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1. Boston Whaler 280 Dauntless

The largest model in the Dauntless center console line, the 280 incorporates what the builder calls “next-level sophistication” for multiple uses: as a bay boat, while cruising, when enjoying water-
sports and more. The open bow is big enough for a group of friends, with additional seating forward of the console and at the stern. Cup holders, a table and coolers are ready for snacks, and an optional “swim patio” makes water access much easier. Anglers will find a casting platform, 19-gallon livewell, fishbox with pump-out and gear stowage. Options to protect against the elements include a full glass windshield and cockpit shade. Power choices are single or dual Mercury outboards; with the twins, owners can choose 250 or 300 hp with joystick piloting.

Solara S-310 Center Walkaround

Solara S-310 Center Walkaround

2. Solara S-310 Center Walkaround

The 310 is the flagship model in a new line of boats from Fluid
Motion, the parent company of Cutwater Boats and Ranger Tugs. It’s designed for fishing, overnighting or entertaining. Power is two
Yamaha F250 outboards, which work with the double-stepped deep-V hull to provide quick planing and the ability to slice through rough water. The cockpit has rod holders, rocket launchers, flood lighting, EVA traction decking and a livewell. Pop-up cleats should prevent snagged lines and stubbed toes, while the self-bailing deck and raw-water washdown will simplify cleanup. For breaks in the action, the cabin is air conditioned and heated, and has a head/shower and a V-berth that converts to a lounge.

Invictus GT320S

Invictus GT320S

3. Invictus GT320S

Invictus adds this new model to its popular GT range this year, a 32-foot, 7-inch long outboard-powered boat with a 9-foot, 11-inch beam. (A sterndrive version, the GT320, is also available.) The boat has a maximum horsepower rating of 900. The GT320S has the same interior as the GT320, which includes a dinette area in the forward cabin that converts to a berth, a double berth aft, and a head amidships. The GT320S benefits from some additional interior volume, with the space usually dedicated to the engine room on the sterndrive version converted into a large living area. The GT320S comes with a Bimini top standard, while a carbon hardtop is an option. The boat is available in 11 color combinations and four types of deck upholstery.

Sailfish 312 CC 

Sailfish 312 CC 

4. Sailfish 312 CC

The new 312 falls in the middle of the builder’s size range at 32 feet, 6 inches. It has the same proven ride, construction and fishability for which Sailfish is known. The 312 CC rides on the sixth-generation Variable Degree Stepped hull. The deepest of the three steps has a 24-degree entry angle; the second surface is angled at 23 degrees; and the third surface is positioned at 22 degrees. Overall, this hull form reportedly improves efficiency and stability. Power options include twin Mercury 300 or 350 Verados, or twin Yamaha F300s. Anglers will like the big, deep cockpit and the boat’s 9-foot, 9-inch beam, which creates plenty of space to fight fish. Two in-floor fishboxes and two livewells are standard. An electric marine head has 6 feet of headroom.

Jeanneau NC1295 Fly 

Jeanneau NC1295 Fly 

5. Jeanneau NC1295 Fly

It’s designed for experienced boating families who want to trade up to a model with more livable space. This 40-foot, 9-inch flybridge boat has large outdoor areas that don’t take away from interior living space. The generous cockpit has an electrically controlled starboard terrace that provides easy access to the water. In the bow are three sunpads, and the flybridge has an additional sundeck, as well as a U-shaped settee, optional galley and helm station. In the cabin, the galley opens directly to the cockpit, and the salon offers panoramic views through large windows. There are three cabins, each with head compartments and separate showers. Power comes from triple 300-hp Yamaha outboards. Operators will enjoy joystick and autopilot technology. Generator, air conditioning, Seakeeper and hydraulic gangway are options.

Axopar 25 CROSS TOP

Axopar 25 CROSS TOP

6. Axopar 25 CROSS TOP

At 25 feet long with a 7-foot, 4-inch beam, this is a trailerable pocket cruiser with modest overnight amenities. The newest model from a popular Scandinavian builder, the 25 Cross Top is relatively simple in design, its true appeal being the safe, proven hull design. The boat holds a Category C inshore certificate, which means it can run in seas up to 7 feet if necessary. With a 250-hp Mercury outboard, the boat can achieve speeds up to 40 knots or run at more economical speeds to achieve a fuel burn of 0.33 gallons per nautical mile. Comfort amenities include a raised cuddy cabin with sleeping area and a full-width sundeck on top of the cabin roof.

