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A show of power

If you’re looking for a new boat — no matter the size, type or price — you’ll likely find it at the 2008-’09 fall and winter boat shows.

The Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show kicks it all off in mid-September, followed a few days later by the Norwalk (Conn.) International In-Water Boat Show.

The schedule gets even busier in October, with shows in Boston, Annapolis, Md., and Fort Lauderdale, which spills into November. After the New York National Boat Show in December, there’s a lull in the action for the holidays, but then things start up again in February with the Miami International Boat Show.

The new boats in this preview are scheduled to be on display at one or more of these events, and our collection represents 16 builders, with vessels ranging from 17 to 75 feet and pricing from $19,000 to $4.3 million.

Nearly every boat type you can think of is accounted for here, from a full-displacement 93-ton trawler with twin 740-hp diesels to a 900-pound dory with a 50-hp outboard. In between, we have a 38-foot RIB, a small and a big center console, a bowrider, a handful of express cruisers, an open cockpit express fishing boat, two classic New England dayboats, a walkaround, a flats/bay boat, and luxury motoryachts built overseas.

Australian builder Riviera is one of those foreign builders. The company plans to have at least one of its boats at four different shows. “Riviera is an international manufacturer of three segments of vessels: flybridge, sport yacht and offshore express,” says Michael J. Scruggs, president of Riviera Yachts of the Americas in Stuart, Fla. “We have a very solid base in Australia as well as the EAME [European-African-Middle Eastern] and U.S. regions that we draw from. Even though all markets have shown some decline, it works to our benefit to have a presence in all markets and across these three segments of vessels. I also believe that new product always sells. When the market does return, Riviera should be well positioned.”

Continuing to introduce new boats is critical during tighter economic times, says David Hensel, director of brand and marketing for Seattle-based Grand Banks Yachts. The builder has introduced about two models per year since 2004 across its Eastbay (New England-style cruiser), Heritage (trawler yacht) and Aleutian (pilothouse motoryacht) lines, he says.

“The new boats continue to drive business, plus we sell in markets around the world,” says Hensel. “Europe really took off for us for a while, and now we have new dealer networks in places like Turkey, Australia and Croatia.”

The downturn in the economy has had a direct effect on sales in the United States, according to Wayne Porter, vice president of sales for Formula Boats, of Decatur, Ind. “The overall economy has impacted all product lines in the retail market,” says Porter. “Formula will continue to display product and promote retail activity at fall and winter boat shows by supporting incentive programs, which provide rebates, lower interest rates and fuel-expense assistance to new Formula buyers.”

Boat shows also are a good way to get a look at today’s new, innovative propulsion offerings, including big 4-stroke outboards and pod drive systems. The 2009 Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU is powered with Cummins MerCruiser Diesel’s Zeus pod drives, which allow the skipper to move the boat sideways, at angles or rotate it with a nudge of the joystick. Grand Banks plans to have the boat in Annapolis, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

The Zeus system also powers the new Sea Ray 43 Sundancer, which is scheduled to be on display at the Fort Lauderdale show. Look for three other new Sea Ray models at the shows: the 300 Select EX, 270 Sundancer and 230 Sundeck.

Nantucket Skiff
Chris Roth is back in the boatbuilding business with a new 17-foot dory. Roth founded Roth-Bilt boats in the 1980s, but parted company with the new owners in 2003. “It was a difference of opinion about the direction we were going with the new boats,” he says.

The Nantucket Skiff has a center console, teak-accented topsides and a stepped hull for increased speed, according to Roth. With its lapstrake hull, the dory may not look like a speedster, but it gets up and goes, he says. The two-step bottom reduces drag, and a “quartered, non-trip chine” prevents skidding in turns, allows the steps to vent and softens the ride, says the boatbuilder. “The bottom is really what separates it from other dories,” he says.

After spending a few years renovating boats, Roth decided to get back in the game with the Nantucket Skiff, which can be powered with either a 40- or 50-hp outboard (Yamaha and Suzuki 4-strokes or an Evinrude E-TEC 2-stroke). So far, Roth has built six boats, one of which he plans to show at the Norwalk International In-Water Boat Show (Sept. 18-21).

Roth builds the boat with a solid glass bottom and PVC foam core in the hull sides and deck for weight savings. Teak rails cap the gunwales. Teak also is used to build the console dash area, for the helm seat backrest, and for the two-seater on the forward end of the console. Options include a teak transom seat and seating in the bow that doubles as storage.

