VIDEO: Classy comeback

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I’ll be writing a short piece on this gem of a boat for the August issue of Soundings. It’s a Calypso Classic 23.

The builder, Steve Parks, owner of Calypso Classic in Palm Harbor, Fla., rebooted his business a few months ago after a five-year hiatus. The 23 made its first public appearance at the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Fla.

Parks shut down his boatbuilding operation during the recession, but he’s back and has already sold his demo boat. I drove a prerecession customer’s boat, powered with a 75-hp Yamaha. It tops out at 35 mph and cruises at about 28 mph.

Click play for a look at the Calypso Classic 23.

The demo boat was sold with a 70-hp Yamaha and gets about the same performance numbers. Mileage is good — about 6 mpg at 25 mph. Her long and narrow hull makes for an efficient, smooth ride in a chop. You drive from a center console.

The boat, built with a cored hull and decks, is 22 feet, 10 inches overall and carries a beam of 6 feet, 7 inches. She weighs 1,150 pounds.

The base boat with the 70-hp Yamaha 4-stroke is $29,000.

The Calypso Classic is pretty much a custom boat. The one I drove had a transom bench seat and a two-person helm seat, and there was cushioned wraparound seating in the bow.

The backrests for the helm and transom seats are teak, and the builder rimmed the coamings with teak, too. Makes for a classic look, so the boat is aptly named.

I will be posting some video on my Facebook page, too.