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.
This article originally appeared in the February 2012 issue.