2022 Boat & Motor Buyer's Guide - The Fisherman

2022 Boat & Motor Buyer’s Guide

It’s been an interesting year since last season’s Boat Buyers’ Guide. After a year of being cooped up with draconian COVID restrictions, the entire free world decided that buying a boat was their best investment coming out of the pandemic.

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) new powerboat sales increased by 24% from May 2020 to May 2021. That’s both the good news and the bad news in one statement. Boat company sales are through the roof, with new orders requiring anywhere from 6 to 18 months to wait for your new ride. As Viking’s President Pat Healy recently stated, “It’s a great time to be in the boat business.” No kidding, but that’s the bad news too.

Since demand far outstrips supply right now, Keynesian Economics is in full bloom and prices are totally crazy; as such, there are few bargains to be had. Another dark cloud that we’ve been hearing ad nauseam is the “supply chain” issue that seems to impact just about everything in our lives, from food, to cars, to electronics and yes, to boats and outboards too. In spite of that, there are a fleet of new boats for 2022, so jump onboard the Buyers’ Guide and let’s go for a boat ride to see what’s new.

GRADY-WHITE

Although there are no “new” boats for 2022, one of Grady-White’s most proven models, the Fisherman 257 CC did get a makeover. This SeaV2 running bottom is one of the best offshore performers in its class. I spent two seasons running an earlier model Fisherman 257 and it did the job in the bays and inlets, near offshore waters and all the way out to the 100-fathom line. The new 2022 model year version of the Fisherman 257 brings with it additional upgrades, demonstrating one of Grady-White’s core values that has contributed to its leadership and success over the decades, specifically listening to customers and making continuous improvements to keep them happy.

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The Fisherman 257’s T-top has been re-engineered. The painted aluminum frame, integrated into the scratch resistant windshield, now incorporates LED spreader lights and three tri-colored LED recessed lights (red, blue, white). The storage net (which is perfect to stow PFDs) remains, along with a four rod rocket launcher and a radar flat. Overhead handholds and handrails surrounding the scratch-resistant windshield make it easy to move around the boat. Add that to a wide-open 64-square foot cockpit and a large, roomy console and you’ve got a real winner.

The head features storage shelves, a hanging locker, dome lighting, with plenty of room to lock up rods and gear. From the integrated swim platform with ladder to the enhanced stereo sound system with Bluetooth, two forward console and two helm speakers, this boat is ready to rock whether you’re fishing or playing at the beach. Other nice touches are the foldaway aft bench seat, a standard 32-gallon insulated raw water livewell port side aft, plus a handy 185-quart insulated fish box in the center of the transom. Add two more insulated fishboxes under the forward bench seats and you have enough capacity to ice your best day’s catch. For more info, visit www.gradywhite.com.

 

CONTENDER

The latest model release from Contender Boats, the Contender 44 Canyon Berth (44CB), packs speed, reliability and performance into a 44-foot saltwater fishing machine. With a maximum power rating of 2000 horsepower, the 44CB was inspired by the canyon diehards of the northeast, who regularly battle the elements for 100 miles each way to pursue big fish at the edge. Built with a console berth and small bunk, the 44CB offers enough headroom to comfortably take cover from the elements or rest up during overnight trips.

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Equipped with a 43-foot, 10-inch overall length with a 12-foot beam, this Florida girl’s knife-like entry and twin-stepped, deep-vee 22.7-degree aft deadrise will blast through opposing sea conditions and will get you to your favorite offshore spot way ahead of the fleet. She’s rated to carry up to 2,000 horsepower on the transom, which translates to a quartet of Yamaha’s fire-breathing 425 XTO V8 four-stroke outboards. Factory tests with triple 425 XTOs indicated she’ll hit a top speed of almost 67 mph and will travel to the edge in the fast lane at 4000 rpm, hitting 40 mph at 47 gph (gallons per hour), for a net of 0.85 mpg. Her standard 600-gallon fuel tank should give you about 12 hours of cruising range at this speed, with a modest reserve.

Notable standard features include a 70-gallon freshwater capacity; a freshwater sink down below; twin insulated 110-gallon aft fishboxes, port and starboard; a pair of 55-gallon transom livewells; a slide-away toilet in the console; an insulated 340-gallon forward fishbox; 10-foot long lined forward rod lockers, port and starboard; 100-gallon under berth storage; choice of hull and deck colors; Livorsi recessed trim tabs; waterproof switches and breaker panel with indicator lights; high-speed compass; oversized electronics panel and much more. Contender is known as a semi-customer builder and you can definitely have this one your way with dozens of unique and functional options. For more information, visit www.contenderboats.com.

STEIGERCRAFT

 

The big news for this Long Island based boat builder for 2022 is the launch of their 31 Fisherman. This weather-protected three-sided pilothouse design offers a huge fishing cockpit, enhanced by its 10-foot beam, with a deep-vee running bottom that tapers back to 21 degrees of deadrise at the transom. This combination, along with her displacement of 10,000 pounds, helps to tame choppy seas when heading to or from distant fishing grounds. I like the open back design of the 31 Fisherman’s pilothouse, which combined with the single level deck, keeps captain and crew as close to the cockpit action as possible. When the weather turns nasty, an optional full-width drop curtain will keep the crew dry and out of the elements.

The 31 Fisherman has been designed to maximize fishing space and storage with two large in-deck fishboxes and a large livewell in the transom. Other standard fishing features include raw water washdown, eight gunwale-mount rod holders, a seven-rod rocket launcher on the hardtop and recessed trim tabs. Inside the pilothouse, you will find the helm to starboard with captain’s chairs on both the port and starboard side of the boat, with bench style seating aft of each chair. There’s generous tackle and gear storage inside the pilothouse and the cabin has been simplified on the Fisherman model by enlarging the berth and deleting the enclosed head found on the traditional Steiger 31 DV Miami, but still retaining a porta-pottie.

The 31 Fisherman is equipped with a lone star drum winch on the bow for easy anchoring with over 450 feet of rode. This hull is rated to carry twin 300s on the outboard bracket, and when combined with her 300-gallon fuel capacity, she has the speed and range to get to the 100-fathom line and back, with plenty to spare, offering in excess of a 420-mile range with a safe reserve. For more information, visit www.steigercraft.com.

SKEETER

This bass boat builder from Kilgore, TX is a household name on all of the lakes and rivers in the Lower 48. But one of the best kept secrets in Northeast coastal communities is that they make a very capable lineup of saltwater bay boats too. The newest addition to their Bay Boat series – which now includes seven models from 21 to 25 feet – is the SX2350 center console. Storage abounds on the Skeeter SX2350, with a door on the port side of the console opening to reveal access to your system wiring, battery access and plenty of dry storage for tackle boxes and safety gear. The raised forward casting deck offers a wide, flat elevated perch to sight cast to your favorite gamefish.

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A quartet of flush hatches below reveal a rod locker to port and insulated fishbox to starboard, a dry storage locker on the centerline and a vertical anchor locker forward. There’s yet another storage area under the cockpit sole forward of the front console seat, which includes a 14-gallon livewell down under. The leaning post offers additional stowage under its flip up cushion seat for handy access to your fishing accessories. The aft casting deck offers twin 20-gallon livewells under each corner hatch, in addition to a flip-up twin bench seat for added crew comfort when underway. The bench section flips up to enable access to all pumps, plumbing and wiring in the bilge area.

Power options from Yamaha include the F200, F200 V6 SHO, F250 and F250 SHO. Whatever your choice, the 59-gallon fuel tank should give you sunup to sundown performance. Notable standard features include a 12-inch manual jackplate, a pair of flush-mount rod holders in the covering boards and a six-pack rocket launcher aft of the leaning post backrest, Seastar tilt hydraulic steering, and a retractable boarding ladder.  For details visit www.skeeterboats.com.

NORTHCOAST

NorthCoast’s 315HT is the largest member in their growing cabin fleet, joining the 285HT, 255HT, 235HT and 215HT models. The NorthCoast engineers took the basic shape of the 285HT Cabin, which features a 23-degree aft deadrise and three-strake per side deep-vee running bottom that sports a 10-foot, 2-inch beam, lengthening it out to an LOA of 35 feet including the standard bow pulpit and Armstrong outboard bracket aft. The new 315HT’s fuel capacity was also increased to 316 gallons, offering true canyon range. The net result is a bluewater sportfisher with overnighting capabilities, with plenty of room in the extended cockpit to wrestle a four-banger of bigeye, a spacious area under the hardtop to protect the crew when underway in the rough stuff, plus room down below for a head and sleeping for four.

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By lengthening the cockpit on the 315HT, this created enough space for a pair of 58-gallon in-deck fishboxes, each of which is individually macerated. The full transom design includes a pair of blue-walled recirculating livewells, with one a 26-gallon oval design and the other a smaller 19-gallon well for specialty baits. When it’s time to either jump onboard at the marina or to wrestle the big ones aboard offshore, the portside cockpit door combines with the starboard corner walk-through transom door to give the crew some great options. The cockpit gutter system with oversized scuppers will evacuate green water quickly wither underway or at rest.

Rigged with a pair of Yamaha F300s, she’ll hit a top speed in the high-50s, with optimum cruise at 31-mph/3500 rpm. Popular options are your choice of hull color; Dometic 16k BTU A/C; a domestic hot water unit; 1.5kW bow thruster; a 3.5 kW gasoline generator and more. Like all NorthCoast boats, the 315HT is backed by a 12-year structural hull warranty. For more information, visit www.northcoastboats.com.

 

SAILFISH

The all-new Sailfish 272CC is designed for serious fishermen looking for a smooth-riding, mid-sized offshore boat loaded with big-boat features. The 272CC is a serious sportfisher, equipped with a total of 25 rod holders, 35-gallon livewell in the leaning post and a secondary 30-gallon transom livewell. A notable standard feature is a portside dive door, which is not only useful for hauling in oversized pelagics, but also makes it easy for passengers to board at dockside. Twin insulated fish boxes set into the cockpit sole are augmented by an additional pair under the raised bow seats, offering plenty of deep chill capacity to keep your most optimistic catch well preserved for the ride home.

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The standard windlass will making anchoring “fingertip easy” at the touch of a button. A stern freshwater shower and raw water washdown make for easy cleanups to get the salt and gurry off of the decks and gear. Her 177-gallon fuel capacity gives the 277CC canyon range and she’ll offer excellent speed and fuel efficiency with a pair of Yamaha or Merc 200s.

Like its big sister, the flagship 360CC, the 272CC features Sailfish’s sixth-generation Variable Degree Stepped (VDS) hull which offers a sharp entry angle forward that tapers to a 24-degree deadrise at the stern along the keel section to help it slice easily through the chop. Moving outward, the hull transitions to a 23-degree section for additional lift and then flattens to 22 degrees for enhanced side-to-side stability. To help keep the ride dry, the 272CC features spray rails on each side of the hull and up front, a pronounced bow flare directs waters outward. All Sailfish hulls and decks are reinforced with Kevlar and carbon fiber to add strength without increasing weight. No wood is used in their construction and all hardware is stainless steel. For more info, visit www.sailfishboats.com.

