Jefferson 52 Pilothouse
The Jefferson 52 Pilothouse Special Edition is a new passagemaker from Jefferson Yachts. Powered by twin 480-hp Cummins diesels, it reaches speeds of around 23 mph. A power upgrade to 540-hp Cummins engines is available.
The centerline helm station is forward on the flybridge, with L-shaped seating and a wet bar to starboard. A teak staircase to port provides access to the flybridge, and there is room for optional dinghy davit storage aft on the upper deck.
The lower helm station is located forward in the pilothouse, which also houses a teak dinette table with L-shaped seating. The standard Special Edition electronics package includes radar, chart plotter, GPS, depth finder and two VHF radios. Triple windshield wipers work in tandem with the boat’s air conditioning and heating system to defog the windshield, according to the builder.A spiral staircase to port of the helm station leads below deck, where there are two staterooms and two heads.
The forward guest stateroom has a centerline island berth, with a head and shower compartment to starboard. The master stateroom is abaft the guest cabin, with the berth placed athwartships to starboard. In the private master bath to port, shoji panel doors separate the head, vanity and shower from one another.
A few steps down from the aft end of the pilothouse are the saloon and galley areas. The galley is forward and to starboard, with a table and L-shaped seating to port and additional seating to starboard.
A hardtop covers the aft deck, and a transom door leads to an integrated swim platform with dinghy storage. The foredeck — which has bench seating, storage, fresh- and raw-water washdowns, windlass, and a second pair of shore power connections — is accessed by side decks. All exterior deck surfaces are non-skid.
Jefferson Yachts, Jeffersonville, Ind. Phone: (812) 282-8111. www.jeffersonyachts.com
LOA: 51 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 15 feet DRAFT: 4 feet DISPLACEMENT: 37,700 pounds HULL TYPE: semidisplacement TANKAGE: 400 gallons fuel, 200 gallons water, 60 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel inboards SPEED: 23 mph top, 21 mph cruise SUGGESTED PRICE: $683,200
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Meridian 341 Sedan
Meridian Yachts has introduced what it calls the “all-new” 341 Sedan, a flybridge cruiser with a two-stateroom layout. The flybridge has seating for seven and is accessed from the cockpit by a molded staircase. It includes an entertainment center with an optional icemaker or refrigerator, lounge seating, and a bolstered captain’s chair. An autopilot is optional; a Bimini top is standard.
A sliding glass door from the cockpit provides entry to the saloon, which has panoramic windows, port and starboard lounge seating, 20-inch flat screen television, DVD player, and CD stereo system with bridge remote. The galley, located forward and to port, is equipped with a convection microwave oven and a two-burner stove. Air conditioning is optional. Below, the forward master stateroom has an island berth, while the guest stateroom has twin convertible berths.
A head with stall shower is to starboard, accessed from either the master stateroom or the passageway.
The boat has freshwater washdowns fore and aft, with optional raw water washdowns. Other options include full canvas and exterior carpet, foredeck sunpad, central vacuum, and a sliding screen door at the saloon entrance.
Meridian says it still is building the boat’s predecessor, known simply as the Meridian 341.
Meridian Yachts, Knoxville, Tenn. Phone: (865) 582-2200. www.meridian-yachts.com
LOA: 35 feet, 11 inches BEAM: 12 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 40 inches DISPLACEMENT: 17,498 pounds HULL TYPE: vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 11 degrees TANKAGE: 250 gallons fuel, 90 gallons water, 35 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin gas or diesel inboards SPEED: unavailable SUGGESTED PRICE: $247,000
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Luhrs 28 Open
The Luhrs 28 is a new express-style sportfishing boat designed to combine fishing and family-friendly features. The hull has a solid fiberglass bottom with Carolina flare for a dry ride, and a molded one-piece deck.
The twin-engine boat has bronze through-hulls, propellers, rudders and struts, and alloy prop shafts. Standard power comes from a pair of 320-hp Volvo Penta gas engines. Options include twin 370-hp Volvo gas engines and twin 240-hp Yanmar diesels.
