Smartboat has intelligent design
Posted on 01 February 2012
Written by Chris Landry
With its wedge shape and open stern, the Smartboat 23 turned some heads in its U.S. debut last fall a the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Built in Tunisia, the high-end lightweight center console can be used as a tender, fishing boat, family runabout or dive boat, says Sean Willis, U.S. sales representative of Eastern Yacht Sales in Hingham, Mass.
"It's a marriage of form and function that results in this really attractive, wild-looking boat, but at the same time it's really fuel-efficient and seakindly and handles extremely well," Willis says.
Powered with a 115-hp Yamaha 4-stroke, the Smartboat cruises at 26 mph with a mileage rate of 4.7 mpg. It tops out at 32 mph. the boat can be rigged with twin outboards.
The plumb bow's sharp entry leads to a bottom that flattens and widens substantially aft, Willis says, and twin skegs about three feet forward of the transom improve tracking. A 66-gallon ballast tank integrated into the stronger structure can be filled for stability when the boat carries light loads, he says.
A refrigerator and sink in the leaning post are options. The console doubles as a cuddy with head.
The resin-infused Smartboat’s base price with the 115 Yamaha is $78,185. Add options such as a sun awning, the refrigerator and sink, stern bench seating and cockpit table, and other amenities, and the price is $84,700. Smartboat, (781) 740-4800. www.smartboat.fr,
This article originally appeared in the February 2012 issue.