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Take our walkthrough of 31 new boats — power and sail — before you head out to the fall boat shows.

Take our walkthrough of 31 new boats — power and sail — before you head out to the fall boat shows.


ByMichael Hauenstein / Staff Writer

Maritime Skiff 23 Challenger

Maritime Skiff’s new 23 Challenger — a pilothouse cuddy with accommodations for two — represents the builder’s evolution from offering essentially bare hulls to producing fully factory-equipped boats, says owner Paul Hureau.

The cabin contains a V-berth, and there are helm and companion ladder-back chairs in the three-sided pilothouse, with aft drop curtain. The boat has an engine splash well and can be powered by a single outboard from 130 hp to 225 hp.

LOA: 23 feet, 3 inches BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches HULL DRAFT: 1 foot, 2 inches DISPLACEMENT: 3,100 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 14 degrees TANKAGE: 83 gallons fuel ENGINE OPTION: single outboard to 225 hp SPEED: 45 mph top, 12-26 mph cruise (with 225-hp 4-stroke) SUGGESTED PRICE: $61,000 CONTACT: Maritime Skiff Inc., Duxbury, Mass. Phone: (781) 934-0010.

Hunt Harrier 25

The new Harrier 25 from Hunt Yachts is a deep-vee sportboat/runabout that, like all other Hunt Yachts, rides a hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates.

A diesel or gasoline jackshaft sterndrive provides propulsion, and the boat’s small cuddy contains a V-berth. The self-bailing cockpit, which is larger than that of Hunt’s Surfhunter 25, has a couple of transom fishboxes and one under the companion seat.

LOA: 25 feet BEAM: 9 feet DRAFT: 3 feet (with drive down) DISPLACEMENT: 5,500 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 22 degrees TANKAGE: 100 gallons fuel, 15 gallons water ENGINE OPTION: gas or diesel sterndrive SPEED: 46 mph top BASE PRICE: $89,500 CONTACT: Hunt Yachts, South Dartmouth, Mass. Phone: (508) 994-2000.

Albin 26 Center Console

Albin’s new 26 Center Console is a fishing boat with inboard diesel power. Ron Menard of Cape Cod Marine in South Dennis, Mass., designed the original boat and has teamed with Albin to produce it on a larger scale.

Albin touts the boat’s fishability, fuel efficiency and stability. While some models combine both fishing features and family/cruising amenities, the 26 marks the builder’s entrance into the hardcore fishing market. Standard features include a 40-gallon live well, transom door, padded leaning post with rod holders, and choice of hull colors.

LOA: 25 feet, 8 inches BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 2 inches DISPLACEMENT: 5,000 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 22 degrees TANKAGE: 160 gallons fuel ENGINE OPTION: single diesel inboard to 500 hp PRELIMINARY SPEED: 42 mph top, 35 mph cruise (with 315-hp Yanmar) SUGGESTED PRICE: $89,900 CONTACT: Albin Marine, Cos Cob, Conn. Phone: (203) 661-4341.


SanJuanYachts this fall introduces the SanJuan30 — the smallest of its Down East-style boats — which inherits the lines and wood-free composite construction of its 38- and 48-footers.

The 30 has a gentle sheer with tumblehome aft, teak and holly sole from the cockpit to the cabin, and more teak in the helm, dash, steps, grab rails and trim.

There’s padded seating on the engine boxes, in addition to a V-berth, head compartment and hanging locker below.

LOA: 32 feet BEAM: 10 feet DRAFT: 2 feet, 2 inches DISPLACEMENT: 9,800 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 15 degrees TANKAGE: 150 gallons fuel, 30 gallons water ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel inboards SPEED: 46 mph top, 40 mph cruise SUGGESTED PRICE: $355,000 CONTACT: San Juan Composites, Anacortes, Wash. Phone: (360) 299-3790.

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage Cuddy Cabin

Show-goers this fall can get their first look at the new cuddy version of Boston Whaler’s 320 Outrage.