 

PURSUIT

Pursuit was purchased by Malibu back in 2018, and with recent acquisition Maverick Boating Group now in the family, it’s now one of the largest fishing boat manufacturers in the USA. There are two new Pursuit boats for the 2022 model year. One of these is the S358 center console, whose video review has already been spotlighted at The Fisherman.com. The other newbie is the “more petite” DC 246 dual console, a real waterborne SUV whose multi-mission design will make for countless weekends of family fun on the water.

The sleek lines and the signature fiberglass-framed windshield of the new DC 246 – the latest dual console in the Pursuit lineup – are the perfect introduction to Pursuit’s DC series, which also includes the DC 266, DC 295, DC 326 and flagship DC 365 models. The accommodations and unique social zones are well thought-out and will seem like they were made just for you and your family. These hallmarks of the Pursuit dual console series are purposefully engineered, allowing you and your crew to move seamlessly fore and aft through the center walkway. And every seat in the house gives you a perfect view of the joy and wonders of the dynamic “marine-scape” that’s in constant motion all round you.

With a significantly increased cockpit size and functionality over its predecessor, the DC 246 offers plenty of elbow room and angling space to bend the rods for the ultimate catch/clean/cook experience. When relaxing at your favorite beach or sandbar, getting in and out of the water and cleaning your gear is easy with the optional bow boarding ladder with fresh water washdown. The standard Yamaha F300 will provide energetic performance with a top speed of 45 mph at wide open throttle and an optimum cruise at 4500 rpm, where she’ll turn 33.6 mph while getting 2.14 mpg. For more information, visit www.pursuitboats.com.

ALBEMARLE

The latest addition to the Albemarle fleet is their 30-foot Express. “Over the past few years, we have introduced new outboard models with our 27 and 31 Dual Consoles,” said Albemarle General Manager, Burch Perry, adding “While these boats are huge successes in that they meet the demands of boating families, the 30 Express will be more of a return to our fishing roots.”

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The 30 Express will offer the ultimate in hardcore fishing amenities in a compact express package. Serious anglers will appreciate its offshore ability, exceptional handling in rough seas, and fuel economy. Featuring a modern helm area with forward facing seating for three, mezzanine style seating aft, large in-deck macerated fishboxes, transom livewell, tackle center and a standard transom door, this express delivers bluewater capability in a big way. With a full galley, a stand-up head, in addition to an A-bunk down below, the 30 will also overnight quite comfortably.

“This new model will have a custom Carolina look and unsurpassed visibility from the helm with a standard rigid acrylic enclosure,” stated Keith Privott, Albemarle Director of Sales and Product Development. “She will have a standard anchor windlass system with a through-stem roller and polished stainless steel anchor. Every boat will be Seakeeper 2 ready, with the requisite stringer beds in place. A triple 300-horsepower Yamaha option will provide the low-end torque needed to maintain slower cruise speeds on those sloppy days and make her the fastest Albemarle ever built. The hull is designed to bust through head seas, land softly in the troughs and keep the enclosure dry.” With a dry weight of 13,000 pounds, 24-degree aft deadrise and a 320-gallon fuel capacity, she has both the range and toughness to get you to the edge and back. For more info, visit www.albemarleboats.com.

BLACKFIN

There are two new boats for Blackfin’s growing family of dual consoles, the 232DC and the 302DC, essentially doubling the size of their existing fleet. Joining the existing 252DC and 272DC, these new models create both entry level and flagship offerings for those who feel that the family friendly dual console layout best fits their waterborne lifestyle.  From offshore fishing excursions to cruising the back bays, sandbars and coastal areas, the 232DC has everything you need to enjoy your time on the water to the fullest. The crossover design provides the versatility you need to satisfy all of your on the water needs.

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Standard features include U-shaped bow seating, custom helm seats, an insulated 18-gallon baitwell, four stainless steel gunwale-mounted rod holders, a trio of transom-mounted stainless steel rod holders, Fusion Satellite Stereo, telescoping and recessed swim ladder, plus an impressive command center. Blackfin’s 232DC is the perfect vessel for family boaters and/or anglers alike. With a length overall of 21 feet, 6 inches and a generous 8-foot, 6-inch beam, the new 232 Dual Console offers the best of both worlds. Power options will range from 225- to 300-horsepower our-stroke outboards, which should provide a weekend’s worth of fishing and cruising with its standard 92-gallon fuel tank. This Blackfin’s sharp deep-vee forefoot and 20-degree aft deadrise running bottom and rock-solid construction should have little difficulty taming a tight afternoon chop when the wind comes up, making for a comfortable and dry ride back to home port.

The big sister 302 DC of Blackfin’s dual console fleet is still under construction, but will be based on a 30-foot, 2-inch length overall and a 10-foot beam. With a sharp 23-degree aft deadrise deep-vee running bottom, her projected dry weight is 9,000 pounds and she’ll be rated to carry 800 horsepower on the transom, with a 240-gallon fuel capacity. For more information, visit www.blackfinboats.com.

 

BOSTON WHALER

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the original Outrage, Boston Whaler has debuted a thrilling new version of its flagship model, the new 420 Outrage Anniversary Edition. The Anniversary Edition retains everything boaters loved about the original 420 Outrage (ease of use, expansive seating and gathering spaces, a well-appointed cabin, purposeful amenities, great fishability and flawless performance), but builds on these with the latest technology, updated styling and an array of exciting new options.

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Cutting-edge propulsion is a major hallmark of the Anniversary Edition. The boat features triple 600-horsepower V12 Mercury FourStroke Verados with Joystick Piloting, delivering exciting performance, effortless handling and respectable fuel efficiency. With a fuel capacity of 700 gallons, the 420 Outrage empowers boaters to travel significantly longer distances without having to stop and refuel. A Skyhook/autopilot keypad and functionality allow for effortless station keeping, while a Seakeeper Gyro Stabilization system virtually eliminates boat roll. The 420 is not only a powerful performer, it’s also a head-turner. A black hardtop frame package gives the boat a sleek, sophisticated appearance that pairs beautifully with the upholstery’s new contrast stitching and Sea Gray color scheme. Inside the cabin, darker colors and updated finishes including metallic accents make the space feel larger and more inviting.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Outrage is also a hardcore offshore fishing platform. The deluxe leaning post/bait prep center in the cockpit includes an insulated 40-gallon livewell, freshwater sink, tackle storage drawers and a solid-surface countertop, along with a refrigerator and electric grill. An additional 24-gallon livewell can be found in the aft port corner. The Anniversary Edition also features a new FROSTBOX refrigeration system that keeps catches fresh (or beverages cool) on even the hottest summer days. For more information, visit www.bostonwhaler.com.

 

CAROLINA SKIFF

One of the latest boats to be introduced by Carolina Skiff is the SWS Series of skinny water coastal sportfishing craft. Built to be able to fish those areas that are out of bounds for typical deep-vee running bottoms, the modest deadrise on the SWS series of boats were specially designed to access shallower back bay waters, open flats, sand bars and inlets.

The 19 SWS safely accommodates up to eight people and the 21 SWS can pack up to 12 onboard for fishing and boating adventures. Both SWS Series boats offer 100% fiberglass and composite construction, which means no wood to rot and less overall needed maintenance. The molded fiberglass deck liner, high-density fiber core foam transom and fiberglass grid system ensure a rock solid ride. Both SWS Series boats are eye-pleasing and comfortable, featuring diamond-pleated upholstery, stainless steel hardware, molded-in storage compartments, a 25-gallon stern bait well and more. The gravity-fed drain and non-skid deck and cockpit ensure that you stay dry and safely on your feet during every adventure. The swim platform with three-step telescopic ladder is both practical and useful and makes getting back aboard a breeze.

Notable options include power grip stainless steering wheel, a 12/24 trolling motor panel with trim/tilt, maxi air livewell recirculation system, transom stainless rails, bow stainless rails, 6-foot stainless side rails, raw water washdown, SeaStar hydraulic steering with tilt helm and AM/FM BT radio with four speakers and USB and AUX plugs. Numerous full boat or two-tone colored side options are available to personalize your ride. A Bimini top is available, or you can choose from either canvas or fiberglass hard shell T-Tops. For more info, visit www.carolinaskiff.com.

CENTURY BOATS

Century Boats – whose largest sportfisher to date was in the form of their current 3200CC – has embraced one of the most notorious expressions of our times, “go big or go home!” For the 2022 model year, Century has decided to “go big” in the form of their new, semi-custom 5100CC.  The Century 5100CC features a hybrid hull design that is an engineered balance between a traditional “vee” hull and stepped hull design. The 5100CC blends the best of both worlds. With unique strake geometry, a dynamic keel pad and multifaceted transom, this hybrid hull practically eliminates bow rise while reducing drag and increasing lift.

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An exclusive hybrid matrix of carbon fiber and Kevlar developed for the hull of the 5100CC provides extra stiffness while reducing overall weight. All composites are vacuum-infused to achieve optimum glass/resin ratio. Twin transom doors open to an oversized swim platform providing complete 360-degree fishability. Engine rigging is hidden below the platform for safe, unobstructed maneuverability. A semi-enclosed console/pilothouse area provides a comfortable, climate controlled cabin space for you and your guests onboard, while convenient zip-up canvas panels convert this space into a fully-enclosed pilot house.

Three separate berths below deck comfortably sleep six adults. An additional lounger above deck converts to sleep two more adults inside the air conditioned pilot house. Insulated fishboxes with dedicated electric freezers keep your catch frozen with the touch of a button. With engine options that range from quad/quint Yamaha 425 XTOs, Mercury 450R Verados, or Mercury 600 Verados, this will be one of the fastest fishing boats we have seen to date with 1,000 gallons of fuel to get you there and back. For more info, visit www.centuryboats.com.

 

 

COBIA

The latest iteration in Cobia’s popular 26-foot center console platform, the new 262 CC has all the features of the 261 CC, with the addition of more cockpit space, a new console and an integrated windshield frame. The console’s advanced ergonomics and contemporary styling maximize good looks and comfort while adding even more walk-around room and storage space. New optional features include a deluxe electronics suite with a black acrylic infinity dash and a full, three–sided windshield with electric wiper and vent.

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Notable standard features on the Cobia 262CC include choice of either Mercury (twin 150s) or Yamaha four-strokes (twin F150s or F200s); waterproof Deutsch electrical connectors; a fully recessed bow rail; an insulated 52-quart cooler in the console; twin 45-gallon insulated fishboxes under the cockpit sole; seven heavy duty, pull-up stainless steel cleats; S/S gunwale-mount rod holders, with vertical storage racks under the coamings; plus a 29-gallon livewell. The standard 161-gallon fuel capacity will give northeast anglers true bluewater range on nice days.

