Grand Banks 45 Eastbay SX
Grand Banks has been updating its Eastbay line, first with the 47FB and followed by the 39SX. The new 45SX — an enclosed hardtop express that rides a C. Raymond Hunt Associates-designed hull — takes its styling cues from those boats, incorporating new curves, a seated helm position, standard power sunroof, and an actuated aft saloon window.
The 45SX has built-in seating and hand-laid teak in the cockpit. Inside, a couple of layouts are available: the standard port-side galley-down arrangement or a galley-up to port at the aft end of the saloon that allows for two enclosed head compartments below deck. The galley comes equipped with an electric cooktop, microwave/convection oven, refrigerator/freezer with teak doors and a stainless steel sink. Granite countertops are standard.
Both plans include a U-shaped dinette with table to port and helm station to starboard. However, the standard layout has a pair of built-in chairs flanking the starboard-side entertainment center, and there is companion seating to port.
The standard galley-down is athwart the second stateroom and abaft the single enclosed head and shower compartment. This area on the alternate layout, however, makes way for the second head compartment. The forward master stateroom, in both layouts, has an island berth, hanging locker and private access to the head and shower compartment. The second stateroom contains a pair of berths and a hanging locker.
Base price (with twin 455-hp Caterpillar C7s), as quoted by Grand Banks dealer Boatworks Yacht Sales of Rowayton, Conn., is $827,300. Contact a Grand Banks dealer for pricing in your area.
Grand Banks Yachts, Seattle. Phone: (206) 352-0116. www.grandbanks.com
LOA: 48 feet
BEAM: 14 feet, 6 inches
DRAFT: 3 feet, 7 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 41,000 pounds
HULL TYPE: deep-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 20 degrees
TANKAGE: 475 gallons fuel, 150 gallons water, 60 gallons waste
POWER: twin inboard diesels to 1,134 hp
SPEED: 36 mph top, 30 mph cruise (with twin 567-hp Caterpillar C9s) PRICE: $827,300 (see above)
Cruisers 330 Express
Cruisers Yachts has a new express cruiser for 2008 in the 330 Express. The boat shows a contemporary profile with an S-shaped sheer line and forward-raked radar arch, in addition to the integral swim platform, walkthrough windshield and a stainless steel bow rail.
The cockpit has U-shaped seating with a table and filler cushion to starboard, with a wet bar to port. An icemaker or refrigerator is available as an option, as is synthetic teak decking for the cockpit and swim platform. Moving forward to the bridge deck, there is a double helm seat to starboard and a curved lounge to port.
The cabin is laid out with a forward master stateroom, an open saloon and galley, enclosed head compartment and a midcabin area. The forward stateroom contains a queen-size island berth and a hanging locker. While a privacy curtain is standard, a full bulkhead with door is available.
In the saloon there is a dinette with seating for four and a removable table to starboard. The galley is to port and comes equipped with a microwave, refrigerator/freezer, sink, two-burner electric stove and optional coffee maker. The head and shower compartment is abaft the galley. The midcabin contains U-shaped seating with a removable table that converts to a double berth. Pricing starts at around $239,000, according to Cruisers Yachts dealer Boat World of Warwick, R.I. Contact a Cruisers dealer for pricing in your area.
Cruisers Yachts, Oconto, Wis. Phone: (920) 834-2211. www.cruisersyachts.com
LOA: 35 feet, 6 inches
BEAM: 11 feet, 8 inches
DRAFT: 2 feet, 5 inches (drives up); 3 feet, 8 inches (drives down) DISPLACEMENT: 16,500 pounds
HULL TYPE: modified-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 16 degrees
TANKAGE: 232 gallons fuel, 40 gallons water, 30 gallons waste
POWER: twin gas or diesel sterndrives or V-drives
SPEED: 39 mph top, 28 mph cruise
The SeaStrike260BCenter Console is powered by single or twin outboards mounted on an engine bracket — hence the “B” designator — and has a console large enough to house a berth and a head. The hand-laid 26-footer is the largest boat in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., builder’s line of center consoles from 18 feet.
