With its wedge shape and open stern, the Smartboat 23 turned some heads in its U.S. debut last fall a the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Built in Tunisia, the high-end lightweight center console can be used as a tender, fishing boat, family runabout or dive boat, says Sean Willis, U.S. sales representative of Eastern Yacht Sales in Hingham, Mass.
While covering the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show in December, I came across the Bonadeo 368 Walk-Around, a custom center console from Bonadeo Boatworks, of Stuart, Fla. With her yellow hull and matching triple 300-hp Mercury Verados, proud bow and broken sheer, the boat attracted a steady stream of show-goers.
Glacier Bay’s 26-foot Canyon Runner was its most popular boat, proving its offshore capabilities with such passages as a 728-mile run from Virginia Beach to Bermuda and a 1,328-mile voyage from Hawaii to Midway Island.
Pursuit has introduced its sixth boat in the last 15 months with the Offshore 385, which replaces the OS 375 as the builder’s flagship. The OS 385, which measures 39 feet, 2 inches with a beam of 13 feet, rides the same modified-vee hull (18-degree transom deadrise) as its predecessor, but Pursuit has given it a new deck, superstructure and interior, says marketing manager David Glenn.
“With today’s economy, we decided to come up with a boat that’s not only affordable but also easy to maintain,” Henriques construction manager Manny Costa says.
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