A new Hydra-Sports flagship
Posted on 10 October 2008
Written by Michael Hauenstein
The 4100 Vector Sport Fish is the biggest boat built by Sarasota, Fla.-based Hydra-Sports. The 41-foot, 7-inch center console is powered by triple or quadruple outboards up to 1,400 hp.
Previously, the builder’s largest was the 3500VX, a 35-foot, outboard-powered express boat introduced last fall. With the 4100SF, Hydra-Sports aims to retain customers planning to move up in boat size, while reaching out to owners of large sportfishing boats looking to downsize. The boat was three years in the making.
“We had a good majority of people in our larger boats back then — at the time our 33 — who wanted to get into a bigger boat,” says Lee Anderson, Hydra-Sports product manager. “There were also people with big sportfishermen in the 60-foot range who were looking to get into a smaller boat. So with a 41-foot boat, we met in the middle.”
One result of the three-year research-and-development process was a switch to a new construction method. Unlike the other models in the Hydra-Sports lineup, the 4100 is built with four-piece construction comprising hull, stringers, deck liner and deck ring. Its smaller predecessors, on the other hand, all use a three-piece design consisting of hull, stringers and deck liner.
Building a separate inner liner and deck ring — the piece recognizable as the gunwale cap — was a necessary step in accomplishing the boat’s design goals, Anderson says, while keeping in mind it was to be built on a production basis.
The boat has an all-composite, hand-laid fiberglass deep-vee hull with Kevlar reinforcement, a finished-fiberglass structural grid stringer system that is bonded to the hull and injected with urethane foam, and an integral composite transom.
The layout of the boat plays to its size. It has two rows of “helm” seating abaft the center console, with triple electrically actuated bolster seats at the helm and a fiberglass bench seat in the second row. The in-console head compartment has standup headroom of 6 feet, 6 inches, with a standup shower and a marine head with holding tank and overboard discharge.
The standard bait prep station includes a freshwater sink, tackle and gear storage center, and a pullout cooler. An optional package sets a 55-gallon bait well, a pair of tuna tubes and a tackle center in its place. The boat’s generous dimensions — it has a 12-foot, 2-inch beam — allow enough room for six fishboxes: two in the bow seating and four aft. The aft fishboxes are insulated and located in the cockpit sole.
Beneath the deck is a pair of 315-gallon aluminum fuel tanks. With triple Yamaha F350s and at a cruise speed of 41 mph, the 4100 has a range of 437 miles. “With its range you can go to the Bahamas, fish there, weekend there, and not have to fill up,” says Anderson. “You won’t have to use Bahamian gas.” And this is the type of trip for which the boat was built. “It’s an offshore boat.” Instead of trailering the boat to the ramp and heading off to hunt kingfish, 4100 owners will head offshore to chase sailfish, marlin and tuna, according to Anderson.
Options include a bow thruster, bow cushions, a bow filler/table, forward coffin box cooler or freezer, side dive door, outriggers, tuna tower, a generator, air conditioning for the head compartment and helm area, electronics packages and a host of additional fishing equipment. Outboard choices include Evinrude, Mercury and Yamaha.
LOA: 41 feet, 7 inches BEAM: 12 feet, 2 inches draft: 2 feet, 6 inches TRANSOM DEADRISE: 23 degrees Displacement: 22,950 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TANKAGE: 630 gallons fuel, 50 gallons water POWER: triple or quadruple outboards to 1,400 hp SPEED: 56 mph top, 41 mph cruise (with triple Yamaha F350s) SUGGESTED PRICE: $360,000 CONTACT: Hydra-Sports, Sarasota, Fla. Phone: (941) 753-7811. www.hydrasports.com
The Hydra-Sports line of saltwater fishing boats consists of Vector Series center consoles, dual consoles and express sportfishermen from 22 to 41 feet; Lightning Series center consoles, dual consoles and walkarounds from 18 to 21 feet; and Bay Bolt bay boats from 19 to 23 feet. The company is part of Genmar’s Saltwater Fishing Boat Group along with Seaswirl and Wellcraft. In January, Genmar announced plans to phase out manufacturing operations in Florida this year.
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