One of the most desirable options that should be at the top of your list is the macerator pump-outs for the fishboxes. To seal the deal, this Cobia employs a bonded electrical systems and their unique VARIS construction process (vacuum assisted resin infusion system); it’s the latest and greatest way to make a boat in one shot that maximizes fiberglass structural strength, minimizes unnecessary resin weight and is better for the environment with less volatile organic compound, or VOC emissions. For details, visit www.cobiaboats.com.

EDGEWATER

The latest EdgeWater is their 340CC, based on a classic variable-vee deadrise running bottom. It’s loaded with standard and optional features for both anglers and the family. If you need more speed, you can exchange the standard twin Yamaha F300s for a pair of Yamaha XTO 425 four-stroke V8s. When the offshore seas get nasty, the optional Seakeeper can keep her rock steady in the rough stuff. The leaning post includes a wealth of standard features and the salty upgraded version is equipped with an aquarium livewell and tackle drawers, along with a classy Corian countertop and cutting board. When it’s time to put the rods away and enjoy a family weekend, the plush forward sunpad lounge seat enables your crew to work on their tan, while the roomy bow area will entertain dockside guests with easy-to-use stowaway bow table.

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Fishing features include a quartet of vertical rod holders forward with a six-pack of flush-mounts in the gunwales; under-gunwale rod storage racks; a pair of lighted locking rod storage lockers amidships; raw water washdown; 28-gallon transom baitwell and 66-gallon transom fishbox; transom sink/bait rigging station with pull-out freshwater shower; stainless steel cockpit toe rails; fiberglass leaning post with removable 48-quart cooler, SS freshwater sink, pull-out shower, cutting board, storage drawers, four-rod aluminum rocket launcher and adjustable flip-up bolster helm seats; plus an insulated 620-quart bow in-floor fishbox with pump-out.

Notable standards include a welded 316L stainless steel recessed powder-coated bow rail; a freshwater system with 30-gallon tank; folding removable stern bench seat; Lenco dual ram recessed trim tabs and much more. Up forward, there’s a stainless steel 22-pound plow anchor, anchor locker with overboard drain; stainless steel anchor chute chafe plate; a concealed S/S anchor windlass; plus freshwater washdown. For more information, visit www.ewboats.com.

 

EVERGLADES

I had the opportunity to test Everglades’ new flagship 455cc during the summer last year and it was quite an experience. Whether your passion is fishing, family cruising, a day of rafting up, or perhaps all of the above, the Everglades 455cc does not disappoint. One of the most impressive standard features that jumped out upon my initial inspection was the Garmin digital switching system with touchscreen system control, which is supported by at least three layers of redundant backup systems; this is space-age stuff right out of Star Wars.

The helm features a trio of “sliding drawer” type helm steps that can make a boat owner who is short on height feel Michael Jordan-esque when behind the wheel. With standard seating for about 20, your biggest challenge is not taking them all out at the same time, but being sure you have enough life jackets onboard! The weather protected helm area features three rows of triple seat sections, plus added bow and stern seating as well. The 455cc’s 40-plus rod holders are more than enough do the job, even on an extended canyon overnighter.

This Florida girl can really turn on the jets, with 1,700 sea ponies packed on the transom, courtesy of a quartet of Yamaha’s massive 425 HP XTO four-stroke, V8 outboards. Top speed with four onboard and 3/4-fuel during a windy day was an impressive 58 mph. The fuel-efficient cruising band on this 45-footer is fairly generous, turning 25 to 42 mph at roughly 0.69 to 0.58 mpg, in a range from 3,000 to 4,500 rpm. Tilting one of the big 425 XTOs out of the water, we were able to speeds in the upper 40s and she ran like she was meant to go on three from the get-go. Like all Everglades, this one is unsinkable and is backed by a lifetime hull warranty. For more information, visit www.evergladesboats.com.

 

 

FINSEEKER

Finseeker is built by the well-known boat builder Crownline Boats. The 230 Center Console is really designed to be well-rounded, well-equipped fishing performer with a hull design that provides a smooth, dry, high-performance ride. It’s certainly not a bare bones model; in fact to the contrary with a 9-inch twin touchscreen Garmin display at the helm, a fiberglass hard top, windlass with rope and chain the 230 comes well-appointed with standard features that are often options on many other boats. Also standard is its 100% composite stringers, transom, bulkheads, and closeouts.

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Other notable standards include a bait station w/aerated bait well, tool & tackle trays and LED Lights, aerated bait well with clear acrylic access window, battery charger and management panel, in floor macerated fish boxes, 65-quart Yeti cooler. The list of standard features is long and quite impressive making the Finseeker a very high value model. Its max power is 300 horsepower to propel its 4,980-pound, 20-degree hull efficiently through the water. The 23-foot center console is the perfect size for fishing and boating inshore, and offshore in the Northeast and should be on anyone list looking for an everyday solid performing enter console. Go to www.Finseeker.com.

INVINCIBLE

This Florida boat builder continues to make waves with its catamaran fleet, and for 2022 they’ve introduced the biggest and baddest feline yet, the 46 Pilothouse Catamaran. With the introduction of the 46 Catamaran back in 2020, Invincible raised the Cat segment to a whole new level. Now they’ve upped the stakes yet again by unveiling the first-ever production pilothouse catamaran. Offering the same range, performance and 360-degree fishability of the 46 CC Cat, this is a different breed of feline, equipped with the sleeping space and comfort of a comparably-sized inboard sportfisher. This unique design will take overnighter canyon trips to the next level of crew comfort and fishability in a wider range of weather and sea conditions compared to open center console craft.

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With an overall length of 45 feet, 11 inches and a beam of 12 feet, her Morelli & Melvin patented hybrid, semi-asymmetric, multi-hull design performs like few others out in the rough stuff. With a weight of 20,000 pounds, 1,000-gallon fuel capacity and rated to carry up to 900 horsepower on each of her twin sponsons, this Florida girl can get out and get back in sea conditions where many others fear to tread.

Standards include an enclosed pilothouse, 360-degree fishability, air conditioning, onboard generator, finished bilge areas, above and below deck livewells, AGM sealed batteries, a built-in anchor locker, under gunnel lighting, a high-speed pickup for the livewell seachest, interior console lighting, saltwater washdown, three automatic 2,000 gph bilge pumps, waterproof switches and circuit breakers, a 100% vinylester resin hull, 316-grade stainless-steel hardware and vacuum-bagged cored hull construction. Power options include quad 400 Mercury Verados, quadruple 425 Yamaha XTOs or quad 450R Mercury Racing V8s. For more info, visit www.invincibleboats.com.

JUPITER MARINE

The unique design of the new Jupiter 43 combines the best elements of a premium sportfishing yacht with all the advantages of a nimble, go-fast/go-far center console, blending them into a sportfisher worthy of the Jupiter name. In the “over 40-foot” class of center console platforms, this boat raises the bar for performance and comfort without compromising one inch of fishability. Like her sister ship’s in the Jupiter fleet, the 43 offers unmatched performance driven by their exclusive Posi-Stern hull pad design. This innovative feature creates a variable dynamic stern lift that increases efficiency by providing a perfect running attitude. The result is higher speeds, superior handling, increased fuel economy and a smoother ride with no loss of visibility from the helm. Jupiter boats are the product of over 35 years of experience and meticulous craftsmanship from a team committed to building only the best.

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Notable standard features on the Jupiter 43 include vacuum-infused vinyl ester construction; hi-tech composite PVC foam coring; an inner liner that’s integrally bonded to the hull; a ceramic poured transom; foam filled fiberglass uni-grid stringer system; hybrid forward seating; 360-degree coaming pads; recessed trim tabs with indicator switch; a trio of auto bilge pumps; pull-up bow cleats and springline and cockpit cleats with hawse pipe deck fittings; an integrated transom seat with an illuminated 90-gallon insulated livewell and more.

With an overall hull length of 43 feet, 1 inch supported by a 12-foot, 6-inch beam, she’ll rock right through a tight chop with her sharp forward entry that tapers back to a deep-vee 24 degrees of deadrise aft. Rigged with a trio of Yamaha’s 425 XTO V8s, she’ll travel in the fast lane to and from the fishing grounds and her 602-gallon tank will take you to some faraway fishing spots. For more info, visit www.jupitermarine.com.

KEY WEST BOATS

For 2022, Key West has trimmed the product line to focus on its core values of producing affordable, mid-sized family fishing and recreational coastal craft. Accordingly, the prior year’s Billistic lineup of bluewater sportfishers has been removed from the product mix.

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The largest boat in the Key West fleet is the 263FS, which is a family-friendly center console that is equally adept at bending rods or taking a crew out for the day of beaching it and the associated watersports activities. With emphasis on comfort, fishing and safety, the 263 FS (Family Sportsman) features added seating and storage, with a changing area and porta-pottie under the larger console. It doesn’t shortchange you on the fishing side of the equation, with a total of 22 rod holders, dual livewells and horizontal storage racks under the gunnels to hold up to 8-foot long saltwater rods. A macerated fish box is set under the cockpit sole in the bow to ice down the day’s catch.

Some of the notable standards on the Key West 263 FS include a thru-hull windlass, hardtop, side entry door with hidden ladder, twin bilge pumps, high-pressure washdown, spacious forward seating with built-in backrests, cockpit bolsters, eight-speaker stereo system and Sea Star hydraulic tilt steering with power assist, plus 12-inch trim tabs with indicators. The 175-gallon fuel tank will take this Carolina girl a long way in between fill-ups, especially if you opt for twin 150s or 175s on the transom. Rumor has it that the Key West design team is working on a larger 28- to 29-foot version of the Family Sportsman series, so stay tuned for more if looking for something a bit larger. For additional info, visit www.keywestboats.com.

MAKO

For the 2022 model year, Mako has limited their offerings to a trio of offshore and a trio of inshore outboard-powered models. The bluewater boats include the 214 CC, the 334 CC and the flagship of the fleet, the 414 CC. The entire Mako offshore lineup is been carefully designed to help you take on the rugged conditions you’ll encounter while fishing or cruising. Every model features all-composite construction, deep-vee hulls and a deep cockpit loaded with fishing and comfort features to help you get to your destination, reel in your trophy and make it back safe and sound. For back-bay and shallow water anglers, the inshore fleet consists of the Pro Skiff 15 CC, the Pro Skiff 17 CC and the 18 LTS.

The Mako 214 CC is the ideal balance of fishing performance and family convenience. Bow, forward console and aft seating adds comfort for family and friends and the optional deck filler expands the forward lounge area. The versatile 214 CC is overbuilt for safety and comfort. It rides on Mako’s proven deep-vee hull, which dominates a chop with its aggressive deadrise and throws down spray with its reverse chines, resulting in a smooth, dry and stable ride.

Notable standard features include aft seating with a folding center backrest, a canvas T-top with four rod holders and an electronics box. The console features a head enclosure that also provides access to wiring. The anodized aluminum leaning post offers vertical rodholders, plus a comfy helm seat with flip-up cushion, with storage below seat and space below the leaning post for and optional cooler. The head enclosure/storage space offers a convenient wiring access hatch, battery access, a main distribution electrical panel and a courtesy light. For additional details, visit www.makoboats.com.

