With the Great Recession behind us (hope-fully), more manufacturers are building new boats from the keel up, not just making modifications or enhancements to existing models. Case in point: the Sabre 48 Salon Express, a Down East-style cruiser with twin Zeus pods and joystick helm control.
The Boston Whaler 285 Conquest has launched with a number of improvements from the boat it replaces, the 280 Conquest, including better visibility from the helm deck, a full windshield bonded to the hardtop, comfortable and convertible companion seating, and some nifty cockpit bench-seat options.
During a recent Yamaha engine-testing event I got a chance to drive a 21-foot Safe Boat, a rugged center console built for the anglers of the National Geographic Channel show “Shark Men.”
Sport utility vehicles may have lost some luster with American drivers, but the production of multifunctional boats seems to be on the rise. Case in point: the new 2011 Pursuit ST 310.
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