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New Boats - July 2006

Ferretti 550

 The Ferretti 550 is a three-stateroom, three-head motoryacht with contemporary styling that attests to its European heritage. The yacht is designed with lounging and entertaining in mind.


 On the flybridge, there is a U-shaped lounge aft, sunpad to starboard, and a wet bar abaft the helm seat, located to port. Bimini tops can be put up for shade, and a radar arch sweeps over the U-lounge area. The flybridge overhang shades the aft cockpit, and there also is a foredeck sunpad.

The saloon is accessed from the cockpit and includes the lower helm station, forward and to port, as well as several seating areas. Along the starboard side are U- and crescent-shaped settees with tables, and a straight settee and amenities are to port. There is access to the flybridge from the saloon, as well as a companionway to the lower deck accommodations.

The forward master stateroom has an island berth, a pair of hanging lockers, and a private head compartment with a shower to starboard. There also are port and starboard staterooms with twin berths, each with a hanging locker, and a second head compartment with a shower to port.

The galley also is on the lower deck level, aft and to port, along with another head compartment. The galley includes a double sink, microwave and stove. Additional crew quarters and head are standard.

The Ferretti 550 is available with such systems as software that allows continuous boat monitoring and management, and the Anti Rolling Gyro system designed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to reduce boat movement.

Ferretti Group USA, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Phone: (954) 525-4550.


LOA: 57 feet BEAM: 16 feet, 2 inches DRAFT: 4 feet, 11 inches DISPLACEMENT: 63,493 poundsHULL TYPE: planing TRANSOM DEADRISE: 15 degrees TANKAGE: 819 gallons fuel, 164 gallons water ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel inboards SPEED: 39 mph top, 35 mph cruise (with twin 900-hp MANs) PRICE: about $2 million


Marlow Prowler Open 375


 The Prowler Open 375 joins the hardtop express 375 already in the fledgling Prowler lineup from Marlow Yachts.

Prowlers, as well as the builder’s Explorer line, are built at the Norsemen Shipyard in Xiamen, China.The Open 375 has a center console helm station with pedestal seats for both skipper and companion. There is L-shaped lounge seating with a table forward of the console, yet still beneath the fiberglass T-top. For fishing, the cockpit contains a refrigerated fishbox, bait well and tackle center with storage.

Though called the Open 375, the boat has a forward cabin that contains a convertible U-shaped dinette forward, hanging locker and enclosed head compartment to starboard, and galley to port. The galley is equipped with a stainless steel sink, electric stove, microwave/convection oven and refrigerator/freezer.

Propulsion options include twin or triple outboards, and twin diesel inboards. The Prowler carries a five-year hull warranty and is built using vacuum resin infusion construction and with a fiberglass-molded, foam-cored structural grid.

Marlow Yachts, Snead Island, Fla. Phone: (800) 362-2657.


LOA: 37 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 12 feet DRAFT: 1 foot, 8 inches (with outboards) DISPLACEMENT: 10,000 pounds (with outboards) HULL TYPE: planing TRANSOM DEADRISE: 2 degrees TANKAGE: 350 gallons fuel, 50 gallons water ENGINE OPTION: twin or triple outboards, twin diesel inboards to 1,000 hp SPEED:52 mph top, 48 mph cruise (with triple 250-hp Evinrude E-TECs) PRICE: $408,000


Tiara 3000 Open

 The 3000 Open is the latest cruising and fishing boat from Tiara Yachts. It measures 35 feet with its standard bow pulpit and optional swim platform, has a beam of 12 feet, 6 inches, and can be powered by either a pair of 8.1-liter 385-hp Crusader gasoline engines or twin 260-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesels.


The 3000 has an express cruiser layout with a 64-square-foot cockpit ready for fishing, a bridge deck with back-to-back seats, and cabin sleeping accommodations for four. Cockpit options for serious angling include macerators for the in-sole storage boxes, four in-gunwale rod holders, four rod holders for the hardtop support frame, seven rocket launchers, and a 33-gallon transom bait well. A work station in the companion back-to-back seat is standard. Deck and cockpit surfaces are covered in custom diamond non-skid.