The boat’s deck is a single level around the console, and the forward cuddy cabin has a V-berth with cushions and storage. The center console contains a shower and head.

Fishing features include a bait prep station with live well and a pair of 80-gallon in-deck fishboxes.

LOA: 32 feet, 2 inches BEAM: 10 feet, 2 inches DRAFT: 1 foot, 10 inches (engines up) DISPLACEMENT: unavailable HULL TYPE: deep-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 23 degrees TANKAGE: 300 gallons fuel, 40 gallons water, 6.5 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin outboards to 600 hp SPEED: unavailable SUGGESTED PRICE: $184,907 (with twin 250-hp Mercury Verados) CONTACT: Boston Whaler, Edgewater, Fla. Phone: (386) 428-0057.

Chris-Craft Corsair 33

Chris-Craft will introduce its new Corsair 33 at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. The 33 slots between a 28- and a 36-footer in the company’s Corsair lineup.

The Corsair 33 rides a deep-vee hull with a flared bow and tumblehome aft, and the layout is something of a mix between a runabout and express cruiser. Below deck there are accommodations for four (convertible V-berth forward and midcabin berth), a galley and head compartment.

LOA: 32 feet, 2 inches BEAM: 12 feet HULL DRAFT: 3 feet, 2 inches DISPLACEMENT: 12,500 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 20 degrees TANKAGE: 207 gallons fuel ENGINE OPTION: twin gasoline or diesel sterndrives SPEED: 45-50 mph top, 35 mph cruise SUGGESTED PRICE: unavailable CONTACT: Chris-Craft, Sarasota, Fla. Phone: (941) 351-4900.

Pursuit 3480 Drummond Island Runner

The Pursuit 3480 Drummond Island Runner is a deep-vee cruiser with a graceful S-shaped sheer.

A cockpit island galley and hardtop are standard, and for fishing the new boat is equipped with insulated in-deck fishboxes and four gunwale rod holders.

Below are a forward V-berth, cedar-lined hanging locker, and head compartment with electric marine head.

LOA: 34 feet, 5 inches BEAM: 9 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 6 inches (engines down) DISPLACEMENT: 9,400 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 24.5 degrees TANKAGE: 300 gallons fuel, 30 gallons water, 18 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin outboards to 600 hp SPEED: unavailable PRELIMINARY PRICE: $250,695 (with twin Yamaha F250s) CONTACT: Pursuit Boats, Fort Pierce, Fla. Phone: (772) 465-6006.

Cabo 32 Express

The Cabo 32 Express, introduced earlier this year at the Miami International Boat Show, will make its Northeast debut at the Norwalk (Conn.) International In-Water Boat Show in September.

The boat’s bridge deck lifts hydraulically and contains storage and tackle drawers. Below, the main cabin has an L-shaped lounge to starboard, head compartment and galley to port, and double berth forward.

Cabo will introduce a new 52 Express at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

LOA: 35 feet BEAM: 13 feet, 3 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 8 inches DISPLACEMENT: 19,100 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 17.5 degrees TANKAGE: 350 gallons fuel, 50 gallons water ENGINE OPTION: twin 461-hp Caterpillar C7 diesel inboards SPEED: 41 mph top, 30 mph cruise SUGGESTED PRICE: $347,880 CONTACT: Cabo Yachts Inc., Adelanto, Calif. Phone: (760) 246-8917.

Bertram 360

Bertram Yacht returns to the open sportfisherman market with the new 360 Open. The deep-vee hull has a sharp entry and wide chines, according to the builder. Below, it has a stateroom forward with island berth, saloon, galley and head compartment.

It will be on display at the major East Coast boat shows, including those in Atlantic City, N.J.; Newport, R.I.; Norwalk, Conn.; Annapolis, Md.; and Fort Lauderdale. Its cruising counterpart, the 360 Express, will make its debut in France at the Cannes Boat Show in September and be on display at Fort Lauderdale.