AQUASPORT

Built in White Bluff, TN this iconic brand from the mid-60s continues to offer quality saltwater fishing boats. Known for their proven Kevlar reinforced deep-vee hull designs, deep freeboards, dry ride and all around stellar performance inshore and offshore. The model line-up ranges from 21 to 30 feet including center consoles, dual consoles and bay boats. For this installment we’ll focus on the sleek 2500 Center Console.

Aquasport

The 2500 length is 24 feet, 10 inches with an 8-foot, 10-inch beam. The hull draft is approximately 21 inches and the dead rise is 23 degrees. It’s a well-made boat utilizing full composite construction and hand laid fiberglass lamination. The integrated fiberglass structural stringer is system injected with urethane floatation foam. The hull construction is Kevlar reinforced and the composite transom core adds great strength where need most and capable of 500 maximum horsepower to push the 5,474-pound platform efficiently through the water.

The 168-gallon fuel capacity provides excellent range for offshore ventures. A long list of standard equipment makes the 2500 an extremely attractive option in the competitive 25-foot center console category. Get details at www.aquasportboats.com.

LIMESTONE

With roots firmly planted in the Northeast fishing boat market, Limestone has been a heritage brand in the coastal Northeast region. Limestone boats was designed by renowned yacht designer Mark Ellis of Essex, CT, which explains why they’re known for running so well along our Northeast waterways.

Limestone

The 20-foot 200CC Center Console is a great example of what a Northeast inshore fishing boat should be.  With a 21.1-degree dead rise the hull has just enough of deep vee to cut through the chop and to afford a stable platform while adrift. At 2,600 pounds, its more narrow 8-foot beam makes it an excellent boat for trailering. Available with a 200-horsepower outboard standard, or optional 250-horsepower, it has the power and reliability you expect. Ample storage for rods and gear are throughout, as well as comfortable seating.

For protection from the elements, Limestone offers an optional bimini top or a powder coated hardtop T-top w/ rod holders (four), LED spreader light and LED recessed lights. And you can even color match the underside of your hardtop T-top to your hull color choice as an added optional feature. Learn more about Limestone at www.limestoneboats.com.

SEA BORN

Sea Born boats, along with sister companies Sundance (utility skiffs) and Spyder (flats boats), are a division of Composite Research Inc., located down in Blackshear, GA. Introduced back in the 2021 model year, the all-new LX26 Center Console is the largest of four vessels in the company’s LX series. According to Sea Born engineers, every boat in the LX lineup successfully merges family-centric features with let’s-go-fishing readiness. This boat offers a lot of useful room onboard with an overall length of 26 feet, 6 inches, supported by a generous 9-foot, 8-inch beam. She tips the scales at 5,500 pounds dry and offers 40-fathom range with a 135-gallon fuel tank. Rated to carry twin outboards up to a total of 500 horsepower, she’ll offer excellent performance and fuel economy with a pair of 200s.

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Standard features include an easy-boarding port-side dive door, multiple charging ports, in-console head, LED lighting throughout, along with convenient passenger grab rails for improved safety.  From the helm, the pilot and co-pilot will appreciate the two-position leaning post when standing, but as the need arises, the unit easily converts to a captain’s style chair with backrest. On the console, there’s an endless array of information via two glass-mounted, multi-function displays. Other notable standards include on-console toggle switches, a phone-saving dash pad and a large shade-providing hardtop with overhead storage.

When it’s time to bend the rods, the LX26 provides additional cockpit depth compared to Sea Born’s bay boats, giving it big-boat energy and allowing owners to run near shore or offshore in bumpy seas in complete comfort and safety. At the bow, there’s an anchor pulpit and chain, ideal for keeping the boat steady over a wreck or reef. As with any craft, storage is always at a premium, and the LX26 delivers with ample gear and tackle bins, under-and-in-gunwale rod holders and a rounded port-side aerated baitwell. For information visit www.seabornboats.com.

 

 

BELZONA

I had a chance to jump aboard the Belzona 27 Walkaround down at the Miami Boat show in 2020 and this is one sexy sportfisher; it’s like taking a sleek Euro sports car offshore to the tuna grounds. This boat will turn heads wherever she goes, especially if you opt for one of her aggressive exterior color patterns that will put some sizzle in your fishing and sport boat style.

Belzona

Belzona is based in Doral, FL and has been making positive waves in the sport fishing world with its impressive credentials and designs. Belzona engineers took the DNA of their successful 32-foot lineup creating a similarly uncompromising 27-foot hull that retained some of the key features, like twin engines offering impressive performance and offshore capability, a full cabin that comfortably sleeps two, a spacious cockpit that can be equipped for any blend of fishing and leisure and a helm and hardtop offering unsurpassed visibility and protection from the elements. At the helm, you’ll enjoy a commanding position as you navigate, thanks to ample shade from a unique fiberglass hardtop and comfy bench seating. Belzona’s signature forward-facing windshield keeps glare low and visibility high. With its sliding door built right into the starboard helm, there’s easy access down below to an enclosed marine head and comfortable vee-berth that sleeps two overnight.

The 27 Walkaround’s deep-vee hull design features 21.5 degrees of aft deadrise, with an overall length of 27 feet, 2 inches and a 9-foot, 4-inch beam. She’ll hit a top speed over 54 mph with a pair of 225s, and cruise at 30 to 35 mph with 1.6 mpg fuel efficiency. Her 154-gallon fuel tank will let you play out in the bluewater with the big boys. For information go to www.belzonaboats.com.

CAPE HORN

This Florida boat builder offers a fleet of rugged, ocean-going center console sportfishers that range from 22 to 36 feet. The newest addition to the lineup is the 24OS, which features a tweaked hull and totally redesigned floorplan for 2022. With a sprawling floor plan, the 24OS (Offshore) creates space, leaving more room to fish. Two huge livewells (25 and 40 gallons) insure that you will never run out of bait. The rear seat with its removable backrest is a nice addition and veteran bluewater anglers will appreciate the 20 rod holders located where you need them.

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The step-up in the bow makes throwing a cast-net easy and also adds the space for a huge storage box. A 470-quart insulated fish box below-deck will chill out almost anything that you can bring onboard; just remember to get the optional macerator pumpout. A lockable console includes two storage compartments with plenty of dry storage space for all of your gear. The front seat offers a flip-up lid which reveals a handy 85-qt insulated cooler down under and the standard leaning post delivers additional storage for tackle and gear. The 24 Offshore’s hull design is built for the bluewater, with a 25-foot, 1-inch length supported by an over-wide 9-foot, 1-inch beam. The deep-vee forefoot will slice through a tight chop and the running bottom tapers back to an aggressive 23 degrees of deadrise at the transom.

With a dry weight of 3,700 pounds without power and fuel capacity of 136 gallons, a pair of 150s should give her maximum range and performance. Notable standards include a 10-year hull warranty with lifetime transom warranty; aluminum trailer with four-wheel disc brakes; T-Top with electronics box; rear seating and leaning post with backrest; coaming bolsters; tilt-helm hydraulic steering; Sani-Pottie with holding tank; electric trim tabs with indicators; and unsinkable composite construction. For more information, visit www.capehornboats.com.

Maritime Boats

Maritime Boats are now based in New Hampshire and are built by Chislett’s Boating and Design. Their coastal fishing boat lineup includes five different layouts from 14 to 25 feet. Maritime’s 14-, 18- and 20-foot rolled edge Skiffs are basic and uncomplicated boats with maximum interior space, self-bailing cockpits and hulls that are fuel efficient and easily propelled with low to moderate horsepower. Strong and “unsinkable”, these boats offer a dry and seaworthy ride.

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Some of the distinctive features of their Defiant center console series are the wraparound non-skid deck that facilitates easy boarding, installation of flush mount rod holders, pop-up cleats and self-bailing cockpits. Models 21 feet and larger have a large ‘step down’ area under the console that provides room for storage and an optional porta-pottie or marine head. The Patriot and Voyager Center Cabin models combine all the benefits of a center console with the convenience of a full cabin. You can walk and fish around the side decks of the cabin without tripping over elevated steps. Additional weather protection is provided by each of these models giving you the opportunity to cruise, play, or fish longer in comfort and security. The 23 and 25 Challenger cabin models feature a composite laminated glass windshield for strength and good looks. These boats have large versatile cockpits ideal for cruising and comfortably accommodating friends and family.

Both Challenger models feature excellent visibility from the well-designed pilot house, a large comfortable V-berth that easily accommodates two adults and has a variety of seating, galley and cockpit configurations to meet your needs. For more information, visit www.maritimeboats.com.

 

NauticStar Boats

NauticStar Boats, one of four brands under MasterCraft Boat Holdings Inc., introduced the company’s first-ever pair of 24-foot offshore fishing boats during the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The 24 XS and 24 Legacy join NauticStar’s other offshore models in providing hardcore, offshore fishing platforms for the serious angler with the ability to clean up, host your family and friends and enjoy the luxurious amenities and creature comforts onboard. An impressive lineup of standard features and customizable upgrades including stainless steel under-gunwale rod holders, optional integrated power windlass anchor system and versatile seating configurations provide everyone on board a smooth, dry, comfortable ride.

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Both boats come with endless standard features including pressurized live wells and Yamaha performance engines and tons of optional upgrades like premium consoles, Simrad displays and Fusion Audio options. Both the 24 XS and 24 Legacy feature a large forward lounge seat and plush wraparound bow seating made of luxurious vinyl and includes Nano-Block Stain Protection. For added comfort, there are telescoping backrests on both sides that provide the ability to face forward when in motion but can be stowed away when not in use. The bow cushions can also be stored to give anglers a large and stable fishing platform up front. Both 24-foot hulls feature identical running bottoms with a 42-degree entry angle that tapers back to 19-degrees of deadrise at the transom.

Each is rated to carry up to 300 horsepower on the transom and the 106-gallon fuel tank will provide a weekend of fun at the beach, fishing back bay and nearshore waters, or a near offshore trip to and from the 40-fathom line. For more information, visit www.nauticstarboats.com.

 

 

Parker

Parker Offshore, now a division of Florida-based Correct Craft, introduced the new 2200CC at the 2021 Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show. This is the first boat of an all-new lineup of Parker center consoles that will be coming in future months. The 2200CC encompasses all the qualities Parker is known for, specifically quality, strength, simplicity and seaworthiness. These attributes, along with its added features and refined styling, make it the perfect boat for the fisherman or family.

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The 2200CC puts family comfort first with both stern seating and bow seating. It also comes with insulated boxes that can be used to ice drinks or fish. The large center console boasts ample room for storage with space for a marine toilet. Upgrades range from an electric trolling motor and Power-Pole anchor, to a bow table that converts a dining experience into a sun pad. The 2200CC’s flexible layout is equally adept at bending rods or entertaining family and friends for a fun day out on the water. Scott Bauer, President of Parker Offshore stated, “The Parker 2200CC is just the beginning of our new center console lineup. Our team is excited to present this vessel that caters to both fishing and family boaters. No matter how you spend your time on the water, enjoying watersports or spending time at the sandbar, the 2200CC will exceed your expectations.”

