Picton boat buying: 2005 Franklin 925 Sedan – Leonardo

Franklin 925 Sedan Engine in cockpit under low cover/seat. Teak-lined cockpit with generous step-thru transom out to large boarding platform Franklin 925 Sedan
Franklin 925 Sedan Ultra-comfortable skipper’s seat; guest seating both sides of saloon Franklin 925 Sedan
Franklin 925 Sedan Well-appointed kitchen; boat finished to very high standard Franklin 925 Sedan

Boatbuilder Ian Franklin was based in Christchurch until the Canterbury earthquakes, so this is a vessel with a true South Island heritage. Built of GRP, this 9.25m boat is a beautiful example of what can be achieved by a true craftsman. The attention to detail is impeccable, and every bit of cabinetry, every corner and edge of the boat is perfectly finished.

Picton boat buying: 2005 Franklin 925 Sedan – Leonardo
Christchurch-built vessel is a beautiful example of what can be achieved by a true craftsman

The full-height ceiling reveals just how much detail has gone into the build. Unlike many luxury boats where upholstery or carpet is used to cover joins and surfaces, here the roof planking is exposed and perfectly finished. The high-gloss woodwork is a piece of art in itself and creates that modern yet classic look.

The vessel has four berths — a double in the forward cabin and two singles in the saloon. Light-coloured woodwork and upholstery gives the boat a bright and airy feel, and the skipper's seat is ultra-comfortable. A footrest keeps the incumbent comfortable in his elevated position, while a fully-stocked dash has all the controls to hand. Electronics on board include a Raymarine radar, chart-plotter, sounder, VHF, CD player and LCD TV.

The boat is powered by the ultra-reliable 315hp six-cylinder diesel Yanmar 6LPA, which has a mere 460 hours on the clock. Because the drive train is a V-shaft, the engine is back in the cockpit under a low cover that doubles as a seat. This position keeps all the engine noise and smells well out of the main cabin, while also giving maintenance access to the engine that few boats can equal. Cruising speed is a healthy 20 knots, and the fuel capacity of 360 litres gives a comfortable range.

The all-important galley is fitted with a two-burner stove as well as an oven, fridge and freezer. A sink with running hot and cold water is located in the corner. Guest seating is on both sides of the saloon, with settees behind the skipper as well as on the port side adjacent to the helm seat.

Out in the beautifully teak-lined cockpit a generous step-thru transom gives access to the large boarding platform. A full canvas cover encloses the cockpit, but can be easily removed in fine weather. The combined toilet, shower and vanity (with running hot and cold water) is accessed from the cockpit and is a generous size with a full-height door.

The asking price of $235,000 represents great value for a relatively new and exceptionally well crafted vessel. For more details contact NZ Boat sales on (03) 573 8084.

About the broker: Gordon Low

Gordon Low is a passionate boatie who holds a Marine Department qualification and has enjoyed 25 years brokerage experience. Gordon is supported by his wife Pam at their Picton office. The best of modern technology enables Gordon to focus on the core nature of the business: sourcing the right vessels for clients' requirements and guiding them through the process of buying or selling a vessel, with after sales service also of paramount importance. Gordon's infectious enthusiasm means he is often seen walking marina piers and talking to boaties. Gordon is supported by a great team — Peter Broad, David Gillies and George Janis, each with their own wealth of experience in the marine industry.

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