Everglades celebrated its 20-year anniversary with an innovative new flagship, the 455cc, which debuted at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Riding on a variable deadrise deep-V hull with patented closed-molded RAMCAP construction, this 45-footer with a 13-foot, 3-inch beam is loaded with fishing and high-tech features for offshore anglers. At the lower helm is the builder’s largest command center to date, featuring three Garmin touchscreens. There’s an upper helm station, too. Fishing features include a large cockpit with two 50-gallon livewells, 40 rod holders, tackle stowage compartments and Everglades’ first-ever in-floor fishboxes. Belowdecks is a galley, a U-shaped seating area, a high-low teak table that converts to a king berth, and a head with enclosed shower. Power on the 455cc comes from quad 425-hp Yamaha XTO outboards or triple 600-hp Mercurys, which should produce a top speed just north of 50 knots.
Vicem Tuna Master 37
Vicem is a Turkish boatbuilder with a reputation for building some of the finest cold-molded yachts. In recent years Vicem has introduced some traditionally molded fiberglass boats and is now using those techniques to produce a line of center console boats it calls the “Tuna Master” series. The first model, a 37-footer, will launch during the first half of 2022. An express model, built on the same hull, will launch later, and plans to build more center console models are underway. Power options include twin outboards between 300 and 450 horsepower. Gyrostabilizers will be standard throughout the range. The TM 37 will ship with a variety of cruising features, such as an under-console cabin with berth and wet head, and luxury seating accommodations throughout. Anglers will appreciate the boat’s rod stowage, transom fish box, dive door and outriggers.
Southport 33 FE
The 33 FE, which stands for “Family Edition,” was designed to provide owners with an all-around fun day on the water, whether you are racing out to the fishing grounds offshore or simply going for a cruise. Standard power is a pair of 300-hp Yamaha outboards, but the 33 is also available with twin Yamaha 425 XTOs, which produce a top speed over 50 knots and a cruise speed near 35 knots (burning 1.2 mpg). Like all Southport boats, this center console is loaded with fishing features, including a 35-gallon transom livewell, port and starboard in-deck fish boxes, rod holders and rocket launchers. There’s also a U-shaped dinette in the bow that converts to a sun lounge or casting platform, as well as an optional entertainment center with grill and refrigerator that will keep every passenger happy.
Scout 400 LXF
Luxury fishboat builder Scout is further expanding its range with the addition of the 400 LXF, which will join eight other models in the 25- to 53-foot LXF center console line. The boat ships with a long list of standard features that include a SeaKeeper 3 gyrostabilizer, a flip-down “beach” platform, heated helm seats, a bow anchor camera and the customer’s choice of two of the following: a clear icemaker; pull-out refrigerator; pull-out tackle drawers; and sun lounge seating ahead of the console. The boat is built with epoxy resin infusion using carbon fiber in strategic locations for strength and weight reduction. The hull is capable of carrying a maximum of 1,600 horsepower on the transom. There is plenty of fishing gear aboard, including rod holders, outriggers, livewell and fish lockers.
Jupiter has established itself as a serious player in the center console segment, and the new 40 stays true to the builder’s reputation for producing high-performance offshore machines that can put the owner on the fish quickly in all types of sea conditions. The 40 is rated for 1,350 horses, and owners have a few engine options to choose from, including twin Mercury 600-hp Verados. If you prefer to hang three outboards on the transom, triple Yamaha 425 XTO and Mercury 400 configurations are available with joystick and autopilot. The 40-footer has an 11-foot, 11-inch beam and 24 degrees of transom deadrise. The deck is mechanically fastened and fiberglass bonded to the hull for sturdiness, and fishing features abound, including six rod holders on the hardtop and a 45-gallon livewell.
The new GT320S bridges the size gap between the Italian builder’s popular GT370S and GT280S. The fourth outboard model from Invictus, power on the 32-footer comes from twin 300-hp Yamahas, but the boat is rated for a maximum of 900 horses. Featuring a reverse-raked bow, the GT320S is purpose-built for serious boaters, while luxury interior touches and 8 hull color options add to its comfort and styling. One benefit that the GT320S has over its sterndrive-powered sistership, the GT320, is a large living area in place of the engine room. Below, the dinette in the bow converts to a berth, and a double berth is aft. There is a head to starboard and a galley to port, enhancing the boat’s cruising potential.
