ concept seen on previous fibreglass craft, with specific attention paid to high-class helm ergonomics, passenger safety and a user-friendly bow. Externally, the Husky applies these same stoic principles in the form of a stable, easy-running hull, with thick rub rails on the upper section and an unusual lower rub rail around the swim platform that protrudes a good way forward on both sides.

Interestingly, rather than embarking on a tentative launch with a preliminary ‘statement craft’ to point the way for future releases, Finnmaster is keen to illustrate its early proficiency in aluminium boats by introducing three core boats at the same time. Jarmo Kinnunen, the company’s Export Director, is confident that it’s the right approach: “The design process has been ongoing simultaneously with our other product development projects for a long time. It was self-evident for us that we would instantly launch an entire series in order to show the market our competence and know-how.”

Finnmaster Husky R8

The 300hp Husky R8 will be good for around 50 knots.

The Husky R6, R7 and R8 are designed to follow a rigorously consistent style and approach but with varying applications. The entry-level R6 is a simple, efficient day-tripper with modest transom requirements, easy on board movement and agile performance on the top-end 130hp outboard. The flagship R8, meanwhile, is capable of accommodating a 300hp outboard for performance of around 50 knots. They are expected to make their debut before the winter takes hold, so as soon as we learn where and when that is likely to be, we’ll let you know.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.