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New Boats Dec 2007


Four Winns V458

Four Winns builds a variety of boats, from an 18-foot bowrider to the new flagship express cruiser, the V458. With an overall length of 49 feet, 4 inches — 44 feet, 6 inches not including the standard extended swim platform — the V458 is more than 8 feet longer than the V378, the builder’s previous largest.

The V458 rides a modified-vee hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, and power is from twin Volvo Penta diesel IPS pod drives. The fiberglass boat has balsa coring in the hull sides and deck, with molded fiberglass toe rails as well. Most hardware is stainless steel, from the cleats and through-hull fittings to the portlights and the 1-inch, one-piece welded bow rail.

A hardtop with triple skylights covers most of the cockpit, which is laid out in typical express cruiser fashion — that is, for entertaining. There’s a U-shaped seating area at the stern, a dinette forward and to port that converts to a lounge, and a double helm seat to starboard. A cockpit wet bar includes a blender, icemaker, refrigerator and sink, while a flat-screen television is optional.

The saloon includes a convertible dinette with an adjustable-height table to starboard. To port is the galley, which comes equipped with a coffeemaker, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, and a two-burner electric stove. The forward master stateroom has a V-berth, cedar-lined hanging locker and separate head and shower compartments, while the midcabin stateroom has twin berths, a cedar-lined hanging locker, work station and an enclosed head and shower compartment. Other standard features include a battery management system, cockpit and cabin air conditioning, teak and holly cabin sole and a central vacuum system.

Four Winns, Cadillac, Mich. Phone: (231) 775-1351.


LOA: 49 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 14 feet

DRAFT: 3 feet, 7 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 30,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 380 gallons fuel, 101 gallons water, 99 gallons waste POWER: twin Volvo Penta IPS 500 pod drives

SPEED: 34-36 mph top

PRICE: $645,762


Marlow Prowler 375 Classic Outboard

Marlow Yachts has introduced an outboard version of the Prowler 375 Classic, a hardtop express cruiser previously available with twin diesels. The 375 is built alongside Marlow Explorer Yachts, passagemakers from 53 to 86 feet, at the Norsemen Shipyard in Xiamen, China.

The 375 Classic Outboard has a Marlow/Norsemen-designed proprietary bracket mounting system that places the triple 250-hp outboards well abaft the transom. The boat has a single 400-gallon fiberglass fuel tank, a cue taken from the Explorers. And like the bigger yachts, the 37-footer is built with Marlow/Norsemen’s Full Stack Infusion lamination, a process that the builder says results in a stronger, lighter boat.

The cockpit area features teak decking, stainless steel scuppers, and port and starboard L-shaped seating. Under the hardtop, the helm station is to starboard and a companion seat to port. The galley, concealed in cabinetry, can be placed on the main deck or below, and equipment includes a stainless steel sink, microwave/convection oven, and two-burner stove. The L-shaped dinette is to port.

The interior features teak, cherry or maple hull ceilings, and teak and holly or teak and ebony sole. The owner’s stateroom is forward, with a queen-size berth on centerline and two hanging lockers. The head, to starboard, has a stall shower and VacuFlush marine head.

Marlow Yachts, Snead Island, Fla. Phone: (941) 729-3370.


LOA: 37 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 12 feet

DRAFT: 1 foot, 7 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 17,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 400 gallons fuel, 60 gallons water, 25 gallons waste

POWER: triple 250-hp outboards

SPEED: 50 mph top, 45 mph cruise

PRICE: $363,000


Grady-White Canyon 336

Grady-White Boats, the venerable Greenville, N.C., builder of family fishing boats from 18 to 36 feet, has introduced a new center console: the Canyon 336. The 33-foot, 6-inch boat has an 11-foot, 7-inch beam, room enough for a triple-wide helm seat/leaning post with sliding chairs and a centerline helm position.

Additional cushioned seating includes a foldaway aft bench and molded forward console seating for three. Abaft the leaning post is a rigging station with tackle drawers, rod holders, knife and pliers holders, a freshwater washdown, 104-quart cooler and bulk storage. The boat also has 165-quart insulated fishboxes to port and starboard, a 291-quart insulated fishbox aft, and a 45-gallon insulated and lighted live well.