LOA: 16 feet, 9 inches BEAM: 6 feet, 8 inches DRAFT: 7 inches DISPLACEMENT: 900 pounds HULL TYPE: stepped-vee TANKAGE: 18 gallons (portable tank) POWER: 50-hp Suzuki 4-stroke SPEED: 35 mph top, 32 mph cruise PRICE: $18,900 (with Suzuki) CONTACT: Nantucket Skiff, Plymouth, Mass. Phone: (774) 200-0095. www.nantucketskiff.com

Wellcraft 210 Fisherman
Wellcraft, with its new 210 Fisherman, aims to balance fishing, cruising and comfort features in a 21-foot center console, according to Tim Hunt, the company’s product manager. The new boat replaces the 212 Fisherman in Wellcraft’s fleet of center consoles, which ranges from 18 to 25 feet. The 210 Fisherman will be available in a new hull color, Impact Red, which replaces the Fighting Lady Yellow of past years, says Wellcraft marketing manager Laura Smith. Also, the upholstery has been upgraded, she says.

The raised-transom, splash-well design allows anglers to stand all the way aft in the cockpit corners. Removable jump seats also can be installed when the rods have been put away for the day. Additional seating wraps around the bow, and there’s also a two-person seat/cooler forward of the console. Standard equipment includes a head in the console, leaning post with removable backrest, and a 104-quart lighted live well.

Wellcraft offers Yamaha 4-stroke and Evinrude E-TEC 2-stroke outboards from 150 to 250 hp. The builder backs the boat with a 10-year transferable warranty.

LOA: 20 feet, 10 inches BEAM: 8 feet, 7 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 10 inches DISPLACEMENT: 3,575 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TANKAGE: 101 gallons fuel, 9 gallons water POWER: single Yamaha or Evinrude from 150 to 250 hp SPEED: 43 mph top, 28 mph cruise (with Yamaha F200) PRICE: $44,035 (with F150) CONTACT: Wellcraft Marine, Sarasota, Fla. Phone: (941) 753-7811. www.wellcraft.com

Century 2400 Inshore
You’ve seen the Yamaha F350 4-stroke on big center consoles and express boats from the likes of Grady-White, Pursuit and Hydra-Sports, but builders are starting to hang them from smaller boats, too. The Century 2400 Inshore is a case in point. The big V-8 outboard pops the builder’s new flats and bay boat out of the hole and all the way to 59 mph at full throttle, according to Century spokesman Rob Bartels. At 38 mph, the boat gets about 3 miles to the gallon — not bad for a powerboat with 350 horses.

“This power option, combined with our dual-helm tower station, provides one of the most versatile boats in Century’s expansive lineup,” says Century national sales manager Richie Rodgers. “With the tower as standard equipment, the buyer can finance the entire package, as opposed to purchasing a boat and then paying out of pocket for an aftermarket tower install.”

The Century carries 77 gallons of fuel and draws only 14 inches, so anglers can travel a good distance (207 miles at 38 mph) to reach the fishing grounds. And if shallow water awaits, no problem, says Bartels.

LOA: 24 feet BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 1 foot, 2 inches DISPLACEMENT: 2,500 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee (14.5-degree transom deadrise) TANKAGE: 77 gallons fuel POWER: twin Yamaha F150s, single F250 or F350 SPEED: 59 mph top, 27.5 mph cruise PRICE: $82,995 (with F350 and tower) CONTACT: Century Boats, Panama City, Fla. Phone: (850) 769-0311. www.centuryboats.com

Formula 270 Bowrider
The Formula 270 Bowrider will fill the gap left by the 280 Bowrider, which had been a strong seller in the builder’s fleet since 1994, according to Formula marketing manager Scott Smith. “That boat was the original dayboat, designed with a wide-open, entertainment-featured cockpit with standard wet bar,” he says. “It was really an original concept.” The 270 will do a fine job in its place, he says.

The boat includes all the design concepts of the new boats in Formula’s Bowrider and Sun Sport series, including a bench seat in the aft portion of the cockpit that folds down onto the swim platform to create an aft-facing, two-person sunpad, says Smith. In addition, the bowriders and sportboats will have transom speakers and updated hull profiles, he says.

With its 22 degrees of transom deadrise, the 270 should deliver a smooth ride in a chop, says Smith. He says Formula will still offer the 260 Bowrider and the 260 Sun Sport. All Formulas are backed by a 10-year structural hull warranty.

