Founded in 1997, Coastal Craft is a British Columbia company that specializes in creating aluminum-hull boats, has a new flagship—the 450 IPS—and by all accounts she lives up to the company’s reputation for sturdy, comfortable builds. She also sports some performance features that are fairly impressive, particularly for a cruiser. Coastal Craft builds the 450 with a rugged, commercial-quality, welded-aluminum planing hull that the company claims can handle all kinds of chop and snot with ease. The company says her hull will allow her to maintain the fuel efficiency of a trawler while performing like a sportscruiser. Powered by twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600s, the 450 can reach an athletic top speed of 37 mph. Just as impressively, she gets 1 mpg at a 31-mph cruise and 3 mpg at a leisurely 9 mph.
Not to be outdone, her interior features an open layout that allows for easy communication among the helm, saloon, and galley, creating an excellent space for entertaining, particularly when the overhead, drop-down LCD TV and Bose sound system are in use. A teak-and-holly sole extends from the saloon into the forward master stateroom, which is equipped with a queen-size berth and en suite head and is warmly accented by cherry cabinets.
A gently sloping stainless steel staircase leads from the aft cockpit up to the ample-size flying bridge, which has space for ten people, a wet bar, and room to stow an optional dinghy.
With a relatively large amount of open space and sporty performance numbers for a cruiser—not to mention classically attractive lines— the 450 IPS proves Canucks can produce more than just hockey players and funny-shaped bacon—they make a mean boat as well.
This article originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.