With its broken sheer, flared bow and cold-molded construction, the Harrison Boatworks 28 Center Console Sportfisherman is about as Carolina as you can get.
"The goal with this boat was to create a center console that has a high-end finish and great seakeeping capabilities - and one that could go moderately fast without requiring two or three outboards that guzzle fuel," says Patrick Harrison, owner and operator of Harrison Boatworks, Roanoke Island, N.C.
The progression of deadrise from the transom to the forefoot makes the 28 an excellent sea boat, says Harrison, who designs and custom-builds a variety of boats, including a 39-foot express sportfisherman, a 60-foot convertible sportfisherman, 19- and 21-foot tunnel skiffs, and a 17-foot flats skiff. Its relatively flat aft sections (11 degrees of transom deadrise) provide a stable fishing platform and an efficient running bottom, he says.
"This boat's bottom does not require 500 or 600 hp to get on a plane," he says. "It planes at very low rpm with very little bow rise."
Harrison has built two of the center consoles. A single 300-hp Yamaha HPDI 2-stroke powers the latest hull, pushing it to a top end of 39 knots, with a 30-knot cruise. He has not yet calculated fuel-burn rates, but he says the 28 is "extremely fuel efficient" with this engine. It'll burn even less with Yamaha's new V6 300-hp 4-stroke, which is the likely power choice going forward, Harrison says.
Harrison cold-molds the 28-footer using epoxy resin to fuse alternating layers of okoume marine plywood and fiberglass, for a strong lightweight hull, according to the builder. LOA is 29 feet, 6 inches, and the beam is 9 feet, 3 inches.
Harrison's most recent boat, with the 300-hp
2-stroke, has a price tag of $150,000, with a trailer and fold-down upper steering station. The boat also has a cuddy cabin with V-berth, electric head, and teak decks and washboards.
Contact: Harrison Boatworks, Roanoke Island, N.C., (252) 473-0161. www.harrisonboatworks.com
This article originally appeared in the May 2010 issue.