LOA: 27 feet BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 4 inches DISPLACEMENT: 6,200 pounds HULL TYPE: variable deadrise TANKAGE: 100 gallons fuel, 14 gallons water POWER: MerCruiser and Volvo Penta I/Os SPEED: mid-40s mph top (estimated) PRICE: $115,350 (with 300-hp MerCruiser 350 Mag, Bravo III), $114,690 (with Volvo Penta 5.5-liter Gi DP) CONTACT: Formula Powerboats, Decatur, Ind. Phone: (800) 736-7685. www.formulaboats.com

Williams 28 Bass Boat
Hull No. 1 of the John Williams Boat Company’s 28-foot bass boat will be on display at the Newport and Annapolis boat shows. With its varnished teak windshield frame, wide-open cockpit and gently sloping sheer line, the Williams 28 Bass Boat is a classic New England-style day cruiser.

A 260-hp Yanmar diesel powers the boat, which is built with a solid fiberglass bottom and hull sides. The decks are cored with composite material for weight savings. At a cruise speed of 17 mph, the engine box does a decent job of keeping noise levels low, with a decibel reading of 82, according to company owner Jock Williams.

The Williams 28 combines the semidisplacement hull of the company’s Stanley 28 with the look and deck layout of a bass boat. The first hull was built for a Massachusetts couple who were downsizing from a Stanley 36. The boat has a V-berth and small head forward. Teak toe and rub rails complete the wood package. Trim tabs, an 18-inch Edson destroyer wheel, an automatic fire extinguishing system, and twin PVC fuel tanks round out the standard equipment.

LOA: 28 feet BEAM: 9 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 11 inches DISPLACEMENT: 9,850 pounds HULL TYPE: semidisplacement TANKAGE: 150 gallons fuel (two 75-gallon tanks), 14.5 gallons waste POWER: single Yanmar 6BY260 diesel SPEED: 26 mph top, 21 mph cruise PRICE: $194,000 CONTACT: John Williams Boat Company, Hall Quarry, Maine Phone: (207) 244-7854. www.jwboatco.com

World Cat 290CC Center Console
World Cat is known for its soft-riding catamarans, and the new 290CC should uphold that reputation. This fishing/family cat is “designed to fish anytime, anywhere and in most any weather,” says World Cat marketing manager Shelby Brown.

Anglers should be happy with the big cockpit, which includes a 42-gallon live well on the back of the leaning post, eight stainless steel rod holders, and toerails for added balance. There’s no raised fiberglass fishing station at the transom, which frees up valuable cockpit space.

There’s a two-person seat (with armrests) on the forward end of the console, along with seating at the bow that doubles as fishbox storage. There’s another fishbox abaft the bow platform on centerline and two more on each side of the console. The wraparound windshield extends all the way to the hardtop, making this area less susceptible to spray and wind. Power-assist steering is standard, as is the Edson wheel with Power Knob.

Standard features include a head in the console with manual marine head, freshwater washdown in the cockpit, and the hardtop with radio box, rocket-launcher style rod holders, spreader lights and a PFD bag. Twin Yamaha F250 4-strokes are the standard power package, but the 290CC can be rigged with Suzuki or Honda outboards, as well. Check out the boat at the Fort Lauderdale show (Oct. 30-Nov. 3).

LOA: 29 feet, 1 inch BEAM: 9 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 1 feet, 3 inches DISPLACEMENT: 8,700 pounds HULL TYPE: catamaran TANKAGE: 250 gallons fuel, 20 gallons water, 15 gallons waste POWER: twin Yamaha F250 4-strokes SPEED: unavailable PRICE: $171,540 (with F250 4-strokes) CONTACT: World Cat, Tarboro, N.C. Phone: (252) 641-8000. www.worldcat.com

Hunt Harrier 29
The Harrier 29 follows on the heels of Hunt’s successful Harrier 25, a popular single-engine dayboat from the Rhode Island builder. “We’ve sold 72 in three years,” says Reed Austin, Hunt Yachts director of sales and marketing. The 29 comes with an enclosed head and more seating and fishing equipment than the 25, says Austin. The first several Harrier 29s were “in pieces” at press time, but the builder says a model will be on display at all the major East Coast shows except Fort Lauderdale.

Standard power is a single 375-hp Volvo Penta gas sterndrive with a jackshaft setup, but the boat can also take a 370-hp Volvo diesel I/O, a 315-hp Yanmar diesel inboard (V-drive), or a 435-hp Volvo diesel jet, says Austin. “This is the ultimate dayboat, with a solid seakeeping hull,” says Austin. “You don’t have to worry about the weather blowing up in the afternoon and getting beat up on the ride home.”