Scout 377 LXF

Scout 377 LXF

7. Scout 377 LXF

The newest Scout falls right in the middle of the builder’s luxury center console range at 37 feet, 7 inches overall and an 11-foot, 5-inch beam. Notable on this model is its lithium-ion battery with battery management system, which eliminates the need for a generator on board. Other features include the portside swing-in boarding door, the sundeck lounge forward of the console, and cabin with double berth and enclosed head. The cabin also has heat and air conditioning. The 377 LXF boasts carbon epoxy construction and rides on a stepped hull. It is rated for a max of 1,350 horsepower and can carry 363 gallons of fuel. Anglers will like the transom rod holders and rocket launchers on the hardtop. An outdoor kitchen is available as an option, as is a Seakeeper 3.

Cutwater 248 Coupe 

Cutwater 248 Coupe 

8. Cutwater 248 Coupe

This pocket cruiser is impressive for the amount of living space and amenities provided in a trailerable (8 feet, 6 inches wide) boat that’s 30 feet, 10 inches in length. The boat offers an adventurous owner the opportunity to travel long distances, by highway or water. There’s a private stateroom forward, a big salon with dinette for four that converts to a berth for two, and an amidships berth for another passenger. A small galley is behind the helm station. For anglers the cockpit is equipped with a built-in fish box and sink; a livewell and raw-water washdown are options. The C-248 rides on a double-stepped hull. Power comes from a single 250-hp Yamaha outboard. Fuel capacity is 116 gallons.

Beneteau Antares 8 Fishing 

Beneteau Antares 8 Fishing 

9. Beneteau Antares 8 Fishing

Every inch of the Beneteau Antares 8 Fishing has been designed for anglers. At 27 feet length overall, the boat features lots of dedicated fishing features and equipment, plus sportier styling than its Antares 8 Cruising counterpart. In the cockpit, the aft bench on the Cruising model has been replaced by a bait station with rod holders. The boat also has a livewell and three storage compartments under the deck, one of which can hold a fish box. A side access gate to starboard makes it easier to board and haul in a big catch. There are two double berths onboard—one in the cabin and one in the wheelhouse. There’s space for a third berth under the salon. The cabin has a kitchenette. The Antares 8 Fishing is rated for 250 hp and holds 90 gallons of fuel.

Galeon 375 GTO

Galeon 375 GTO

10. Galeon 375 GTO

The Galeon 375 GTO is the newest day boat from the Polish shipyard, and it’s designed by Tony Castro. Exterior features include a two-part glass sunroof above the helm that retracts to open up the main deck to sun and fresh breezes, as well as to allow access to the bow. There, as many as six guests can relax in a U-shaped seating area. Another guest space is aft, where the cockpit has foldout platforms to port and starboard that expand the usable space for lounging, water access and more. Skippers, too, have features intended to make their time aboard more comfortable, with port and starboard opening windows for extra ventilation, and a steering console that can be outfitted with triple screens for monitoring everything from navigation to fish locations.

 Cobalt R33 Outboard 

 Cobalt R33 Outboard 

11. Cobalt R33 Outboard

Cobalt has introduced a new flagship for its outboard series. The R33 Outboard is 33 feet, 4 inches long with a 10-foot, 6-inch beam and sporty performance. It is Cobalt’s first model to offer a three-engine drive system with triple 300-hp outboards from Mercury or Yamaha. Twin 300, 400 and 450 configurations are available as well. A new feature is the optional starboard side-entry door for easy boarding, which is reinforced with an additional bulkhead. The R33 Outboard also is loaded with high-tech features, including an optional Seakeeper and a Harman Kardon marine audio system that is color-matched to the interior gel coat. The dual console has ample seating aboard, including wraparound seating in the cockpit and bow. There is a head in one console and a cabin with berth in the other to provide added comfort when spending a long day on the water.

Regal 38 Fly

Regal 38 Fly

12. Regal 38 Fly

It’s billed as a luxury performance flybridge yacht, with onboard spaces designed for entertaining as well as weekend getaways. The flybridge has an open layout, with an outdoor refreshment center that allows for easy prep of meals and snacks. Below, a true indoor-outdoor vibe can be achieved by opening the doors between the cockpit and salon. Overnight, owners can relax in an aft stateroom with a king-size berth that converts to twins if needed. The head and shower compartments are separate, allowing both of them to be used at once. Power options include twin 600-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesels, or twin 860-hp Volvo Penta V-8s. Additional options include a bowthruster and Seakeeper 3 stabilizer.

