You might be surprised that San Juan Yachts, a manufacturer of high-end Down East-style coastal cruising boats, is now offering a rigid hull inflatable — the SJ32, a pilothouse RIB with twin outboards.
The 33 FE (Family Edition) is the new flagship of the Southport fleet, joining a half-dozen 27- and 29-foot open fishing and day-cruising boats. Riding a C. Raymond Hunt Associates deep-vee hull, the 33 FE will deliver 1.8 mpg at a cruise speed of about 30 mph.
The Back Cove 41, the latest and largest in the Maine builder’s single-diesel Down East express fleet, should excel as a platform “for couples who want to get into some serious cruising,” says Bentley Collins, vice president of sales and marketing for Back Cove and sister brand Sabre Yachts.
The launch of the Hinckley Talaria 43 marks the Maine builder’s third boat in four years. The T43 sports a new feature designed to link the cockpit to the rest of the boat. The pilothouse’s aft glass enclosure has a door and windows that retract with the touch of a button, creating an open express-style saloon.
SeaVee Boats has launched a series of center consoles with stepped hulls — the Z Series — that offer better efficiency and overall performance. I checked out the 390-Z late last year, and the 32- and 34-footers should be ready for viewing at the Miami International Boat Show in February.
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