True North Yachts has added the first outboard boat to its fleet, and it appears to be a hit. The Warren, Rhode Island, boatbuilder’s True North 34 Outboard Express collected the “Best Overall Powerboat” and “Best New Powerboat Over 30 Feet” awards at the Newport International Boat Show in September.
“We’re really excited because people are taking note of all the great things this boat can do,” says True North vice president of marketing and communications Sarah A. Fawle. And the boat retains its distinctive reverse transom with the outboard installation. “Outboards are so efficient, quiet, easy to maintain and very clean,” Fawle says. “And they provide the benefit of getting into skinny water, so adding the outboard to the True North was a natural progression for this elegant adventurer. You have all of the classic Down East features — the plumb bow, the reverse transom, the beautiful sheer — in an outboard-powered boat.”
Fawle says increased space under the cockpit is another advantage of the outboard installation. That’s where the builder has created a “sports locker” that can be customized for a number of uses — for example, holding dive equipment, bait wells or fishboxes. “It is really a functional boat for people with different interests,” she says.
The company offers several “adventure options, such as storage for paddleboards or kayaks and custom fishing rod storage, that allow it to be used as a mini-expedition boat,” Fawle says.
The TN34 Outboard Express has a galley-up layout with a stateroom and head in the cabin. The interior has been revamped with bold fabrics, and reconfigured layouts are designed to increase seating and create an easier flow from cockpit to saloon to stateroom, says Fawle. “It is a really light, airy interior with light colors and a perfect amount of teak accents,” she says. “The windows really bring the outside in.”
Powered with twin 250-hp 4-strokes, the boat is available with the Optimus 360 joystick system as an option. “She is the most maneuverable True North ever built,” says Fawle. At a cruise speed of 20 mph, mileage is 1.5 mpg.
LOA: 34 feet, 9 inches
BEAM: 12 feet, 4 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 11,250 pounds
DRAFT: 2 feet, 9 inches (engines down)
TANKAGE: 300 gallons fuel, 85 gallons water,
28 gallons waste
POWER: twin 250-hp 4-strokes
SPEED: 45 mph top, 20-22 mph cruise
CONTACT: True North Yachts, Warren, Rhode Island
PHONE: (401) 247-3000
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November 2014 issue