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These new boats are coming soon

Not all of the boats we wanted to feature will be at the Miami shows. Here are sneak previews of four boats from 23 to 66 feet: the Rossiter 23 Classic Day Boat, the Vanquish 26 Dual Console, the Hunt 32cc and the Sabre 66.

The Hunt and the Sabre are in production and should hit the water this summer; both companies are shooting to have their boats on display at the Newport International Boat Show, Sept. 17-20, in Rhode Island. Newport-based Vanquish Boats would like to be in Miami, says director of sales Jacob Popek. “But we just don’t have the personnel to get there this year,” he says. However, you can see the new 26 Dual Console at the New England Boat Show, which takes place Feb. 14-22. “The show in Boston is a big one for us, and we do expect interest to be high,” says Popek.

The Rossiter 23 Classic Day Boat will be at the New England show, as well, and at the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Florida (April 17-19), and possibly the Palm Beach International Boat Show (March 26-29), says company owner Scott Hanson.

Rossiter 23 Classic Day Boat

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The Rossiter 23 is the biggest model in the Canadian builder’s lineup of traditional open boats. With the 23, Hanson wanted to provide a boat with “comfortable seating and space for conversation.” The single-outboard boat rides a variable-deadrise unsinkable hull. With Yamaha’s 4-cylinder F200, the 23 Classic Day Boat hits 43 mph at full throttle with three adults and 70 gallons of fuel. At 20 mph, it gets about 5 mpg. The boat can be trailered — it’s relatively light and has a beam of 8 feet, 5-1/2 inches — and would be perfect 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,” says Hanson. Standard equipment includes a freshwater washdown, trim tabs and a swim ladder. Options include NuTeak synthetic teak decks, a pop-up ski pole, a removable cockpit table, GPS, a Fusion stereo and a windlass.

• LOA: 22 feet, 5 inches

• BEAM: 8 feet, 5-1/2 inches

• DRAFT: 1 foot, 2 inches

• FUEL: 70 gallons

• DEADRISE: 22 degrees

• POWER: Yamaha or Mercury outboard (200-250 hp)

• SPEED: 43 mph top, 20-25 mph cruise (Yamaha F200)

• PRICE: $88,716 (F200)

• CONTACT: Rossiter Boats, Markdale, Ontario,

• (866) 251-3280.

Vanquish 26 Dual Console

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With this boat, Vanquish has taken a bowrider and given it a classy, traditional look, says company founder and owner Morgan Huntley. Doug Zurn, who also designs MJM’s yachts, designed this outboard-powered dual console. The Vanquish will serve you well as an open boat with lots of deck space, seating and storage in a versatile layout.

Huntley says the boat has the same narrow hull design that is responsible, in part, for the smooth ride of her sister ships. (Vanquish also builds a 24-foot center console and runabout and a 26-foot outboard center console.)

A carbon-fiber stringer grid and a cored bottom that’s vacuum-bagged with vinylester resin helps keep weight down, says Huntley. The Vanquish gets nearly 4 mpg with a 250-hp Yamaha and 2 mpg wide open at about 50 mph.

Isolated starting and house batteries, an Edson wheel, aluminum fuel tanks and silicone bronze through-hulls below the waterline (stainless steel above) fill out a good portion of the standard equipment list.

• LOA: 26 feet, 8 inches

• BEAM: 8 feet

• DRAFT: 3 feet (engine down)

• FUEL: 89 gallons

• POWER: Yamaha F200 (225 and 250 optional)

• SPEED: 51 mph top, 35 mph cruise (F250)

• PRICE: $131,950 (F250)

• CONTACT: Vanquish Boats, Newport, Rhode Island,

• (401) 396-5173.

Sabre 66 Dirigo

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The builder’s largest model is a three-stateroom yacht powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS1200 pods. Owners will be getting a “Rolls-Royce of a Down East boat,” says vice president of marketing and sales Bentley Collins. “We’ve taken it one step further in terms of luxury, convenience, quality, and fit and finish.”

Hull No. 1 — being built for a longtime Sabre owner — will feature an electric swim platform that can raise and lower (and hold a tender), deckhouse windows that open and close under electric power, and top-shelf appliances from Sub-Zero. Accommodations include a full-beam master stateroom amidships, a VIP stateroom forward and a guest stateroom to port, with the galley opposite. The staterooms each have double berths and private heads with separate showers.

The 66 will have a range of about 400 nautical miles with its IPS1200s (900-hp, 6-cylinder diesels), says Collins. “She’ll cruise at a good pace of about 25 knots, with a top speed of 30 knots,” he says, adding that Dirigo — Maine’s state motto — is Latin for “I lead.”

• LOA: 67 feet

• BEAM: 18 feet, 1 inch

• DRAFT: 5 feet

• DISPLACEMENT: 82,500 pounds

• FUEL: 1,000 gallons

• POWER: twin Volvo Penta IPS1200s

• SPEED: 30 knots top, 25 knots cruise

• PRICE: $3 million

• CONTACT: Sabre Yachts, South Casco, Maine,

• (207) 655-3831.

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The Hunt 32cc is the builder’s third center console, joining the Surfhunter 25CC and the HBI 30 RIB. “This boat really maximizes your time on the water by easily accommodating a full range of activities, including offshore fishing, cocktail cruising, swimming, day trips and transporting kayaks or scuba gear to your favorite harbor — in comfort and style,” says company president Peter Van Lancker.

The 32cc’s large console extends all the way to the port side and contains an enclosed stand-up head with shower, a “galleyette” with a microwave and storage, and a single berth forward. There’s 6 feet, 2 inches of headroom. Builders typically position the console’s door or companionway on the side or in the forward end behind a seat. Hunt has done it differently, putting the companionway outboard of the helm and facing aft. “Access below is simple and requires no movement of cushions or other seating components,” says Van Lancker.

There’s J-shaped wraparound seating and an optional table in the bow. In the cockpit, the transom seat folds out of the way; the leaning post can be set up for fishing or day cruising.

Outboards (twin 250s, 300s or 350s) are the main propulsion choice. However, Hunt also offers inboard or I/O power.

• LOA: 32 feet, 1 inch

• BEAM: 10 feet, 6 inches

• DRAFT: 2 feet, 1 inch

• DISPLACEMENT: 9,000 pounds

• FUEL: 225 gallons

• POWER: twin 250-hp outboards

• SPEED: 45 mph top, 32 mph cruise

• PRICE: $269,000 (twin 250s and T-top)

• CONTACT: Hunt Yachts, Portsmouth, Rhode Island,

• (401) 324-4201. 

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March 2015 issue