A sliding companionway door gives access to the accommodations below, including a galley to starboard, head compartment to port, convertible lounge seating and dinette table, and forward berth. The galley comes equipped with a stainless steel sink, one-burner electric stove, microwave and refrigerator.

Tiara Yachts, Holland, Mich. Phone: (616) 392-7163.


LOA: 33 feet (without swim platform) BEAM: 12 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 2 feet,8 inches DISPLACEMENT: 12,390 pounds HULL TYPE: planing TRANSOM DEADRISE: 14 degrees TANKAGE: 210 gallons fuel, 32 gallons water, 20 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin gas or diesel inboards SPEED: 41 mph top, 28 mph cruise (with twin 385-hp Crusaders) PRICE: $219,900


Steiger Craft 26


 Steiger Craft is known for building rugged fiberglass workboats, and the 26 is the company’s biggest model to date, riding a 22-degree-deadrise deep-vee hull with a 10-foot beam.

The 26 has a large cockpit and is available in several layouts and with inboard and outboard propulsion options. The most popular version is the 26 Miami, a hardtop model with soft aft enclosure. The 26 Chesapeake (pictured) has a fully enclosed pilothouse, and the 26 Block Island sports a Bimini top. Power options include twin outboards or a single gas or diesel sterndrive.

The boat has two-tone tan decks, in-deck and transom fish wells, a recirculating live well, built-in tackle storage, six gunwale rod holders, rod racks, and rocket launchers for seven rods. The standard equipment list includes V-berth cabin cushions, a marine head, freshwater sink, fresh- and saltwater washdowns, and a port-side L-shaped bench seat in the pilothouse.

The boat also has a bow pulpit and stainless steel bow rail, anchor locker, port and starboard windshield wipers, and opening forward windows and portholes. Options include a bow thruster, cockpit bolsters, swim platform, dive platform, spreader lights and a windlass.

Steiger Craft Inc., Bellport, N.Y. Phone: (631) 286-2136.


LOA: 26 feet BEAM: 10 feet DRAFT: 2 feet, 1 inch DISPLACEMENT: 8,500 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 22 degrees TANKAGE: 200 gallons fuel, 30 gallons water, 30 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: single gas or diesel sterndrive, twin outboards to 500 hp SPEED: 54 mph top, 40 mph cruise (with twin 225-hp Suzuki 4-strokes) PRICE: $97,200


AB Nautilus 17 DLX

 The Nautilus 17 DLX from AB Inflatables is a rigid-hull inflatable designed to challenge the typical family bowrider in terms of layout, capacity and amenities. The 16-foot, 10-inch RIB has a beam of 7 feet, 9 inches, and is said to accommodate up to nine people with its bowrider-style forward seating.


 The cushioned seating has storage beneath and can be converted to a lounge with seat inserts. Storage on board includes a bow anchor locker and four built-in coolers.

The 17 DLX has a fiberglass helm console to starboard with tilt steering and a stainless steel steering wheel. There is a molded-in stern seat with cushions and storage, and a Bimini top is optional. The boat has a stainless steel bow rail, stainless steel console grab rail, pop-up cleats, bow eye, davit lifting points, and a 10-gallon freshwater shower. Water and gas tanks are marine-grade aluminum and installed beneath the deck.

Other options include a teak deck, rod holders and a ski tow accessory. The boat has an automatic bilge pump standard, double rub rail, and hand-made neoprene and Hypalon tubes.

AB Inflatables, Miami. Phone: (845) 918-2100.


LOA: 16 feet, 10 inches BEAM: 7 feet, 9 inches DRAFT: 11 inches DISPLACEMENT: 1,078 pounds HULL TYPE: deep-vee RIB TRANSOM DEADRISE: 20 degrees TANKAGE: 33 gallons fuel, 10 gallons water ENGINE OPTION: single outboard to 115 hp SPEED: 50 mph top, 35 mph cruise (with 115-hp Evinrude E-TEC) PRICE: $30,137