Five Standouts from the Fall Boat Shows
By Michael Vatalaro
Beneteau Sense 50
It spun on its axis like a sportfisher, then crabbed sideways effortlessly while spectators applauded. Not the sort of maneuvers you'd ordinarily see a 50-foot sailboat making. But the Beneteau Sense 50 that showed off these tricks at the Annapolis show is equipped with "Dock & Go," a combination of an "azimuthing" pod drive and bow thruster linked with a joystick control. A 75-hp Yanmar powers the pod, which can rotate 360 degrees to provide thrust in any direction.
The Sense 50 is part of a new line from Beneteau designed with an open interior and distinct areas on the boat for daytime, evening, and nighttime aboard. The open cockpit, with easy access to the water, transitions down three steps to a galley and dinette, with the staterooms and heads forward. LOA 49', beam 15'11", max draft 6'11". A well-equipped Sense that includes "Dock & Go" is approximately $550,000. Beneteau.com
Greenline 33 Hybrid
One of the fastest-selling boats in Europe has come to America. The Greenline 33 Hybrid is a single-diesel-powered cruiser with modern lines and an efficient hull forfivem that moves easily through the water at up to two times hull speed. Available with an electric motor/generator inline with the transmission and a solar panel array on the cabin top, the hybrid version can run at four knots on solar power, and up to six knots using the batteries with a maximum range of around 20 miles on batteries alone. Kick on the 75- or optional 165-hp diesel and she'll top out at 15 knots. Cruising range is 700nm. Best of all, the system is simple. There's a switch labeled "Diesel/Electric." Select your power preference at that moment, push the throttle forward, and go. LOA 33', beam 11'6", draft 30';. Base price $180,000; with most options $267,000. www.Greenlinehybrid.com
Metal Shark 35 Courageous
The toughest boats in the world are made of metal, and the 35 Courageous from Metal Shark boats is designed to the same rigorous standards demanded by the company's military and law-enforcement patrol-craft customers. This recreational version is built from 1/4 inch-thick, 5086 aluminum, making it light, tough, and low maintenance. Capable of speeds to 65 mph when powered with 900-hp outboards, the 35 Courageous will get you where you're going and back again in just about any sea state. LOA 35', beam 10', draft 2', fuel 400 gallons. Standard power is twin Yamaha 350s. $239,900 well-equipped. www.MetalSharkBoats.com
Regulator 28 FS
What happens when you take your customer's input regarding a popular model and set out to improve it? It grows, just a bit. Regulator has released a 28-foot center-console designed to be everything their customers loved about their 26-footer, as well as everything else their customers said they wished the 26-footer offered. Two feet longer, with a foot more beam, the new 28 FS can also handle more horsepower and comes standard with twin 300-hp Yamaha V6s on the transom, which now has a secure, two-part door, allowing easy access to the integrated swim platform. Along with a head in the console, seating in the bow, and a fold-away bench seat in the stern, this new center console is as family-friendly as they come. LOA 27'7", beam 9'5", fuel 235 gallons. MSRP $159,995. www.regulatormarine.com
A Modern Classic
For those whose hearts pine for the heyday and fine lines of classics such as old Garwoods, Chris-Crafts, and glamorous Rivas, but whose heads feel the need for modern conveniences and speed, there's a new kid in town. The 16-foot Callinectes tender is a perfect combination of old-meets-new, with more than its fair share of va-va-voom. A mahogany deck and veneered transom gives timeless curves, while chromed deck jewels are a throwback to another, altogether more-loving era of boatbuilding. But a strong infused-fiberglass hull, bonded to the hand-laid wooden deck, and the power of a high-output low-displacement turbo-charged engine and jet drive, mean the captain and passengers aren' taking a slow boat to anywhere. An iPod direct stereo is standard — just in case you thought you were still in the 1950s! Speeds in excess of 45mph, thanks to the low-emission 150 hp Weber MPE 750 turbo engine, makes pulling skiers easy, and a 7" draft gets the boat into the shallows without worry.
It weighs in at less than 1,500 pounds (wet), is easy to lift with a davit, and can be stored on deck or in a garage. Maybe its one drawback is that at $65,000 for the 16-foot tender, it ain't cheap, but then the finer things in life usually aren't. If the price tab's an issue, cut $20,000 by opting for the equally beautiful Callinectes 16 Runabout. You'll still have a timeless fast boat tha'll be the envy of your fellow boaters. www.cboatworks.com
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