Ocean Master updates its 31

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A legendary center console just got better. The Ocean Master 31 is faster and more fuel-efficient than earlier models, says Mark Hauptner, the company’s founder and president. Hauptner built the first 31 in 1975 for a customer who wanted a big outboard center console for a 2,200-mile journey through the Caribbean, and he has been making improvements to the boat ever since.

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Hauptner’s latest design tweaks include lifting strakes for greater maneuverability, stability and running efficiency, he says. The company also now offers the boat in a tournament edition with a flush foredeck (no bow seats).

The Ocean Master 31 cruises at 34 mph, and the modified-vee hull (16-degree transom deadrise) planes with one of its twin 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines trimmed out of the water. “This is a tremendous safety feature,” says Hauptner. “It’s that get-home power and speed you need.”

At 30 mph, the boat gets 2.14 mpg for a range of 600 miles. (Fuel supply is 310 gallons.) She’ll hit 53 mph wide open. Ocean Master builds the boat with as many as 20 layers of hand-laid fiberglass and vinylester resin. Full-height fiberglass stringers and a glassed-in inner liner add strength and stiffness to the hull. “I don’t believe in gimmicky materials or untested construction methods,” says Hauptner. “We design and build boats with a very simple goal — to get customers to the fish and safely home.”

The Ocean Master 31 with twin 300-hp Evinrude 2-stroke outboards is $219,000. Ocean Master Marine, Stuart, Florida, (772) 210-2554. oceanmasterboats.com

This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue.