We tend to associate high-tech boats with luxury builds, but every now and then there is one that is utilitarian but still high-tech to the hilt. Such is the case with the new NEB/Zurn 38, a custom dive boat whose owner and family will use it to free-dive, spear-fish and gunkhole the waters of Block Island and Long Island sounds in the summer and the Abacos in the winter. Jealous?
Many new boats have become laden with creature comforts, so it’s refreshing to happen upon a simple, no-nonsense vessel such as the Albury Brothers 33, a center console with no grill, hi-def television, air conditioning or other luxuries.
Looking for a simple boat that doesn’t need much horsepower to run at a decent clip and doesn’t guzzle gas? Eastern Boats’ new Seaway 24 Sport center console deserves some attention.
With a price tag that’s less than $20,000, the Robalo R-160 should appeal not only to first-time buyers, but also those looking for a small coastal fishing boat or thinking about getting their teenagers into their own boat.
The extended flybridge has become a popular feature on motoryachts and large express cruisers as boaters spend more time together in this open area. Trawler builder Kadey-Krogen Yachts has been upsizing its flybridges to create what company vice president Larry Polster calls “social zones” — first with the 44 AE and 48 AE and now the 58 Extended Bridge. “We’re getting a wider variety of boaters used to spending a lot of time outside and not in a pilothouse,” says Polster.
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