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The Boats of Fall - Boat Show Special - Power

Thinking about your next boat? Here’s what you’ll see at the upcoming shows

Fall means boat show time, and our annual powerboat preview this year covers models from 22 to 50 feet. Our fleet features seven boats from seven manufacturers.

A unique perspective on the Monte Carlo MC5's AirStep hull.

We highlight one center console, two pilothouse boats, a Down East-style express cruiser, an Italian flybridge motoryacht and two pod-driven 50-foot coupes. One of them comes from Tiara, the 50 Coupe, which will make its big-show appearance at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which runs Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. David Glenn, director of marketing for Tiara’s parent company S2 Yachts, is excited about this show and others.

“There are a few hiccups with regard to the stock market that could affect boat-buying decisions, but I think the buying public is feeling generally good about the economy,” says Glenn. “I think manufacturers have made all the right moves and decisions, and they’ve introduced new boats and products to keep boaters excited about making a new purchase.”

“The economic recovery continues,” adds Bentley Collins, vice president of sales and marketing for Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts. “We do not feel that the market will regain its prerecession levels, but we do know that our clients love boating.”

The goal of producing innovative boats with technology that makes boating easier looms large in the eyes of company leaders. “It’s our job to deliver new, exciting product that fits the needs of consumers, and I think both of our brands [Tiara and Pursuit] have done a good job meeting those demands,” Glenn says.

The Tiara comes at you with a new look designed to appeal to conservative and progressive consumers alike. And it features Volvo Penta’s Glass Cockpit, a system that displays all engine and vessel data on touch screens at the helm. In fact, displays can be mounted anywhere on the boat.

Back Cove and Sabre continue to innovate to draw consumers, Collins says. “Sabre continues to forge ahead with pod drive systems, with the latest in electrical equipment and systems design,” he says. “Back Cove’s position as a fuel-efficient, low-maintenance vessel is strong and gaining.”

A single diesel propels the Back Cove — same goes for the Cutwater 30. The remainder of our mix consists of two outboard boats and three powered with diesels working with pod drives. In terms of looks, the Back Cove Downeast 37 and Monte Carlo MC5 are nautical miles apart. The Back Cove has a traditional profile, and the MC5 is 100 percent contemporary, though she does have retro round port lights. Both are very nice.

Top speeds in our lineup range from 33 mph (Eastern 22 Sisu with a single 115-hp outboard) to 51 mph (Regulator 25 with twin 200-hp outboards). Best mileage goes to the smallest boat, the Sisu, which gets 4 mpg. Speaking of good mileage, keep your eyes peeled for Bayliner’s 14-foot Element.

Other small boats of interest include a new pontoon series from Larson (21, 23 and 25 feet) and the outboard-powered Vanquish 26 center console. Big center consoles deserve a look too — for example, the Scout 350, SeaHunter 4500, Intrepid 475 and Deep Impact 390. Motoryachts and sedans such as the Belize 54 sedan from Riviera, the hardtop version of the GT49 from Beneteau and Ferretti Group’s Mochi Craft 54 Fly should make a splash.

Express cruisers will be plentiful, and Carver has three new models: the C34, C40 and 37 Coupe. Cruisers Yachts comes to the shows with its 45 Cantius and 328 CSX Black Diamond limited edition models.

There’s also a Down East-style, C. Raymond Hunt design in the mix: the Lyman Morse 42 Flybridge. The outboard-powered Jupiter 41 will also be making the rounds. Mainship is introducing its 32-footer, and the company is putting the finishing touches on a new 37 that may be ready for the Fort Lauderdale show.

Here’s a look at the seven boats we singled out for closer inspection.

Eastern 22 Sisu

Eastern last fall acquired Rosborough Boats, which had built the 22 Sisu — a mini-Down East cruiser with a pilothouse and berth below. Look for a new version — the Eastern 22 Sisu — at the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, Sept. 12-15, where it makes its debut. “This is a boat for the fisherman or the family,” says Bruce Perkins, Eastern sales manager. “You don’t need a ton of horsepower to push it. An inshore fisherman doesn’t need a 300-hp boat in many cases.”

Like any Eastern boat, the Sisu is all about fuel economy, simplicity, trailerability and, of course, traditional New England aesthetics, Perkins says. (Used 22 Sisus are popular project boats. In fact, the editor-in-chief of this magazine is about to splash a refurbished Sisu.) The boat fills a gap in the Eastern lineup, becoming its smallest pilothouse boat. Eastern builds it with a solid fiberglass bottom and sides, and decks with fiberglass-encased Nida-Core PVC coring. At 22 mph, she gets nearly 4 mpg — pretty good for a pilothouse boat. There are helm and companion pedestal seats, and a V-berth with a Porta-Potti below. Eastern plans to offer a version without the pilothouse in a dual-console layout, like a traditional saltwater bass boat, Perkins says.

