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New Boats November 2006

Rinker 420 Express Cruiser

The two-stateroom 420 Express Cruiser is the biggest boat in the Syracuse, Ind., builder’s lineup, and a pair of 425-hp sterndrives give it a top end of 44 mph.

Gavan Hunt, Rinker senior vice president of sales and marketing, says the sterndrives result in 33- to 45-percent better fuel economy than a conventional inboard. (Rinker also offers Volvo Penta’s IPS as an option.)


The boat’s standard features include a radar arch with spreader lights and speakers, Raymarine radar/chart plotter, VHF radio, Mercury’s Digital Throttle and Shift, an electric anchor windlass, satellite radio, three flat-screen televisions, central vacuum system, and a La-Z-Boy recliner in the saloon. It has an extended swim platform, walkthrough transom, and cushioned transom rumble seating, as well as a U-shaped lounge in the cockpit. Also topside are a day galley with sink, trash compactor, icemaker, refrigerator/freezer and propane gas grill.

Accessed through a sliding companionway door, the saloon contains the La-Z-Boy, a convertible settee, dinette table, and galley equipped with a three-burner stove with oven, microwave/coffeemaker and refrigerator/freezer. The forward stateroom has a V-berth and a pair of hanging lockers, while the midcabin has a privacy door, vanity sink and single hanging locker. The televisions are in the saloon and in each stateroom.

Options include a bow thruster, hardtop, teak package and dinghy package that includes an 8-foot, 9-inch Mercury RIB, 4-stroke outboard, and all mounting and storage hardware.

Rinker Boat Co., Syracuse, Ind. Phone: (574) 457-5731.


LOA: 44 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 13 feet, 10 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet (drives down)

DISPLACEMENT: 24,500 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 300 gallons fuel, 100 gallons water, 88 gallons waste

ENGINE OPTION: twin gas or diesel sterndrives, Volvo Penta IPS SPEED: 44 mph top (with twin MerCruiser 496 MAG HOs with Bravo Three XR drives)

PRICE: $472,38


Silverton 33 Convertible

The Silverton 33 Convertible is the new entry-level boat from the Millville, N.J., boatbuilder. The two-stateroom 33-footer is designed to be more livable than an express cruiser, at a price less than $200,000, according to Silverton.


 The 33 Convertible’s flybridge, accessed by molded-in steps from the cockpit, has a forward helm console, helm and companion chairs, and additional lounge seating.

The saloon, on the main deck, has a convertible settee with storage beneath to starboard, next to the galley. The galley comes equipped with a microwave, single-burner electric stove, sink, Corian countertop and under-counter refrigerator and freezer. To port is an L-shaped settee and dinette table.

Below deck are a forward master stateroom, portside guest stateroom with double berth and standing headroom, and a head and shower compartment to starboard. The master stateroom includes a full-size berth with storage drawers and a cedar-lined hanging locker.

Silverton Marine Corp., Millville, N.J. Phone: (856) 825-4117.


LOA: 32 feet, 8 inches

BEAM: 12 feet, 8 inches

DRAFT: 2 feet, 10 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 16,800 pounds

HULL TYPE: planing

TRANSOM DEADRISE: 12-1/2 degrees

TANKAGE: 200 gallons fuel, 80 gallons water, 30 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin gas inboards

SPEED: 30 mph top, 21 mph cruise (with twin 275-hp Crusaders) PRICE: $189,900


Southport 28 Tournament Edition

Southport Boat Works of Leland, N.C., has introduced a version of its 28-foot center console designed to meet the needs of serious offshore anglers. The Southport 28 Tournament Edition has such features as a tackle center, 40 rod holders, and more than 800 quarts of insulated storage.

 Like many center consoles, the 28TE has a combination leaning post/tackle center but with about a dozen tackle storage trays and a 4-foot work surface with three cutting board lids.


