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New Boats Sept. 2006

Formula 45 Yacht

The Formula 45 Yacht joins the Decatur, Ind., builder’s 48 Yacht in a model line that mixes cruising amenities with a sleek profile. Designed by John Adams, the 45 Yacht measures 48 feet, 2 inches overall, with a beam of 13 feet, 11 inches and 18 degrees of deadrise at the transom.

Laid out like an express cruiser, the 45’s large wraparound windshield meets a hardtop with motorized sunroof. Molded fiberglass steps lead from the bridge deck to the windshield’s center walkthrough for access to the foredeck.

The boat has a double helm seat, curved lounge seating to port, and an optional 30,000-BTU cockpit air conditioner. Moving aft, there is a wet bar to starboard with a sink, refrigerator and available grill and more seating, with convertible sunpads.  


There’s plenty of transom storage, and the swim platform has an available hydraulic package.

Below, the 45 has a forward master stateroom, head compartment and shower compartment; galley to port; U-shaped settee to starboard; and guest stateroom abaft the companionway steps, with two berths and a second head compartment. The master stateroom has a centerline island berth and a pair of cedar-lined hanging lockers. The master and guest staterooms come equipped with a 15-inch LCD television, and the standard entertainment equipment in the saloon is a 37-inch widescreen LCD television with a Bose Lifestyle surround sound system. The L-shaped galley has Corian countertops and is equipped with a stainless steel double sink, two-burner electric stove, convection/microwave oven, upright refrigerator/freezer and a coffee maker.

Inboard power for the 45 Yacht is twin 575-hp Volvo Penta D9 diesels or twin 540-hp Cummins QSM diesels.

Thunderbird Products, Decatur, Ind. Phone: (260) 724-9111.


LOA: 48 feet, 2 inches BEAM: 13 feet, 11 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 5 inches DISPLACEMENT: 30,500 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 18 degrees TANKAGE: 350 gallons fuel, 100 gallons water, 75 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin inboard diesels to 1,150 hp SPEED: 37 mph top, 33 mph cruise PRICE: $804,060 (with twin 575-hp Volvo Penta D9s)

Meridian 391 Sedan

The 391 Sedan from Meridian Yachts puts the emphasis on cruising and entertaining, with a large flybridge, 360-degree visibility in the saloon and two staterooms. The flybridge extends aft over the cockpit, which allows for L-shaped lounge seating. The helm seat is forward and to starboard, and a companion lounge is to port. A flybridge icemaker is available as an option. Molded steps lead to the cockpit.


 The interior is finished in gloss cherry, and the layout places the saloon with L-shaped settee and table to starboard. A pair of seats and an entertainment center are to port.

The entertainment center comprises a 20-inch LCD television, DVD player and stereo system. Forward and to starboard is a raised C-shaped dinette, across from which is the galley. The galley has a teak-and-holly sole and comes standard with such equipment as a convection/microwave oven and recessed two-burner electric stove.

Below, the forward master and guest staterooms have island berths. The 391 also has split head and shower compartments below deck. Base price with standard twin 370-hp MerCruiser gas inboards is $335,000.

Meridian Yachts, Knoxville, Tenn. Phone: (866) 992-2487.


LOA: 40 feet, 11 inches BEAM: 13 feet, 11 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 9 inches DISPLACEMENT: 25,000 pounds HULL TYPE: planing vee-bottom TRANSOM DEADRISE: 10 degrees TANKAGE: 350 gallons fuel, 125 gallons water, 40 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin gas or diesel inboards to 840 hp SPEED: 33 mph top, 21 mph cruise (with twin 380-hp Cummins QSB diesels) PRICE: $401,375

Monterey 330SY

Monterey’s new 330 Sport Yacht is one of the larger models built by the Williston, Fla., company, which offers bowriders, deckboats and express cruisers from 18 to 38 feet. Features of the 330SY include twin 105-gallon transverse fuel tanks near the center of gravity, according to the builder, Nidacore hull sides, and sleek cabin styling with concealed air conditioning vents.

