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New Boats September 2007


Symbol 59

Designed as a no-nonsense yacht for long-range cruising, the Symbol 59 Classic sports a solid fiberglass hull, deep keel, covered side decks, a Portuguese bridge and plenty of storage. The flybridge, accessed from the pilothouse, includes a lounge area abaft the centerline helm station, with a settee and table to port and a food prep area with a barbecue, refrigerator and sink to starboard. There’s also a tender deck up top, which can be accessed from the cockpit.

The pilothouse, with access from the port and starboard side decks, contains the galley and dining area in the galley-up version. With the galley-down layout, the galley and a larger dining are placed in the saloon, abaft the pilothouse, freeing up space for a companion chair at the helm. The saloon has an L-shaped settee with a table to starboard and additional seats to port. Large sliding doors open to the cockpit and the boat’s starboard-side transom door and extended swim platform.

Going forward and down a set of stairs, the below deck arrangement calls for an amidships master stateroom with private head compartment, a forward guest stateroom with queen-size island berth, a smaller third stateroom or office, and a guest head compartment.

Symbol yachts are built in Taiwan and ride a vacuum-bagged hull with an extensive stringer system. Above the waterline, high-density closed-cell foam coring provides strength while saving weight. This type of construction also is used in the interior watertight bulkheads, according to the builder.

Symbol Yacht Sales, Warwick, R.I. Phone: (401) 737-2233.


LOA: 60 feet, 3 inches

BEAM: 17 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 4 feet, 9 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 90,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: vee-bottom with keel


TANKAGE: 1,000 gallons fuel, 250 gallons water, 100 gallons waste POWER: twin diesels to 1,600 hp

SPEED: 23 mph top, 19 mph cruise

PRICE: $1.4 million - $1.7 million


Liberty 45 Flybridge

The 45 Flybridge is the latest in Liberty Yachts’ stable of semicustom sportfishermen. The Riviera Beach, Fla., builder acknowledges the influence of such classic sportfishing designs as the Bertram 31 and Blackfin 32, using engine boxes abaft the living spaces rather than housing the power plants beneath them. This leads to an overall lower center of gravity, according to the builder.

The 45 has a 116-square-foot cockpit, with fishing features that include a transom live well, transom door, four rod holders, side lockers with rod racks, and a pair of removable, insulated 6-cubic-foot fishboxes. The saloon door is on centerline, between the engine boxes, and there is a galley to port and an enclosed head compartment with a shower to starboard. The galley comes equipped with a refrigerator/freezer, microwave oven, two-burner stove, sink and Corian countertop. Forward of the galley and head is a dinette to port and a settee to starboard. The stateroom is located forward and has a double island berth. A second stateroom, abaft the master and to starboard, is optional.

Construction details include all hand-laid fiberglass, with a solid fiberglass deep-vee hull and vinylester resin, Core-Cell coring in the hull sides and decks, and a fiberglass stringer system.

Liberty Yachts, Riviera Beach, Fla. Phone: (561) 842-2261.


LOA: 45 feet

BEAM: 15 feet, 8 inches

DRAFT: 3 feet, 8 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 32,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 500 gallons fuel, 125 gallons water

POWER: twin diesels to 1,800 hp

SPEED: 45 mph top, 39 mph cruise

PRICE: unavailable


Back Cove 33

The Back Cove 33 is the third and largest boat from the Rockland, Maine, builder, joining the Back Cove 26 and 29. Like the smaller models, the 33 shows a traditional profile with a spoon bow, reverse transom and tumblehome aft. It’s powered by a single diesel, one of the characteristics that differentiate Back Coves from the twin-engine offerings of its sister company, Sabre Yachts. It’s built with structural E-glass and vacuum-bagged Divinycell, with NidaCore coring in the deck.

The bridge deck area is protected by a large windshield and side windows, with overhead hatches in the integral hardtop. Underneath the hardtop is a Stidd helm chair to starboard and double companion seat to port, as well as a portside dinette and a galley to starboard. The galley comes equipped with a stainless steel sink, microwave oven, two-burner stove, cherry cabinetry, and a solid surface countertop.

Below, the 33 has 6 feet, 5 inches of headroom and is laid out with a V-berth with filler cushion forward, a convertible L-shaped settee with inlaid table to port, and a cedar-lined hanging locker and an enclosed head compartment to starboard.

Back Cove Yachts, Rockland, Maine. Phone: (207) 594-8844.


LOA: 34 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 12 feet DRAFT: 3 feet, 1 inch

DISPLACEMENT: 14,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: planing


TANKAGE: 185 gallons fuel, 60 gallons water, 60 gallons waste

POWER: single 380-hp diesel

SPEED: 29 mph top, 23 mph cruise

PRICE: $260,000


Zodiac Pro Open 850

Zodiac is using a new fabric called Sharc Duotex in the buoyancy tubes of its rigid-hull inflatables over 20 feet. The fabric has a rot-proof textile backing with a polyurethane-based coating, and the company says it is tougher, easier to clean and repair, ages better, and has improved airtightness when compared to other fabrics used for inflatable tubes. It’s also said to have a “sharkskin” feel to the touch.

The flagship of Zodiac’s Pro Open line of RIBs, the 850 measures 27 feet, 11 inches overall and has a 9-foot, 10-inch beam (6-foot, 1-inch interior beam), with a self-draining cockpit. Like the other Pro Open models — the 550 and 650 — the 850 is designed for a variety of functions, from fishing to skiing to a day of cruising.

For fishing, the boat has rod holders, a bait tank and a tackle box. It can be equipped with an optional ski mast or a hitch point on the T-top for wakeboarding. It has a center console, helm and companion leaning post, and optional folding seats aft, while the forward sundeck/storage box can be converted to a pop-up cabin.

Zodiac of North America, Stevensville, Md. Phone: (410) 643-4141.


LOA: 27 feet, 11 inches

BEAM: 9 feet, 10 inches

DRAFT: 2 feet

DISPLACEMENT: 3,749 pounds

HULL TYPE: deep-vee


TANKAGE: 106 gallons fuel

POWER: single or twin outboards

SPEED: 56 mph top (with Yamaha F250)

PRICE: $77,160


Sea Pro SV1900

Sea Pro Boats of Newberry, S.C., has redesigned its SV1900CC bay boat. The SV1900 is a price-point boat — base price is $24,200 with a 115-hp Mercury — with some nice features, including dual live wells and a stainless steel steering wheel with a turning knob.

Sea Pro has included new upholstery and redesigned the console windshield. The console has a panel for flush-mounted electronics, a compass, four stainless steel cup holders, a grab rail, six vertical rod holders, and a 15-gallon live well under the forward console seat.

From stem to stern, the cockpit is designed for fishing, with bow and stern casting decks, a pair of in-gunwale rod holders, fore and aft insulated fishboxes, and a lighted 28-gallon centerline aft live well. In addition to the forward console seat, the SV1900 has a reversible cooler seat and forward jump seats. Options include bow cushions, bow and stern casting chairs, electronics, a stereo system, under-gunwale rod boxes, half swim platform, a console with 40-gallon bait tank, a third live well aft, Bimini or T-top, trim tabs, a trolling motor, and fresh- and raw-water washdowns.

Sea Pro, Newberry, S.C. Phone: (803) 321-5777.


LOA: 19 feet, 6 inches

BEAM: 8 feet

DRAFT: 1 foot, 4 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 1,950 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 56 gallons fuel

POWER: single outboard to 150 hp

SPEED: 38 mph top, 22 mph cruise (with 115-hp Mercury 4-stroke)

PRICE: $24,200