The Bertram 28XC was designed to be versatile. Whether you are looking to fish the canyons or cruise with friends and family, this dual console has the features to do so. The 28XC is 30 feet overall with a 9-foot, 9-inch beam and 23 degrees of deadrise at the transom. Rated for a maximum of 900 horsepower, the boat comes standard with twin 250-hp Mercury Verado outboards with Mercury MusselView 7-inch multifunction display and Mercury Active Trim. There are two seats in the bow for passengers, and a convertible lounge, pullout cooler, optional refrigerator and electric grill in the cockpit. There are plenty of fishing features aboard, too, including rod holders and rocket launchers. An enclosed head with shower contributes to the boat’s utility.
The largest model in Blackfin’s dual console lineup, the 302DC comes standard with the equipment you need for fishing and cruising. The 30-foot, 2-inch boat has a 10-foot beam and 23 degrees of deadrise, and it is rated for a max of 800 horsepower. It rides on a double-stepped hull designed by Michael Peters, which is intended to create a smooth and dry ride. Fishing features include eight gunwale-mounted and four transom-mounted rod holders, two 54-gallon in-floor fishboxes with macerated pumpouts, an insulated baitwell, rod racks and fishfinding technology. For passenger comfort, there’s U-shaped bow seating and a foldaway transom bench seat. A wetbar, 45-quart Yeti Tundra cooler, drawer refrigerator and sound system with JL audio speakers round out the entertainment features. An electric head, vanity and sink are located in the console.
Jeanneau NC 795 Sport Series 2
The builder’s New Concept (NC) line has always been about functionality, versatility and performance. New for 2022 is the second iteration of the utilitarian and salty looking NC 795 Sport Series 2. The boat is available as an “open” model that has sliding door access to the cockpit, three bucket seats (including one at the starboard helm) and a sink and fridge combo. A more enclosed version has helm companion seating and a long bench aft. Both versions have flip-down seating in the cockpit. At the foredeck, the enclosed version has a bow lounge while the open version has a bench seat ahead of the cabin house. Each version has a small cabin below with V-berth and wet head. Base power is a single Yamaha 150-hp 4-stroke. A 250-hp 4-stroke is an option. The standard engine yields a cruising speed of 23 knots.
Aquila Molokai 28
Molokai, the fifth largest island in the Hawaiian Islands, is washed by large waves from the Pacific Ocean. These rigorous conditions were the inspiration for Aquila’s first center console power cat. The Molokai 28 is a big-water boat, with a nearly 10-foot beam and generous freeboard with padded gunwales that are just above knee height. Fishing features include rod stowage, 30-gallon livewell and rigging station with tackle stowage, sink with freshwater mixer, hardtop rocket launchers, insulated fish boxes and more. Seating includes a pair of flip-down benches in the cockpit, twin bench seats at the helm, a two-person bench ahead of the console and convertible chaise lounges join at the bow to form a U-shaped lounge. The console compartment houses a porta-potty and has ample room for gear stowage. Standard power is a pair of 200-hp Mercury Verado outboards.
Marlow 70E Mark II
Marlow Yachts’ newest family member, the 70E Mark II, is a progression of the Palmetto, Florida-based builder’s 70E model, of which 224 hulls have been built. Marlow assembles its models at its factory in Xiamen, China. The speedy offshore cruiser has a pair of 1,200-hp MAN diesels and can cruise at 8 to 9 knots for transoceanic range or run fast along the coast at 30-plus knots. Fuel capacity is 3,600 gallons. There are three staterooms belowdecks, including the midship master with his and her heads, and two guest staterooms. The Marlow has crew quarters, too. The main salon features a massive country kitchen. An adjoining dining lounge can serve eight. Abaft of the dining area is an expansive living area with sofa-style seating, twin lounge chairs and a coffee table. A Command Bridge version of the boat includes an office with navigation desk and seating.
Finnish boatbuilder Axopar—which builds a range of rugged, aggressively designed open- and cabin-style boats from 22 to 37 feet—debuts its sporty 25 Cross Bow model in the first half of 2022. The boat’s designed for watersports, dayboat adventures and overnighting, thanks to a cuddy with forward V-berth, sink with freshwater mixer and hideaway head. The boat can be ordered with or without a hardtop and has a large, transformable aft cockpit sunpad, twin sport-style helm seats and a large forward sunpad. Like all Axopars, the hull was designed with an eye toward performance and seakeeping. Highlights include twin steps, sharp chines, deep lifting strakes and a sharp reverse bow. When equipped with a 250-hp Mercury Verado outboard, the 25 Cross Bow can top 40 knots at wide-open throttle. Also premiering at the spring shows is the Brabus 500, a high-performance model based on the Axopar 28 hull.
