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New Boats - August 2007


Viking 54 Convertible

Viking Yachts’ 54 Convertible has all the hallmarks of the New Jersey boatbuilder’s construction and design, from the fiberglass fuel, water and holding tanks to the 160-square-foot cockpit with aft-facing mezzanine. The boat has a fiberglass hull with end-grain balsa coring, a solid reinforced keel, fiberglass-encapsulated foam stringers and vacuum-bagged composite bulkheads.

Up on the flybridge, the helm is on centerline, with lounge seating forward. The extended flybridge overhang provides more room to walk around the helm and companion seats, and shades the cockpit and mezzanine below.

The cockpit is equipped for fishing, with a freshwater washdown, in-deck fishboxes and storage boxes, flush-mounted stainless steel rod holders, a mounting plate for a fighting chair, and a walkthrough transom door with swim steps. The mezzanine offers cushioned seating.

Inside the saloon are an L-shaped lounge with a teak cocktail table to starboard and a home theater system with a flat-screen television to port. Forward and to starboard is a wraparound dinette, also with a teak table, while the galley-up is to port. It comes equipped with a three-burner electric stove, sink with garbage disposal, and microwave/convection oven.

Below, the 54C sports a three-stateroom, two-head layout. The amidships master stateroom, to port, has a queen-size island berth with storage beneath, a pair of end tables, a credenza and a teak hanging locker. Its private head compartment has a fiberglass stall shower. The second head compartment is athwart the master head, between the starboard guest stateroom (with bunked berths) and the forward guest stateroom (with a queen-size island berth or bunked berths).

Viking Yachts, New Gretna, N.J. Phone: (609) 296-6000.


LOA: 54 feet, 8 inches

BEAM: 17 feet, 9 inches

DRAFT: 5 feet, 2 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 77,900 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 1,445 gallons fuel, 225 gallons water, 100 gallons waste POWER: twin diesel inboards to 3,100 hp

SPEED: 46 mph top, 39 mph cruise (with twin 1,550-hp MANs)

PRICE: $1.84 million


Sunsation F-4

Sunsation Offshore Powerboats of Algonac, Mich., is moving up in the high-performance world with its largest go-fast, a 43-footer dubbed the F-4. The boat rides a stepped hull that is long, narrow and deep — unquestionably built for offshore performance at 43 feet, 4 inches overall and with a beam of just 8 feet, 9 inches and 24 degrees of deadrise at the transom.

Big twin sterndrives are staggered to fit in the engine compartment, and a “race-ready” version of the boat has topped 100 mph with optional power. And even larger engines are available.

The standard F-4 cabin layout includes a V-berth, microwave, refrigerator, sink, an enclosed head compartment, air conditioning, and a flat-screen television with a DVD player. There’s also an E-Plex video touchscreen, for boat system management via multiplexer, in the cabin. De rigueur on such a go-fast is a custom paint job, upholstered cockpit and helm area, and custom aluminum billet hardware.

Base price with standard power — twin 525-hp MerCruiser sterndrives that push the boat to 80 mph — is $548,848. Sunsation also offers 28- and 32-foot speedboats.

Sunsation Offshore Powerboats, Algonac, Mich. Phone: (810) 794-4888.


LOA: 43 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 9 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet

DISPLACEMENT: 10,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 235 gallons fuel, 20 gallons water, 20 gallons waste

POWER: twin gas sterndrives to 2,400 hp

SPEED: 100 mph top, 70 mph cruise (with twin Mercury Racing 700SCi engines)

PRICE: $634,682


Albemarle 330XF

Albemarle Boats, the Edenton, N.C., builder of inboard sportfishing boats from 24 to 41 feet, has introduced a 33-foot express fisherman. The 330XF incorporates many design features found on the 360XF, which debuted a year earlier.

The 330’s hand-laid fiberglass hull has 18 degrees of deadrise at the transom and 24 degrees of deadrise amidships, deeper than its predecessor the 360. The twin-diesel boat is built using vinylester resin, with cored hull sides and a gelcoat finish.

“Tournament-worthy” fishing features include a 76-square foot cockpit, deep gunwales, a tackle and bait prep center, transom tuna door, 56-gallon transom fishbox, 57-gallon cockpit fishbox, and a 25-gallon live well.