LOA: 39 feet, 4 inches BEAM: 13 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 9 inches DISPLACEMENT: 28,224 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: unavailable TANKAGE: 406 gallons fuel, 82 gallons water, 37.5 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel inboards SPEED: 41 mph top, 37 mph cruise (with twin 575-hp Volvo Penta D9s) SUGGESTED PRICE: $424,970 (with test power) CONTACT: Bertram Yacht Inc., Miami. Phone: (305) 633-8011.

Island Pilot 395

The Island Pilot 395 is a new diesel sterndrive cruiser that the builder categorizes as a fast trawler. It can be throttled back or equipped with smaller engines for those who wish to run at displacement speeds, according to Island Pilot.

The 395, with its straightforward working pilot boat profile, has a one-stateroom layout (two-stateroom available) and comes fully equipped, including Raymarine electronics and a 9-foot, 6-inch rigid-hull inflatable tender.

LOA: 39 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 14 feet DRAFT: 2 feet, 8 inches DISPLACEMENT: 30,000 pounds HULL TYPE: planing TRANSOM DEADRISE: 6.35 degrees TANKAGE: 400 gallons fuel, 175 gallons water, 75 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel sterndrives SPEED: 38 mph top, 34 mph cruise (with twin 350-hp Volvo Penta D6s) SUGGESTED PRICE: $419,500 CONTACT: Island Pilot LLC, Palmetto Bay, Fla. Phone: (888) 443-2965.

Tiara 3900 Convertible

The 3900 Convertible represents Tiara Yachts’ return to the sportfisherman market, and the builder plans to have the boat at the shows in Newport, Annapolis and Fort Lauderdale this fall.

The 80-square-foot cockpit is equipped for fishing, with in-sole storage boxes, room for a fighting chair, standard integrated bait prep center with optional freezer, tackle drawers and trays, and optional transom bait well. Below are a forward stateroom, starboard stateroom with bunked berths, and a head compartment to port.

Tiara says it modified the 3900’s design after testing a concept version last fall.

LOA: 41 feet, 7 inches (without optional swim platform) BEAM: 14 feet, 5 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 8 inches DISPLACEMENT: 25,540 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 18 degrees TANKAGE: 470 gallons fuel, 120 gallons water, 40 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel inboards SPEED: 39 mph top, 30 mph cruise (with twin 575-hp Volvo Penta D9s) SUGGESTED PRICE: $583,000 CONTACT: Tiara Yachts, Holland, Mich. Phone: (616) 392-7163.

Nordhavn 43

Two Nordhavn trawlers, the redesigned 40/II and the new 43, will make their Northeast debuts at the Newport International Boat Show in September.

The 43 is a new oceangoing design based on the Nordhavn 40 that completed a 24,000-mile voyage around the world in 2002. For comfort, designers placed the owner’s cabin and head amidships, while the guest cabin is forward with the guest head located in the bow, according to Nordhavn.

LOA: 43 feet BEAM: 14 feet, 10 inches DRAFT: 4 feet, 11 inches DISPLACEMENT: 54,540 pounds HULL TYPE: displacement TANKAGE: 1,200 gallons fuel, 300 gallons water, 100 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: single 105-hp diesel SPEED: 10 mph top, 9 mph cruise SUGGESTED PRICE: $609,000 CONTACT: Pacific Asian Enterprises, Dana Point, Calif. Phone: (949) 496-4848.

Luhrs 41 Open

Luhrs will be hitting the fall boat show circuit with a new open sportfishing boat. The 41 Open’s hull has a flared bow, 56 degrees of deadrise at entry, and 18 degrees at the transom.

It has an upper helm station on its welded aluminum tower, and a 100-square-foot cockpit with a 50-gallon live well, bait prep station, and two 45-gallon in-deck fishboxes.

Accommodations below include a convertible dinette/double berth and a forward stateroom with queen-size island berth.

