A stylish boat with a retro look

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The Rossiter 23 Classic Day Boat made its debut this summer, becoming the largest offering in a fleet of traditionally styled models from the Markdale, Ontario, builder.

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“People are really surprised by its spaciousness and comfort for a boat of this size,” says Rossiter Boats owner Scott Hanson.

“There’s lots of comfortable seating and space for conversation, which was the goal. People wanted a true dayboat, not a sportboat or boat for water skiing or fishing.”

Rossiter Boats responded with a smooth- riding, variable-deadrise unsinkable hull that can be powered with a single outboard as large as 250 hp. With a Yamaha F200, the boat tops out at 43 mph carrying three adults and 70 gallons of fuel. At 20 mph, mileage is about 5 mpg. With a dry weight of 3,220 pounds and a beam of 8 feet, 6 inches, the Rossiter 23 can be easily trailered, Hanson says.

“It’s designed for the coastal and Great Lakes boater who wants a comfortable, stylish boat they can have fun in, yet will get them back to the dock if the weather turns,” he says.

With its navy blue hull, wraparound windshield and closed bow with a cuddy, the boat has a retro look. Short stainless-steel rails flank a foredeck hatch. The starboard-side sit-down helm can seat two. A stern seat with a full backrest stretches across the cockpit. The cuddy comes standard with a plumbed head (and a holding tank).

Standard equipment includes a freshwater washdown, trim tabs and a swim ladder. Options include NuTeak synthetic teak decks, a ski pole for water sports and a windlass. Base price is $82,000 with a Yamaha F200. Rossiter Boats, Markdale, Ontario, (519) 986-1203. www.rossiterboats.com

October 2014 issue