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Sabre 42 (with Zeus drives)

Sabre Yachts launched the first Sabre 42 Hard Top Express with Cummins Zeus pod drives in June. Coupled to a joystick control, the Cummins Zeus system, with its articulating pods that provide vectored thrust, offers improved maneuverability over conventional shafts and rudders. Exhaust gas and the associated noise are released below the water, creating a quieter operation both for the crew and those observing the boat at speed.

Because of the increased efficiencies of the thrust angles, fuel savings of as much as 20 percent can be realized at some speeds, according to Sabre. The new model can run at 34 knots with a pair of Cummins 425-hp QSB diesel engines, whereas the traditional shaft-driven boat runs at a top speed of 33 knots with larger 540-hp engines.

The base price for the Zeus-powered Sabre 42 is $669,500 (Zeus is a $49,500 option to the boat’s base price of $620,000).


Island Packet 460

The Island Packet 460 is scheduled to debut at this fall’s major boat shows.

The new two-cabin, aft-cockpit design by Bob Johnson incorporates an evolution of the company’s successful 440 and introduces a number of new features.

An extended sheer line aft incorporates a traditional transom stern and a large swim platform. The large deck area aft of the cockpit is suitable for sunbathing or on-deck stowage, with two storage bins on either side providing space for LPG bottles and miscellaneous gear, and a central hatch opening to a large lazarette.

New interior features include a larger aft guest cabin with a spacious double berth and a more spacious navigation station.

The 460 is the company’s 27th new Island Packet model in 30 years; the first aft cockpit, two-stateroom, two-head design was the IP38, which made its debut in 1986.

The base price is $549,950.


Wellcraft 210 Fisherman

Sarasota, Fla.-based Wellcraft Marine recently launched its new 210 Fisherman, which is aimed at the more price-conscious buyer and billed by the company as the “Everyman’s Wellcraft.”

Wellcraft says engineers sought to create the feel of a larger boat in the 21-foot center console with an 8-foot, 6-inch beam and a 19-degree deadrise hull.

Seating includes benches forward and removable, cushioned port and starboard seats aft. An optional cooler seat forward of the console provides another seat.

The console is designed with ample room for electronics. Inside the console is a full, self-contained head. A standard leaning post has a removable backrest.

The transom splash well is designed to maximize useable cockpit space. Four gunnel mount stainless-steel rod holders come standard, as does under-gunnel rod storage and a 104-quart lighted baitwell. Fuel capacity is 101 gallons.

Like other Wellcraft models, this boat features a transferable 10-year structural hull limited warranty. The MSRP with a Yamaha F150 is $43,520.