LOA: 44 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 15 feet, 9 inches HULL DRAFT: 3 feet, 6 inches DISPLACEMENT: 32,000 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 18 degrees TANKAGE: 600 gallons fuel, 100 gallons water ENGINE OPTION: twin diesels to 1,290 hp SPEED: 36 mph top, 30 mph cruise (with twin 645-hp Cummins) SUGGESTED PRICE: $680,000 (with test power) CONTACT: Luhrs Corp., St. Augustine, Fla. Phone: (904) 829-0500. www.

Oyster LD43

The LD43 is a new powerboat from high-end sailing yacht builder Oyster Marine. The British company is offering a new Hamilton jetdrive propulsion system, equipped with Blue Arrow electronic controls, on the twin-diesel 43-footer.

The LD43 is built in New Zealand using carbon fiber and Kevlar hull construction for strength and weight savings, according to Oyster.

LOA: 43 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 13 feet, 1 inch DRAFT: 2 feet, 3 inches DISPLACEMENT: 20,950 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 16 degrees TANKAGE: 416 gallons fuel, 90 gallons water ENGINE OPTION: twin jetdrives SPEED: 40 mph top SUGGESTED PRICE: $985,000 CONTACT: Oyster Marine USA, Newport, R.I. Phone: (401) 846-7400.

Grand Banks 44 Heritage EU

Grand Banks recently added a quick new model to its venerable Heritage line of trawlers. The Grand Banks 44 Heritage EU has a two-stateroom, two-head layout and rides a Sparkman & Stephens-designed modified-vee planing hull.

It is powered by twin diesels from 455 hp to 503 hp each, and Grand Banks says it will offer 567-hp Caterpillar ACERT diesels in the future.

The 44 EU makes its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 27 to 31.

LOA: 49 feet, 11 inches BEAM: 15 feet, 3 inches DRAFT: 4 feet DISPLACEMENT: 48,670 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 17 degrees TANKAGE: 600 gallons fuel, 260 gallons water, 72 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin diesels to 1,006 hp SPEED: 25 mph top, 18 mph cruise (with twin 455-hp Caterpillar C7s) SUGGESTED PRICE: $843,100 CONTACT: Grand Banks Yachts, Seattle. Phone: (206) 352-0116.

Sail preview

By Dieter Loibner

Sailboats are some of the most fascinating and efficient machines ever conceived — floating on water, harnessing the power of wind, and converting it into forward motion without the help of internal combustion.

The elements aren’t changing, but the effort to make boats work in the context of people’s desires and fancies continues to evolve, influenced by technology, market trends and the economics of production.

Here is a sampling of some of the new vintage that will be on display at the fall boat shows. It is only a brief glimpse, an overview of what can be expected this fall, but it is a gauge for the range of vessels that will be available for closer inspection at the docks.


Hunter Marine of Alachua, Fla., will introduce a trio of new boats, starting with the Hunter 25, a trailerable so-called “baby cruiser” designed for easy operation with good all-around performance in a variety of conditions. Replacing the Hunter 240 and 260, the 25 looks similar above the waterline but features an improved deck plan, better ergonomics and an upgraded layout below deck that sleeps four. The boat is offered with a compact galley, enclosed head, mast-raising system, and galvanized dual-axle trailer.

The Hunter 31 is an entirely new entry in the 30-plus-foot weekend cruiser market, emphasizing comfort and convenience with such options as a water heater, air conditioning, inverter and refrigeration, 13-inch flat-screen television and DVD player. For more interior room, Glenn Henderson and Hunter’s design team expanded the forward cabin by adjusting the hull shape. The boat is offered with both a shoal and deep keel, private aft cabin with a double berth, and a fully enclosed head to port of the companionway.

With the 41 DS, Hunter is offering a deck-saloon version of its standard 41-foot model. While the sail plan and hull design are the same, the 41 DS has a raised deck that increases headroom to 6 feet, 10 inches, and larger elevated port and deadlights for greater visibility. Interior options include two- and three-cabin layouts.