The Regulator 37 is a serious offshore fishing machine. The 37-foot, 7-inch boat features more fishboxes and rod holders per foot than any other model in the Regulator lineup, according to the company, including six rocket launchers. The 37 also has a new Offshore Command Center with a high-tech Garmin multifunction display, digital switching and systems monitoring. Regulator’s MyHelm system connects the boat’s key functions in one platform. The 37 rides on a deep-V hull with 24 degrees of transom deadrise that is powered by triple Yamaha XF425s. The boat holds 507 gallons of fuel for a range of about 300 nautical miles at a cruising speed between 27 and 35 knots. The 37, by the way, is not just for fishing; it incorporates creature comforts too, including an air-conditioned cabin in the console with a double bunk, enclosed head with shower, and a galley with sink and microwave. There’s also a spacious seating area in the bow.
Sailfish 316 DC
Sailfish Boats is rounding out its dual-console lineup with the 316 DC, which joins its 245 and 276 sisterships. Worth mentioning is the single-level deck plan, which stretches from transom to bow. There’s seating just about everywhere, from the U-shaped bow lounge to the flip-down cockpit arrangement. Under the hardtop and behind the full-width windshield are bucket seats, both at the starboard helm station, and a portside companion seat. Base power was not available at press time (Yamaha or Mercury outboards will be available), but the hull, which rides on Sailfish’s sixth-generation Variable Degree Stepped design, is designed to carry a maximum of 700 horsepower. Fishing features include a 35-gallon transom livewell, rod holders, insulated fishboxes and a dive door. The port console has a wet head, which has the most headroom in its class, according to Sailfish.
The newest model in the Wallypower line marks the start of a revamping process for this well-known brand. The 58 Wallypower rides on a double-chined, deep-V hull, which should offer greater efficiency and stability in rough seas. In true Wally style, the boat features curved glass, broad sidedecks and ample guest areas. The 58 is a very open boat that makes good use of deck space. An adjustable sunpad on the aft deck provides seating for up to four passengers, and folding bulwark wings increase deck space substantially. A hydraulic platform aft provides water access and creates space to store a tender. Belowdecks is a full-beam double salon and a guest cabin, which can be swapped out for a crew berth. The 58 features Volvo’s IPS propulsion system with joystick maneuvering, dynamic positioning and Assisted Docking technology. The boat should have a long-range cruising speed of over 30 knots.
Viking 64 Convertible
This sportfisherman, launched at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late 2021, is powered by a standard pair of 1,550-hp MAN diesels, though numerous propulsion choices will be available between 1,900 and 2,025 horsepower. Hull No. 1 shipped with twin 2,002-hp MTU diesels. Two layouts are available belowdecks, including the standard four-cabin, three-head configuration with a midships master and a VIP stateroom in the bow. An optional layout replaces the VIP bow stateroom’s island berth with scissored berths. The main salon features a complete galley with breakfast bar and barstool seating, U-shaped dinette and L-shaped lounge. There’s ample room for fishing in the cockpit with 180 square feet of space. Equipment includes transom fish box with livewell, rod holders, gaff/tag stick stowage and fresh- and raw-water washdowns. The flybridge, which can be ordered as an enclosed space, has three captain’s chairs behind the island helm, port and starboard lounges and a two-person chaise ahead of the helm.
Following on the heels of the popular MJM 3z comes the new 4z, a day yacht with four “zones of fun,” from which it earns its name. These zones consist of a bow seating area, an all-weather indoor/outdoor pilothouse, the galley (an “up” design), and the cockpit daybed area. Below is a large V-berth forward, a double berth amidships and a private head with enclosed shower. Standard power on the 46-foot, 8-inch boat with a 12-foot beam comes from triple 300-hp Mercury Verado outboards, with twin 600s available as an option. Twin 440-hp Volvo DPI inboard engines will be added to the options list at a later date. Riding on a lightweight, vacuum-infused hull, the 4z should reach a top speed near 46 knots.
Life Proof 50
Life Proof boats have long been the popular choice for law enforcement and military, but the company has also found success building recreational boats, with a line that ranges from 17 to 50 feet. The new Life Proof 50 Full Cabin, slated to launch in June, is the builder’s newest iteration of a comfortable, safe and high-performance vessel for recreational boaters. The 50-foot RIB, with a 14-foot beam, will feature a galley-up design in the walkaround cabin, plus dinette and seating area. There is also an al fresco dining area and barbecue in the cockpit, with more space for entertaining in the bow. Below is a master suite in the bow and a sofa in the salon that converts to a day bed. A head is to starboard, and a separate shower is to port. Power will come from triple 600-hp Mercury outboards or quad 425s.