 The helm and cockpit area includes a double helm and companion seat with flip-up thigh rests and folding armrests. The helm station has power-assisted tilt steering.


Also in the cockpit are a wet bar, U-shaped lounge seating, port-side lounge seating with a contoured backrest, and a sunpad area.

Below, the 35-footer has several sleeping options: a forward island V-berth with storage beneath, convertible solid-wood dinette, and L-shaped midcabin seating that converts to another berth. There is 6 feet, 8 inches of headroom below, and 6 feet, 3 inches of headroom in the head compartment. The galley is equipped with a refrigerator, two-burner electric stove, microwave, stainless steel sink and coffee maker.

Monterey Boats, Williston, Fla. Phone (352) 528-2628.


LOA: 35 feet, 3 inches BEAM: 11 feet, 3 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 4 inches (drives down) DISPLACEMENT: 14,200 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 17 degrees TANKAGE: 210 gallons fuel, 42 gallons water, 28 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin gas or diesel sterndrives to 640 hp SPEED: 48 mph top, 20 mph cruise (with twin 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 OSXi) PRICE: $214,902

Twin Vee 29

Twin Vee liked its 26 Center Console so much it had the hull digitized so it could build its next power catamaran using computer-aided design, according to the company. That next model is the 29 Center Console, and it bridges the gap between the builder’s 26- and 32-foot cats.

The 29-footer has a beam of 9 feet, 10 inches, which adds up to 120 square feet of cockpit space.


The boat has deeper sponsons and a larger tunnel than previous Twin Vees, and it has a look that should appeal to more boaters, according to the company.

The builder added more bow flare and a sheer that slightly breaks abaft the console. Freeboard has been increased to 2 feet, 3 inches at the cockpit — a 2-inch increase compared to the 26-footer — and 2 feet, 8 inches forward.

Features include a combination leaning post/bait well; two tackle boxes in the bait well cabinet; T-top with rod holders, spreader lights and mounting plates for outriggers, radar and antennae; head compartment in the console; U-shaped bow seating; and a wraparound coaming bolster. A 48-cubic foot fishbox/bait well/helm seat unit is available, and other options include aft seating and an aluminum bow rail.

Twin Vee Inc., Fort Pierce, Fla. Phone: (772) 429-2525.


LOA: 29 feet BEAM: 9 feet, 10 inches DRAFT: 1 foot, 2 inches DISPLACEMENT: 4,950 pounds HULL TYPE: catamaran TANKAGE: 220 gallons fuel ENGINE OPTION: twin outboards to 500 hp SPEED: 50 mph top, 26 mph cruise (with twin 200-hp Suzukis) PRICE: $104,000

Laguna C-210 SC

Brunswick’s Saltwater Boat Group has resurrected the Laguna Boats name with a new line of turnkey fishing boats.

 The C-210 SC center console is one of five initial offerings from Laguna, ranging from 18 to 24 feet and comprising two bay boats and three center consoles.


Like other Lagunas, the C-210 SC is designed to be “feature rich,” according to the builder, which means it comes with such standard equipment as dual live wells, stainless steel rails, hydraulic steering, a Mercury 4-stroke outboard, and SmartCraft SC1000 system tachometer and speedometer. A trailer also is included.

The 210 has a leaning post with rocket launchers, an aft bench seat, and forward console seat with cushions. Other features include an insulated fishbox at the bow, four stainless steel rod holders, under-gunwale rod racks, stainless steel toerails and stainless steel pop-up cleats.

Lagunas are built at the Brunswick Bluewater Boat Group facility in Newberry, S.C. Other members of the Brunswick Bluewater family, part of the larger Saltwater Group, include Boston Whaler, Palmetto, Sea Boss and Sea Pro.

Laguna Boats, Newberry, S.C. Phone: (803) 321-5777.


LOA: 20 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 8 feet, 3 inches DRAFT: 1 foot, 2 inches DISPLACEMENT: 2,400 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 17 degrees TANKAGE: 75 gallons fuel ENGINE OPTION: single outboard to 225 hp SPEED: 44 mph top, 25 mph cruise (with 150-hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke) PRICE: $37,224