The console houses a standup head compartment with a shower and sink, as well as a berth, stereo system and vertical storage for six fishing rods. Air conditioning, a microwave, water heater and a diesel generator are available as options, as are a bow thruster, fiberglass T-top and refrigerator/freezer fishbox with digital thermostat.

Like all Grady-Whites, the hull and deck are 100-percent hand-laid fiberglass, with through-bolted stainless steel deck hardware. For power, the 336 is available with twin Yamaha F250s or F350s.

Grady-White Boats, Greenville, N.C. Phone: (252) 752-2111.


LOA: 33 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 11 feet, 7 inches

DRAFT: 2 feet, 1 inch (engines up)

DISPLACEMENT: 9,200 pounds (without power)

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 350 gallons fuel, 44 gallons water, 10 gallons waste

POWER: twin outboards to 700 hp

SPEED: 50 mph top, 30 mph cruise (with twin Yamaha F350s)

PRICE: $220,085


Sea Ray 290 Sundeck

The latest Sea Ray sportboat was designed with the extended family in mind, according to the Knoxville, Tenn., builder. The 290 Sundeck measures 29 feet, 6 inches overall with a beam of 9 feet, 1 inch. It has seating for a good-size crew, from port and starboard bow seating with large storage compartments beneath to aft-facing seating in the transom. The cockpit also contains plenty of seating, including a swiveling bucket-style helm seat, a back-to-back lounge seat to port, a starboard lounge and an aft bench seat. A cockpit table is available as an option.

The boat’s dual console layout allows for an enclosed head compartment in the port console and a berth in the helm console. The head compartment contains a vanity and pull-out shower head, and while a portable marine head is standard, a VacuFlush head and a 10-gallon holding tank are an option.

The wet bar in the cockpit comes with a cutting board, trash receptacle and storage. There’s also designated storage for a standard carry-aboard cooler. There is more storage in the gunwales and the deck, including a ski and wakeboard compartment. A Bimini top is standard, and a wakeboard tower, refrigerator, stereo upgrade, flip-down television and air compressor for water toys are available as options. Price with the standard 325-hp MerCruiser sterndrive is $82,775.

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


LOA: 29 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 9 feet, 1 inch

DRAFT: 3 feet, 3 inches (drive down)

DISPLACEMENT: 6,044 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 93 gallons fuel, 24 gallons water

ENGINE OPTION: gasoline sterndrive to 425 hp

SPEED: 49 mph top, 34 mph cruise (with 425-hp MerCruiser)

PRICE: $97,844


Cobia 206 Center Console

Cobia Boats has added three new center consoles to its line for 2008, the 206, 216 and 256. Though the smallest of the trio, the 206CC’s list of standard features includes a walk-in console with portable marine head, cushioned forward console seating, bow seating that conceals port and starboard insulated fishboxes, and a 100-gallon fuel tank.

In addition to 50-gallon insulated fishboxes, the 20-footer has a 52-quart in-console cooler, a cooler beneath the standard leaning post, and a 24-gallon transom live well. The boat has a self-bailing cockpit, four stainless steel gunwale rod holders, and port and starboard under-gunwale rod boxes.

Options include a Bimini top; a basic T-top with rocket launchers and a spreader light; a deluxe T-top with an electronics box, spreader lights and a PFD bag; dual batteries; a three-sided or full enclosure; hydraulic steering; trim tabs; a stereo system; stainless steel bow rail; pumpout head; freshwater system; and a raw-water washdown. The 206CC is rated for up to 200 hp.

Cobia Boats, Fort Pierce, Fla. Phone: (772) 460-5258.


LOA: 20 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 1 foot, 2 inches (engine up)

DISPLACEMENT: 2,450 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 100 gallons fuel POWER: single outboard to 200 hp

SPEED: 44 mph top (with Yamaha F150)

PRICE: $33,569