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.
Regulator Marine has eclipsed the 40-foot mark with its latest boat, and its creation was more a response to Regulator owners than simply joining the trend of offering bigger center consoles.
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