Would I own this boat? As a boat-testing marine journalist, it’s a question I often ask myself. But in the case of this Force F19X Social Sterndrive, the answer is easier than usual. Let me put it this way: I’d give up my firstborn to see it permanently garaged underneath my house. Mind you, my firstborn has long left home, and I think even he would see it as a fair swap.

While some of the Force boats previously seen in these pages have been rip-roaring speed machines, this new offering is much more refined, yet still fast and thrilling when let off the leash. Match that with a sparkling and flawless finish and you can start to see why it left a yearning place in my soul.

Force boats are built to order in a small factory on the banks of NSW’s Hawkesbury River, Western Sydney’s water ski playground and home to the annual bridge-to-bridge race. More works of art than boats, everything that leaves the Force factory is customised to the owner’s specification from a list of options that only include best quality components. And while much consultation with the customer goes into the build, there is still space for Force’s main man Rod Bickerton to weave his magic, giving each some personality.