Blackfin Boats 232DC

Blackfin Boats 232DC

13. Blackfin Boats 232DC

The Blackfin brand has been synonymous with rugged fishing boats since 1973. Its current lineup ranges from 22 to 33 feet length overall, with the newest dual-console model being the 232DC. (Look for a 39-foot center console soon.) The 232DC has a length overall of 24 feet, 6 inches, and is built as a crossover design for fishing and family cruising. Guest amenities include U-shaped bow seating, armrests at the helm, a transom bench seat and a 45-quart Yeti Tundra cooler. For fishing, standard features include an 18-gallon insulated baitwell along with gunwale- and transom-mounted rod holders. A casting platform is optional, as is a Garmin GPS/chartplotter at the helm. Lighted weatherproof switches simplify the ability to get home in any conditions.

Everglades 285cc 

Everglades 285cc 

14. Everglades 285cc

The builder’s newest model proved its seaworthiness during a recent Everglades rendezvous, when the 28-foot, 4-inch boat crossed the Gulf Stream to Bimini from Port Everglades, Florida. Such performance should be no surprise, as Everglades is known for building reliable offshore fishing boats. According to the company, hull No. 1 of the 285cc underwent a comprehensive review of its naval architecture, structure and systems prior to production. The boat rides on a reportedly unsinkable, variable deadrise deep-V hull with high-density, closed-cell, structural foam flotation. Standard power on this model is twin 300-hp Yamaha outboards. The 285cc is fisherman-friendly, with a single-level cockpit sole, a 25-gallon livewell, a 60-gallon in-deck fish box, and a 35-gallon transom fish box. There are 21 rod holders on board, plus rod storage racks.

 Formula 387 Center Console Fish 

 Formula 387 Center Console Fish 

15. Formula 387 Center Console Fish

Formula expands its portfolio with the release of its first center consoles, the 387 Center Console Fish (CCF) and Center Console Sport (CCS). These 38-foot, 7-inch-long models with a 12-foot beam have numerous power options from Mercury and Mercury Racing, including triple Verado 300s and Racing 450Rs, or twin Verado 600s. Both models ride on FasTech hulls with 23 degrees of deadrise. The Center Console Fish is loaded with fishing features, including dual 40-gallon pressurized livewells, port and starboard fish boxes and Gemlux outriggers. Aft of the helm is a leaning post with aft-facing mezzanine seat that slides away to reveal a bait rigging station. In the cabin is a U-shaped lounge that converts to a berth, a galley and a private head compartment. Headroom in the cabin is a generous 6 feet, 4 inches.

 Intrepid 41 Valor 

 Intrepid 41 Valor 

16. Intrepid 41 Valor

This is the largest model in the builder’s luxury performance cruiser line, and the design is the direct result of customer feedback. According to Intrepid, many owners wanted to see Mercury 600s on the Valor, while others wanted Yamaha 425s. So, Intrepid designed a new Valor model to accommodate both options. The new model is 41 feet, 8.5 inches overall and features multiple improvements from the 40-foot 409 Valor. Intrepid modified the transom platform to include a pass-through walkway. The builder also redesigned the console to allow for larger electronic displays. The 41 Valor also has an increased fuel capacity of 468 gallons, compared to 438 gallons on the 409. It boasts more cockpit space, too, thanks to a wide beam of 11 feet, 9 inches—a significant increase from the 409’s 11-foot, 1-inch beam.

Valhalla 55

Valhalla 55

17. Valhalla 55

Valhalla Boatworks, a subsidiary of Viking Yachts, has been making waves in the world of center consoles since it powered onto the scene in 2019 with three V Series models: the V-33, V-37 and V-41. Valhalla followed these models with the V-46 a year and a half later. Now, the builder introduces the V-55, one of the largest center consoles available on the market. With its substantial LOA of 55 feet, 7 inches and beam of 15 feet, 6 inches, the boat will have more cockpit space, seating, interior living accommodations and fuel capacity than any other Valhalla model. Power will come from four or five Mercury 7.6-liter V12 600-hp Verado outboards, and the boat will hold 1,200 gallons of fuel. It rides on the patented Stepped-V Ventilated Tunnel from Michael Peters Yacht Design and is reportedly the largest resin-infused center console of its kind.

