Looking for a simple boat that doesn’t need much horsepower to run at a decent clip and doesn’t guzzle gas? Eastern Boats’ new Seaway 24 Sport center console deserves some attention.
With a price tag that’s less than $20,000, the Robalo R-160 should appeal not only to first-time buyers, but also those looking for a small coastal fishing boat or thinking about getting their teenagers into their own boat.
The extended flybridge has become a popular feature on motoryachts and large express cruisers as boaters spend more time together in this open area. Trawler builder Kadey-Krogen Yachts has been upsizing its flybridges to create what company vice president Larry Polster calls “social zones” — first with the 44 AE and 48 AE and now the 58 Extended Bridge. “We’re getting a wider variety of boaters used to spending a lot of time outside and not in a pilothouse,” says Polster.
Regulator Marine has eclipsed the 40-foot mark with its latest boat, and its creation was more a response to Regulator owners than simply joining the trend of offering bigger center consoles.
Today’s express fishing boat must make good on a threefold mission: a smooth and dry ride, enough deck and storage space for fishing, and a spacious, well-appointed cabin for the family. The Stamas 390 Aegean delivers all three, says company president John Stamas.
“The Aegean is for [the owner] who wants a huge fishing cockpit but also a boat that the rest of the family is going to like,” says Stamas.
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