A Rhode Island boatbuilder will launch the second generation of its North Rip 21 this spring, improving a seakindly deep-vee center console. US Watercraft has closed the transom and moved the outboard to an Armstrong engine bracket, freeing cockpit space for a live well and storage while making the boat drier and safer, says Max Buerman, the chief financial officer and a company partner. “The 21 is versatile, perfect for the bays and capable of heading offshore,” says Buerman. “With the enclosed transom you’re less exposed to the elements when reversing or drift fishing on a current. It’s definitely safer and drier.”
The 450 Sundancer, the third model among Sea Ray’s next-generation coupe-style sport yachts, is a foot longer and beamier than its predecessor, launched in 2009.
Mako is now building its largest center console ever and the first with triple outboards — the 33-foot, 4-inch Mako 334 CC. Mako has not offered a boat this big since 1997’s 333 Attack, a twin-outboard open-cockpit express with an LOA of 33 feet, 9 inches.
Ranger Tugs this year put the finishing touches on its first outboard-powered model, the R-23. “The outboard power gives us a chance to offer a lower price and still continue to offer a trailerable, fuel-efficient boat,” says Sam Bisset, Ranger director of communications.
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