Tartan Yachts will show its new 3400, a cruiser that combines her predecessor’s good looks with modern construction. With a nod to comfort, easy handling and rough-water performance, designer Tim Jackett incorporated a large interior in a hull with V-shaped forward and flat after sections. The 3400 is available in three configurations that accommodate a variety of sailing venues and preferences: fin keel, beavertail keel, and a keel/centerboard combination.

French builder Dufour Yachts is introducing two new models to U.S. sailors, after their European debut at the Paris Boat Show last December.Both are designed by Italian Umberto Felci (hull lines) and Frenchman Patrick Roseo (interior).

The Dufour 365 is offered in two- and three-cabin versions, and is described as a coastal cruiser with offshore capabilities that combines comfort, easy handling and good performance. The boat has a structural grid laminated into the hull bottom and a PVC-cored sandwich deck that’s molded by resin injection.

The larger Dufour 455 — with twin steering wheels, sleek deck layout and a low coach roof — is touted as a long-

distance cruiser. Layout options include a three-cabin version for private owners and a four-cabin layout for the charter market. Both are available with optional in-mast mainsail furling systems.

From Swedish builder Hallberg-Rassy comes a long-range cruiser with “unlimited bluewater capabilities.” Designed by German Frers, the 37-footer continues the Hallberg-Rassy tradition with its center cockpit and hard windscreen, solid hull laminate below the waterline and Divinycell-core above, and a glassed-over hull-deck joint. Hallberg-Rassy is one of the few builders to install furniture and tanks through the companionway after the hull and deck have been joined, so later removal is possible.

Of similar length but more performance-oriented is the C&C 115. A long waterline and a sail area-to-displacement ratio of 24.1 will appeal to racer/cruisers and club-level racers who like to place high or get to their weekend destinations quickly. To save weight and maximize stiffness, the hull is laminated with unidirectional E-glass over Core-Cell foam. The boat’s standard equipment includes a carbon fiber mast.

German builder Bavaria Yachts will show the Bavaria 39, a new model in the “Cruiser” series that the importer markets as a vessel for coastal sailing with full offshore capabilities. Bavaria emphasizes that the boat offers comfort and easy handling for a shorthanded crew, with halyards and sheets led aft to the cockpit. A walkthrough transom provides access to the swim platform and makes it easier to board by the stern. To accommodate offshore-minded cruisers, Bavaria added a dodger coaming forward of the companionway.

Morris Yachts focuses on a clientele that prefers classic lines and features. Following last year’s successful debut of the M36 daysailer, Morris has added the M42, a boat equipped with more cruising amenities and more interior space than its little sister, including a large saloon, galley, head, forward V-berth, and 6-foot, 3-inch headroom. The boat is delivered in sailaway fashion with virtually everything included, from fleece fender covers to instrumentation. Morris says the M42 allows single-handing and shouldn’t intimidate newcomers to the sport.

Keeping with the classic theme, Bruckmann Yachts of Mississauga, Ontario, will show the 42-foot Bruckmann Daysailer. Designed by Doug Zurn, the boat should appeal to those devotees of traditional looks and lively performance who love to go for an afternoon spin or perhaps an overnight in a pretty anchorage. Differing from designs that seek to maximize interior space, the Bruckmann Daysailer is characterized by a low, short coach roof, large cockpit, uncluttered deck, and fairly aggressive sail plan.

The cutter-rigged Island Packet 440 is a step down in size from last year’s center cockpit model, the 445. However, it retains the signature features of a Bob Johnson design: spacious staterooms and ample stowage, large tank capacities, simple rig (with Hoyt staysail boom), and long keel, as well as a 10-year warranty against deck core degradation. Island Packet targets coastal and offshore cruisers who plan to spend extended time on board.