The lids open to reveal, from starboard to port, a 45-gallon lighted live well, insulated bait box, and a fresh- and raw-water sink with a pullout shower. Each lid is gasketed and has a magnet to hold it open. Above the work surfaces, all of which drain to the sink, are four rod holders and storage for such items as a knife, pliers, rigging needle and ice pick holder. In addition to the tackle center, the boat has a transom bait box, 38-gallon cockpit fishbox with macerator, stand-up head in the center console, and a 157-gallon forward console fishbox.

Southport boats are engineered specifically for use with 4-stroke outboards and ride a deep-vee hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates.

Southport Boat Works LLC, Leland, N.C. Phone: (910) 383-0365.


LOA: 28 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 10 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 1 foot, 9 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 5,800 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 250 gallons fuel, 20 gallons water

ENGINE OPTION: twin outboards to 600 hp

SPEED: 54 mph top, 25 mph cruise (with twin 225-hp Yamaha 4-strokes)

PRICE: $164,134


Ebbtide 2460 Z-Trak Dual Console

Ebbtide Boats has introduced a new hull design that incorporates the vented Z-Trak hull, which the builder says reduces drag and allows the boat to plane more quickly, improves maneuverability and control, and enhances overall performance.


 For 2007 five of the company’s models, including three all-new boats, will incorporate the Z-Trak hull. Included in this group is the 2460 Z-Trak Dual Console Fun Cruiser, a 24-foot sportboat driven by a single sterndrive from 250 hp to 320 hp.

The boat has bow and stern swim platforms with stainless steel telescoping ladders, stainless steel hardware that includes a standard ski tow rail, and a curved windshield with stainless steel braces. A colored gelcoat hull band or accent stripe is standard, as is a color-matched Bimini top.

The 2460 is laid out with watersports and entertaining in mind, with a convenience center with a sink and a removable 48-quart cooler, cockpit table, in-sole ski locker with gas shock lid, and stereo system with transom remote. Seating includes a flip-up bucket seat for the driver, cockpit lounge seating, and bow seating with a filler cushion.

Other new models include the 2660 Z-Trak Dual Console, with a base price of $41,470, and the 2640 Z-Trak Bow Rider, with a base price of $40,120. Pricing was unavailable for the 2460 Z-Trak Dual Console.

Ebbtide Boats, White Bluff, Tenn. Phone: (615) 797-3193.


LOA: 24 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet

DISPLACEMENT: 4,200 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 68 gallons fuel

ENGINE OPTION: single gas sterndrive to 320 hp

SPEED: 49 mph top (with 300-hp MerCruiser)

PRICE: unavailable


Sea Fox 216 Dual Console

Sea Fox Boat Co. designed its new 216 Dual Console for families that enjoy fishing and dayboating. It has an eight-person capacity and standard plush seating, along with such fishing features as a 19-gallon aerated live well, 12 rod holders, portside rod storage box, and tackle center with three tackle trays and a cutting board. Standard features include a swim platform and boarding ladder, stereo system, and private head compartment in the port console, with a dome light and portable marine head.

 The boat is laid out with cushioned bow seating, a curved walkthrough windshield, pedestal helm seat to starboard and back-to-back lounge seats to port, an aft bench seat, and a pair of aft jump seats with removable backrests.


A removable cooler is beneath the back-to-back seats.

The 216DC has non-skid deck surfaces, through-bolted stainless steel rails, stainless steel through-hulls, a self-bailing cockpit, foam-cored hull and deck, and a lifetime limited warranty. Options include a Bimini top, bow filler cushion, companion pedestal seat (in lieu of the back-to-back seating), electronics, removable ski tow bar and freshwater washdown. Raw water washdown is standard.

Sea Fox Boat Co., Moncks Corner, S.C. Phone: (843) 761-6090.


LOA: 21 feet, 3 inches

BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 1 foot, 3 inches (engine up)

DISPLACEMENT: 2,460 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 60 gallons fuel

ENGINE OPTION: single outboard to 200 hp

SPEED: 45 mph top, 35 mph cruise (with 175-hp Suzuki 4-stroke) PRICE: $37,119