Standard equipment includes a teak swim platform with stainless ladder, a port-side 24-gallon live well, a 44-quart insulated fishbox, and a 64-quart freezer/refrigerator. The boat also comes with power-assist steering, trim tabs (with helm indicators) and a bow thruster. In addition to the two-person helm seat, the Harrier 29 has three other seating areas: an L-shaped settee, a transom seat that spans the beam of the boat, and an aft-facing seat in the cockpit. The cabin includes a V-berth, head with shower, and hanging locker.

LOA: 29 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 10 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 3 feet DISPLACEMENT: 9,000 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TANKAGE: 150 gallons fuel, 28 gallons water POWER: 375-hp Volvo Penta 8.1-liter gas inboard SPEED: 43 mph top, 34.5 mph cruise PRICE: $265,500 (with 375-hp Volvo) CONTACT: Hunt Yachts, Portsmouth, R.I. Phone: (401) 324-4201. www.huntyachts.com

Grady-White Chesapeake 290
Grady-White’s new Chesapeake 290 walkaround replaces the Sailfish 282 in the North Carolina builder’s fleet of family/fishing boats. The Sailfish had been in production since 2001. The Chesapeake is slightly bigger than its predecessor, and it comes with more — and improved — equipment, including a larger hardtop, aft seat, aft fishbox, a teak cabin table, more space at the helm for electronics, and a better location for the television, according to marketing assistant Justin Wallace. The boat also is available with an optional genset, he says.

The company wanted to give the Chesapeake a big-boat feel, similar to its express models. “We’ve taken much of what we learned in the development and fine-tuning of our highly successful big outboards, the 33-foot and 36-foot Grady-White Express models, and transferred this knowledge to fulfill the requests of Grady-White customers who prefer a walkaround style,” says vice president of engineering David Neese.

Fishing features include 265- and 132-quart fishboxes and a 35-gallon live well. The transom seat folds up and out of the way for increased real estate in the cockpit. The cabin includes a fully galley, standup head with shower, and a dinette area that converts to a V-berth. Parents can stick the kids in the aft berth, and with the cabin’s open-tread steps, they will be able to keep an eye on them.

LOA: 29 feet, 9 inches BEAM: 9 feet, 11 inches DRAFT: 1 foot, 11 inches DISPLACEMENT: 7,650 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TANKAGE: 206 gallons fuel, 32 gallons water, 10 gallons waste POWER: twin Yamaha F250 4-strokes SPEED: 47.8 mph top, 29.5 mph cruise PRICE: $183,625 (with F250s) CONTACT: Grady-White Boats, Greenville, N.C. Phone: (252) 752-2111 www.gradywhite.com

Regulator 34SS
The 34SS takes over as the flagship of Regulator’s line of center console fishing boats, which now totals a dozen. The boat, powered by twin Yamaha F350 4-strokes, will make its first appearance at Fort Lauderdale.

“Our customers have expressed a strong demand for a larger Regulator,” says company president Joan Maxwell. “The 34SS is a true 34-foot sportfisher with an exceptionally large cockpit — the largest in its class, in fact.”

Regulator uses an Armstrong bracket to move the motor mounts aft and free up cockpit space, says Maxwell. “Our designers took back the transom,” she says.

Designed by Lou Codega (featured in the September issue of Soundings), the 34’s deep-vee hull will deliver anglers through rough water to their fishing grounds, says Maxwell. Regulator loaded the 34SS with fishing features, but it also included ample seating. A padded settee wraps around the entire foredeck perimeter.

The console is big enough to house two 12-inch electronics displays. Inside, there’s a standup head, a microwave oven and a berth that extends forward. The Yamaha F350s push the boat to a cruise speed of 34 mph at 4,000 rpm. At this throttle setting, the boat has a range of 500 miles.

LOA: 38 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 10 feet, 11 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 1 inch DISPLACEMENT: 15,200 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TANKAGE: 375-425 gallons fuel, 25-35 gallons water POWER: twin Yamaha F350s SPEED: 55 mph top, 34 mph cruise PRICE: unavailable CONTACT: Regulator Marine, Edenton, N.C. Phone: (252) 482-3837. www.regulatormarine.com

Protector Targa SL 38
Since its establishment in the United States in 1999, New Zealand-based Protector Boats has become popular in both the commercial and recreational markets. “The sales in the U.S. have really driven Protector’s recreational offerings,” says marketing manager Tiffany Shiebler.