Notable standards include bow seating with cushions and insulated storage underneath; stainless steel pop-up cleats; a quartet of stainless steel flush-mount gunwale rod holders and a six-pack of stainless steel cup holders; an anchor locker with recessed anchor roller; hydraulic steering with stainless steel wheel; trim tabs with instant retract; a Porta-Pottie; fiberglass stringers and a 10-year limited hull warranty. Engine options include Yamaha’s F200 or F250 four-stroke outboards. For more information, visit www.parkerboats.com.

 

Pioneer

The latest and largest Pioneer sportfisher is the 270 Pelagic Center Console. One of the most popular power configurations is a pair of Suzuki DF250 four-strokes. She sports a dozen flush-mount rod holders in the gunwales and across the full height transom cap, a powdercoated T-Top with a six-rod vertical rocket launcher, a large recirculating livewell set aft of the leaning post, full cockpit coaming bolsters, twin raised bench seat forward, a roomy cockpit and much more.

Pioneer Pelagic

Other notable standard features on the 270 Pelagic CC include a stainless steel steering wheel with speed knob; recessed trim tabs w/indicator light; a white powdercoat package; 13.5-gallon freshwater tank; a six-pack of flush-mounted gunwale rod holders; twin insulated in-floor macerated fish boxes; a 52-gallon lighted live well with sea chest; 80-quart Engel cooler with cushion; an anchor locker with windlass, anchor and rode; a single Garmin 12-inch MFD; dual battery switch with battery isolator; deluxe fiberglass leaning post with tackle storage station; a deluxe hard top; walk-in console with Porta-Pottie; a dozen stainless steel cupholders; a fold-down rear bench seat; cockpit coaming bolster cushions; a bow cushion set and more.

When it’s time to power this southern girl, you can choose from twin Yamaha F200/I4s; twin F250/V6s; a single Yamaha F350/V8; twin Suzuki DF200/I4s; dual Suzuki DF250/V6s; a single Suzuki DF350; twin Mercury FourStroke 200/V6s; a pair of Mercury FourStroke 250/V8s; or a single Mercury 350 Verado. Wow, that is some selection! The current 2021 Pioneer lineup includes a total of nine outboard-powered center consoles, bay boats and dual console designs ranging from 17 to 27 feet. All Pioneer boats are backed by a transferable 7-year/10-year original owner structural hull warranty. For more information, visit www.pioneerboats.com.

Pro-Line

For 2022, Pro-Line will continue with its current fleet, which includes 20-, 23- and 26-foot Express cabin models, along with the 20 and 23 Sport center consoles, 26 Super Sport CC and the 23 DC dual console. The 26 Super Sport CC measures 26 feet, 4 inches LOA with an 8.5-foot beam, 22 degrees of deadrise aft and a dry weight of 4,400 pounds. She’ll get you out to the fishing grounds fast, especially if you outfit her with the max rating of 450 horsepower.

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A lighted 20-gallon baitwell is integrated into the transom to ensure plenty of room to fight the fish in the 92-square foot cockpit. Twin 74-gallon insulated fishboxes with macerator pump-outs are set under the rear cockpit sole to chill out your catch. Rod storage is located under the covering boards, courtesy of a pair of four-rod horizontal racks. When it’s time to fish, a pair of flush-mount rod holders are installed in each of the gunwales and the 27-inch cockpit depth will give max leg support to captain and crew when angling the big ones to boatside. There’s a large forward casting deck with two storage lockers down under, plus raised bench seating with a pair of insulated fishboxes with overboard drains. The console features a companionway on the port side to step down into the enclosed head area, which is equipped with a standard porta-pottie. When it comes time for relaxing back at the dock, the 26 SS has a molded bench seat with backrest forward of the console and the aft deck features Pro-Line’s foldaway transom bench seat with backrest.

Other notable standards include cockpit bolsters, a T-Top with LED spreader lights, hydraulic steering, electric trim tabs with LED indicators, dive platform with integrated ladder, plus seven pull-up stainless steel cleats. Wood-free composite construction and a 10-year structural hull warranty offer peace of mind. For more information, visit www.prolineboats.com.

 

Regulator

Regulator Marine announced back in the spring the full details and features of the new Regulator 37, and the good news is that boat is in production for the 2022 model year, showcasing the next evolution in the brand’s popular center console sportfishers. Powered by triple Yamaha XF425 engines with Helm Master EX and boasting 507 gallons of fuel capacity, the 37 is ready for offshore action and should provide a 300-mile minimum range, even if you drive in the fast lane. Proprietary Regulator “MyHelm” technology, a big boat pump room and a newly-designed seating and tackle center are just some of the features that showcase the next-gen approach that puts this Carolina girl at the top of her class.

“Every new model we introduce marks an opportunity to give our customers more of what they’re asking for, as we stay true to our heritage and deliver the ultimate Regulator ride,” said Joan Maxwell, president and co-founder of Regulator Marine, adding  “The 37 brings this thinking to the next level.”

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The new Offshore Command Center with Garmin multi-function displays, with digital switching and monitoring, sets the 37 apart from the fleet. The proprietary Regulator MyHelm interface seamlessly and intuitively connects key functions, including engines, lighting, livewells, macerator pump and more, all via touchscreen. A wireless Key Fob allows you to turn on lighting, batteries and other convenient systems as you approach or exit with the touch of a button; just like your car! Critical functions including horn, bilge pump and navigation lights are still fully accessible on the LED push button switch panel, with manual override zones to ensure certainty in any condition.

The seating and tackle center features a raised deck with triple helm seating, plenty of tackle storage, six rocket launchers, plus aft-facing bench seat for two, flanked by built-in armrests with cupholder/rodholders. Down below in the cabin, there’s a queen-sized berth, galley, enclosed head with shower and rod storage. For more info, visit www.regulatormarine.com.

Release Boats

For 2022, Release Boats has introduced the 295 Sport center console. This new model lies somewhere in between the 240 RX and the flagship of the fleet, the 301 RX/RXS. The 295 is a different breed than the 301 CC in that she’s wider at 10-feet, one-inch (versus 9 feet, 6 inches on the 301) and sports a more modest 21-degrees of aft deadrise on her shorter 29-foot, 5-inch hull (versus 22.5-degrees on the 301 series’ 30-foot, one-inch LOA). This flavor Release is more of a family fishing machine that is equal parts fun on the water, bending rods and entertaining guests back at the dock watching a quiet sunset. Her layout can be fine-tuned for any combination of waterborne missions that you might have in mind.

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This boat features a huge list of standard features that includes dual Simrad NSS EVO3S 12-inch MFDs, Simrad 4G Radar and RS20 DSC/VHF radio, 1kW transducer, a JL Audio sound system with quad speakers for safety and sanity. A hardtop with handrails, spreader and overhead lights, powder-coated in white, black or gray, twin Llebroc helm seats with flip-up bolsters and arm rests, a freshwater sink and cutting board, PRO Charging Systems three-bank battery charger, an electric head with holding tank and overboard discharge, plus another freshwater sink in the leaning post for creature comforts and good looks. Anglers will love the 36-gallon livewell, two pairs of flush-mount rodholders in the gunwales and tackle drawers, all standard.

Some of the optional function and style features that will make her totally yours include a freshwater sink in the head compartment, a pull-out freshwater shower by the side entry door, pump-outs for the cockpit fishboxes, a windlass with S/S anchor, chain and rope, trim tabs with indicator, five additional rod holders in the transom, six pull-up cleats, an aft folding bench seat, bow seating with cushions and storage, aft cockpit bolsters, wraparound bow backrest cushions; and more. For additional information, visit www.releaseboats.com.

Robalo

Ideal for back bay, inlet, inshore and near offshore fishing adventures, or those seeking to explore shallow water coastlines and sandbars, the new 266 Cayman from Robalo is ready to deliver. The 266 Cayman is the largest sibling in a growing fleet of Cayman bay boats that include 20-, 22- and 24-foot models. Her 26-foot, 6-inch length and 9-foot, 4-inch beam, along with hefty 4,500-pound dry weight (power included), 106-gallon fuel tank and 18-degree aft deadrise running bottom will allow her to sneak out to the 25-fathom line on days that allow comfortable transit. Her wide open deck layout converts instantly from fishing first to family friendly in the blink of an eye.

Robalo

Both the bow and aft seating areas have the ability to quickly morph into casting platforms. The helm dash features space to add a pair of large Simrad displays. A fiberglass hardtop with custom powdercoated frame (black or white) is standard issue on this hybrid. It includes an electronics box, two tri-color map lights (white, red and blue) and dual color spreader lights (white and blue). The standard leaning post offers a backrest, four-rod rocket launcher, plus a 70-quart cooler down below. The console features custom bonded front and side windshield glass with an overhead vent. Entry down below is via a forward hinged, lockable door.

There’s room for either storage or a portable MSD down under. Outside, a cushioned console seat with back cushion makes a perfect perch when underway. A 12-volt outlet and USB ports are sure to come in handy and the integrated dual level footrests are a nice touch. In the bow, a 20-gallon insulated livewell features a dedicated livewell pump, LED lighting, a blue gelcoat finish with an adjustable flow valve and removable bow cushions. For more details, visit www.robaloboats.com.

Savannah

Savannah Boats are manufacturered in a 20,000-square-foot facility in North Carolina and were developed by the owner’s personal pursuit for the perfect boat – a Hybrid fishing boat that could be an inshore and offshore fishing boat or family boat. The SS21 – HYBRID is a 21-foot, 4-inch center console skiff that draws just 9-inches of water, making it an especially attractive model for light tackle, inshore fishing enthusiasts. Power rated for a 150-horsepower outboard holding 32 gallons of fuel, she has good range for day trips and adequate power to propel the 2,380-pound dry weigh hull and get it up on plane quickly.

Savahana

Savanah boats use no wood, and feature 100% composite hull construction with foam floatation and a molded liner and deck. The V-hull entry and soft chines make for a smooth ride. Shown is the upgraded Platinum Edition which piles on the upgrades such as full hull color, matching fiberglass hardtop with integrated spread lights, black powdercoated T-top and upgraded leaning post, upgraded cushion package, tilt hydraulic steering, wet sound audio system, a bow table, black ash dash, a Simard 12 inch, dual batteries and more. This tricked out version is not just stunning, but it has features and performance to match. Check out www.savannahboats.com.

 

 

Scout Boats

Scout Boats, Inc. has released a new model in the bay boat line-up, the 231 XSB. This is the third XS model in the bay boat/inshore line-up and compliments the popular 251 XSS and replaces the last season’s 231 XS model. The 231 XSB is set apart from the competitive fleet with notable standard features such as spacious seating in the bow with removable cushions and storage underneath, plus up to five removable backrests throughout the boat for added comfort. She offers port and starboard rod storage, coupling the luxury of a Scout with all the characteristics of a serious bay boat.

