North Carolina builder Albemarle Boats has introduced its third outboard model — the 29 Express. “Today’s center consoles are great, but they’re not for everybody,” says Ted Haigler, the company’s director of sales and marketing. “Some people get tired of hanging on to the T-top. They’re looking for more weather protection and want to sit in an air-conditioned, enclosed space.”
Chris Wyman’s 40-foot Aspen C120 power cat gets 1.5 nmpg at 17 knots. Wyman, a former trawler owner who lives in Seattle, says the speed and efficiency puts destinations as far south as Olympia, Washington, or as far north as the San Juan Islands within easy reach for three-day weekends. “I’m used to getting good mileage but at much slower speeds [with the trawler],” he says.
Tiara debuted the 50 Coupe three years ago as the first in a fleet of sport yachts. This summer, the builder splashed the next generation of that yacht: the 53 Coupe.
Walker Bay Boats has added a 17-foot RIB to its Generation fleet, which now ranges from 11 to 17 feet. “We found ways to build a rigid inflatable boat with the features you’d normally find on bigger boats,” says Michael Carroll, director of sales and marketing. “You will get the Generation line’s style and performance with even more bells and whistles.”
Power catamarans are known for their smooth ride and big-water capability. They’re also known for what some consider a clunky, unflattering look — a characteristic that in part has muted their popularity.
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