New Boats Hit The BeachBy Michael Vatalaro
Published: February/March 2012
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
Cabo took their 36-foot fish-raising machine and added pods. The new ZF-pod driven version features a trolling mode that allows you to slow the boat way, way down — slower, frankly, than I could get my own shaft-driven boat to move without bumping it in and out of gear. The ZF system was selected because of its low profile, which didn't require the cockpit deck to be raised.
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. www.CABOyachts.com
Trawler 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.www.Beneteau.com
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