Scout

Scout has built a reputation for being first-to-market with innovations throughout its 30-plus year history and the 231 XSB is no different. With an upgradable option of a new patent-pending, thru-hull anchor pole called the Scout Post, this model continues to push Scout to the top of the class. Standard features on the 231 XSB include a powdercoated hybrid leaning post, port and starboard aerated baitwells and release wells, a quartet of combo stainless steel flush-mount cup/rod holders, a six-pack of dedicated stainless steel flush-mount rod holders, a console lounge seat with cushion set and a Fusion Bluetooth stereo with four 6-inch speakers. Notable options on the 231 XSB include two aft baitwell choices, three leaning post options, an aluminum T-Top with aft spreader light, rocket launcher and T-Bag, upgradable Garmin display screens, a Porta-Pottie and power assist hydraulic steering.

Her 14-degree aft deadrise running bottom makes her easy to power and the 65-gallon tank will last you all day. Scout has also introduced a super-sized 425 LXF S-Class model for 2022, in addition to a 240 Dorado dual console and a new 240 XSF center console. For more info, visit www.scoutboats.com.

Sea Chaser

Sea Chaser’s latest models include a quartet of bluewater fishing boats, including the 27 HFC (hybrid fishing and comfort) Dual Console, 30 HFC Dual Console, 30 HFC and 35 HFC. These newbies totally dwarf most of Sea Chaser’s fleet prior to entering the 30-plus foot competitive marketplace. It’s a totally new day for this popular Georgia-based boat builder, as they jump into this new competitive market with guns blazing.

Sea Chaser

Designed for fishing families who also enjoy cruising, a day at the beach and their watersports, the 27 HFC DC is versatile enough to surpass the expectations of the most serious coastal angler. The new 27 HFC Dual Console has everything you could ever need on the water, no matter what the mission of the moment. Measuring 27 feet, 3 inches LOA with a 9.5-foot beam, the 20-degree aft deadrise deep-vee running bottom combined with her hefty 6,244-pound dry weight should tame just about any afternoon wind chop. In addition to the innovative dual console design, the 27 HFC DC features a wrap-around walk-through windshield, which enables for comfortable movement from the bow to the stern. It also features spacious bow seating, a plush captain’s chair and ample rear seating featuring their new diamond-embossed upholstery.

With strategically-placed speakers, a large galley with a built-in grill and refrigerator, a spacious bathroom and plenty of bright LED deck lighting, the 27 HFC Dual Console makes hosting gatherings on the water simple. The deep-vee hull design makes offshore adventures or weekends at faraway places a distinct reality. Plus there’s plenty of built-in storage space from stem to stern for all your family, fishing and fun needs! For more information, visit www.seachaser.com.

Sea Fox

The 368 Commander is the flagship of the Sea Fox family fleet. At 36-feet LOA with an 11-foot, 2-inch beam, the 368 Commander has a sharp forward entry angle that tapers back to 23 degrees at the transom, for true deep-vee/stepped hull performance to handle the roughest water conditions. The 3-inch thick composite transom can hold either triple Yamaha F300s or twin 425 XTOs. The hull incorporates an infused lamination process and is the first of its kind in the Sea Fox line up. The foam filled stringer mold is a beast with massive bonding points throughout the hull to ensure a solid ride in any weather.

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The 368 is designed for comfort in the bow area with its extended multi-person lounger set forward of the console and has multi-dimensional cushions for ultimate comfort. The cockpit boasts twin 45-gallon pressurized aquarium livewells, plus four insulated fish boxes under the console that will chill out your catch. There’s large freezer plate storage facility located across the transom wall will keep bait, food and drinks at any temperature desired. Triple helm seats sit high for 360-degree viewing of the ocean around you and a full glass console enclosure keeps the crew dry in all weather conditions. The generous 382-gallon fuel tank will give this sportfisher true canyon range.

Notable standards include a 22-pound anchor, 15 feet of chain and 200 feet of rode connected to a thru-hull windlass system (controls at helm and bow), stainless steel chafe plate and anchor roller, a total of four auto bilge pumps, side door cockpit access, wireless console cell phone charger and storage compartment, a 65-quart Yeti cooler with electric catch and mechanical slide out mechanism, Reverso quick connect automatic motor flush system and much more. For additional details, visit www.seafoxboats.com.

 

Sea Hunt Escape

Sea Hunt’s popular Escape Series of family sport boats is back for 2022 with a completely new look. Redesigned from the keel up, the new Escape series can take you anywhere and was created for families desiring the “escape” experience out on the water. With its cushioned rear bench seating and oversized bow lounge area, it’s easy to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Island hopping, sunset cruises, or your favorite fishing hole, the Escape will get you there and back in absolute comfort and style. New for 2022 are the 27 and 25 Escape models.

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Taking a closer look at the larger sister of the family, the 27 Escape has an overall length of 27 feet, 4 inches with a wide 9-foot beam. The cockpit is set back towards the transom a bit more than your typical center console fishing boat, but this is intentional. This design nuance frees up considerable space in the bow area for roomy seating, a removable dinette table, plus a half-coffin box that is set on the front side of the console, all of which equates to seating for five adults. There’s plenty of icy or dry storage onboard, with 100-quart insulated coolers set under the port and starboard bench seating, another 100-quart cooler under the coffin seat, plus yet another 100-quart ice box in the bow.

Other notable standards include a 10-gallon transom livewell, quad-wide rear bench seat, 19-gallon freshwater system and a 144-gallon fuel cell, which will give you the legs to go on some long-range “escapes”. With a sharp 50 degree entry that tapers back to 25 degrees of deadrise amidships and 20 degrees aft, she’s rated to carry up to 425 horsepower on the transom and this hull will tame any afternoon chop with her hefty 5,100-pound dry weight. For more information, visit www.seahuntboats.com.

SeaPro

The just-launched SeaPro 320 DLX Offshore is the new flagship for this South Carolina based boat builder and it’s a real bluewater beast.  Measuring 32 feet in length with a 10-foot, 4-inch beam, she’s got some bulk, tipping the scales at 8,500 pounds dry. Her ‘no nonsense’ 24.5-degree aft deadrise translates to a serious deep-vee running bottom that can do some damage to a tight chop when it’s time to travel in the fast lane. Her 207-gallon tank will provide 50-fathom range, especially when maxed out with a pair of supercharged 400 Mercs on the transom.

SeaPro

Key standard features on the 320 DLX Offshore include a pair of Simrad NSO19 EVO3 multi-function displays, with a Chirp transducer, a Simrad RS40 VHF with mount and antenna, a porcelain pump-out head with overboard discharge, deluxe helm seats with electric slides, raw water washdown, a pair of pressurized 30-gallon livewells, fed by a stainless steel sea chest with bait sentry pumps, an E-Z anchor drum windlass, an electric Hi-Low bow table, port and starboard macerated fish boxes under the cockpit sole, a convenient side entry door, along with a rear telescoping entry ladder, GG Schmitt rear bench seat, 80-liter Sea Pro cooler with slide, a deluxe fiberglass leaning post with tackle storage, freshwater sink and tournament bait prep station, flood lights and spreader lights, electric outlets for downriggers and electric reels, DLX trim tabs with dual actuators and LED indicator strips, remote battery switch key fobs with ACR and DLX distribution panel, an integrated T-Top windshield with wiper, 11 stainless flush mount rod holders, an XL forward console seat, twin Rule 1500 GPH bilge pumps and more.

She’s backed by a 10-year transferrable hull warranty. For additional details, visit www.seapromfg.com.

 

Southport

Southport Boats has announced a bold refresh of their most popular model, the 33 Family Edition (FE), which boasts a variety of new features for both the hardcore angler and the family-centric boater. The new design creates even more space on deck while adding features to make the next-gen 33 FE exceptionally capable no matter what the task. A large mezzanine leaning post creates social space without intruding into the aft cockpit. A larger helm pod with plush, bolstered helm chairs seats create a comfortable and ergonomic workspace for the captain and mate. The updated aft livewell and ice box arrangements are equally suited for days offshore or entertaining at the beach.

Southport

The 33 FE is equipped with a new transom cooler box to accompany the centerline 35-gallon livewell. Two sets of port and starboard in-deck fish boxes offer added space to ice fish and stow gear. More in-gunnel rod holders, as well as the standard T-Top rocket launcher storage allow for flexibility when trolling, storing and clearing rods. The forward cockpit offers the most comfortable spot on board. With a large, plush, bolstered console seat and ergonomic forward benches, there’s plenty of room for kicking back and relaxing. Strip the cushions and the forward cockpit remains an unbeatable spot for sight casting and retaining this design’s 360-degree fishability. The upgraded console boasts an even larger and more inviting interior space, with room to lie down, change after swimming, or just get out of the sun and soak up some the comfort of the A/C. The console dash can now accommodate a pair of 22-inch MFDs.

With a dry weight of 9,500 pounds without power, and a deep vee entry that tapers back to 22 degrees at the transom, she’ll knock down her fair share of tight chop with minimal fuss, plus her 330-gallon fuel cell will take you a long way. For more info, visit www.southportboats.com.

Sportsman Boats

New for 2022, the Sportsman Open 262 offers a host of standard amenities that you usually don’t see on your typical 26-footer. For starters, the dual side entry doors open 180 degrees for unobstructed water-centric access. When it’s time to escape from the sun, a feature-packed fiberglass hard-top comes complete with lights, speakers and overhead rod holders. At the helm, state-of-the-art electronics are standard, along with weather and wind protection all the way around, courtesy to the integrated tempered glass windshield. Gorgeous twin aquarium livewells set in the transom corners annotate the fishing-ready cockpit layout.

Sportsman

The top-quality windlass system is installed thru-hull giving it a great clean look and comes standard with a high-grade stainless steel anchor. Just push a button to retrieve your anchor from the helm, making dropping and retrieving your anchor a breeze. For ease of use and safety, Sportsman includes foot controls at the bow for launching and retrieving your anchor, making the operation a one-person job. The bow of the Open 262 features wrap around seating with adjustable bow backrests, two easily accessible large insulated fish boxes, drink holders and speakers to play your favorite tunes. The helm’s premium captain’s chairs feature individually adjustable flip-up bolsters, offering lumbar support either standing or sitting when underway and the armrests add a nice comfort touch. Just aft of the captain’s chairs, there’s a tackle center topped with a lid, sink, cutting board and a small cooler.

Access to the battery switches has never been easier. There’s a dedicated switch for each engine and one for the house system. The house switch isolates all of your electronics, lights and pumps from your engine batteries. Inside of the leaning post, there’s a designated battery storage compartment. When it’s time to fish, the rear bench conveniently stows away to open up the aft cockpit space. For more details, visit www.sportsmanboatsmfg.com.

 

 

Sundance

The DX22 Skiff is an inshore, 21-foot, 10-inch light tackle platform that checks off a lot of boxes with dozens of must-have, no-nonsense fishing ready features. With its full-liner this flat bottom skiff whose 6-inch draft can get you into the skinny water, is packed with standard features making it a turnkey boat to get you fishing. Weighing-in at just 1,745 pounds it’s easy to trailer and is designed on top of Sundance’s proven B22 hull.