Finnish builder Nautor’s Swan is appealing to upscale cruising sailors with the German Frers-designed Swan 46. The boat is available in two- and three-cabin layouts and with two keel configurations: fixed fin keel or a hydraulically adjustable daggerboard that extends the draft from 4 feet, 4 inches with the board up to more than 11 feet. The daggerboard version also has twin rudders. With a fractional rig, non-overlapping jib and moderate sail area, the Swan 46 will be of interest to a high-end clientele with plans to do some short-handed cruising.

First introduced at the Salon Nautique de Paris last December as the replacement for the Beneteau 50, the Beneteau 523 will debut in the United States at this fall’s boat shows. Billed as an offshore cruiser, the 523 features a hand-laid structural grid that’s bonded and glassed to the hull to distribute loads evenly. She was designed by Groupe Finot and has a modern hull shape with a wide stern and large, twin-wheel cockpit, as well as spacious accommodations. A raised coach roof and panoramic deck lights create an airy and bright atmosphere in the saloon. The vessel is offered in two- and three-cabin versions, both with optional crew quarters forward.


Sailors for whom speed potential is an important consideration might take an interest in the Gunboat 48, the new smaller sister of the Gunboat 62. From the drawing board of performance multihull designers Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin, the boat features lightweight sandwich construction with generous use of Kevlar and carbon fiber, promising speeds in excess of 20 knots.

Hull No. 1 sailed from Cape Town, South Africa, to Newport, R.I., to become “the first boat ever to cross an ocean with all carbon fiber standing rigging,” according to Gunboat owner Peter Johnstone. The boats are being built at a new Gunboat yard in South Africa.

Decidedly more on the luxurious side and continuing the successful concept of the Lagoon 440 is the Lagoon 500, a catamaran with flybridge, inside steering station, and a forward lounge cockpit. The boat has room for 10 and is touted as an ocean cruiser with an emphasis on comfort and performance. It is available in three- and four-cabin owner versions, as well as a five-cabin charter layout.

Mark your calendar

• Sept. 9-11: Virginia In-Water Boat Expo, Waterside Park Marina, Norfolk, Va. Phone: (954) 441-3228.

• Sept. 15-18: Newport International Boat Show, America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, R.I. Phone: (401) 846-1115.

• Sept. 22-25: Mid-Atlantic Boat Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Md. Phone: (410) 238-0484.

• Sept. 22-25: Norwalk International In-Water Boat Show, Norwalk Cove Marina, East Norwalk, Conn. Phone: (212) 984-7000.

• Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Boston International In-Water Boat Show, World Trade Center, Boston. Phone: (978) 777-4439.

• Oct. 6-9: New York/New Jersey International Boat Show, Liberty Landing Marina at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J. Phone: (201) 200-9800.

• Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Tampa Boat Show, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla. Phone: (954) 441-3220.

• Sept. 30-Oct. 2: New Jersey Fall Boat Show, New Jersey Convention Center, Edison, N.J. Phone: (732) 449-4004.

• Sept. 30-Oct. 10: Tobay Beach In-Water Boat Show, Tobay Beach Marina, Babylon, N.Y. Phone: (631) 691-7050.

• Oct. 6-10: United States Sailboat Show, Annapolis City Dock and Harbor, Annapolis, Md. Phone: (410) 268-8828.

• Oct. 13-16: United States Powerboat Show, Annapolis City Dock and Harbor, Annapolis, Md. Phone: (410) 268-8828.

• Oct. 27-31: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center and Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Phone: (954) 764-7642.

• Nov. 3-6: Strictly Sail St. Petersburg, Vinoy Park & Basin, St. Petersburg, Fla. Phone: (401) 841-0900.

• Nov. 10-13: Fort Myers Boat Show, Harborside Convention Center, City Yacht Basin and Centennial Harbour Marina, Fort Myers, Fla. Phone: (954) 570-7785.

• Nov. 17-20: St. Petersburg Boat Show, Bayfront Center Yacht Basin, St. Petersburg, Fla. Phone: (954) 764-7642.