If you want a sneak peak at the new Boston Whaler 420 Outrage, head offshore from Edgewater, Florida, in early September, but make sure the seas are at least 3 to 5 feet. The builder will be durability-testing the center console — the largest Whaler ever built and the first with quad outboards.
Custom builder Shannon Yachts has launched the Defiance 46, a Down East-style two-stateroom boat and an offshore cruiser through and through. Its traditional appearance, however, masks an untraditional hull design.
Reacting to the changing needs of today’s boater, Contender is offering more family-friendly small center consoles. The Florida-based builder has replaced its 23 Open with the 24 Sport (pictured), and this summer a new 22 Sport will supplant the 21 Open.
Grady-White has introduced a new boat that looks nothing like its other models: the 251-CE (Coastal Explorer), the builder’s first inshore/offshore hybrid center console.
With its lower gunwales, 14-inch draft, and fore and aft casting platforms, the boat will function well as a shallow-water fishing boat, but it rides the SeaV2 variable deadrise hull with proven offshore capabilities, according to Shelley Tubaugh, vice president of marketing. “We made sure it had a shallow draft, but you still have the capability to run offshore a few miles comfortably, too,” Tubaugh says.
Grady-White has delivered a boat with clever, functional seating and storage solutions. The bow can be set up in several configurations — for fishing, sitting, sunbathing or eating — and there are two built-in 74-quart insulated fishboxes with drains under the forward platform lids. The stern layout offers the same kind of fish-and-cruise functionality.
Standard equipment includes a bow ladder for beaching (a first for Grady-White), an aft ladder for swimming, hydraulic steering, three insulated fishboxes, a recessed stainless steel bow rail and a step-down head in the console. A T-top (hard or soft), the platform/table insert, trim tabs and a live well are among the options.
A single Yamaha F250 or F300 powers the 251-CE, which carries 78 gallons of fuel. With the F250, she gets 3.3 mpg at 26.5 mph, with a top end of 45.5 mph. The F300 powers her to nearly 50 mph at full throttle, and you’ll get about 3.5 mpg at 27 to 30 mph.
Pricing is $95,110 with an F250 and $96,720 with an F300. Grady-White Boats, Greenville, N.C. (252) 752-2111. www.gradywhite.com
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July 2014 issue
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