To further diversify its fleet, Contender has come out with its first bay boat — a single-outboard 25-footer that rides a stepped hull. The Homestead, Fla., builder — known for hardcore, bare-bones fishing boats — in 2011 branched out with the introduction of three boats that cater to the cruising crowd: the 32 LS (Luxury Sport), 35 LS and 39 LS. With the 25 Bay, the company now is targeting inshore anglers. The new boat draws just 12 inches, displaces 3,200 pounds and carries 90 gallons of fuel.
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.
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