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New Boats – August 2006

Lagoon Power 44

French sailing catamaran builder Lagoon introduced the Lagoon Power 43 in 2000. After building 89 of the power cats, it was time for a redesign, and hull No. 90 was launched as the Lagoon Power 44.


The new boat starts with a bigger flybridge, with seating for three people in separate chairs at the helm station and up to six on settees that wrap around a table. There are two sunpads, one to port of the helm station and the other abaft the large seating area, as well as space for an optional refrigerator to be installed in a storage locker. Molded steps are to starboard, abaft the helm station, and the long flybridge overhang covers the cockpit. Some owners in warmer climates might choose to fully enclose and air condition the cockpit.

There is one step down from the cockpit into the saloon of the 44, where the lower helm station has been redesigned for better integration of electronics, and fitted with a new adjustable seat. The cat has a handful of layout options. Boats being put into charter service normally have four cabins, with two in each hull. Private owners, however, can opt for a three-cabin layout with a full-beam aft master stateroom, no small luxury in a boat with a 21-foot beam. The full-beam master contains a king-size island berth, and separate head and shower compartments.

The galley is in the starboard hull and comes equipped with a pair of refrigerators (freezer is optional), four-burner propane stove, propane oven, stainless steel double sink, and space for an optional microwave. An icemaker also is optional.

Owners can choose another layout with an office rather than the forward starboard cabin. In this configuration, the starboard head compartment is replaced by a pantry.

Lagoon America, Annapolis, Md. Phone: (410) 280-2368.


LOA: 42 feet, 9 inches

BEAM: 21 feet, 1 inch

DRAFT: 3 feet, 11 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 24,691 pounds

HULL TYPE: catamaran

TANKAGE: 400 gallons fuel, 184 gallons water

ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel inboards to 630 hp

SPEED: 27 mph top, 22 mph cruise (with Volvo D6s or Yanmar 315s)

PRICE: $515,652 (with Yanmar 315s)


Sea Ray 36


 Sea Ray’s 36 Sedan Bridge is a twin-engine cruiser with contemporary styling that includes curved saloon windows and a forward-raked fiberglass radar arch on the flybridge, which hangs over the cockpit.

The flybridge has a centerline helm seat and companion seat to starboard, with additional seating and a table aft. Port-side molded steps connect the flybridge and cockpit, which can be equipped with an optional refrigerator and icemaker, as well as a teak sole.

In the saloon is an entertainment center with a 20-inch LCD television standard, seating to starboard and port, and a dinette area forward and to starboard. The galley-down is to port and comes equipped with a coffeemaker, sink, refrigerator, freezer, microwave and two-burner stove.

The master stateroom forward has a full-size centerline island berth, 14-inch LCD television/DVD player, two hanging lockers, and storage that includes a hope chest with seating. An enclosed head compartment is to port and can be accessed from the forward stateroom or the galley; the shower compartment to starboard is accessed through the forward stateroom. A stateroom to starboard has twin berths and a filler cushion.

Sea Ray Boats, Knoxville, Tenn. Phone: (865) 522-4181.


LOA: 37 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 13 feet

DRAFT: 3 feet, 4 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 20,500 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 300 gallons fuel, 75 gallons water, 35 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin gasoline or diesel inboards to 740 hp SPEED: 34 mph top, 29 mph cruise (with twin MerCruiser 8.1S Horizons)

PRICE: $380,471


Boston Whaler 285

 The 285 Conquest from Boston Whaler is a walkaround that slots between the 255 and 305 in the builder’s Conquest line. Like all Whalers, the 285 is unsinkable, built using the company’s Unibond foam core construction.


The boat has a self-bailing cockpit with 2 feet, 3 inches of interior freeboard. It is outfitted for fishing, with gunwale- and transom-mounted stainless steel rod holders, coaming bolsters, stainless steel toe rails, a pair of 160-quart insulated in-deck fishboxes, lighted 20-gallon recirculating live well, and under-gunwale rod storage. A bait-prep station is optional, and the standard hardtop has four rod holders. The cockpit also contains fold-away aft bench seating.

The companionway is to port, and in the cabin below is a galley unit, enclosed head compartment with pull-out shower wand, convertible dinette/V-berth forward, and midcabin berth aft. The molded galley comes equipped with a sink, single-burner butane stove and refrigerator. An optional cruising package adds a microwave and electric stove, as well as a water heater. A stereo system is standard, and a flat-screen television and DVD player are optional.

Boston Whaler, Edgewater, Fla. Phone: (904) 428-0057.


LOA: 30 feet, 2 inches

BEAM: 9 feet, 8 inches

DRAFT: 1 foot, 8 inches (engines up)

DISPLACEMENT: 6,200 pounds (without engines)

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 207 gallons fuel, 30 gallons water

ENGINE OPTION: twin outboards to 450 hp

SPEED: 44 mph top, 23 mph cruise (with twin 200-hp Mercury Verados)

PRICE: $147,828


Phase III


 Phase III is a 21-foot, 6-inch flats/bay boat with trimmable jetdrive power and its center console, helm and companion seats placed aft. The Phase III name refers to the three positions from

 which Mac McAleer, founder of McAleer Marine Group, has driven a steering wheel-controlled fishing boat: at the bow, amidships in a typical center console layout, and now from bucket seats mounted on the aft platform, a position he says offers the best ride.

The use of a Hamilton Jet drive system gives the boat a maximum draft of 1 foot, 3 inches, and it is rugged enough to run through shallow water containing oyster shells, mud and other objects, the company says. The Phase III comes with a teardrop-shaped “ragtop” standard that the company says allows for “340-degree” fishability, and an optional tower and hardtop also are available.

The center console is hydraulically actuated for engine access, and there is a forward console bait station with cutting board. The forward casting platform measures 10 feet in length. Other fishing features include a 250-quart fishbox, 30-gallon live well, 20-gallon bait well, and a pair of 48-quart ice chest compartments aft.

McAleer Marine Group, Gulf Shores, Ala. Phone: (251) 970-5750.


LOA: 21 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 1 foot, 3 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 3,800 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 80 gallons fuel

ENGINE OPTION: gasoline or diesel jetdrive to 375 hp

SPEED: 45 mph

PRICE: $64,000 to $84,000


Mako 204

 The Mako 204 center console joins the recently introduced 234 and 264 models in the builder’s line. The 20-footer is designed to offer similar ride and comfort characteristics but in a smaller, easier-to-tow package.


The 204, like other Makos, has a hand-laid fiberglass hull that is foam-injected and a one-piece fiberglass stringer grid system. Decks and platforms have molded-in non-skid surfaces. The boat has a top-loading anchor locker, recessed stainless steel bow rails and a self-bailing cockpit.

There is port and starboard seating at the bow, as well as a forward console seat, twin pedestal helm seats and optional folding aft seats. Helm seat options include an aluminum leaning post and a 72-quart cooler seat. A 35-gallon bait well is located under the forward console seat, fishboxes under the bow seats, and a 125-quart in-sole storage compartment. Options include a swim platform, stereo system, fresh- or saltwater washdown, coaming bolsters and bow cushions. A Bimini and T-top also are available, with an electronics box, spreader lights and outriggers available for the T-top.

Mako Marine, Springfield, Mo. Phone: (417) 873-4555.


LOA: 20 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 4 inches

DRAFT: 1 foot, 3 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 2,100 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 85 gallons fuel, 6 gallons water (optional)

ENGINE OPTION: single outboard to 225 hp

SPEED: 45 mph top, 28 mph cruise (with 150-hp Mercury OptiMax)

PRICE: $26,295