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New Boats – March 2008


Rampage 41 Express

Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts has added a second-stateroom option for its recently introduced 41 Express. The forward stateroom, included in both layouts, has a queen-size island berth and can be outfitted with a privacy curtain or a bulkhead with door. In the double-stateroom layout, the second cabin has double Pullman-style berths and is located amidships on the port side.

While the configuration of the galley and head depends on the chosen layout, they’re located on the starboard side, with the galley forward of the enclosed head and shower compartment. The galley comes equipped with a two-burner stove, solid surface countertops, a convection/microwave oven, refrigerator and freezer drawers units, and a stainless steel sink.

While the news is below deck, an express fisherman typically earns its reputation with its hull, and cockpit and helm areas. The 41’s hull is flared at the bow and has a solid-fiberglass bottom. The 100-square-foot, self-bailing cockpit has a pair of in-deck fishboxes, removable cockpit bolsters, seven gunwale-mounted rod holders, transom door with top gate, transom bait well, removable aft storage box, and fresh- and raw-water washdowns.

The bridge deck is laid out with a centerline helm station and port and starboard lounge seating, though a modular design allows such options as an entertainment center or bait prep center in place of the starboard seating. Owners also choose any combination of an aft-facing seat with a cooler, bait-prep unit with tackle storage, or a freezer box with tackle storage for the port and starboard sides of the cockpit.

Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, Oconto, Wis. Phone: (920) 834-2211.


LOA: 41 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 15 feet, 10 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet, 8 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 30,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: planing


TANKAGE: 700 gallons fuel, 100 gallons water, 53 gallons waste

POWER: twin diesels to 1,430 hp

SPEED: 42 mph top, 35 mph cruise (with twin 715-hp Caterpillar C12s)

PRICE: $654,615


True North 34

Pearson Composites of Warren, R.I., builds True North powerboats in addition to sailboats under the J/Boat and Alerion Express marques. The latest from the powerboat side is the True North 34, a cruiser that combines classic New England lines with modern construction techniques.

The boat is built using SCRIMP resin infusion technology, a vacuum-bagging process that results in a lighter and stronger hull than traditional fiberglass construction, according to the builder. The 34 shares the signature reverse transom, sweeping sheer line and plum bow of its predecessor, the True North 38. The 34 has an extended transom and is available with the builder’s original reverse transom doors or new optional vertical transom doors.

The cockpit layout includes a bench seat aft and an aft-facing seat abaft the raised pilothouse. The pilothouse contains a galley, an adjustable helm seat to starboard, L-shaped settee and table, and companion bench seat to port. The settee converts to a berth, and the galley comes equipped with a molded sink, Corian countertop, refrigerator and a single-burner stove. Below, the boat has a V-berth forward with filler cushion, head compartment to port, starboard side locker with drawers, and a hanging locker.

True North Yachts, Warren, R.I. Phone: (877) 329-9450.


LOA: 37 feet, 2 inches

BEAM: 12 feet, 4 inches

DRAFT: 2 feet, 11 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 12,500 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 180 gallons fuel, 65 gallons water, 20 gallons waste

POWER: single diesel to 435 hp

SPEED: 28-plus mph top, 25 mph cruise (with 370-hp Volvo D6)

PRICE: $308,000


Albury 27

The Albury 27 is the latest offering from Albury Brothers Boats, which builds in Riviera Beach, Fla., and Abaco, Bahamas, where the company was founded in 1952. The 27 is the largest Albury boat to date, and it joins the 20- and 23-foot center consoles already in the builder’s line.

The boat’s dual outboards are bolted to the transom, and there’s an aft bench with a folding seat and removable backrest. The center console is placed just forward of amidships, which creates space in the cockpit aft for the standard leaning post/live well combination that includes a tackle center and rod holders. The boat has cushioned seating forward of the console and at the bow, with an optional forward seat filler cushion.

Inside the console, there’s room for an optional electric-flush marine head with holding tank. Also available is a 24-gallon freshwater system (required with the optional head). Other options include a battery charger, console tackle center, and trim tabs. A hardtop or T-top also is available, and both can be outfitted with such equipment as spreader lights and rod holders. The 27-footer reaches a top speed of 50 mph with a pair of 225-hp Suzuki 4-strokes.

Albury Brothers USA, Riviera Beach, Fla. Phone: (561) 863-7006.


LOA: 27 feet

BEAM: 9 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 2 feet (engines up)

DISPLACEMENT: 5,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 200 gallons fuel

POWER: twin outboards to 500 hp

SPEED: 43 mph top, 24 mph cruise (with Suzuki DF175s)

PRICE: $105,995


Mako 234 Express

The Mako 234 Express is a 23-foot fishing boat powered by single or twin outboards. The boat rides a deep-vee hull with 21 degrees of transom deadrise and is trailerable, with an 8-foot, 6-inch beam. The foam-injected fiberglass hull has a one-piece fiberglass stringer grid system.

Hull and deck features include an anchor locker, one-piece welded aluminum bow rail, stainless steel cleats and through-hulls, an opening deck hatch and opening portlights, and integral port and starboard swim platforms. On the bridge deck, the helm and companion pedestal seats rise, slide and swivel, and an optional fiberglass hardtop includes spreader lights, electronics boxes, courtesy lights and rod holders.

The cockpit is equipped for fishing with dual macerated fishboxes, a 20-gallon lighted and insulated bait well, rod storage, four rod holders, and a bait-prep station with a stainless steel freshwater sink, a cutting board and tackle storage. There’s a bench seat at the transom that folds and is removable.

Below, the galley, to port, comes equipped with a sink, countertop, storage, an insulated cooler, and 6-gallon freshwater system; a top-loading refrigerator is optional. There’s a V-berth with filler table forward that converts to a dinette, and a portable marine head concealed on the starboard side.

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


LOA: 23 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 2 feet, 6 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 5,500 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 143 gallons fuel, 6 gallons water

POWER: single or twin outboards to 300 hp

SPEED: 49 mph top (with twin Mercury150s)

PRICE: $58,995


Hydra-Sports 19 Bay Bolt

Hydra-Sports has launched a 19-foot bay boat with fore and aft casting platforms. The 19 Bay Bolt is built of hand-laid fiberglass with Kevlar reinforcements, an integral composite transom and a structural grid stringer system.

Designed for 360-degree fishability, it has 9-inch-high gunwales, a 35-gallon lighted live well, forward cast net storage, a pair of integrated tackle boxes, a pair of insulated aft fishboxes, and a raw-water washdown system. Optional fishing features include a 15-gallon bait well forward, fore and aft casting seats, trolling motor, jackplate, a Powerpole shallow-water anchor, and a raised poling platform.

The boat has a cushioned aft bench seat, stainless steel steering wheel, a windscreen and a molded-in forward console cooler. Options include a Raymarine electronics package that adds a combination GPS/chart plotter/fishfinder and a VHF radio; a Bimini top with a boot; stereo system with satellite radio; and cockpit coaming bolsters.

On the other end of its line of saltwater fishing boats, Hydra-Sports also has introduced the 3500VX, a 35-footer with an open cockpit, large center console, standard hardtop and cabin forward.

Hydra-Sports Boats, Sarasota, Fla. Phone: (941) 753-7811.


LOA: 19 feet, 3 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 9 inches

DRAFT: 10 inches (engine up)

DISPLACEMENT: 3,600 pounds

HULL TYPE: planing


TANKAGE: 50 gallons fuel

POWER: single outboard to 225 hp

SPEED: 57 mph top, 39 mph cruise (with Yamaha F150)

PRICE: $36,605 (with 150-hp Evinrude E-TEC)