The Targa SL 38 is the newest edition to Protector’s fleet of semicustom RIBs, which includes three center consoles (22, 25 and 28 feet), two cabin models (Targa 28 and 35), and the Hauraki, a 40-foot cabin boat designed for long-range cruising. “The Targa 28 is the most popular dayboat,” says Shiebler. “Our customers wanted more deck space, more room in the cabin, and a stand-up head. With the 38, they’re getting all this.”

They’re also getting the Protector deep-vee bottom and shock-absorbing Hypalon tubes. The two combine to provide a smoother ride in rough water than hard-sided boats, says Shiebler. “The Targa SL is engineered for speed, comfort and safety in any weather condition,” she says.

Standard equipment includes an enclosed head with electric marine head and sink, two berths, a 12-volt refrigerator, hydraulic helm and companion shock-absorbing seats, two aft-facing cockpit seats, swim platform and ladder, and an aft-deck freshwater shower with 50-gallon water tank. Teak-and-holly decks and a hardtop that extends nearly to the transom should be popular options, says Shiebler.

The Protector Targa SL 38 will be on display at the Newport International Boat Show in September.

LOA: 38 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 12 feet DRAFT: 2 feet, 1 inches (engines down) DISPLACEMENT: 11,500 pounds HULL TYPE: deep vee TANKAGE: 250 gallons fuel, 49 gallons water, 13 gallons waste POWER: twin 300-hp Mercury Verado 4-strokes SPEED: 48 mph top, 33 mph cruise PRICE: unavailable CONTACT: Protector USA, Alameda, Calif. Phone: (510) 749-9300. www.protectorboats.com

Pursuit OS 375 Offshore
Pursuit has built its largest outboard boat yet — the OS 375 Offshore. The 18,450-pound vessel is 3-1/2 feet longer and 1-1/2 feet beamier than the OS 335. “Our new OS 375 brings Pursuit back into the larger boat category, and by building it with the latest technological and design upgrades, it will truly be a crowd pleaser,” says Leon Slikkers, chairman of S2 Yachts in Holland, Mich., which owns Pursuit. “The initial response has been overwhelming.”

Prior to 2005, Pursuit built 34- and 38-foot express-style models, but they were inboard-powered. The OS 375 is designed for either twin or triple Yamaha F350s.

The infused fiberglass windshield frame on the 375 offers good visibility with minimal obstructions. The helm folds aft for easy access to wiring and display connections, and the dash is painted gray to reduce windshield glare. The large cockpit contains a 300-quart insulated refrigerator/freezer and a transom fishbox with digitally controlled thermostat and overboard drain. The builder also finds room for two 50-gallon fishboxes and loads of rod storage. Below, there are two large berths, a galley, dinette area, and a standup head with a separate shower stall.

In addition to the new flagship, Pursuit plans to introduce the C 280 at the fall and winter shows. The deep-vee center console features flip-up, bolster-style helm and companion seating, a 52-gallon lighted live well, two 29-gallon in-deck fishboxes with macerator pumps, a 45-gallon transom fishbox, and a head compartment with storage and a manual head with holding tank and pumpout/ macerator.

LOA: 39 feet, 2 inches BEAM: 13 feet DRAFT: 3 feet, 6 inches (engines down) DISPLACEMENT: 18,450 pounds (with triple 350-hp outboards) HULL TYPE: modified-vee TANKAGE: 370 gallons fuel, 65 gallons water, 18 gallons waste POWER: twin or triple Yamaha F350 4-strokes SPEED: 45.5 mph top, 32.1 mph cruise (with twin F350s) PRICE: $460,250 (with twin F350s) CONTACT: Pursuit Boats, Fort Pierce, Fla. Phone: (772) 465-6006. www.pursuitboats.com

Fjord 40 Open
With a nearly plumb bow, lots of freeboard and an aft deck that’s completely open to the swim platform, the unconventional-looking Fjord 40 Open will likely draw show-goers to its slip at the Newport, Fort Lauderdale and Miami shows. The boat is designed for entertaining, with two settees in the cockpit that can be positioned to face aft, forward or toward the dinette, which can be mounted between them.