LOA: 22 feet BEAM: 8 feet DRAFT: 1 foot, 10 inches DISPLACEMENT: unavailable FUEL: 60 gallons POWER: single Yamaha F115 PRICE: $55,000 SPEED: 33 mph top; 22 mph cruise CONTACT: Eastern Boats, (603) 652-9213.

Regulator 25

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With its outboard engine bracket, this Regulator measures 30 feet, so we’re talking about a big 25. And Regulator has given the boat four more inches of beam than its predecessor, the Regulator 26. Responding to customer requests, Regulator has done away with the 26’s step-up foredeck and added a recessed bow rail. The 25 has a more “rounded, modern appearance” but matches the lines of other recent Regulators, such as the 28 and 34, says company president Joan Maxwell.

The builder can offer the 25 at a lower price than the 26 because it requires less horsepower. The 25 is $130,395 with a pair of Yamaha new 4-cylinder F200 outboards. The 26 was $145,000 with 250-hp outboards.

The new boat rides a Lou Codega deep-vee hull with variable deadrise, topping out at 51 mph. At a cruise of 31 mph, she gets 2 mpg. “We’re very proud of this boat,” Maxwell says. “We think it will establish the same, if not better, reputation as the 26 did.”

LOA: 25 feet, 2 inches BEAM: 8 feet, 10 inches DRAFT: 2 feet DISPLACEMENT: 6,200 pounds (dry with engines) FUEL: 160 gallons POWER: twin Yamaha F200s SPEED: 51 mph top, 31 mph cruise PRICE: $130,395 CONTACT: Regulator Marine, (252) 482-3837.

Cutwater 30

Often referred to as an SUV-type of boat, the Cutwater 30 excels as a fishing boat with protection from the elements and as an overnighter with the accommodations of some 40-footers. Creature comforts include a port-side galley with a sink, a refrigerator and an electric range/oven, as well as a dinette that converts to a double berth. In the forward stateroom, the island berth is joined by a hanging locker, desk/vanity and storage space. The boat gets nearly 2 mpg cruising at 16 knots or so. Making your way up a river or down the ICW at 6 knots, she’ll get 6 mpg. “The boat delivers the same smooth ride as the 26 and 28 but in a bigger package,” says Jeff Messmer, Cutwater vice president of sales and marketing. In a nifty design, the port and starboard two-person cockpit seats fold outboard, saving deck space. The two-person transom seat can be moved to face forward or aft. Forward you’ll find two flush hatches that house cushioned seats.

LOA: 34 feet, 4 inches BEAM: 10 feet DRAFT: 2 feet, 5 inches DISPLACEMENT: 10,500 pounds (dry) FUEL: 180 gallons POWER: 370-hp Volvo Penta D6 SPEED: 27.5 knots top, 25 knots cruise BASE PRICE: $279,937 CONTACT: Cutwater Boats, (800) 349-7198.

Back Cove Downeast 37

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Sometimes using an existing hull to build a new boat makes sense, and that’s what Back Cove Yachts has done in offering the Downeast 37. The logic behind the new boat centers on satisfying both the day-cruising and weekending crowd, says Bentley Collins, vice president of sales and marketing for Sabre and Back Cove Yachts. With its galley-down configuration, the Downeast 37 fully uses the bridge deck and cockpit as social spaces, filling these areas with seating and conveniences. The boat has almost 20 feet of cockpit and bridge deck combined (lengthwise), and it comes standard with a retractable SureShade awning. In contrast, the original Back Cove 37, with its guest and forward staterooms, is geared more toward long-range cruising with the family or another couple. The galley sits on the main deck opposite the helm. Standard power is a Cummins QSB 6.7 480-hp diesel. A 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3 and a 530-hp Yanmar 6CX are optional.

LOA: 42 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 13 feet, 3 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 8 inches DISPLACEMENT: 22,100 pounds FUEL: 300 gallons POWER: Cummins QSB 6.7 480-hp diesel (standard) SPEED: 24 knots top, 20 knots cruise PRICE: $433,500 CONTACT: Back Cove Yachts, (207) 594-8821.

Tiara 50 Coupe

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With the Tiara 50 Coupe, parent company S2 Yachts launches its next generation of boats from 31 to 58 feet. “We opened the boat up so it all feels like one space,” says George Hetzel, S2 vice president of sales and marketing. “ ‘Social Zones’ throughout the boat are connected, and we’ve eliminated barriers. We want the boat to be like home.”

