New Boats Hit The Beach
By Michael Vatalaro
Miami Beach that is! The spring boat-show season kicks off in Florida, which is always a great showcase for new models.
Cabo 36 Express and 40 HTX
I drove this boat, hard, in Ft. Lauderdale, backing it down with the joystick control into the oncoming chop, trying to get it to squat and ship water over the transom. No dice. Later, I launched it over the steep, high wake of a passing 44-footer at full throttle, which resulted in nothing more than a satisfying thud of 25,000 pounds of hull, fuel, motors, and journalists, smacking down on the water. Look for a 40-foot version of the Cabo Hardtop Express in Miami.
Beneteau SwiftTrawler 44 The Swift Trawler 44 is the middle child in Beneteau's Trawler lineup, which lives up to the swift part of its name with an 18-knot cruise speed, and a 24-knot top end, powered by twin 300-hp Volvo diesels. Though larger than the 42-foot model, it retains similar fuel efficiency at just better than a nautical mile per gallon at 18 knots. This new model features an expanded wheelhouse and flybridge, both enlarged by three feet in length, thanks to a change to the forward window design. The deck is also 16 inches wider than the prior model.
Sea RaySundancer 410 Sea Ray introduced the new 410 in a brief ceremony at the Ft. Lauderdale show, and a line formed almost immediately after the unveiling. This new 410 is available with or without Zeus pod drives connected to the Cummins diesels, and in soft-top, hard-top, or fully enclosed hardtop with a sunroof. In addition, you can get it in a two-stateroom, twohead configuration, or you can have a foldaway dinette instead of the second stateroom.
Tiara 4300 Open with ZeusPods, pods, pods: Whether ZF, IPS, or Zeus, it seems every builder has caught the pod bug. And for good reason. Tiara unveiled their new 4300 in 2010 and they were back in Lauderdale with a 4300 sporting Zeus drives. This new version reaches the same speeds as the conventionally driven 4300, but uses smaller diesels for greater efficiency. Plus, a new exhaust configuration dropped the noise levels four decibels. Add the skipper-friendly joystick controls, and you've made a good boat even better. From $998,200 with Cummins 600-hp diesels and the Zeus pod drives.
Same speeds, less fuel and noise are the advantages of the new Zeus-driven version of the 4300 Open.
Invincible 42 Open and Walk-AroundInvincible's formula is simple: Take an advanced, twin-stepped hull design, and top it with a single-level deck plan that's sure to please any angler. Hang triple or quad outboards on the back of the 42 Open, and you've got a fast and, thanks to the hull design, remarkably efficient offshore canyon runner. Rear and forward seating is available, as is a power-lifting coffin box forward. With a high-speed pickup feeding the optional sea chest, a bevy of pumps can keep up to 220 gallons' worth of live wells filled and the baits happy. The walk-around version should arrive in 2012.
Rinker 290 ExpressRinker's new 290 express cruiser is based on the same hull as the 280, but the cockpit and deck layouts are brand new. Rinker took customer and dealer feedback from prior models to make the new 290 more user-friendly, with integrated cockpit and galley spaces, and better access to the aft stateroom. They also built on the popular cockpit design from their 310 model, making seating layout more functional and turning the cockpit into the primary entertaining space aboard.
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