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New Rampage is ‘just different’

The 33 Express is the latest sportfishing boat from North Carolina builder Rampage Yachts.

The 33 Express is the latest sportfishing boat from North Carolina builder Rampage Yachts.

The 33-footer has a 13-foot beam, accommodations for six, a customizable cockpit layout, and what Rampage’s David Pagliughi describes as an exceptional ride.

“When you get out on it, you immediately realize it’s just different,” says Pagliughi, Rampage marketing services manager. “Coming off the back of a wave, you wait for it to slam and it never does.”

The modified-vee hull is a Rampage design with input from naval architects Donald Blount and Associates. Based on the builder’s 45-footer, it has a sharp entry and Carolina bow flare for a dry, comfortable ride, Pagliughi says. “It’s an extremely soft ride,” he says. “Probably one of the best we’ve built so far.”

The 33 Express combines the Rampage keel design with what the company calls the Rampage/Donald Blount Sea Control hull. Construction is solid fiberglass for the running surfaces, with cored hull sides and a foam-cored fiberglass stringer system. Propeller pockets give it a 29-inch draft.

The molded fiberglass bridge deck has a center helm layout, with a ladder-back helm chair and matching companion seat to starboard. There is a cooler beneath the L-shaped lounge to port, and part of the lounge swivels to face forward. The engine room is accessible from the bridge deck through a hatch.

The aft cockpit has a customizable, modular design. Customers choose either a live well or a fold-away bench seat at the transom, and two modules (port and starboard) forward. Modules include an aft-facing bench seat with a cooler, a bait prep center with a sink and tackle storage, a wet-bar with a sink and bottle storage and a live well. Any combination of modules is possible, Pagliughi says. For example, someone more interested in cruising than fishing might choose the transom seat, a wet-bar to port and an aft-facing seat to starboard.

The self-bailing cockpit also has a 5-foot insulated fishbox with macerator, four stainless steel rod holders, raw- and freshwater washdowns, and removable bolsters. A hardtop, outriggers, spreader lights, and an upper helm station are available as options.

“[The 33 Express] is built for anybody who’s looking to have no limit to what they can do offshore,” says Pagliughi. “It’s also got accommodations for the whole family.”

Below deck, the boat’s cherry interior has a fiberglass cabin sole with removable carpeting and 6 feet, 6 inches of headroom. A forward V-shaped dinette converts to four 6-foot, 6-inch bunks by folding up the backrests. A full-size V-berth with two bunks above is available in lieu of the dinette, and a sofa to starboard converts to a queen-size master berth. Storage above the sofa and outboard of the bunks accommodates eight fishing rods, according to Rampage.

The galley to port has a two-burner stove, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, and stainless steel sink. The head compartment with stand-up shower is abaft the galley and includes a built-in vanity with sink and storage.

Engine packages for the 33 Express include new-technology electronic diesels, such as twin 460-hp Caterpillar C-7s or twin 380-hp Cummins Quantum engines, according to Pagliughi.

Rampage boats were built in the 1980s by Pearson Yachts in Rhode Island, before the luxury tax of the early ’90s forced the division into bankruptcy, according to Pagliughi. KCS International, which also owns Cruisers Yachts, bought Rampage out of bankruptcy and began producing sportfishing boats from new molds in 1999. In addition to the 33 Express, the company also builds a 30 Express, 30 Walkaround, 30 Offshore, 38 Express and 45 Convertible at its 344,000 square-foot plant on the Cape Fear River in Navassa, N.C.

LOA: 33 feet (35 feet, 6 inches with pulpit) BEAM: 13 feet DRAFT: 2 feet, 5 inches DISPLACEMENT: 16,200 pounds (17,200 pounds with diesels) HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 18 degrees TANKAGE: 350 gallons fuel, 60 gallons water ENGINE OPTION: twin diesel inboards SPEED: 40 mph top (with Cat C-7s) SUGGESTED PRICE: $361,733. CONTACT: Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, Navassa, N.C. Phone: (910) 371-3663.