Is anybody willing to share some performance numbers for their Belle Isle, and maybe a subjective description of handling attributes? Optimum engine selection (engine capacity sweet spot?) Handling in rough water? Slow speed manoeuvring and docking? I’m looking for a large family cruiser: smooth, quiet, stable, 35-40 mph cruise, and....dignified.
I should also ask, is there a source which reviews the attributes of the various Hankinson runabouts, beyond the 2 or 3 sentence description on the boatdesigns.com website.
Calgary (cottage in Pointe au Baril, Ontario)
if you put Belle Isle in the Search engine http://www.glen-l.com/phpBB2/search.php?keywords=belle+isle&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=all&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search
there are quite a few threads that will come up discussing the boat.
should answer all of the above questions and more