Designed as a recreational sports cruiser, it uses the same seven-metre hull loved by fans of the original Shakespeare craft, but adds several new features to help generate more comfortable facilities for weekend outings. In the bow space you get a cuddy cabin with portable toilet and in the roomy aft cockpit, you get a pair of canvas covers to make the outside spaces useable even when the weather turns.

New 700SC from Shakespeare

The space on offer here is improved by the use of outboard power in the form of Mercury’s new 150hp four-stroke unit, and that extra room is usefully exploited with an expansive aft swim platform and a permanent four-man dinette on the starboard side.

As the first boat off the production line, the 700SC is still a work in progress but if the heritage of the brand and the enthusiasm of the new owners are anything to go by, it will be a very well received addition to the UK powerboat market. Visit Arranmore Marine for more.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is an ex-Naval officer, with extensive experience as a marine journalist, boat tester and magazine editor. Having raced as a Pilot in the National Thundercat Series and as a Navigator in the inaugural Red Sea RIB Rally, he has now settled in the West Country, where he lives and works as a specialist marine writer and photographer from his narrowboat in Bath.