The 260B has a 56-square-foot self-bailing cockpit with a non-skid deck, cockpit coaming bolsters, recessed rod storage and a pair of three-drawer tackle boxes. There are four fishboxes: 70- and 21-gallon boxes in the bow and a pair of 26-gallon in-deck boxes. There is a 26-gallon recirculating live well and a sink in the transom.
In addition to the four gunwale rod holders and four rod holders in the standard leaning post, an optional T-top comes with a quartet of rocket launchers. A cushion set and filler plate for the bow casting platform also are standard. The 260B has forward console seating for two, and inside the console — with 6 feet of headroom — is the berth, storage space and the portable marine head (integrated head optional).
Though SeaStrike is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, the boats are built atS1 Marine’s manufacturing facility in Perry, Fla., where the company also builds SportCraft Boats. All SeaStrike and SportCraft boats carry a 10-year warranty.
SeaStrike Boats, Fort Lauderdale. Phone: (954) 566-6320. www.seastrikeboats.com
LOA: 27 feet, 1 inch
BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches
DRAFT: 1 foot, 7 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 3,950 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 18 degrees
TANKAGE: 173 gallons fuel, 14 gallons water
POWER: single or twin outboards to 400 hp
SPEED: 50 mph top
Pursuit LS 235 Denali
Pursuit calls its LS 235 Denali an entry-level boat for fishing, cruising and skiing. The layout is similar to that of the larger 265 Denali, with a cabin forward and an open cockpit with cushioned bench seating.
For fishing, the LS 235 has a pair of stainless steel gunwale rod holders and in-gunwale rod racks, as well as recessed fiberglass storage bins to port and starboard and a molded sink aft. A port-side transom door leads to the self-bailing cockpit. All deck surfaces are covered with diamond-pattern non-skid, and cockpit coaming bolsters are standard. There are stainless steel grab rails at the transom and a stainless steel telescoping boarding ladder.
In addition to transom bench seating, there is centerline back-to-back seating for four, including the helmsman. There are flip-up bolsters at the helm and an integrated insulated cooler in the seat base. The helm area is protected by a full aluminum-frame windshield, and a hardtop is optional. The cabin contains a V-berth and a portable marine head with pumpout.
The Pursuit Protection Plan includes a five-year structural warranty on the hull and deck, a five-year warranty against blisters and a two-year limited warranty.
Pursuit Boats, Fort Pierce, Fla. Phone: (772) 465-6006. www.pursuitboats.com
LOA: 22 feet, 9 inches
BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches
DRAFT: 2 feet, 9 inches (engine down)
DISPLACEMENT: 5,015 pounds
HULL TYPE: deep-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 21 degrees
TANKAGE: 106 gallons fuel, 9 gallons water, 5 gallons waste
POWER: single outboard to 300 hp
SPEED: 46 mph top, 37 mph cruise (with Yamaha F250)
Ranger 173 Ghost
The 173 Ghost is a technical poling skiff designed for inshore fishing. It is rated for outboard power to 115 hp and floats in 8 inches of water, according to the Flippin, Ark., boatbuilder.
The boat measures 17 feet, 3 inches overall and has a beam of more than 7 feet. It is rated for four people and is laid out with 10-foot-long rod storage in the gunwales; a recirculating, aerated live well forward of the outboard; a pair of insulated storage boxes on the aft deck; and a large insulated storage box in the forward casting platform.
The boat has flush-mounted push-pole holders, a center helm console, cushioned benches for driver and passengers, a self-bailing cockpit, non-skid deck, bow anchor locker and recessed trim tabs. Hardware is stainless steel, including the bow and stern eyes, console grab rails, pull-up bow cleat, through-hull fittings, hatch latches and gas spring hatch assists.
Other features include a fiberglass stringer system, fiberglass transom, hydraulic steering and a stainless steel steering wheel with an assist knob. The 173 Ghost comes paired with a single-axle aluminum trailer for saltwater use.
Ranger Boats, Flippin, Ark. Phone: (870) 453-2222. www.rangerboats.com
LOA: 17 feet, 3 inches
BEAM: 7 feet, 2.5 inches
DRAFT: 8 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 985 pounds
HULL TYPE: planing
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 11.5 degrees
TANKAGE: 30 gallons fuel
POWER: single outboard to 115 hp
SPEED: 44 mph top, 35 mph cruise (with Yamaha F115)