“Designer Patrick Banfield concentrated on the essentials — fast hull, an extremely generous deck layout and a comfortable interior that stands out in this class of motorboats,” says Fjord managing director Morten Nordvold. Teak is standard on the side decks, foredeck, aft deck and swim platform. A V-berth, head with shower, small galley and dinette area, which converts to a small berth, round out the amenities in the cabin.

Named 2008 European Powerboat of the Year in its size category, the Fjord 40 Open can be powered with twin Volvo IPS from 300 to 445 hp.

LOA: 39 feet, 4 inches BEAM: 13 feet, 1 inch DRAFT: 3 feet, 1 inch DISPLACEMENT: 16,980 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TANKAGE: 265 gallons fuel, 90 gallons water POWER: twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600 Series (400, 450 and 500 Series also available) SPEED: 48.3 mph top, 40.3 mph cruise PRICE: $602,500 (with IPS 600) CONTACT: Hanse Fjord Moody Yachts U.S., Annapolis, Md. Phone: (410) 626-1493. fjordboats.com.au

Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU
The 41EU is the new addition to Grand Banks’ Heritage Series, which includes the 47EU, 47CL and 52EU. A twin-engine, modified-vee planing trawler, the 41EU is the first Grand Banks built entirely with resin infusion, a method of bonding the hull skins with a lightweight core material.

“The company has used [resin infusion] for years in producing various parts for our yachts, but never before for large structural components like hulls and deckhouses,” says David Hensel, director of brand and marketing.

The builder also is touting the vessel’s performance. With twin 425-hp Zeus pod drives, the 41 tops out at nearly 29 mph, but it also can cruise at about 12 mph and “sip fuel at the rate of a single-engine, full displacement trawler of equal size,” says Hensel.

Overnight accommodations include two adjoining staterooms forward that share one head and shower. Two large settees face each other in the saloon, with a teak table in between. The raised helm to starboard provides good visibility and includes a starboard-side door. In the galley, across from the helm, an under-counter microwave leaves the Corian countertop surfaces open.

Stairs on the port side of the cockpit lead to the flybridge and its centerline helm station. Large settees abaft of the helm and companion seats provide ample seating for guests. The flybridge deck extends over the cockpit and side decks for weather protection. At the bow is a standard windlass and a locker that can hold 300 feet of 3/8-inch chain.

LOA: 41 feet, 5 inches BEAM: 15 feet, 3 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 10 inches DISPLACEMENT: 37,000 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TANKAGE: 500 gallons fuel, 200 gallons water, 51 gallons waste POWER: twin 380-hp Cummins MerCruiser QSB5.9 diesels with Zeus SPEED: 24.2 mph top, 20 mph cruise PRICE: unavailable CONTACT: Grand Banks Yachts, Seattle Phone: (206) 352-0116. www.grandbanks.com

Tiara 3900 Open
The 3900 Open replaces the 3800 in Tiara’s fleet of cruising/fishing express boats. The builder was shooting for a clean, traditional look with the 3900, says Tiara director of marketing David Walsh. “The 3800 had a reverse transom,” he says. “We went back to the traditional straight transom. Much of the hardware is built into the cockpit mold so you can’t see it, and everything is in its own compartment, such as power and water connections, leaving you with a clean aft cockpit.”

Tiara also simplified its windshield. Instead of a three-piece windshield with a centerline window vent, the 3900’s windshield is divided into two pieces, and ventilation is achieved through portholes in a molded piece of fiberglass that joins the windshield top to the hardtop. Another new design feature is the large skylight on the foredeck that illuminates the cabin below.

The master stateroom has its own entrance to the head, and the starboard-side U-shaped dinette converts to a double berth. Opposite is the galley, with a large L-shaped Corian countertop, two-burner cooktop and refrigerator. Twin 600-hp diesels power the 3900, which will cruise at an estimated 37 mph with a 400-mile estimated range.

LOA: 41 feet, 11 inches BEAM: 15 feet DRAFT: 3 feet, 6 inches DISPLACEMENT: 24,500 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TANKAGE: 535 gallons fuel, 120 gallons water, 40 gallons waste POWER: twin Cummins MerCruiser QSC 600s SPEED: 37 mph cruise (estimated) PRICE: $622,000 CONTACT: Tiara Yachts, Holland, Mich. Phone: (616) 392-7163. www.tiarayachts.com

Riviera 38 Flybridge
Riviera plans to introduce four yachts from 43 to 58 feet at the fall and winter shows. The 51 Flybridge GII will debut at the Boston International In-Water Boat Show in October. Look for the 48 Offshore Express in Fort Lauderdale and the 43 Offshore Express (with twin Volvo Penta IPS) in Miami.