The cockpit comes equipped with a coaming fishbox with overboard drain, insulated live well to port, bait prep center with cutting board and tackle drawers. There also are four flush-mounted rod holders, and fresh- and raw-water washdowns. Cockpit bolsters, spreader lights and a cockpit radio; speakers are available as options, as is a swim platform. The 28 has an aluminum fish tower with hardtop. A tower with upper helm station is optional.
Below deck there is V-shaped seating forward that converts to berths (a V-berth filler cushion also is available), overhead storage for eight rods, a galley to port, and a head compartment to starboard. The galley comes equipped with a stove, coffee maker, top-loading refrigerator and stainless steel sink. A microwave is optional, as are air conditioning and an entertainment package with a flat-screen television/DVD player.
Luhrs Corp., St. Augustine, Fla. Phone: (904) 829-0500. www.luhrs.com
LOA: 31 feet, 10 inches BEAM: 11 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 8 inches DISPLACEMENT: 10,000 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 19 degrees TANKAGE: 300 gallons fuel, 55 gallons water ENGINE OPTION: twin gas or diesel inboards SPEED: 36 mph top, 27 mph cruise (with twin 320-hp gas Volvos) SUGGESTED PRICE: $99,995
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Larson Escape 237
The Escape 237 is the latest model in Larson’s line of deck boats from 20 to 23 feet. It has bow and stern swim platforms with boarding ladders, a wet bar with Corian countertop, and a CD stereo system with Sirius satellite radio.
The bow area has seating with storage underneath, a built-in cooler, rope locker storage, and a portside entry door forward of the port console and walkthrough windshield. An enclosed, lighted changing compartment is in the starboard console, and a portable toilet is optional.
The helm has an adjustable, swiveling bucket seat with flip-up bolster, tilt steering, and a depth sounder standard. To port, the wet bar and refreshment center has a freshwater sink, cooler and additional storage. There is lounge seating on the port side and aft bench seating. Bow and stern tables are standard, as is a Sunbrella Bimini top. Options include a bow filler cushion, chrome wakeboard tower, extended swim platform, Sunbrella camper canvas package, and bow and cockpit covers.
The Escape 237 has a 14-person capacity, according to Larson. Several color schemes are available — blue, black, yellow, green and red — and the boat carries a two-year warranty on components and a five-year limited warranty on the hull.
Larson Boats, Little Falls, Minn. Phone: (320) 632-5481. www.larsonboats.com
LOA: 23 feet, 3 inches BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 33 inches (drive down) DISPLACEMENT: 3,900 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 16 degrees TANKAGE: 61 gallons fuel, 5 gallons water, 4 gallons waste (optional) ENGINE OPTION: sterndrive to 320 hp SPEED: 48 mph (with Volvo 5.0 Gxi) SUGGESTED PRICE: $39,855 (with Volvo 4.3 GL)
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Trophy 1901 Bay Pro
Trophy Sportfishing Boats has introduced a new 19-foot bay boat. The 1901 Bay Pro has raised forward and aft fishing platforms and a hull draft of 12 inches to get into shallow water. A 20-gallon bait well aft and a 15-gallon bait well forward are standard. In addition to the 15-gallon well, the forward fishing platform contains an anchor locker, cast-net storage, storage for six rods to starboard, and an insulated fish locker with overboard drain to port.
There are two rod holders in each gunwale.
The center console has stainless steel grab rails and an acrylic windshield standard. A T-top or Bimini top is available as an option. A 13.5-gallon cooler seat with flip-up backrest is standard at the helm, and cushions are available for aft platform seating. The hull is hand-laid fiberglass with a vinylester skin coat and fiberglass stringers.
The hull carries a 10-year limited warranty. Standard power is a 115-hp Mercury OptiMax. The hull is designed to get on plane in one boat length, according to the company.
The 1901 is self-bailing and has a raw-water washdown system and a fiberglass cockpit liner. A jack plate, trolling motor and electronics packages are available as options.
Trophy, Knoxville, Tenn. Phone: (865) 582-2200. www.trophyfishing.com
LOA: 19 feet BEAM: 8 feet, 2 inches HULL DRAFT: 12 inches DISPLACEMENT: 3,500 pounds HULL TYPE: vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 14 degrees TANKAGE: 55 gallons fuel ENGINE OPTION: single outboard to 150 hp SPEED: unavailable SUGGESTED PRICE: $21,595