Scout’s new 380 LXF bridges the gap between the 350 LXF and the 420 LXF in the builder’s fleet of sportfishing center consoles. In addition to fishing offshore, the 380 LXF is ideal for outings with friends and family.
The 50 Cantius from Cruisers Yachts replaces the 48 Cantius — the first model in the line, introduced seven years ago. The Wisconsin builder says this is an improved second-generation express coupe with a third stateroom, a galley-up saloon and a larger cockpit.
The Gulfstream 52 combines the 360-degree deck space of a center console with the benefits of a pilothouse boat, such as weather protection, air conditioning and heat. “Center consoles just keep getting bigger, and there are some great ones being built, but most have a layout that’s been used for decades,” says company founder and CEO Hunt James. “We’ve come up with a unique alternative.”
North Carolina builder Albemarle Boats has introduced its third outboard model — the 29 Express. “Today’s center consoles are great, but they’re not for everybody,” says Ted Haigler, the company’s director of sales and marketing. “Some people get tired of hanging on to the T-top. They’re looking for more weather protection and want to sit in an air-conditioned, enclosed space.”
Chris Wyman’s 40-foot Aspen C120 power cat gets 1.5 nmpg at 17 knots. Wyman, a former trawler owner who lives in Seattle, says the speed and efficiency puts destinations as far south as Olympia, Washington, or as far north as the San Juan Islands within easy reach for three-day weekends. “I’m used to getting good mileage but at much slower speeds [with the trawler],” he says.
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