Sundance

The deck layout is open, offering a tremendous amount of room and 360 degrees around the boat to fish from. It’s one of those boats that light tackle and fly anglers will appreciate for the huge amount of fishing deck space. Plus it’ll last. The no-wood, all-composite construction of the DX22 carries a 10-year limited hull warranty and components that will stand up over time such as stainless steel rub rails, through hole fittings, rod holder, cup holders and propeller.

It’s powered by a single DX22 Yamaha F115XR that is more than ample to power this boat, plus with its performance-improving pocket tunnel, it’s efficient to operate and provides a soft dry ride. Check out the DX22, and it’s slightly smaller model the DX20. Sundance also offers the CCR Series in 22- and 20-foot lengths. Learn more at www.Sundanceboats.com.

 

 

Tidewater

The new 220 LXF is a mid-sized center console family fishing boat that’s loaded with comfortable full upholstery and stainless steel cup holders. The console is equipped with a glove box and footrest, plus catch-all trays. The triple-wide rear bench seat features a new walk-through transom door, all standard. Family friendly bow seating makes the new 220 LXF a luxurious refined sport boat that can also fish when the time is right.

Tidewater

With a length of 22 feet, 2 inches and an over-wide 8-foot, 10-inch beam, this South Carolina girl creates maximum space onboard and puts every square inch of it to good use. If seats are a critical requirement to you and the family when setting out on your weekend water getaways, the Tidewater 220 LXF delivers the goods. Starting aft and working forward, there’s that aforementioned triple-wide aft fold-down bench seat, plus the standard leaning post that will fit the captain and mate. Up front, there’s a cushioned bench seat forward of the center console, plus a pair of raised forward bench seats in the bow. Those are eight places to relax and enjoy the moment. The bow seats are equipped with a full cushion set, back bolsters and custom hinged swing-out backrests, for max support when your guests are facing forward when underway.

Notable standard equipment on this hybrid center console is a hardtop; JL Audio stereo system with quad speakers; Sea Star hydraulic steering; five stainless pull-up cleats; and a swim ladder. Other niceties include an aerated livewell, raw water washdown and trim tabs with indicators. Standard power is provided by a Yamaha F150, but you can opt for either an F200 or F250 to give her some additional pep. For more information, visit www.tidewaterboats.com.

Valhalla Boatworks

One of the hottest product launches last year was Viking Yacht’s subsidiary, Valhalla Boatworks’ introduction of their V-33, V-37 and V-41 outboard sportfishers. They sold a total of 70 units in year one, with backorders for another 75 this year. The V-46 was introduced in the 2021 model year and she is a total beast. Like her stablemates, the V-46 is an outboard-powered center console that utilizes the patented Michael Peters Yacht Design double-stepped hull. The V-46 possesses the same signature design traits, aesthetic enhancements and 360-degree fishing prowess of the V Series.

Valhalla

This Valhalla’s 46-foot, 7-inch length and 13-foot, 4-inch beam, allow for a massive console that functions as an air-conditioned cabin. Stepping down through the port-side console door, a powdercoated pedestal with teak stair treads leads to an inviting living space. It offers 6 feet, 7 inches of headroom and a free-flowing open layout that’s filled with natural light flowing through four portlights. Forward, a dinette with U-shaped seating and bolstered backrest surrounds a drop-down table that converts to a queen berth. The galley is set to starboard, featuring a Corian countertop, sink, two-burner recessed stove, refrigerator/freezer, microwave and cabinet storage. Directly aft of the galley is the private head with a molded-in vanity with a freshwater sink, toilet and shower.

The seating arrangements on the V-46 are diverse from bow to stern. The V-46 features standard Costa Marine bench seating at the helm with optional Release Marine or Llebroc seating consisting of three chairs with individual armrests, folding bolsters and electric slides. The V-46 also offers a second row of seating for up to four additional crew or guests, as well as the aft-facing mezzanine seating. Dual 50-gallon transom livewells anchor the cockpit. An in-deck livewell is available in lieu of the Seakeeper aft. The Valhalla 46’s cockpit features five fishboxes, all insulated and equipped with macerator pumps and plumbed for overboard drainage. Six standard stainless steel Gemlux rod holders line the cockpit coaming and you can add more. For additional info, visit www.valhallaboatworks.com.

Wellcraft

For 2022, Wellcraft is offering a six-pack of center console models that includes the 202, 222, 242, 262, 302 and 352 Fisherman series coastal sportfishers. They are all available in a number of trim packages, including the fully tricked out Scarab edition that’s designed for diehard anglers. The 352 is the flagship of the Fisherman center consoles and she can be totally customized, based on how you plan to use her. It all starts out with her ‘no nonsense’, classic deep-vee running bottom, which features a razor sharp entry angle forward that tapers back to an aggressive 23 degrees of deadrise at the transom.

Wellcraft

The lineage of this latest Wellcraft running bottom can be traced back to the research done by the Scarab racing team and indeed, this sheep is available in that wolf’s clothing. You can rig her up with a trio of four-stroke outboards on the transom up to 1275 horsepower, so this enables you to get her with either triple Merc Verados or a trio of Yamaha’s 425 XTOs. The 376-gallon fuel tank should give you and the crew true bluewater range and you’ll definitely get to the best spots ahead of the fleet. With a displacement that’s north of 13,500 pounds, the combination of hull design and heft should provide a soft and dry ride offshore and back.

Notable standards include an anchor locker with bow anchor roller; dive door; a transom door with retractable boarding ladder; recessed bow rails; stainless steel thru-hull fittings; a 32-gallon recirculating livewell; a cockpit sink with transom shower and freshwater system; folding aft bench seating; twin in-floor insulated fishboxes with macerator pump-outs; 32-gallon stern fishbox; forward lounge seating; a forward berth down under the console with changing room, Corian countertop, freshwater sink and electric porcelain toilet with holding tank, 110-volt outlets and dockside power. For more information, visit www.wellcraft.com.

 

Worldcat

Supporting the trend that fishing cats are getting, bigger, better and more acceptable amongst hardcore offshore anglers, the folks at Worldcat have introduced their latest fishing feline, the 400CC-X for the new model year. Due to the success of the dual console 400DC-X, Worldcat decided to develop a center console version, the 400CC-X, which is geared more toward fishermen while still maintaining its family-friendly amenities. Under development for five years, Worldcat designers took the time to tweak the twin hulls for optimum ride and fuel efficiency, also offering custom options that will allow owners to create a boat that meets their precise needs.

WorldCat

The 400CC-X is a 40-foot center console power catamaran with a generous 12-foot, 8-inch beam. It boasts a modest 21-inch draft, which is impressive for a boat of this size and weight of 14,500 pounds. The massive 604-gallon fuel capacity allows for remarkable range which will enable owners to explore distant fishing grounds not available to most multi-outboard monohull sportfishers. The top end with twin Yamaha 425’s is 50 mph, with optimum cruise at 3500 to 4000 rpm, where this feline will turn out 26 to 32 mph at over 1 mpg! Translated, that’s a whopping total of 18-hours of cruising range at 30 mph (560 miles) with a 10% reserve. Going with quad F300s, top speed increases to 57 mph, with a slightly decreased 1-mpg fuel efficiency from 27 to 32 mph.

Owners will be able to choose from different seating configurations with the mezzanine or sleigh options. Mezzanine seating offers a bench helm seat with an aft facing mezzanine seat and a large hardtop. The sleigh seating option also has a large hardtop, but has a second row bench style seat with aft tackle storage and a slide-out cooler. As the power catamaran market continues to grow, World Cat will keep pushing the limits for function, comfort, fuel efficiency and customization. For more information, visit www.worldcat.com.

 

Yellowfin

The new 54 Offshore from Yellowfin Yachts raises the bar in terms of what buyers can expect from a supersized center console. Available with quad or quint outboard power that will vary from 1,800 to 2,250 sea ponies hitched to the transom (Yamaha or Mercury), the 54 Offshore will provide the same legendary level of stepped-hull performance that has made Yellowfin an industry leader with previous models. Although Yellowfin is calling her a “center console”, practically speaking, it’s more of a walkaround or single level fisharound cabin design. The 54-foot overall length and wide 15-foot beam allowed the naval architects extra room to make things happen, both in the cockpit and down below.

Yellowfin

You can seat a small village of people on this boat with four-across individual bolster seating at the helm, an equal number in a mid-row of mezzanine seating, plus a third row of mezzanine seating that faces aft. Working forward towards the bow area, a triple wide sunpad will sequester three more crew members, plus two more can be situated in the port and starboard raised forward bench seats. Rod holders abound in every nook and cranny and, as you would expect on a vessel of this magnitude, the aft fishing cockpit is absolutely huge. A spacious cabin area beneath the mega console will house a full queen berth, a fully-equipped kitchenette, along with wraparound seating and a head. But hardcore fishing features abound on this debutant as well, including 150 gallons of livewell capacity that can be configured as one massive well, or split into two smaller 75-gallon wells. There’s also a huge, transverse fishbox in the cockpit sole with over 200 gallons of insulated capacity.

The 900-gallon fuel capacity will take you and the crew a long way to those distant canyons and you are likely to get there before most of the fleet. For additional info, visit www.yellowfin.com.

 


2022 New Outboards

On the flip side of the “supply chain” problems in 2021 has been an unprecedented demand for new outboard engines, both by original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and individual dealers/consumers. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) over 330,000 new outboards were sold in the 2020 model year, up 18% from the year before and the highest sales volume in 20 years. The final results are still being tabulated for 2021, so we’ll see how the continuing pandemic and motor shortages throughout the year will impact the overall sales numbers.

With the continued global focus on “green” energy, electric outboards are starting to get more recognition and relevancy, a trend that is likely to increase in the coming years. I see electric outboards taking a similar flight path flown by the original four-strokes over 25 years ago when they were initially introduced to the marketplace. At first, they were a novelty, but then with each passing year, they made more sense, until two-strokes were ultimately replaced, going the way of the dinosaur. The recent technological advances made with Lithium-Ion batteries are helping E-outboards gain a more significant toehold in the marketplace. Accordingly, we will include European manufacturer Torqeedo in this year’s outboard roundup.

Still, it’s far from a fad—both Yamaha and Mercury will also be introducing electric outboards in the coming months, so it’s time to start paying more attention to these “winds of change.”

Mercury Marine

Mercury’s new 600-horsepower Verado is a technological marvel with a two-speed auto-shift transmission, huge 7.6-liter V12 powerhead, rotating gearcase used for steering, contra-rotating dual S/S props, and the ability to power boats up to 65 feet efficiently and safely. As you might expect, this frees up considerably more living space below decks, creating a new hybrid class of outboard-powered “super sportfishers” that will threaten the relevancy of cabin/flybridge inboards in the 35- to 65-foot range to their heavy metal core. Some of the highlights of the new Merc 600 are:

– A two-speed transmission that makes easy work of transferring 600 horsepower to the gearcase. It doles out maximum torque and acceleration in first gear, then silently shifts to second for efficient cruising and thrilling top speed.