Grady-White Adventure 218

Grady-White Adventure 218

18. Grady-White Adventure 218

Back in 1974, Grady-White designed one of the first walkaround cabin boats. Today, that heritage lives on in the Adventure 218, a 21-footer with modern creature comforts such as cushioned helm and companion chairs, as well as cushioned fish boxes in the cockpit. Grady-White also includes two integrated swim platforms aft; they make fighting fish as easy from the stern as it is from the walkaround sides or the bow. Those same platforms are also helpful for watersports with the kids. A retractable ski pylon for wakeboarding, water skiing and tubing is optional. It’s a new feature that hasn’t been offered on previous walkaround boats.

 Tiara EX 60

 Tiara EX 60

19. Tiara EX 60

Michigan-based Tiara Yachts adds a new inboard-powered model to its line, the EX 60. Currently, Tiara’s inboard line ranges from 39 to 53 feet. The EX 60 is the builder’s largest model to date at 60 feet, 3 inches overall with a 16-foot, 11-inch beam. The EX 60 is available in four configurations. The salon and galley will be seamlessly integrated with the cockpit to create more space for entertaining. The cockpit bulwarks fold down to open the space further. Three cabins and two heads below deck can accommodate six adults. Standard power on the EX 60 will come from twin IPS 1350s from Volvo Penta. The vessel will also be equipped with Volvo technology such as electronic vessel control and interceptor trim system with active ride control.

 Cruisers 50 GLS

 Cruisers 50 GLS

20. Cruisers 50 GLS

The 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will include the debut of the Cruisers 50 GLS—the new flagship of the four-model GLS line, with triple 600-hp Mercury Verados and a projected top speed above 50 knots. This GLS has a queen-berth master stateroom, and a guest cabin aft, also with queen berth. The real fun is up on deck, where there’s seating in the bow with a platform that raises for use as a table or sunpad. A seating area abaft the helm has a pop-up TV, fridge, cooktop, wet bar, sink and table. In the cockpit, there’s a transom-facing seat. “Beach doors” fold down to expand the cockpit space, and the JL Audio sound system plays throughout the boat or in zones.

MJM Yachts 4

MJM Yachts 4

21. MJM Yachts 4

The MJM Yachts 4 is a 46-foot, 8-inch day yacht with weekender accommodations as part of her four social zones. It’s an all-weather, all-conditions-capable Carolina Downeast model featuring an indoor/outdoor pilothouse. The galley-up, flush-deck layout ties entertaining areas and four social zones together. Belowdecks, a convertible lounge, V-berth and amidships berth provide room for overnight guests. Unique for an open bow yacht, this boat has a large head with a glass enclosed shower. Power options include triple 300-hp or twin 600-hp outboards, or twin 440-hp DPS sterndrives. Initial performance tests by the builder show an average top speed of 60 mph and a high cruise of 40 mph with twin 600s; with that propulsion, fuel burn is 1 nautical mile per hour.

 Eastbay 60

 Eastbay 60

22. Eastbay 60

The Eastbay line of yachts from Grand Banks has a 25-year history, during which time it helped define the modern Downeast cruiser. In total, Grand Banks has released 19 Eastbay models. Now, the builder is expanding the Eastbay lineup even further with a larger model, the EB60, which measures 68 feet, 1 inch length overall and 60 feet, 10 inches on deck. Beam is 19 feet. The boat will ride on a semi-displacement “warped” hull, which reportedly reduces drag while adding buoyancy, stability and lift. Power comes from Volvo Penta D13-IPS1350 inboard engines. The boat has a fuel capacity of 1,530 gallons and a water capacity of 300 gallons. The EB60 will make its official debut at the Newport Boat Show. Hulls one and two are already sold.

Hurricane SunDeck 2600

Hurricane SunDeck 2600

23. Hurricane SunDeck 2600

This outboard-powered deck boat is designed to be a safe and stable platform with plenty of power to boot. At 26 feet, 5 inches overall and with an 8-foot, 6-inch beam, the 2600 is the largest model in Hurricane’s outboard deck boat line. It’s reportedly quick to get on plane and offers a smooth and comfortable ride. There’s lounge seating, bow and stern boarding ladders, and an enclosed head with sink. Optional features include power-assisted steering and an integrated anchor davit. A large hull trunk provides storage space for gear or even an inflatable tube. The 2600 has a maximum horsepower rating of 400. This versatile vessel should be a great platform for fishing, waterskiing or simply cruising inshore. 

This article was originally published in the October 2022 issue.

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