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Mamma Mia! Buy your own sports boat for the price of a good bottle of wine

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If your idea of summer heaven is to cruise the Grecian islands, hit the luminous waters of Sardinia or hang out in Saint Tropez harbour à la Brigitte Bardot; well, you might just be in luck.

While the average inflatable sports boat comes in anywhere north of £300, one budget supermarket chain is selling a model for just £39.99.

Aldi’s Crane Inflatable Sports Boat has room enough to carry two adults and one child – and, like a revved-up version of Julie Walters’ boat in Mamma Mia!, it could be your perfect summer accessory.

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Granted, it’s not exactly a yacht in the traditional Beyoncé sense of the word.

But it still has power and functionality enough to zip you around Lake Como (oh, hi George!), down the canals of Venice or around the coastline of Majorca.

Of course, boating is a vocation that has long beguiled the celebrity world.

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Iconic American author Hunter S. Thompson was a fan, saying: “I am not a yachting person, by nature, but I have just enough experience on the sea under sail to feel a certain nostalgia for it when I see a big white racing yacht heeled over at cruising speed on the ocean.”

Coco Chanel was not so sentimental, however, declaring that, “As soon as you set foot on a yacht you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom”.

Perhaps what Coco needed was a snazzy dinghy of her own, just like the one at Aldi.

Brigitte Bardot and her boat, on the Cote D'Azur

Brigitte Bardot and her boat, on the Cote D'Azur in the 1950s

Aldi’s compact creation comes with a match bag, which is suitable as storage bag or as an anchor sack, alone with a wet bag (to protect your gear from spray water), a pair of oars and a repair kit.

You’d need to fork out extra for an outboard motor that matched the boat (between £50-£100); but even so, the lightweight dinghy is far cheaper than other similar models on the model.

The bargain vessel is expected to sell out fast, as wannabe sea-farers rush to snap up the key to their summer-time adventures. Only, once we have our own personal dinghy, we hopefully won’t do a Julie...

Photos: iStock, Rex, Aldi


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