The bridge deck contains helm and companion seats, as well as wraparound bench seating with storage beneath. The cabin is laid out with a queen-size berth forward, a galley and enclosed head compartment (with standup shower) to starboard, and an L-shaped settee to port. The galley has a sink, Corian countertops, a microwave and a refrigerator. A teak and holly sole is available as an option. Other options include cockpit coaming pads, bridge deck air conditioning, a flat-screen television, anchor windlass (with rope, chain and anchor), and an oil changing system.

Albemarle Boats, Edenton, N.C. Phone: (252) 482-7600.


LOA: 35 feet BEAM: 13 feet, 5 inches DRAFT: 4 feet DISPLACEMENT: 19,500 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 18 degrees TANKAGE: 450 gallons fuel, 52 gallons water, 20 gallons waste POWER: twin diesels to 910 hp SPEED: 36 mph top, 30 mph cruise (with twin 420-hp Cummins QSB 5.8s) PRICE: $329,995


Da Vinci 29

Euroyachts U.S. of Marblehead, Mass., now imports Dutch canal cruisers built overseas by Da Vinci Yachts. But the story is a little more complicated than that, as the boats are designed in the Netherlands and built in Turkey before returning to the Netherlands for final assembly.

The Da Vinci 29 Cocktail Boat shows a traditional profile with a raised trunk cabin forward, wooden windshield frame, and open cockpit with seating all around and a high-gloss mahogany cockpit table. It has a gently sloping sheer and such touches as a mahogany mast forward with navigation lights, a mahogany flagpole, mahogany-framed teak swim platform, and teak deck.

Below, the cabin has a V-berth forward, a marine head and a galley with a stove, sink and refrigerator. A bow thruster and hydraulic steering are standard on the single-inboard cruiser.

The Da Vinci 29 Cocktail Boat is available in three versions: the Ocean, with a hand-laid fiberglass hull and trunk cabin; the Classic, with a fiberglass hull and mahogany trunk cabin; and the Timber, with a mahogany hull and trunk cabin. Base price with a 130-hp Volvo Penta D3 diesel is $185,000.

Da Vinci Yachts USA, Marblehead, Mass. Phone: (781) 346-2314. (Custom Yacht Group of Annapolis, Md., represents Da Vinci Yachts USA in the Chesapeake, (410) 295-3476.)


LOA: 29 feet, 2 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 1 inch

DRAFT: 2 feet, 6 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 6,100 pounds

HULL TYPE: semidisplacement

TANKAGE: 89 gallons fuel, 21 gallons water, 21 gallons waste

POWER: single diesel to 160 hp

SPEED: 26 mph top, 16 mph cruise (with 160-hp Volvo Penta D3)

PRICE: $195,000


Triumph 235CC

Triumph Boats has introduced its largest model to date: a 23-foot center console built using its Roplene Technology. The 235CC’s hull is constructed of a rotationally molded polymer that the company describes as indestructible. And while Roplene material floats, the boat also is filled with closed-cell foam flotation.

The 235CC is designed for offshore fishing, with an 8-foot, 10-inch beam and a deep-vee hull. Standard fishing features include a 45-gallon lighted bait well, a pair of aft 25-gallon insulated fishboxes with gas-shock-assisted lids, an additional pair of aft 25-gallon insulated storage boxes with overboard drains, four gunwale-mounted rod holders, gunwale rod storage for six rods and tackle storage.

There is lockable dry storage in the console, and a portable marine head is standard. Other standard equipment includes helm seating with flip-up bolsters, recessed trim tabs, and tilt hydraulic steering. Options include a T-top or Bimini top, aft folding jump seats, bow filler and cushion, coaming bolsters, stainless steel toerails and a freshwater shower.

Previously Triumph’s largest boat was a 21-foot center console. The company says it plans to introduce walkaround/cuddy models in the future.

Triumph Boats, Durham, N.C. Phone: (919) 382-3149.


LOA: 23 feet, 8 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 10 inches

DRAFT: 1 foot, 4 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 3,400 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee

TRANSOM DEADRISE: 21 to 24 degrees

TANKAGE: 145 gallons fuel

POWER: single outboard to 300 hp

SPEED: 45 mph top

PRICE: $50,805 (with Yamaha F250)