– Electro-hydraulic controls allow the steerable gearcase to react instantly to driver commands.

– A new series of contra-rotating dual props that were designed to harness the full potential of 600 horsepower, with faster hole shots, plus exceptional handling and fuel economy at midrange speeds.

– A more rugged, refined next-generation Advanced MidSection (AMS) mounting system cradles the powerhead to isolate noise and vibration while careful tuning dampens induction sounds and nearly eliminates injection noise.

– A performance-inspired quad-cam design that’s tuned to power big boats out of the hole and over the swell. Even at midrange, you’ll experience instant acceleration and an exhilarating boost the moment you lean into the throttle

– The 600 Verado V12 is calibrated to deliver its 600 horsepower using readily available and affordable 87 octane gas.

On the electric outboard front, Brunswick (Mercury’s parent company) recently announced at the last stockholders’ meeting that there were “five new electric outboard models set to be launched by 2023 from Mercury and their Advanced Systems Group (ASG), with the first of these planned for 2022.” During this time, they will also install 15,000 advanced lithium battery systems to replace internal combustion engine generators on boats and other vehicles. For more information, visit www.mercurymarine.com.

Yamaha

yamahaYamaha recently introduced their new 250 and 300 digital electronic control (DEC) four-stroke outboards. The same smooth, fast and precise digital electric steering (DES) included on the 425 XTO Offshore is now built-in to the new F300 and F250 DEC models. Yamaha’s latest boat steering technology provides smooth, fast steering and, unlike some conventional steering systems, draws battery amperage only when actively in use. DES is significantly easier to rig than traditional steering systems and creates a clean bilge with no steering pumps, hoses, hydraulic lines, connections, or fluid spills.

When hitting reverse, thrust enhancing reverse exhaust (TERE) keeps exhaust bubbles above the anti-ventilation plate and out of the propeller below 2,500 rpm. This means the prop bites cleaner water, resulting in outstanding reverse thrust and control to back down on fish or into your boat slip at the marina.

Yamaha’s exclusive TotalTilt function allows complete tilt-up from any position with a simple, quick double-tap push of the “UP” trim/tilt button, or full tilt down (until trim ram contact) by the same double-tap push of the “DOWN” trim/tilt button. There’s also a new built-in integrated tilt limiter to help prevent accidental damage to fiberglass parts of the transom’s outboard well or bulkhead. Built-in DES models tilt higher out of the water than previous models, which helps lessen the potential for corrosion on the prop and lower unit. The new 4.2-liter V6 Offshore model also has an improved lower unit featuring new components and design features that add durability for the long haul.

Yamaha’s new HARMO (harmony) is a complete electric boat control system that combines advanced propulsion technology, environmental awareness, future vision, and proven joystick control to provide high thrust and maneuverability. It’s not a true bolt-on-the-transom outboard, but more of a sterndrive unit. HARMO features Helm Master EX system controls (including the joystick) for simple, intuitive operation in a clean, quiet, environmentally friendly system with an innovative rim-drive electric motor that turns a large impeller. While rim drive motors have been deployed for thrusters and other marine applications, this is the first transom mount electric motor application.

Coupling a 48-volt power supply with a high-yield, low-drag 3.7-kilowatt motor, HARMO’s rim-drive, and specially encased impeller provide 225 pounds of thrust, which is equivalent to a 9.9-horsepower gas-powered outboard motor. Run times depend on battery type, size, configuration, and operational parameters. HARMO features integrated Digital Electric Steering (DES) with a 140-degree total steering angle, combining strong, smooth acceleration with incredibly sharp handling and control. The control system can rotate a single-engine boat within its length and allow for twin configuration accurate lateral operation. Additionally, its extreme 74-degree tilt angle helps keep the impeller clear of the water when not in use. For more information, visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

Suzuki

suzukiThe latest Suzuki four-strokes to hit the marketplace are the new DF115BG and DF140BG. Suzuki reset its older DF115 and DF140 outboards, upgrading them to the DF115A and DF140A models, which share a larger 2.0-liter powerhead. These new BG series four-strokes are the first in their class to offer all the advantages of drive-by-wire technology. By bringing its proven drive-by-wire technology to its 115-horsepower and 140-horsepower in-line four-cylinder models, Suzuki is providing simplified rigging for a wide range of boat builders, along with silky smooth shifting, instant throttle response, and enhanced performance.

An upgraded compression ratio of 10.6:1 helps these new 2.0-liter displacement outboards achieve better top speed and acceleration by improving thermal efficiency. Fuel is delivered via a throttle body digital EFI system. Fuel efficiency has also been increased as compared to Suzuki’s existing DF115/DF140A models. Other upgrades include a 40-amp alternator on both models that deliver improved output and battery charging performance at lower idle speeds.

The engines’ exterior features a sporty, streamlined exterior design and is available in 20-inch and 25-inch shaft lengths. Both new outboards boast new graphics and are available in Suzuki’s Pearl Nebular Black and Cool White color schemes. The redesigned cowl also incorporates a new air intake structure with improved water separation and a silencer/resonator system to attenuate engine noise and provide a pleasant boating experience at all engine speeds/RPM. To make routine maintenance more accessible, Suzuki made it possible to replace the oil filter simply by removing the upper engine cover. A new oil spill catcher surrounding the oil filter mount allows for changing the filter without making a mess. Suzuki also added an easy access Water Detection Fuel Filter to help protect the engine against contaminated fuel. For more information, visit www.suzukimarine.com.

Tohatsu

TohatsuPicking up on last year’s introduction of their new 2.0-liter MFS75A/90A/115A in-line four-cylinder, four-strokes, Tohatsu has added a fourth member to the clan with the addition of the MFS140A for the 2022 model year. This newbie provides outstanding torque, increased durability, lightweight and smooth operation.

One of the most exciting features of the MFS140A is the ground-breaking 4-2-1 Performance Tuned Exhaust, which provides steady torque throughout the RPM range. The more torque you have on take-off, the faster/better the holeshot, in addition to having a realistic passing gear when you hit the throttle during lower cruising speeds. This unique design is an industry-first and currently is a Tohatsu exclusive. By engineering each exhaust passage to be equal in length, the merging of each cylinder’s exhaust creates extra suction that helps pull the exhaust from the engine. This eliminates the possibility of exhaust interference and drastically improves the performance.

The synergy between the 4-2-1 exhaust and the ECU programming on the new MFS140A provides strong acceleration when needed to get the boat on plane quicker, also allowing the operator to reach top-end speed faster. This engine’s unique SOHC/four-valve design places the spark plugs in the center of each combustion chamber for the most efficient combustion, with optimal heat conduction and fuel efficiency.

This motor is equipped with standard features such as Variable Idle System (which allows the operator to change the idle speed in five 50-rpm steps from 650 to 850 rpms) and a micro-computer-controlled ignition system for quick starts and instant throttle response. It also boasts electronic fuel injection, a low gear ratio (2.08:1) that provides increased low-end torque, a freshwater flushing system designed to make routine flushing easier, and a high output 41-amp alternator—the Tohatsu MFS140A is a perfect match for small-to-midsized boats.

Other notable features include a new gearcase with a wider splash and anti-ventilation plates and adjustable steering friction and trim tab for reduced steering effort. Additionally, it has an oil tray catch pan set underneath the filter for cleaner oil changes, an easily accessible and removable fuel filter, and a stainless steel water pump housing for increased durability. For more info, visit www.tohatsu.com.

Honda

hondaFor 2022, Honda has reengineered and redesigned their existing BF115 and BF150 in-line four-cylinder outboards, introduced a new BF140, and added upgrades and improvements that boost performance for all three of these midsized four-strokes. Available in Aquamarine Silver or Grand Prix White, the BF115, BF140, and BF150 feature sleek, aerodynamic styling for a bold, new look. All three outboards are now available with Honda’s Intelligent Shift and Throttle (iST) drive-by-wire system for superb control and power. Repositioned anodes and a new bolt coating enhance corrosion resistance. The redesigned cowl provides easier spark plug access.

Other redesigned and repositioned components include the trim and tilt unit, water separator, fuel filters, and an enlarged dipstick tube. Combined with enhanced diagnostic codes, these changes make maintenance easier than ever and significantly reduce maintenance time. The powerful, compact, 2.35-liter 24-valve DOHC design creates more valve lift to pull in more air for increased horsepower. The low-maintenance design allows easy adjustment of the rocker arms. The Lean Burn Control allows combustion to operate on a leaner air/fuel mixture. Programmed Fuel Injection delivers the precise amount of fuel/air to each cylinder too. The result of these is easy starts and instant throttle response with superior fuel efficiency.

Other notable standards include three separate cooling systems keep the cylinder heads running cooler for long-term durability, a single front-mounted latch combines with four securing points to ensure a water-tight seal, a freshwater port that flushes debris and saltwater out of the engine, extending the life of the outboard plus 20-inch and 25-inch shaft lengths, with counter-rotating models available for multiple engine applications. For more information, visit marine.honda.com.

Torqeedo

TorqeedoTorqeedo’s new Cruise lineup consists of 3 kW (6-hp equivalent), 6 kW (9.9-hp), and 12 kW (25-hp) electric outboard motors that are powered by lithium-ion batteries. The new 6- to 25-horspower equivalent motors have a completely reworked electrical design with enhanced thermal behavior and even more robust aluminum pylon with integral fin, ultra-quiet, and durable helical gears, plus improved tiller functionality. Cruise 12.0 and 6.0 Remote now ships with TorqLink, Torqeedo’s advanced communications system, allowing faster and more accurate data sharing between system components. TorqLink makes solar charging, charging via hydrogeneration, and AC generator integration as simple as 1-2-3 when paired with Torqeedo’s Power 48-5000 lithium-ion batteries and chargers.

The Cruise 12.0 outboard weighs just 60 kg (132 pounds), delivering exceptional thrust, powering displacement, or planing hulls with a 25-horsepower equivalent motor. The redesigned 9.9-horsepower equivalent Cruise 6.0 with TorqLink quickly powers displacement vessels up to 5 tons or lightweight planing RIBs. A complete Cruise 6.0 outboard system weighs less than 70 kg (154 pounds), including battery and throttle. Need more range or more power? Consider a twin system for vessels up to 10 tons, or add more energy storage. Up to eight Power 48-5000 batteries can be connected to your Cruise drive system, extending the range to up to 200 nautical miles. The new Cruise 3.0 is an affordable 6-horsepower equivalent drive system for displacement hulls up to 3 tons or smaller inflatables. This lightweight electric drive system runs on 24 volts to integrate up to sixteen Power 24-3500 lithium-ion batteries easily. Torqeedo also currently offers 40-horsepower and 80-horsepower equivalent electric drive motors for commercial applications, with more good stuff to come. For additional information, visit www.torqeedo.com.

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