Just when you thought today’s boats were maxed out on creature comforts, along comes the 41 Cantius from Cruisers Yachts. The Oconto, Wis., builder has designed its sport cruiser with a stern bar area — complete with stools — on the swim platform.
Rob McDaniel, president of Panga Marine in Sarasota, Fla., began importing and selling Panga-style boats in 2001 from a Mexican manufacturer. Now he builds them in Sarasota, with features U.S. anglers want — live wells, fishboxes and rod holders, for instance.
How could you not like the look of the latest powerboat from Cherubini Yachts? The 255 Sport Cruiser caught my eye at the Palm Beach International Boat Show in March, with its straight sheer, lots of tumblehome aft and elliptical transom above a curved teak swim platform.
Within today’s many boat styles is the compact cuddy, a dual-console sportboat with all sorts of uses — family outings, maybe a little fishing, water sports. It’s a popular type in Europe and Four Winns has introduced its own version, the S215.
Smart boats get my attention. Take the new Ranger Tugs R-31, a single-diesel, semidisplacement trailerable trawler with a retractable flybridge.
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