The Riviera 38 Flybridge, which replaces the 37 Open Flybridge, will be shown at the Newport show in September. The builder says it has sold more than 260 37s since the model was launched in 2001, and it aims to improve on that success with the 38.

Features include underwater exhaust, new trim tabs and new flybridge helm seats with higher backs, armrests and footrests. The builder has moved the flybridge rail aft for more room abaft the helm chairs, and the helm features a new dash area with a cleaner look and more room for electronics.

The 38’s mission is twofold: satisfy the cruising family and the serious angler, according to Riviera design manager Neil McCabe. “It sleeps four in the two cabins, plus an additional two on an optional slide-out berth built into the leather lounge,” says McCabe.

An L-shaped lounge sits opposite the dinette area in the saloon. The galley includes a stainless steel sink, two-burner cooktop and a convection/microwave oven, along with loads of drawers and storage areas.

The cockpit has ample rod storage, toekick space under the raised fishboxes, and a transom door for boarding — both people and fish. Twin Volvo Penta 370-hp diesels are standard. The builder also will power the boat with Cummins QSB 380 (380 hp) or QSB 425 diesels (425 hp).

LOA: 42 feet, 11 inches BEAM: 13 feet, 10 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 5 inches DISPLACEMENT: 24,000 pounds HULL TYPE: planing TANKAGE: 380 gallons fuel, 122 gallons water, 35 waste POWER: twin Volvo Penta 370-hp D6 diesels SPEED: 33.2 mph top, 29.8 mph cruise PRICE: $449,462 (with twin Volvo IPS 600) CONTACT: Riviera Yachts of the Americas, Stuart, Fla. Phone: (772) 403-1060. www.rivierayachtsinc.com

OM43 Flybridge
Oyster Marine now offers two new versions of its twin jet-driven LD43 — the OM43 Flybridge and the OM43 Twin Cabin. Both versions have an additional twin berth, and the galley has been moved from the cabin to the saloon area. The builder has raised the bridge deck about 6 inches to provide better visibility for those seated in the saloon and in the two-person companion seat, says Oyster Marine U.S. sales manager Bob Marston. The backrest of the companion seat flips forward so the occupants can face the saloon, he says.

The propulsion package remains the same: twin Cummins diesels with Hamilton waterjets that feature precise maneuverability at slow speeds (the technology is called MouseBoat), allowing the vessel to “turn in her own length and even track sideways,” says Marston. The jetdrives enable shallow-water operation and the ability to beach the boat, he adds.

The OM43 is constructed with fiberglass, Kevlar, cored hull sides and decks, and vinylester resin. The core material is vacuum-bagged to the fiberglass.

LOA: 43 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 13 feet, 5 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 3 inches DISPLACEMENT: 22,928 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TANKAGE: 436 gallons fuel, 90 gallons water, 20 gallons waste POWER: twin 480-hp Cummins diesels with Hamilton waterjets (traditional prop setup optional) SPEED: 36 mph top, 29 mph cruise PRICE: unavailable CONTACT: Oyster Marine USA, Newport, R.I. Phone: (401) 846 7400. www.oystermarine.com

Sea Ray 43 Sundancer
The 43 Sundancer, powered with Cummins MerCruiser Diesel’s Zeus pod drive system, is scheduled to be on display at the Fort Lauderdale show. The system’s joystick gives the driver precise control at low speeds and while docking. The pod drives save space in the engine room and work independently to execute high- and low-speed turns that cannot be done with conventional propulsion.

On deck, a large wraparound settee with dinette table dominates the cockpit. An additional seat can face either inboard or aft. The helm area includes a two-person seat and a dash panel with ample room for electronics. A cruiser like this wouldn’t be complete without a sunpad on the foredeck.

The master berth is forward in the cabin. There are two heads, one to port between the galley and master berth and one adjacent to the twin-berth aft cabin area. The L-shaped dinette settee faces a well-appointed galley, with two-burner stove, Corian countertop, refrigerator and sink.

Look for three other new Sea Ray models at the shows: the 300 Select EX, the 270 Sundancer and the 230 Sundeck. The 230 Sundeck provides a water sports platform for up to 10 passengers and comes standard with a 260-hp MerCruiser with Bravo III drive. Despite its model number, the boat measures 24 feet, 1 inch overall, with an 8-foot, 6-inch beam. Retail price with standard power is $61,761.

