The Tibona 20’s hull-to-deck joint is bonded with a polyester putty, further bonded and sealed with 3M 5200, through-bolted and fiberglassed from the inside. Sound like overkill? Not if you want the boat to last for decades, says Dan Hollins, who recently launched his catamaran company, Tibona Boats, in Sarasota, Fla.
When you think of Carolina Skiff, the boat that likely comes to mind is bare-bones, highly functional and has a flat bottom and no deck liner. Like an increasing number of builders, however, the Waycross, Ga., company has been diversifying.
Some boats have a timeless look, and Tiara's new 3100 Coronet stands out as one of them. With its low profile, diamond non-skid and wide deck walkways, Tiara has recaptured some of the characteristics of its earlier boats, says CEO David Slikkers.
Building on the success of recent improvements to its Picnic Boat, The Hinckley Company has introduced a new version of the Talaria 44. This second-generation boat, the MK II, is faster, has better pilothouse sightlines and ventilation, and a head and shower have been added to the master stateroom.
I found a power catamaran at this year's Miami International Boat Show that actually has nice lines - the Freeman 40, whose sharply raked bows and reverse sheer immediately got my attention.
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