Pursuit OS 445
Pursuit Boats is rounding out its popular Offshore express fishboat lineup with the new OS 445, which joins the 325, 355 and 385 sisterships. It is the largest boat Pursuit has built to date. Like all Pursuits, the emphasis is on fishing and luxury, in equally potent doses. The new vessel has aggressive exterior styling with angled hullside glass, and a forcefully rising sheer line that tapers to the waterline at the transom. The boat will be equipped with 425-hp Yamaha XTO outboards, though performance details were not available at press time. The builder is teasing interior details that include a main salon/bridgedeck with galley and adjacent dining space, and a starboard helm station. Two staterooms are below. The cockpit will be packed with the usual fishing accoutrements including a livewell, in-deck fish lockers, multiple rod holders and more.
Grand Banks 85
It all started with the launch of the Grand Banks 60 in 2017 in what was considered a complete reinvention and rebirth of the iconic trawler brand, a favorite among long-distance cruisers going back 60 years. Since then, Grand Banks introduced the 60 Skylounge and 54. Now, the builder is going big—really big. First sea-trialed in Singapore in early 2021, Grand Banks 85 Hull No. 1 is powered by a pair of 1,000-hp Volvo Penta IPS1350 diesels with pod drives and, according to Grand Banks, has a 1,000-nautical-mile range at 21 knots. The launch model includes a flybridge with L-shaped lounge, aft-facing bench, upper helm and aft section that can be used for lounging or dinghy stowage. An enclosed “Sky Lounge” model will follow. There are three staterooms below with three heads. There’s an aft crew quarters with two berths, a dinette, galley and head. The main salon has a forward galley, full dining area and a living area with U-shaped lounge and bench seating. The living area connects to the aft cockpit, which has a sizeable transom lounge with teak table.
Stingray’s new flagship is a high-tech build with plenty of creature comforts and fishing features. The 27-foot, 11-inch center console with an 8-foot, 6-inch beam rides on the builder’s exclusive Z-Plane hull, which has three separate areas of deadrise (with the most angle between the keel and the first strake and the least angle between the outboard strake and chine). The design should improve efficiency, release spray and make for easier handling. The hull is resin-infused and the deck is reinforced with carbon fiber. The Coosa transom and composite main stringer grid increase the boat’s strength and rot-resistance without adding too much weight. The 273 comes standard with a hardtop and will be Yacht Certified. Power options were not available when we went to press, but the boat can carry 180 gallons of fuel.
The 32CS, which made its debut at the 2022 Miami Boat Show, was designed with versatility in mind, giving owners the ability to fish inshore, offshore and near shore. The 32-foot, 7-inch center console with a 10-foot, 3-inch beam rides on a vacuum-infused, double-stepped hull with 21 degrees of deadrise at the transom. Rated for a maximum of 900 horses, the 32CS offers multiple engine configurations from Yamaha and Mercury, including twin 300s, 400s and 450s. The boat is loaded with fishing features, including two 30-gallon livewells, vertical rod and gaff storage in the head compartment, three fish boxes, and tackle storage under the gunwales. There is also a bait station with built-in tool holders, a freshwater faucet, tackle drawers and cooler.
Due for official launch in early to mid-2022, the 48-foot Zeelander 5 is the latest luxury cruiser from the Dutch builder. One of the highlights of any of Zeelander model is the convertible transom, which opens at the touch of a button to create an expansive extension of the aft cockpit. That cockpit includes port and starboard opening doors in the topsides for easy boarding as well as L- and C-shaped lounges set around chunky teak tables. Below, there’s a guest stateroom with V-berth forward and a midships master with island berth, head and a dressing area. The gorgeous, open main salon has a starboard galley, portside helm and raised, L-shaped lounge/dinette. A huge sunroof opens electrically to let in sunlight and fresh breezes. Power options are vast and include twin or triple Volvo Penta pod drives up to a maximum of 1,440 horsepower.
Beneteau Swift Trawler 48
Beneteau’s line of Swift Trawler powerboats has been a success since it was first introduced in 2011 with the Swift Trawler 34. Since then, the builder has added a number of new models to the series and tweaked the lineup several times. New for 2022 is the Swift Trawler 48, which carries on the “swift” theme with a pair of 380-hp Cummins QSB6.7 diesels and a top speed of 21 knots. Optional 425-hp diesels can be fitted and offer a 25-knot top-end. The look and feel of the boat is modern yet shippy, a common trait among all Swift Trawlers. There’s a three-cabin layout with two heads that each have enclosed showers. The main salon is bathed in natural light from wide panes of glass and has an aft galley, U-shaped dinette and starboard lower helm station. The salon connects to the cockpit, which has a wide transom lounge. There’s also an expansive flybridge decked out with two L-shaped lounges, an expandable teak table and plenty of room for a tender when a lifting crane is installed.
This article was originally published in the March 2022 issue.