The 270 Sundancer delivers both small- and big-boat features and functions, according to Sea Ray vice president of marketing Rob Noyes. The boat can be powered with single or twin MerCruiser sterndrives, and its retail price is $111,383 with a single MerCruiser 350 Magnum MPI and Bravo III drive.

The 300 Select EX is Sea Ray’s largest sportboat. With plenty of deadrise, the boat should handle rough water well, says Hungerford. A MerCruiser 496 Magnum Bravo III gas sterndrive (375 hp) will serve as standard power for this big bowrider (29 feet, 6 inches overall with a beam of 9 feet, 8 inches). Retail price was unavailable at press time.

LOA: 47 feet, 3 inches BEAM: 14 feet DRAFT: 3 feet, 6 inches DISPLACEMENT: 28,500 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TANKAGE: 350 gallons fuel, 100 gallons water, 42 gallons waste POWER: twin 420-hp Cummins MerCruiser QSB 425 Zeus drives (twin diesel Zeus to 949 hp optional) SPEED: unavailable PRICE: unavailable CONTACT: Sea Ray Boats, Knoxville, Tenn. Phone: (865) 522-4181. www.searay.com

Vicem 52 Classic Express
The vessels in the Turkish builder’s Classic Series resemble commuter yachts, with their long, narrow hulls and low topside profiles. The Vicem 52 Classic Express, a souped-up version of the 52 Classic, cruises at 35 mph, and with its 528-gallon fuel supply, it has a range of 345 miles. The builder has brought a few twists to the Classic Series (11 boats from 52 to 85 feet), including a starboard helm door, powered sunroof and more horses.

The helm door was added to provide better access between the steering station and the starboard walkaround deck. The sunroof brings in more light to the helm area and main saloon. And the twin 800-hp MAN engines — the largest power arrangement offered by Vicem for this size model — boosts the cruising speed of its predecessor by nearly 6 mph.

In addition to Newport, the 52 Classic Express, which can also be built with a flybridge, will be on display in Annapolis, Fort LauderdaleMiami. In addition to the Classic Series, Vicem offers sportfishing boats from 54 to 66 feet and long-range cruisers from 75 to 125 feet. Vicem Yachts has U.S locations in Fort Lauderdale, Newport and Huntington, N.Y. and

LOA: 52 feet BEAM: 14 feet, 5 inches DRAFT: 4 feet, 4 inches DISPLACEMENT: 32,000 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TANKAGE: 528 gallons fuel, 214 gallons water, 119 gallons waste POWER: twin 800-hp MAN diesels SPEED: 40.25 mph top, 34.5 mph cruise PRICE: $1.3 million CONTACT: Vicem Yachts, Newport, R.I. Phone: (401) 848-0028. vicemyacht.com

Nordhavn 75 Expedition Yachtfisher
Nordhavn steps out of the traditional trawler niche with the 75 Expedition Yachtfisher, powered with twin 740-hp Detroit diesels. It wanted to build a battlewagon for sportfishing, but keep with its reputation for liveaboard luxury and fuel-efficient performance, says designer Jeff Leishman. The Expedition Yachtfisher will debut at the Miami International Boat Show in February.

With a fuel capacity of 4,300 gallons, the yacht has a range of up to 4,000 miles. At a cruise speed of 14.4 mph, it has a range of 2,128 miles. “The range and fuel economy of a Nordhavn is a natural fit for nautical explorers who want to take a fully rigged sportfisher to the premier fishing grounds around the globe,” says Leishman, who also is vice president. “And the 75 EYF will get them there in comfort and luxury. It’s a macho boat for going offshore along with an interior any wife will love.”

The boat combines features of both sportfishermen and trawler yachts. For instance, the vessel has the sheer line of a big sportfishing boat, but its Portuguese bridge and full displacement hull are typical of Nordhavn oceangoing passagemakers. Accommodations include six heads and berths for nine in five staterooms, including one abaft the wheelhouse.

LOA: 74 feet, 5 inches BEAM: 22 feet, 4 inches DRAFT: 6 feet, 6 inches DISPLACEMENT: 185,447 pounds HULL TYPE: displacement TANKAGE: 4,300 gallons fuel, 600 gallons water, 320 gallons waste POWER: twin 740-hp Detroit Series 60 diesels SPEED: 16.5 mph top, 15.5 mph top cruise PRICE: $4.3 million CONTACT: Pacific Asian Enterprises, Dana Point, Calif. Phone: (949) 496-4848. www.nordhavn.com


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