Volvo Penta’s new IPS950 pod drives and improved twin D11 diesels will power the boat. This is the first domestic yacht with Volvo Penta’s Glass Cockpit helm system, which delivers all navigation information one or more touch-screen displays. The boat rides the same hull surface as Tiara’s 48-foot convertible, but “there are significant differences in styling, IPS drives instead of straight shafts, hull-side detail differences, and the swim platform is fully integrated on the new 50,” says David Glenn, S2 marketing director. Tiara plans to introduce a flybridge version of the 50 in the spring.

The yacht can be ordered with two or three staterooms and crew quarters. In both cases, Tiara makes the lower deck’s amidships sector the home for a full-beam master stateroom with a private head and hull-side windows. With the sliding glass doors open, the cockpit, galley, saloon and bridge deck are connected. Moving forward from the cockpit, you step into a full galley. A seating area with a dining/coffee table fills the port side of the saloon, with a 40-inch LCD television and entertainment center opposite.

LOA: 54 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 15 feet, 11 inches DRAFT: 4 feet, 6 inches DISPLACEMENT: 44,628 pounds FUEL: 700 gallons POWER: 600-hp Volvo Penta IPS800s or 750-hp IPS950s SPEED: unavailable PRICE: $1,324,392 (IPS800), $1,377,725 (IPS950) CONTACT: Tiara Yachts, (616) 394-7466.

Grand Banks 50 Eastbay SX

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The 50 Eastbay SX has a wide-open layout that promotes social interaction. The teak-soled cockpit has a built-in transom seat and a teak table. The boat comes with a retractable SureShade cockpit awning. Grand Banks offers galley-up and galley-down layout options, with either two or three staterooms and two heads, and there’s an inviting mix of seating, tables and amenities in the saloon. In the galley-down version, the saloon layout includes a straight settee to starboard, abaft the helm’s twin Stidd seats, and an L-shaped settee to port, coupled with a fixed teak table. Sliding glass doors separate the cockpit from the saloon.

The side and forward decks are coated with Awlgrip non-skid, and grab rails and rail gates are placed in the right spots. Options include a foredeck sunpad, sliding (electric) deckhouse sunroof, inboard-opening doors on both sides of the deckhouse, and dinghy storage on a hydraulic swim platform with hoist.

LOA: 55 feet, 11 inches BEAM: 16 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 4 feet, 1 inch DISPLACEMENT: 50,050 pounds FUEL: 800 gallons POWER: 600-hp Volvo Penta IPS800s (standard), 750-hp IPS950s (optional) SPEED: 29 knots top, 22.5 knots cruise (IPS800); 32.6 knots top, 24.7 cruise (IPS950) PRICE: contact dealer CONTACT: Grand Banks Yachts, (206)-352-0116.

Monte Carlo MC5

The Monte Carlo MC5 makes its U.S. debut Oct. 3-6 at the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis, Md. Spotting it should be easy, thanks to its distinctive profile, hull-side port lights and an aerodynamic deckhouse.

The three-stateroom, two-head yacht includes a full-beam master cabin with oversized portholes for natural light. The beige and off-white colors and light woods create bright and airy spaces throughout. In the saloon, a settee wraps around the dinette table on the port side. A straight settee sits opposite. The galley separates the dinette area from the cockpit.

You’ll find another dinette table in the cockpit, along with a settee stretching across the stern. The chef can work at the grill and prep area in the stern while standing on the swim platform. The overhanging flybridge covers the cockpit. The flybridge holds plenty of seats — a straight settee along the port side and another across the bridge’s aft section. The skipper drives from a starboard sit-down helm.

Monte Carlo is a subsidiary of Beneteau. “Monte Carlo Yachts is a fairly new brand of the group that started building yachts in Italy several years ago,” Beneteau America marketing director Maryline O’Shea says. “It was created to extend the MCY offering under 60 feet under the Beneteau brand.”

The MC5 uses Beneteau’s AirStep hull design, which “creates a cushion of bubbles in contact with the surface area of the aft step,” reducing drag, preventing squatting and allowing faster acceleration and a gain in fuel efficiency, says co-designer Patrick Tableau.

LOA: 43 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 14 feet, 1 inch DRAFT: 3 feet DISPLACEMENT: 29,093 pounds (light) FUEL: 344 gallons POWER: 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500s SPEED: unavailable PRICE: $970,000 CONTACT: Beneteau America, (410) 990-0270.

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October 2013 issue